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