It’s my first figure review in a couple of months as well as the first review of 2015. As I mentioned in the last review today we will be looking at ALTER’s 1/7 Black Hanekawa!
The last few posts have been Monogatari-series themed and I’m continuing that trend by looking at another Monogatari heroine: Hanekawa! Well, more specifically Black Hanekawa who is one of the main antagonists of Bakemonogatari but plays a prominent role in Nekomonogatari and the Tsubasa Tiger arc.
I was pretty surprised that ALTER was releasing Monogatari figures (previously they released this beautiful Senjyogahara that I regret not getting). While they don’t release them as frequently as Good Smile does I’m very satisfied being able to own figures the same character in different outfits and poses. I’m glad that ALTER decided to make Black Hanekawa rather than normal Hanekawa in her school uniform.
As usual ALTER impresses me with the quality of their sculpting and painting! The painting looks really crisp and I haven’t run across any noticeable blots. The sculpting is also smooth and they’ve kept the seamlines pretty concealed.
Most of the Black Hanekawa figures on the market feature her well-know orange cat pajamas, however I loved that ALTER decided to give her a more dynamic pose. Most of the Hanekawa prize figures I’ve seen just had to standing but I really love how this Hanekawa is on all fours and seems ready to pounce.
I think the folds of the clothes and how the pajamas are slipping off one shoulder definitely add to the liveliness of this figure.
I have some rather mixed feelings about the base of this figure. I like that it looks like a paved street (it even has a manhole) and gives the figure a more urban feel. I also like that there are little white cat paws decorated around the base. My only confusion is probably how the street is on a weirdly angled platform. I feel like it would look better if it was kept as a pave street without the grey platform.
Hanekawa’s hair is HUGE! However it’s really detailed and looks windblown. From this angle you can sort of see seamlines between the eats and the head but otherwise it’s not as noticeable from the front.
I think my favorite part about this whole figure is the ears. I love how detailed and furry they look! Or maybe it’s just because I love animals. But for sure Black Hanekawa’s character design is definitely one of my favorites from the series!
So that’s the conclusion of my review for Black Hanekawa. Rather than continue on with the Monogatari figures I decided for the new few weeks to possibly concentrate on Idol figures! Cinderella Girls recently aired for the Winter 2015 season and I’ve been dying to finally take photos of Rin and Uzuki. I also recently purchased Good Smile’s Honoka too. I also haven’t done another artbook review so possibly gonna take a look at the Wake Up Girls! visual collection!
Thanks for reading and look forward to the idol-themed posts!