Toradora Figures!

By , March 18, 2010 11:56 pm

I have purchased several Toradora figures recently and have decided to review them all in a single post.  I’d like to start with Kotobukiya’s 1/8 scale Taiga Aisaka which was released in October last year.  Sadly, she was a mail order exclusive and thus was a tad more difficult to obtain.  Thankfully, Tokyo Hunter was able to order it for me ^^.  It was the first time I had used his service and he was able to promptly ship it out when it arrived :)  Was a bit more expensive than most deputy services but if you want to order an actual mail order-only item when there isn’t even a Japan-only web order form, I would recommend his service.

Palm-top Tiger Taiga is wearing an amazingly cute yellow, white, and pink swimsuit with some added frills and ribbons.  Now that I think about it, how did Ryuuji convince Taiga to wear this? xD  This is something that’s too cute for Taiga to just willingly put on.  Well, not that I’m complaining, of course!  The swimsuit you see here is not one that she wore during the anime but there are some artworks floating around with her wearing this suit.

So the swimsuit may not have been seen in the anime, but those odango look pretty familiar, don’t they? ^^  In episode 7 of the anime series, Taiga does wear her hair in this fashion for the school swim class.  かわいいでしょう?

I know some other owners have mentioned build quality concerns with this figure.  I don’t have any glaring issues with my copy but there are some problems.  Parts of Taiga’s skin has light scuff marks.  These are only visible upon close inspection and even then only from some angles.  The seam on her hair is the only really obvious seam to me and it’s only apparent when looking at her from straight above.  Paint quality is nothing special but isn’t notably bad either.  One thing to keep in mind is that this is a very small figure.  She is 1/8 scale, but she’s Taiga!  You know, the palm-top tiger?  To view these problems on such a small figure, you do have to look closely and doing this would reveal problems in nearly every figure.  In other words, to me, she is of acceptable quality ^^.

Taiga has a cute upside-down ‘V’ for a mouth xD

View from behind.  She’s cute from back here too :D

I just love her sitting pose.  So cute!

Taiga also comes with a nice water-float that can be placed on her lap.

Super cute, right?  Well, I thought so!  That’s why I bought her even though she was an mail-order exclusive figure.  She retailed for 6,300 yen but is probably difficult to acquire these days.  Perhaps on YJA (haven’t checked) but I’m guessing she will be expensive ^^;  Sculpt and paint quality aren’t top-notch but aren’t remarkably bad either.  I will say that this is quite possibly the cutest figure I own.  Really, look at her.  She’s just adorable :D  That alone makes up for any quality problems :3

More reviews at: shadonia, The Inferno Project, OMGWebsite.

Moving right along, we come to Wave’s recent 1/8 scale Miss Contest Aisaka Taiga release.  I’m a bit late in getting this figure because my package from Amiami seemed to have gotten temporarily lost by the USPS (imagine that!).  I had to call them up and get them to track it down.  After over a month, it finally arrived intact ^^;

Taiga is modeled wearing the outfit Ryuuji made for her in episode 13 for the Miss school contest.  Though it appears Taiga is wearing the dress before it was ripped.  Not familiar with the ripped dress?  Watch the series!

I absolutely adored Toradora and was my top series for 2009.  If you haven’t yet watched it, you should.  It’s classified as a love comedy, but it’s got some good characters.  I wrote up a review for it a while back.  Check it out :)

Although her dress is not ripped, Taiga is wearing the tiara which was given to her for winning the contest.  So she is wearing her unripped dress but also has the tiara she got for winning?  Hehe, don’t ask me xD

Taiga hair.

A unique feature with this scaled PVC figure is that it includes 3 swappable faces.  The default face is the happy face you see in the above photos.  Also included is this sad, resigned facial expression.  I tend to like the happy face the most but am also fond of this more melancholy expression.  Given the situation that occurs in episode 15, this face is fitting.

Or maybe this angry look is more realistic? xD  I think Taiga is more likely to get angry before getting sad..

