Figma 032 Haruhi Suzumiya 涼宮ハルヒ
I’ve watched a few episodes of Haruhi Suzumiya, but I don’t fully understand the plot. I can however appreciate the quality and detail of the artwork and animation, and from these works comes the fully pose-able action figures by Figma.
Haruhi Suzumiya is the central character in the manga / anime series “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” about a young high school girl who can subconsciously change reality and is obsessed with finding all forms of extraordinary and supernatural phenomenon.
Being displeased with the mundane daily life and lack of interesting after school clubs, she sets out and forms her own club called the SOS Brigade, investigating mysterious things that happen around them.
Name: Haruhi Suzumiya Cheer Girl ver. (涼宮ハルヒ チアガールVer.)
Manufacturer: Max Factory / Good Smile Company
Line: Figma Action Figure Series 032
Sculptor: Masaki Apsy
Materials: PVC, ABS, POM, PP
Original Price: ¥2,381 (approx. $32AUD / $25USD)
Height: 140mm / 5.5inches
Max Factory have done a really good job with their packaging for the figma series action figures, this one included. It features a good quality cardboard box, with sharp prints and large display window, inside is a double layered plastic lining in which the figure and accessories sits in between. The contents has also been nicely packed, where anything that could possibly move during transportation have been wrapped with a thin plastic sheet to protect the paint from rubbing. Most other packaging would end there, however Max Factory have also made a silver – highly reflective backing for the inside of the box, making the interior look more spacious than it really is, nice touch!
The Cheer girl version comes with an extra head with baseball helmet, a baseball gloves, cheerleading pom poms, baseball bat, a baseball, baseball throwing hand as well as the standard rack of hands and figma display stand. All the accessories are well made in terms of both paint and sculptural detail. This is quite a good range of accessories and allows for a wide range of poses for Haruhi. My favourite accessory has to be the baseball bat, it has been detailed with dents just like in the anime. (School desk and computer in pics below not included with figure!)
There is a sense of quality that you get with the figma figures, the skin has a slight texture that really doesn’t feel like plastic to the touch, feels like it has been given a thin coat of silicon. The skirt and hair ribbons have been moulded in PVC for that soft feel, what’s more, her underwear have had the same treatment. A very nicely sculpted piece, that is great for displaying.
Haruhi is well articulated, with 13 joints, and most of these joints have more than 1 plane of movement, you can basically put her in any pose you like. The joints are tight to keep poses but not too tight that you feel like you might risk snapping it. With the figma joints, there is no “clicks” so effectively you get an infinite degree of articulation with any of the joints.
The paint scheme on this figure is relatively straight forward, there are no tonal differences on the skin throughout the figure, and the uniform has no shading applied to the paint. There is a bit of over spray and untidiness to the paint applied on the shoes, but that can be overlooked as the faces look absolutely brilliant. The eyes have so much detail that it almost brings the figure to life. The hair has also been nicely executed with variations in shade.
This is quite a nice display figure, and captures the essence of Haruhi very well. The attention and detail given to the sculpturing and painting of the face really sets it off, and the great range of articulation just makes it fun to play with.
Thanks for reading my toy review!