I present here the wise wolf deity, Horo, from the Spice & Wolf series.
I like her face in this figure. It’s definitely styled more in line with the animated series than the light novel illustrations so if you like the anime version, you will probably like her face here. Kotobukiya’s Horo figure is styled after the light novel illustrations and is getting a re-release this summer if you prefer that look ^^
Horo is displayed in the clothes Lawrence purchased for her. We can’t have her running around naked forever, right? ^^; This includes the little rope “tail” which is removable.
Why she even bothers to wear the fake tail when her real tail is sticking out so obviously is beyond me ;)
The build quality of this figure is pretty good, better than I expected (Good Smile quality, I suppose). Her outfit is nicely detailed with the folds in the cloth and the removable grain pouch around her neck. Her hair is also nicely detailed with it flowing down her back.
Good Smile provided some customizability for Horo. On hot days, Horo can take off her vest and heavy skirt for a bit more freedom and comfort. There is also a cute hat she can wear (after removing her ear pieces) and an alternate tail.
I love her beret. Always liked beret hats ^^;
The Japanese name of the series is 狼と香辛料 (Ookami to Koushinryou, Wolf and Spice) but everyone calls it Spice and Wolf in English. In fact, it’s even printed as Spice and Wolf on the base of this figure.
While Spice and Wolf wasn’t the most exciting series I’ve seen (more on the other side of the spectrum), it was interesting in its own ways. The discussion on actual economics was kind of interesting. I just wasn’t satisfied with the pace of the series overall. Horo was an appealing character though. Maybe I just have a thing for characters who are ancient godesses that transform into cute girls?
I do like this figure a lot and am glad I picked it up. The optional accessories are a nice bonus so you can display her whichever way you like most. Good Smile Company has done a good job crafting this lovely goddess of harvest and makes a great addition to any collection. Unfortunately, she’s currently sold out at all the online stores I checked.
Also, for Spice & Wolf fans out there, Spice & Wolf II will be airing this summer. More profit scheming with Horo and Lawrence, I’m sure ^^ Be sure to check it out!
Good Smile Company 1/8 Horo
Released: April 2009
Retail Price: 7,143 yen