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Kill la Kill - Ryuko Matoi Kamui Senketsu (Phat)

Howdy ho, everyone! Sorry for the lack of activity recently. I've been busy with some unexpected family matters, but it is time to get this blog back up to speed with another review. Today I am reviewing a figure that is being rereleased in December. It is also a figure that has become super duper expensive in the after market. I am reviewing Phat Company's 1/8 statue of Ryuko Matoi from the smash-hit series, "Kill la Kill."

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The box is a relatively standard design. We have a black box with a window showing the figure in front. The back shows images of the figure with both options for the Scissor Blade in use.

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The sides feature simple graphics of red lines representing Life Fibers from the series. The Right features Large text reading "Ryuko Matoi Kamui Senketsu ver." The left has a small star shaped window. Although You can't see much through it, so I am not sure I really understand the aesthetic point of it.

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The top features a design of Senketsu's eye on the right and a window representing his absent left eye. The graphic design of this box is not particularly extravagant, but it gets the job done quite well. As they say, "Less is more."

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Take her out of the box, assemble the parts according to the instructions, and you have your figurine ready to display.

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I greatly enjoy figures that capture a dynamic pose illustrating a moment of the character in combat. I think this low crouching pose illustrates the moment after she doges your attack and preparing a counter attack with her trademark Scissor Blade.




One thing I greatly enjoy about this pose is that almost any angle looks great on display. You can have her facing towards you or she can be facing towards another figure to look like she is fighting it.

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For toy photographers, this pose presents opportunities to look like she has just executed her finishing move: Sen-I-Soshitsu.

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Or if you are like me and have a heartfelt appreciation for booty, you can display her backside.

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Now let's take a closer look at the details of this figure. We'll start with the base and optional parts. The base represents the ground beneath her feet being torn apart from the high-speed movement and impacts from combat. The base comes with an alternate piece which can support Ryuko from her knee in the event one of her pegs break. The pegs are fairly sturdy, so there should not be any major risk of that if you are properly handling this figure. The base has been painted nicely so that it has a genuine concrete texture. Phat's Satsuki Kriyuuin has the same kind of base, but it is an oval shape instead of a circle.

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You have two options for her Scissor Blade. You can have her wield it in its standard form or in its extra long Decapitation Mode. This options comes with an alternate hand piece so she can hold the sword with both hands. The Scissor Blades have been nicely shaded with blood red and dark crimson while topped with a light coat of gloss on the surface. Regarding switching out the hands, I should let you know that the pegs are a super tight fit and will require some force to get them in an out. That makes me nervous because I fear that could lead to them breaking upon removal or insertion. Just be careful when handling the hands.




Now let's take a closer look at Ryuko. Her face has been sculpted well to show her determined face. The lines of her unique gear-shaped pupils are clean and crisp. The borders between the assorted colors on the whole figure are precise. The precision is highlighted by the natural contrast of the red and black color scheme.

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Here we can see more of the shading applied to this figure. You can see how there is some shading in her hair using a dark blue in some areas as well as a greenish-grey around her arms to make it look like her skin is faintly showing through the clothes. You will also notice how most of the outfit has something of a glittery texture. And of course there is some epic side-boob action going on here.

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From behind we can see more precision work with the sculpt and colors. There seems to be some spots around the red parts of her hair that are a tad blotchy, but those are barely visible in person.

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Her skirt and torso strings look nice, but I feel like they should have refined the spikes on her skirt and the spikes on the ends of the torso strings. These do not look nearly as sharp as they look in the anime. They actually look a bit on the dull side. They also seem to be a bit irregular and have clumps on them in some spots.

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I see no problems with her legs aside from some very tiny irregularities in the lining of the red paint. The black also has a nicely granulated texture.


Mako: "Don't lose your sexy butt, Ryuko-chan!" (>ヮ<)

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That covers all the up-close details of the figure. All that is left is to mention a personal observation regarding how to display it. While the pose is highly dynamic, it does come with some drawbacks. First is that the total height of the structure being so low can make it a bit difficult to find a good spot for the figure where it can be clearly seen. Most of these pictures were taken at low angles because that was the only way I could get her face to be clearly shown.