Oh yeah! You can remove her dress… ^^;

Part of her outfit are these cute little angel wings.  I kind would have liked them to be a tad more detailed, but they are still nice.

So how is she?  She is made by Wave whose quality is hit and miss.  I do like her face.  The eyes and blush shading looks good.  Her dress, though, has some problems.  For one, it’s really clumpy and doesn’t look very real as fabric and also has some visible blemishes where it should be a solid white.  Since you can change the face on this figure, there is a rather large seam on her head where her face is swapped.

So, yet again, not high quality but passable.  I wish Alter or Max Factory would stop making Nanoha figures and make some Toradora ones >_<  You can grab this Taiga figure by Wave for 7,500 retail but is currently out of stock at Amiami and Hobby Search.

Lastly, I have a small bonus for Toradora fans.

Ok, they’re just cheap prize toys by Taito.  But for only 2,000 yen for both, I made the investment xD

Well, let’s just say that there’s a reason they were only 2,000 for the two xD  Still, they’re cute!

This post is way too long so that’s all for now!  Thanks for visiting.

36 Responses to “Toradora Figures!”

  1. Persocom says:

    Ah, Taiga figures, and three in one post :) I really love the first one, and the second one was tempting to buy but I decided to pass on it for now. I had no idea the dress was removable, would have never guessed it without seeing this review :o I really did love Toradora and my collection feels lonely without Taiga in it. I’ve considered buying the MegaHouse one because it’s on sale, but I haven’t been able to make up my mind.

  2. Aka says:

    Kotobukiya’s Taiga is definitely cute, and she does fit right in the palm of my hand even. She’s perfectly sized that way.

    I think your pink background shots bring out her colours a lot better than mine, she doesn’t look half bad. But then I remember the original paintwork… she would have been so much better. Oh well.

    Wave Taiga is cute too but I don’t like her faces really, though the smiling one is best.

    I couldn’t stand Taiga’s character though, I think I got tired of Rie Kugimiya and bitchy characters. Don’t think she’s been a good tsundere since Shana.

    • I got the pink background idea from The Inferno Project’s photos. His pink background looked great so I decided to try it too :D

      Didn’t like Taiga’s character!? People who don’t like Taiga should be chopped up and thrown in a mo, moru… morgue!

      Just kidding ;)

  3. mangajet says:

    I found Kotobukiya’s taiga too cute. Especially body-pose is marvelous. How she sit, how her line of body and her expression…
    But I like last two pictures best. Two dressing the same uniform are showing different expressions and characters.
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  4. Leonia says:

    My favorite Taiga is, for the moment Kotobukiya Swimsuit version. She is expensive, but really cute (face and clothes). Max Factory version is adorable too, but like Kotobukiya adaptation small and now expensive. Wave version is cute too, I prefer smiling face. I hope anothers sculptures of Taiga because I really like her (an Nendoroid ?). Thank for the Shadonia link.

  5. Yumeka says:

    Those are cute. I especially like the bunny girl ones.
    .-= Yumeka´s last post… Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver review (part 1) =-.

  6. Smithy says:

    Must say personally I prefer Wave’s Taiga figure, she’s just adorable with the smiling/happy face. かわいい ^^

    Loved “Toradora”, was a great romantic comedy and surprisingly one that has a lot of realistic character depth and evolution, much more so than most romantic comedies we tend to see each season.
    Though it didn’t stick with me or impact me as much as had expected it would or as it did some other fans like you.
    .-= Smithy´s last post… So-Ra-No-Wo-To 11 =-.

  7. Ningyo says:

    Well, 2000 yen… Isn’t that cheap, those look alright. At least, no glaring flaws from the photos.
    I’m beginning to think I actually like it when my figures come with tiny fixable flaws so I can design knife them up >.>… Especially figmas. Some of those were like peeling carrots.

    I’ve never seen the dress removed in other reviews either, I think. Maybe it’s my poor memory acting up. Oh well, I’m not complaining.

