I thought I’d try to spice things up this time and try a double review with the 2 figmas released so far from mega-hit Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi are 2 of the main characters of the series and have a fair amount of interaction with each other, making it easy to come up with ideas for pictures. With the other 3 figmas already preordered: Sayaka Miki, Sakura Kyouko, and Tomoe Mami, this’ll be the start of a bit of a series. Some of these pictures and parts of this review will contain spoilers so be warned. I’ll try to mark where the major spoilers are.
Madoka is the main character of the show and we get to know her fairly well from the beginning as a bubbly, cheerful girl who gets caught up in the world of the Puella Magi and witches. Homura on the other hand is very mysterious with an unknown agenda and we don’t get to find out about her until late into the series so before we go any further…
What’s funny about Madoka’s Puella Magi costume that this figma represents is that we actually get to see very little of it until the end of the series (and also the series OP sequence), most notably in the episode that explains Homura’s story where in alternate dimensions Madoka is a full-fledged Puella Magi. As for Homura, she is mostly a gloomy, mysterious girl until we see her past, where she was a clumsy, adorable girl that dearly loved her friends, especially Madoka. But repeated bouts of time travel transformed her from bumbling golf-club wielding klutz to a bad-ass Rambo with enough firepower to take over a third-world country.
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We can already see that both Madoka and Homura come with some impressive accessories and it looks like that is a trend among the other girls as well, which is pretty awesome. In addition the builds of the figmas themselves utilize some of Max Factory’s recent advancements in figmas so we’re getting a pretty good deal here.
The thing that impressed me most about Madoka was her build. If you look at her midsection, figma’s usually have a waist joint but hers is mostly obscured by her ruffled front part that is actually a strip of soft plastic that doesn’t really hamper her movement. And then look at that frilly dress! 2 layers of frills you’d be hard pressed to find the likes of in even full-scaled figures. Finally, on her ankles, hips, and hair she has tiny ribbons that have been sculpted well. These things along with all her other crazy details make her one of the most elaborate figmas in our collection.
Homura on the other hand is a lot more plain, her design reflects her personality more but you’re still getting a good deal on her. Homura comes with a variety of guns, in addition to the Desert Eagle pistol and AT4 rocket launcher in the previous pictures she also includes a pipe bomb. The one glaring omission from her arsenal is her machine gun which admittedly she only uses once but damn, it looks good on her. Here she is posing with one borrowed from Yoshika from Strike Witches. Now the Winter Wonfes exclusive school girl Homura does fill out her arsenal a bit more with a proper machine gun (an MG4 I believe) and an RPG launcher (rocket propelled grenade) but to be honest, I won’t pay an exclusive’s price just for a few guns. (Is it sad I knew the names of most of these guns off the top of my head from playing so much Call of Duty?)
Homura also comes with an alternate head, glasses, and a gold club to recreate a scene from her flashback episode. She looks so cute, it’s easy to tell why some fans have dubbed her “Moemura”. The only part that’s reused is her bangs. The glasses fit onto specially made faces for her so unfortunately you can’t really use them on other figmas very well.
The hair on both figmas is impressive with the amount of articulation possible. Madoka’s short pigtails are on a ball joint and can swivel around so they can be pointing straight up if you want. The ribbons in her hair can rotate with the hair as well. Having them stick further from her head is a bit more limiting though, but I’m already getting so much so can’t complain there. Homura’s long hair is split into 2 parts, each with their own joint, similar to how Black Gold Saw and KOS-MOS did theirs. I kinda wish they had put a piece of soft plastic to help hide the joints like how Black Gold Saw did it, but it only really bugs me when I try to take back shots.
Madoka also comes with a little buddy named Kyubey of which we already have a few representations. The one that comes with the figma is the small one in the middle, on its left is a resin kit and on his right is a plushie by Cube (btw Gift still needs to make an awesome Kyubey). Don’t they all look creepy? Anyways, the figma version’s head is on a ball joint so you can tilt and swivel it. Unfortunately Kyubey’s large tail makes him a little unbalanced so in most of these photos he’s been secured with blu-tack.
Since all the Puella Magi are young girls, they translate into small figmas. Compared to Dead Master here, you can see that Homura is shorter and Madoka is tiny. In fact, Madoka ties with Mayoi as our shortest figma. What’s rather hilarious is with her wide face and short body, sometimes Madoka looks like a gremlin to me.
As you can see, there are a fair amount that comes with these 2 girls. Madoka comes with her Rose Bow both folded up in a staff form and open in a bow form along with 4 arrows (hard to see on white but they’re below her left foot). She also includes Kyubey and 2 Grief Seeds.
Homura includes a Desert Eagle pistol, AT4 launcher, glasses, pipe bomb, Moemura hair, golf club, alternate forearm without buckler, oh and her buckler is removable.
The sheer amount of stuff means that many of the accessories are limited to one hand ie. only one hand can hold the Grief Seeds and only 1 hand can hold the pipe bomb.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with our purchases. We managed to grab Madoka at AmiAmi for 2360 yen, where she is still available. We got Homura for 2370 yen at AmiAmi or you can get her at Hobby Search. For the amount of accessories, build quality, and uniqueness of their character designs, I’d say they’re pretty solid buys for both Puella Magi and Figma fans. As a bonus, Max Factory have managed to squeeze them into the smaller figma boxes, using layered plastic trays to hold the sheer amount of accessories for Homura.
As an aside, this was my first review using some new flashes Zai got me for Christmas. It’s taken me awhile to get used to them and I’m still trying to learn so any C&C is much appreciated! I’m not sure if anyone is interested in hearing me crap on about camera gear in a figure blog but if you guys want, I might be able to squeeze out a post on them. Might as well finish off with some more pictures
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