Atelier Sai Hiiragi Kagami

By , October 4, 2009 7:18 pm

I’ve got a few new figures to cover but decided to pick my favorite character to start off with:  Hiiragi Kagami from the series Lucky Star.  This latest rendering of Kagami is by Atelier Sai, a company with which I did not have any prior experience.

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So how does Atelier Sai’s non-scale Kagami scale up to the competition?  Read on to find out ^^.

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This Kagami is the first Lucky Star figure released by Atelier Sai.  If I had to describe her pose, I would say Kagami is displaying her tsundere attitude.  Leaning to the side, her hands on her hips, and giving you a long, hard, almost disapproving look.  While you could say she is just standing there, I do like her pose.  It fits her personality quite well.  From some angles it does look like she is leaning too far to the side but overall the pose is attractive.

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Kagami is dressed in her blue and white summer school uniform.  Of course, twin tails + her brown hair ribbons are here as well ^^

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Special bonus with this figure!  Her skirt is raised on one side as if a heavenly breeze just drifted by ;)
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Her ears seem to stick out a bit more than I expected but it’s really only noticeable when viewed from a lower angle.  The rest of her head is to my liking.  Her eyes, one of the most important aspects of any figure, are an accurate representation of her anime appearance with sharp points on the top outer edges and are a nice shade of blue.  Her mouth is just a little dot but this too is an accurate representation ^^;

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Uh-oh, she spotted me ^^;

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Full view from below.  Atelier Sai decides to go the same route as FREEing did with their 1/4 Kagami.  Shimapan ^^;

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My favorite shot of the bunch ^^.

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Atelier Sai’s Kagami beside Clayz’s Kagami.  Clayz’s 1/8 scale figure seemed to be the best to compare against.  You can see that the white seifuku on Atelier Sai’s version is closer to actual white whereas Clayz is a odd off-white color.  Also, looking at them side by side makes you realize how bad the eyes look on Clayz’s version.  Atelier Sai is definitely more accurate in this regard.  Also, notice the hair color?  This is probably the only thing Clayz’s did better.  Atelier Sai made Kagami’s hair too blue, not enough purple/pink in it.  It looks closer to Konata’s hair color >_<.  It seems the more blue shade is not an unheard of occurrence with Kagami fanart so perhaps this shade of blue was intentional.

In any case, I do like this figure.  If I had to choose between Atelier Sai’s Kagami and Clayz’s, I would definitely pick this one.  It just feels more like Kagami than Clayz’s.  So, yes, I’m satisfied with this purchase ^^.  Atelier Sai is releasing a similar Tsukasa figure soon though I don’t know if Konata and Miyuki will be following later.

This figure is still in stock at Hobby Search and HLJ so you can easily pick her up if you’re interested ^^.  4,800 yen retail.

Figure Info:

Hiiragi Kagami (non-scale) from Lucky Star by Atelier Sai
Released: August 2009
Retail Price: 4,800 yen

40 Responses to “Atelier Sai Hiiragi Kagami”

  1. ninjovee says:

    Shimapan! XDD LOL.
    I do agree, Atelier Sai’s Kagamin looks better, especially with her eyes, and, as you said, the hair color was quite off.

    Although, I’m pretty okay with the off-whiteness of Clayz’ seifuku — there are some fabrics for seifuku that give off that kind of white, usually the thicker ones. ^^ Atelier Sai’s seifuku looks a bit stiff to me, except for that little skirt bonus. *nod*

    I don’t remember Kagamin’s socks being green during summer though. *hasn’t seen LS in a while* @_@;

    Very lovely photos of an equally lovely Kagamin! :3
    .-= ninjovee´s last blog ..Review: Nendoroid Miku Miku Kagami =-.

    • Yeah, I don’t mind the hair color difference. The rest of the figure makes up for it.

      Her socks aren’t really green. They’re really more like gray, but the lighting made them look a bit weird >_<

  2. Leonia says:

    Eyes of Atelier Sai’s figure are better. This figure seems nice, but I am not an addict of the quality. I prefer Alter and GSC’s figures !

    You made beautiful picture ! Congratulation and thank for this sharing :)
    .-= Leonia´s last blog ..Melissa Seraphy – Good Smile Company =-.

  3. Marshmallow says:

    Really nice photos. I wonder if Atelier Sai has upped their quality, this is a pretty good Kagami.
    .-= Marshmallow´s last blog ..asa! =-.

  4. Lylibellule says:

    I am amazed at the quality of Kagami made by Atelier Sai. They have made progress.
    It is true that we perceive his side “Tsundere”. :)
    .-= Lylibellule´s last blog ..Risa 1/6 (Pre-painted / Gathering E2046) =-.

  5. mikiwank says:

    My Tuskasa (figma) is off to Japan. Your shooting gives me an idea when I realize when Tsukasa will be mine ;)
    Nice shooting, congratulations.
    .-= mikiwank´s last blog ..[fig] Figma, haruhi suzumiya summer uniform ver =-.

  6. Guy says:

    I’m sorry, but I’m going to be a nay-sayer.

    I hate how this figure looks like.
    Her mouth is too small, even by anime standards, her cheeks are puffed out in a totally weird manner, and her pose is ridiculous, especially since she’s ill-proportioned: Her upper half of the body is WAY too small, both for her legs and for her head. It looks like they just stuck three separate parts together, rather than make one full sculpt.

    Honestly, it could’ve actually merited a spot on my “Five Not”, I find it horrid :-/
    .-= Guy´s last blog ..Custom Plush =-.

  7. Snark says:

    I’m a bit worried about the figure though; looks like she could be a leaner, in more ways then one.
    .-= Snark´s last blog ..Sacred Blacksmith – First Impressions =-.

    • Yeah… I hope she doesn’t start leaning even more >_<

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  8. sonic_ver2 says:

    For an Atelier Sai figure, this Kagami looks pretty good. Although something looks wrong on her face.

    Anyway, nice photos! And also nice shimapan. XD
    .-= sonic_ver2´s last blog ..Tayutama –Kiss on My Diety- =-.

  9. Blowfish says:

    Gosh Im soooo blind…I only noticed the coor difference after you pointed it out >.<
    Her cheeks look a bit weird imho but you can be choosey with Kagami eh?
    .-= Blowfish´s last blog ..Ultra Vibration Valkyrie Mirim (NSFW) =-.

  10. Smithy says:

    She looks cute! A nice Kagami figure though most “Lucky Star” figures, especially Kagami and Miyuki do miss that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that would make them great figures. Love “Lucky Star” but the figures made of the series have never convinced me, maybe Max Factory, Alter or Good Saile Company should do a scaled figure set.
    .-= Smithy´s last blog ..Shin Koihime†Musou 1 =-.

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  11. Tommy says:

    I’m very skeptical about Atelier Sai products ever since the leaning waitress Mikuru incident. Not sure how much they’ve improved since 2007, but do careful of leaning problems if she doesn’t have a leg support. :)

    Nonetheless, a really nice review. You should’ve compared it with your FREEing Kagamin. ^^
    .-= Tommy´s last blog ..MegaHouse Queen’s Blade Airi Special Edition =-.

  12. lovelyduckie says:

    I dislike the Atelier Sai Kagami myself, I like the Clayz one. But to each their own :) I think when Clayz made their figures they designed them around the illustrations in the manga. The art style of the manga and the anime are different.
    .-= lovelyduckie´s last post… Bakuman Manga Review =-.

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