  8. Tombo says:

    I have to agre,e the pair of bunnies are the cutest for me too! XD

  9. AS says:

    Seeing Taiga in her swimsuit makes her look so innocent with that face ^^;;. But at the same time she looks cute as well because of that face lol. Didn’t know the contest Taiga had a swappable face, good to know. She has cute pantsu ^^.

    I added you to my blogroll, mind adding me back? Thanks.
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  10. Xine says:

    Toradora is definitely one of my favorite animes. I love Taiga and Ryuuji. ^^ It’s really cool that you have all these beautiful Taiga figs. ^^
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  11. Firearky says:

    Yay! Great pics ^.^ I’m sure you’d love this Toradora figure too =) http://www.kurogami.com/b2c/index.php?page=pp_producto.php&md=0&ref=FIG00313
    .-= Firearky´s last post… Photo Review #2: Gwendolyn =-.

  12. Fabrice says:

    My fav is the taiga from kotobukiya,
    the swinsuit btw =D she looks so adorable!
    .-= Fabrice´s last post… Figure Pre-Order Update =-.

  13. lovelyduckie says:

    I only own the Max Factory Toradora figure, as much as I like the ones you own the MF one is still my favorite. But to each his (or her) own ;) The buns in the bathing suit picture are adorable!
    .-= lovelyduckie´s last post… Emma (Max Factory) =-.

  14. ninjovee says:

    Zetta late in the commenting. LOL ^^;
    I LOVE ALL THE FIGURES YOU POSTED HERE /caps
    Been wanting to buy Wave’s Taiga since I saw previews… but she isn’t available locally. I just got to link paypal to a debit card recently… so I’m not sure if I’ll even find her in stock anywhere now TAT;

    I have to say though… those 2000 yen for two figs are just cute. How big are they? Gachapon figure size? o.o?

    • Hmmm, I know a lot of US shops get figures in stock a month or two late, so you might be able to find her through one of them. Or maybe ebay? Finding previously released figures is no fun >_< They're bigger than gashapons (at least all the ones I've seen). They're aboout 1/10 scale, I'd say.

      • ninjovee says:

        Yes. I agree. They are no fun at all! I spied Wave’s Taiga at YesAsia for USD130… and that’s just INSANE! ;A; I was thinking about asking Tokyo Hunter about it… but then again, it might end up being the same price :<

        You know, it's funny because right after I saw this post and commented about those 2000 yen figures, a friend on Twitter coincidentally mentions that they were available somewhere and was thinking about buying them. I mentioned that I just found out about them too and want them but they were the last ones in stock… and… o.o let's just say I have free figures coming soonish.

        I have to thank you because I don't think it would have happened if I didn't see this post beforehand XD
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  15. Tommy says:

    Koto’s Taiga is Uber Cute! She’s still the cutest figure in my inventory and I don’t think there will be anything that can top her in cuteness. Unless someone decides to release a Chiaki figure. ;D
    That wave Taiga looks good, but I’m not too keen with how her “sad” face looks…maybe a watery eye look is more fitting for the occasion.
    Are you going to buy that new Koto Taiga -the Last Episode-? I think she looks weird. =\
    It’d be nice if Alter will release a matching Taiga and Ami, but I doubt Max Factory will release anything that is not a figma.
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    • Yeah, the Kotobukiya Taiga is one of my most-prized figures. It will be difficult for another figure to top her in overall cuteness ^^

      I haven’t decided whether or not to get the new Last Episode Taiga. I also think she looks a bit odd, but sometimes figures look better in person than what the promotion photos can show. Will have to think on it more.

  16. […] it’s a Kotobukiya figure and they’re kind of hit or miss on quality, but since their last Taiga figure was absolutely gorgeous, I figured their next attempt was a worth shot.  And while it’s not […]

  17. osvaldo says:

    Hello,
    Can you help me please,
    I have one amll question, how you put the water floating in the figure?

    thank you

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