Sayaka Miki is a character from the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This 1/8 scale figure of her from Good Smile Company was sculpted by Ken Kawanishi and was released in July 2012 at a MSRP of 7800 yen. I’m not a big fan of Sayaka, but I had to get this figure to complete my Puella Magi set.
Overall Pose and Sculpt
Sayaka is posed with her arms outstretched and her cape flowing behind her as if she were standing against the wind.
Her overall sculpt matches her character design perfectly. Sayaka’s off-center skirt is even sculpted correctly with the right side slightly higher up than the left.
You can see the folds in Sayaka’s cape more clearly from behind. I have seen a lot of capes on figures that look like they were cut out of a ball with a few dents in it, but the blowing-in-the-wind look is very convincing here. Naturally, if wind is blowing her cape back, then her skirt should be blown back too, offering a little peek common in bishoujo figures.
Sayaka may not be as well-endowed as some of the other Puella Magi, but that hasn’t stopped Ken Kawanishi from trying to accentuate Sayaka’s figure. Sayaka is sculpted with her bottom sticking back quite a bit, probably a difficult pose for a real person to hold, but it does help draw attention to that area. She also has nice smooth, long legs.
Sayaka comes with her signature swords which can be equipped by swapping out her hands. As with the other Puella Magi figures, I think she looks nicer with her weapons, but they increase the area that Sayaka needs to be displayed.
Good Smile Company hasn’t disappointed me with their facial replication skills and they continue their good work with Sayaka. She has the highly recognizable Ume Aoki character design and her eyebrows are raised, which helps set her apart from the other Puella Magi. I would’ve liked if they had included a second sad face considering what happened to Sayaka during the series, but I guess that wouldn’t have been fair to the other figures.
Like with many Good Smile Company figures, Sayaka has a smooth and uniform layer of paint applied to her. Hair is usually a good indicator of a poor paint job as it will contain paint blobs, but you can barely see any on Sayaka.
Unfortunately, the precision with which the paint was applied was not as great as the uniformness. Sayaka’s collar is very rough-looking with gold paint getting on parts where it doesn’t belong.
On the other hand, the paint on her chest is very precise and there was no spatter anywhere.
Moving down to her thighs, there is a bit of blue paint spatter at the bottom of her skirt and along the sides of her legging straps. The painting on Sayaka’s clothing definitely varies from good to bad.
Sayaka’s swords are an entirely different matter with the paint job being extremely detailed. You can even see the waviness at the edge of the sharped side of the swords.
I really liked Mami’s soul gem even though the colour was a bit off so I was expecting the same for Sayaka, but instead Good Smile Company came out with this crappy thing. Rather than use transluscent plastic like before, they went with paint, making it look rather sloppy; the smaller gem in the middle isn’t even coloured blue. On the bright side, at least Sayaka’s belt looks great.
The swords are once again one of the highlights. The attention to detail paid to the hilt and handguard are just amazing, it’s a wonder why the same level of quality wasn’t applied to the soul gem.
I always take a look at how well the hands are done and this is one area where Sayaka trumps the other puella magi by Good Smile Company. Her fingers actually have visible joints and you can also make out her knuckles, making her hand look like a real hand. This is quite a feat given how small figure hands are.
We have seen this base before with Good Smile Company’s other releases; it’s nothing to be impressed by, but it does save space.
Sayaka has a few minor imperfections when it comes to the painting and details, but overall she’s one great-looking figure. If you view her from a foot or two away, all of the negatives that I’ve mentioned become unnoticeable so if you’re thinking of buying this figure and like the pose, then I would say go for it.