I guess a lot of you have already familiar with Makise Kurisu, the heroine of popular sci-fi visual novel and anime Steins;Gate. I have already posted a brief description of her on my review of Nendoroid Makise Kurisu: White Coat version. XD
Nendoroid Makise Kurisu was originally released on January 2011 when the TV animation of Steins;Gate began airing. She was then re-released just in time with Nendoroid Shiina Mayuri‘s release on September 2011.
Well, actually I have already got this Nendoroid last year, around March 2011 (rather than January 2011) because of some shipping delays. Due to my
laziness business, I only managed to get the review done just now. XD
The original character designer of Steins;Gate is huke, the one who designed all characters from Black Rock Shooter series, so the illustration might be familiar to some of you. XD
Anyway, as you can see in the illustration, Makise Kurisu has an unusual fashion statement, with her outfit composed of a fully-buttoned white long-sleeved, high-collared dress shirt, a red tie, a khaki sweater and black shorts. Kurisu’s sweater is worn so that the back portion dangles to her back and is only kept from falling by a pair of belt-like accessories on her arm. There is a white belt around her waist. She also wears black tights, and a pair of black boots to complete her outfit. (reference)
So how did Nendoroid Makise Kurisu fare against her original illustration by huke? Quite well, I have to say, considering that Nendoroid is usually allowed to have less details because of its super-deformed state and mainly emphasize on the cuteness factor. The Nendoroid has managed to retain some details on the outfit as well as that unique huke‘s signature eyes design. XD
The red-ish brown color, combined with the gear patterns are suitable enough to display Steins;Gate‘s theme.
Parts and Accessories
Here is the listing of the parts and accessories included in the package:
- Three faceplates (one is attached)
- Five right arms (one is attached, one with a cellphone, one with a brown envelope)
- Three left arms (one is attached)
Kinda minimalist for 3000 Yen package, isn’t it? I am a little disappointed to see that Kurisu doesn’t come with some extra legs to allow more poses. XD
Photo Gallery: Default Pose
Here are some of my favorite characteristics of this Nendoroid:
As far as I know, all characters designed by huke always have this unique eyes design. Some Nendoroid fans might be turned off by the eyes design, but I am one of the admirer, so I am glad that it is well-implemented into the Nendoroid version. XD
Kurisu’s interesting fashion (as described in the Original Illustration section) are surprisingly translated well enough into the Nendoroid form. Great work, GSC! ^^
Photo Gallery: Play Time!
Although I don’t bring this Nendoroid around that frequently, I still managed to snap some fun photo sessions with her. Here they are:
Score and Conclusions
Please note that it is simply based on my own preferences and it might be bias sometimes (I try not to), so I apologize in advance if it offends you in some way. XD
Well then, here is my score for Nendoroid Makise Kurisu.
- Design: 8 / 10 – The original character design by huke is really implemented well into the Nendoroid design.
- Expression: 7.5 / 10 – huke‘s signature eyes design makes this Nendoroid open for some mix-match sessions with Nendoroid from BRS series. Lack of epic expression is a little disappointing though. They should have included CHANxCO‘s expression there. XD
- Playability: 7.5 / 10 – The included classic stand type is suitable enough with this technique, but they should have included a few extra legs for more pose variations.
- Price: 8 / 10 – Her pricing is arguably cheaper than most of her other Nendoroid buddies.
So … does Nendoroid Makise Kurisu worth to be collected? Well, if you are a fan of Makise Kurisu and/or Steins;Gate, then you should get this Nendoroid. Nendoroid Makise Kurisu managed to retain the details from the original character illustration, not to mention that it also adds a whole level of cuteness because of the chibi proportion. XD
For you who don’t know anything about Steins;Gate, well, the lack of accessories might be a deal breaker. But then again, it justifies her cheaper pricing compared to most Nendoroid nowadays (3000 Yen vs 3500+ Yen). XD
Well, I think that is about all of my review.
Thank you for reading, Nendonesian, and see you in my next review! ^^