It has been a while since I last write a figure review, but today we have Mami Tomoe, a character from the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This 1/8 scale figure of her from Good Smile Company was sculpted by Hironori Tokunaga and was released in May 2012 at a MSRP of 7800 yen.
Overall Pose and Sculpt
Mami stands on one leg and is posed such that it looks like she’s twirling, giving her a very dynamic feel. The concern with any one-leg figure is the tendency to lean over time, but Mami is very well-balanced and after half a year I have not noticed any leaning. Her sculpt is very accurate to her character design from the colours, to body proportions, and even the number of holes in the belts on her corset and curls in her hair.
For reference, here is her anime character design.
Her default pose has her without her muskets, but Mami’s hands can be replaced with ones that hold two of her signature flint-lock muskets. Personally, I find that she looks cooler with her weapons, but they do increase the amount of space she takes up. Mami is originally about 20cm tall, but her muskets increases the figure’s height by about 5cm or 6cm.
In the above picture taken from behind, you can see just how shapely Mami is. She is already famous for her bosom, but Mami also has nice long legs and her skirt (or lack thereof) also helps accentuate her lower assets. The curls in Mami’s hair are also nicely done. They aren’t blobby like a lot of other figures, but maintain a stringy look, the way hair should be.
From the side you can see more of Mami’s figure. Considering her chest and hip size, Mami has an amazingly thin waist. Hironori Tokunaga definitely managed to capture her sex appeal in this figure.
The face is one of the most important parts of any figure because it identifies the character. Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters are a bit different from the average anime character since they use Ume Aoki’s character designs, which tend to have much wider faces. This is not a problem for Good Smile Company as they have replicated Mami’s look perfectly. The figure maintains her wide face and as I stated before, the pointed nose helps to keep it look like Mami from different angles thanks to the shadow that it casts. Other parts that GSC has done well are keeping Mami’s half-closed eyes, the lines in her blush, and having her bangs off in the correct direction.
Good Smile Company typically does a good job painting their figures and Mami is no exception. I really had to look to find anything wrong. Most of the paint is applied smoothly and uniformly. The only paint clumps I could find were in Mami’s curls and even then they’re barely noticeable.
As with most of Good Smile Company’s figures, Mami is at least partially painted by machine, creating very fine lines with no spatter. This is evident in her stockings and upper portion of her boots.
One area where the paint was off a bit was on the belt buckles of Mami’s corset. While difficult to see, some of the silver paint for the belt buckles does find its way onto the sides of the belts.
One of the things that I dislike about a lot of figures is how the hair ends abruptly when it reaches the neck. Mami’s hair has some detail to it that actually makes it look like how hair should end.
Another good aspect of Mami’s hair is that her curls do have some strands sculpted into them, making it look more natural (or as natural as anime gets). The white fluffy portion of her hat is also very nicely done. Fluffy or fuzzy things usually don’t turn out well in figures because of the limitations of plastic, but Mami’s hat still looks good. The only thing I found off was Mami’s soul gem hair ornament, which looks red-orange rather than the orange colour it should be.
Mami’s not entirely perfect; I always gripe about how terrible hands look on figures and Mami doesn’t fare too well in this category. Her fingers look like carrot sticks due to a lack of visible joints.
The muskets tend to draw your attention away from Mami’s hands when they’re equipped. They have an intricate design along the sides that is very impressive given the size of each musket.
By far the most disappointing aspect of this figure, as with the previous Puella Magi Madoka Magica figures from Good Smile Company, is the base. It uses a basic semi-transparent orange base with nothing on it except the copyright holder and country of manufacture.
Of the three puella magi I’ve reviewed so far (Madoka, Homura, and Mami), Mami is my favourite. Her pose is dynamic and shows off her character’s most appealing parts and the quality of the figure is superb. Other than the plain base and poor hands, all other cons are barely noticeable. This Mami figure is definitely the figure to get if you’re a fan of her character.