I never liked the first set of Haruhi nendoroids that Good Smile Company produced, overall they looked dull and I didn’t think they captured the essence of the characters. That’s why I was really happy that they decided to release a new set of nendoroids based on the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Yuki was the first nendoroid released, and the promo shots looked good so I preordered her (yes, I’ve had her for a long time now).
In case you haven’t seen it, Yuki is the main female star of the Haruhi movie, which was why her nendoroid was released first. Her standard out-of-the-box look includes her winter coat, a scarf, and a pair of glasses. Her coat sways to one side to make it look like it’s blowing in the wind, which has its upsides and down. It looks better than just a plain coat, but on the other hand, Yuki will always look like she’s out in the cold so people who like to pose their figures in little figure houses will be disappointed.
I’m not sure why her hair turned out blue in this picture. Either something is wrong with my camera/camera settings or my lighting (any photography experts out there, please help me). I had the same problem when taking pictures of Remilia, and noticed that one time a picture I took of a fire came out with purple flames rather than orange.
The scarf extends behind Yuki on both sides, adding to the impression that she’s out in the cold, but it can be easily removed by popping off the head. The hood and buttons on the back of her coat don’t stand out much, but make the nendoroid seem so much more detailed.
The downside about the coat is that there’s only one position for Yuki’s arms. The joint is designed in such a way that you can only move her forearms a few degrees sideways. Just about the only thing you can do with them is switch the hands. Here I’ve switched one of her closed hands for the one used to hold a piece of paper. I thought it was a bit small compared to her other hands, but at least it fits and you can pose Yuki trying to hide her face with the piece of paper.
The only real details on the front of Yuki’s coat are the three buttons. They’re rather large, which helps with the chibi look, and except for a small splotch above the middle one, I thought they looked nice.
Yuki also comes with her school uniform and cardigan, something more familiar for people who haven’t seen the movie. You’ll notice that she can hold the piece of paper from the side too. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be that club sign-up sheet she handed Kyon in the movie, with with no writing (not even any scribbles) on it, there’s no telling what it is.
This pose looks so not Yuki-like (both the alien and normal Yuki), which was why I took a picture of it. The scratches on her cardigan are actually from me being rough trying to get pieces on and off. While I like her school unifrom body as much as her coat body, I’m a little disappointed that you can’t do anything with her left arm. Sure you can take it off, but there is no extra arm piece for different poses.
I should mention that Yuki comes with two pairs of glasses. One pair is designed to fit on her by attaching to the sides of her hair. The other pair is meant to be held by one of her other hands. Personally, I think the second pair of glasses looks way too big for Yuki’s nendo body even though they’re the same size as the worn glasses.
Enough with the accessories and poses though, lets take a look at some of the fine details. The school emblem on Yuki’s unifrom is nicely painted with extremely smooth lines, you usually don’t find something this intricate done very well when it comes to nendoroids. With that said, it seems GSC focused their efforts on the emblem and ignored the other parts. The red stripes on top of the aqua is rather sloppy and has some rough edges. There are also some blue splotches on Yuki’s neck.
If you look above the belt and below the red bow, you’ll also notice there’s a space between Yuki’s top half and bottom half. I tried pressing the two pieces together as much as I could, but they wouldn’t fit together perfectly. It’s rather disappointing because if you take a look at the previous pictures, that gap is pretty apparent.
The back of Yuki’s uniform also has a problem with the paint job. You can see that some of the aqua paint has gotten onto her cardigan. GSC’s paint jobs seem to be a hit and miss when it comes to nendoroids. On the bright side, the details in the sculpting (like the bottom part of Yuki’s cardigan) are well done.
I have mixed feelings about this figure after taking a look at all of the different parts. Yuki’s faces cover the expressions that you see in the movie and allow you to put on and take off her glasses, so that’s a good point. The coat body looks great and has a great pose, but is limited to that pose since the arms are practically stuck in place and there are no extra legs. The uniform body offers a bit more pose-ability but suffers from a poor paint job.
I guess in the end it depends on whether you want to display her in her coat or uniform. If you like the coat, and the pose it’s in, then by all means buy the figure. If you want to pose her in her uniform, then you might want to reconsider because of the paint problems.