Haven’t been able to post recently due to work being extra busy the past week (yay broken servers) and having some family visit from out of town. But it was worth the wait since I can now finally review the FREEing Konata I received a bit ago. I present here “Super” Konata!
I really do like Konata’s pose in this figure. It’s so full of energy and really conveys Konata’s dynamic personality. Despite her anime/game addicted lifestyle, Konata is quite athletic so I’m sure she is enjoying herself too :)
I’m experimenting with a new set up for my figure photos. I used a new location for shooting which gives me more working room for lighting and I’m also trying a black background. The background is actually a sheet of velvet fabric which I bought at a hobby store. It absorbs light very well and while not pure black, with a little tweaking results in a nice deep, dark background. The only problem is that near the base of the figure it’s more difficult to keep light off the background but I will work on that later ^^
One of the coolest features of this figure is that Konata’s gym uniform clothes are made of real fabric! Yep, the shirt is made of soft, flexible cotton and I believe the shorts are made of more reflective polyester (I think).
Konata’s shoes are, unfortunately, not made of fabric. Since they are the base of the figure and support the full weight of the figure, it does make sense to use strong PVC. The actual base stand is a star-shaped piece of plastic with a nice reflective mirror in the center. While it is large due to the 1/4 scale of the figure, it’s not overly large which is a plus when limited display space is available.
Konata’s school gym uniform has her family name, Izumi (泉), printed on it along with her class (3-B). I’m really glad they chose to use fabric for the clothes. At 1/4 scale, I don’t think plastic or PVC clothes would have worked well at all.
And… since everyone was asking themselves the same question: “Since the clothes are fabric, can they be removed?”. The answer is, yes, they can be removed >_< Konata’s head and left arm is removable which allows her shirt to be slipped off the top.
The fact that both legs and the left arm are removable for the sole purpose of removing Konata’s shorts and shirt definitively answers the question as to whether or not FREEing wanted owners to undress her ^^;
And, finally, Konata can get dressed again ^^. She has two twins here: Comptiq Nendoroid Konata and Clayz 1/8 Konata. These two alternate versions of Konata really help show the immense scale of FREEing’s 1/4 Konata. In other words, she’s huge!
Although this figure was not cheap and the size is almost excessive, I still love it ^^. FREEing has done an excellent job rendering cute Konata in her school gym uniform and the quality of both the molded figure and the cloth fabric clothes is excellent. Being from anime source with relatively simple character designs, there isn’t much fine detail to Konata’s figure design but it fits quite well with the original character design.
Overall, an excellent figure to me. Based on the quality of this figure, I believe I will be collecting the remaining 3 girls in FREEing’s 1/4 scale Lucky Star set though it won’t be a cheap collection >_< I hope they turn out as good as Konata did. If you want get a Super Konata for yourself, Hobby Search still her has in stock. Now I just need to find a place large enough to display her…
1/4 Izumi Konata from Lucky Star by FREEing
Released: July 2009
Retail Price: 10,677 yen