Figure reviews have been lacking on my blog recently, and I think it’s about time to get cranking on this category once again. This review will cover Good Smile Company’s 1/8 scale Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The figure was sculpted by Ken Yokata and was released on March 21, 2012 for a MSRP of 7800円. I decided to try out a pure black background this time to see how pics would turn out; let me know what you think. Now on to the review.
Overall Pose and Sculpt
I have to admit that Homura’s overall pose doesn’t seem all that exciting. While she does look like she’s about to use her soul gem for something, other than her leg being slightly stretched out, she doesn’t look much better than an average standing pose.
As far as I can tell, her outfit is true to its original design. It has a purple ribbon on the back with a violet skirt and a diamond pattern down her stockings. There’s even the diamond-shaped hole at the back of her outfit near her shoulders.
Homura’s hair parts at the back as if there’s a wind blowing at her from the front. It’s rather weird considering the ribbons are blowing to the side.
Here’s another shot of Homura’s outfit, but from the front. Again, for anyone who has seen the anime (who hasn’t?), you can tell that the outfit is perfect.
Good Smile Company managed to duplicate not only the style of Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s faces, but also Homura’s stone-cold expression. Homura has Ume Aoki’s characteristic wide-face and her eyes also match Ume Aoki’s designs. They didn’t forget to ad the blush lines either, which isn’t common with figures.
Homura’s paint job is close to the same quality as Madoka’s. The only thing I could really find wrong was that some of the lines were painted a bit off (see the trim), but for any other figure maker, this would still be considered excellent quality.
That is only one minor detail though, as you can see from other parts of the figure. The diamond pattern running along Homura’s legs is flawless.
The fineness of the paint lines isn’t all that’s good about the paint job. GSC also utilized some nice mixing of colours to create different shades of purple on Homura’s ribbon. Any figure that managese to use different shades of colours effectively is fine in my book.
I didn’t mention this before, but Homura’s arms are detachable, allowing you to exchange them for another pair that has her pistol and shield. The pistol is the most impressive part of the figure when it comes to fine details. I’m no gun fan, but this looks realistic to me, and the quality is just amazing for something so small.
Homura’s soul gem doesn’t have quite the same level of quality as her pistol, but it’s still nicely coloured with no paint getting on her hands and the gem itself is only slightly off-center.
The most disappointing part about Homura are her hands and fingers; they look horrendous. As I’ve said in reviews before, hands are probably one of the hardest things for figure makers to get right. Good Smile Company did a horrible job, with half of Homura’s fingers looking deformed and elongated.
Homura is a nice figure, but after seeing the quality of GSC’s Madoka, I was expecting a lot more from Homura and was disappointed with what I got. Her pose is rather dull and is only made slightly better with the addition of her pistol and shield. While the paint job and most of the sculpting is superb, seeing how terribly done her hands are takes away from the visual appeal of the figure, especially considering how visible they are from the front. Don’t get me wrong, Homura is still an example of a high quality figure, I just had really high expectations that weren’t met.