Unless you have the figure placed at least at head-level height, it is difficult to see her face. But if you bring her up too high, you can't see the concrete base. The blade protruding so far outward on a low height figure like this can also cause some space management issues when putting another figure next to it. Although a Nendoroid shouldn't have too much difficulty fitting in next to her.

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Kill la Kill is an awesome series worthy of its smash-hit status. This figure does a great job capturing Ryuko's hardcore character. But for its rerelease price of 9000 yen, you might find yourself a tad underwhelmed it the overall quality in some areas. But then again, the copy I am reviewing is a secondhand first release I bought from JESS-KANE last month. There is a chance these new copies may be of better quality than the first release. But there is no way to know that until it is released in December.

Do I recommend pre-ordering this? The answer is yes. You can pre-order her for prices starting as low as 7690 yen before shipping at some shops. Pretty much every Kill la Kill figures sees a price spike in the after market, making them much more difficult to buy after release. If you love Kill la Kill, I would say pre-ordering this is a good idea.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review. I hope it has helped you in your decision whether or not to add this figure to your collection. That is all from me today. Time to get back to work taking pictures for my room tour and more figure reviews! (◕ヮ◕)
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    Waarderingen8/10

    Sculpting
    Painting
    Posing
    Base
    Box
    Construction
    Source Accurate
    Photogenic
    Enjoyment
    Worth Its Price?

    What Kill la Kill Figures Would You Like to Have Made for Your Collection?

    • 21%Mako Figma (Don't skimp out on the wacky faces, Max Factory!)
    • 13%Normal form Ryuko and Satsuki Figmas.
    • 0%Kamui Ryuko and Satsuki Nendoroids
    • 38%Some statues made by Alter. That's the good stuff! (◕ヮ◕)
    • 21%I need a Mako scale statue! Mako is best girl, dagnibbit! (ಠДಠ)
    • 8%I want a Nonon Jakuzure figure in her drum major uniform
    • 39 stemmen

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    dollbyn (2 maand(en) geleden) #22403020Same! By some miracle, I was able to get Fight Club Mako when GSC did the initial order for her, but I missed all the other previous figures. I remember being heartbroken when I saw how expensive everything was on the aftermarket, so it was a dream come true when 2017 gifted us with so many re-releases. ;-; Fingers crossed that the upcoming Wonderfest might surprise us with something!

    I would give my left kidney for a scale of Nui, not gonna lie.
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    Hakumu (1 maand(en) geleden) #22448560She is really expressive O.O . Thanks for the photoes

    Thank you for reading. :D
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    She is really expressive O.O . Thanks for the photoes
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    ChocolateSpider (2 maand(en) geleden) #223563812017 has been so freaking good to me with Kill la Kill figures. I missed pretty much all of their first releases except for Figma Satsuki. Then 2017 comes along and I am suddenly getting everything on my Kill la Kill list. I still need a legit Mako scale though.Same! By some miracle, I was able to get Fight Club Mako when GSC did the initial order for her, but I missed all the other previous figures. I remember being heartbroken when I saw how expensive everything was on the aftermarket, so it was a dream come true when 2017 gifted us with so many re-releases. ;-; Fingers crossed that the upcoming Wonderfest might surprise us with something!
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    horatio (2 maand(en) geleden) #22362173*Curls up into a fetal ball and sobs in a dark corner*

    *scoots over to make room for horatio*

    psst... I find rocking back and forth helps... just back... and forth... back... and forth... *sob*
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    Great review! Being a mega KLK fan, I got her first release right away, and as you pointed out, there were some slight issues. Overall though, I love her, and she still has a prominent spot on my Kill La Kill shelf. <3

    Oh god, Alter KLK figures would destroy me...

    And it's not up there, but I would love to see a Beach Queens Satsuki to go with Ryuko. Mako would be cute too, but if they only ever did my president, I could die happy. <3
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    horatio (2 maand(en) geleden) #22362173Great review Spidey; easy and fun to read; detailed and informative.

    Thank you for reading. :D
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    pradshaw89 (2 maand(en) geleden) #22362064Better a DX Edition vs. a limited release or a GSC only bonus lol
    Shh! You'll give them ideas! XD
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    WanderingWastrel (2 maand(en) geleden) #22361212I want a Nonon Jakuzure figure, in her drum major uniform.
    Seconded; I want her as a nendo.

    WanderingWastrel (2 maand(en) geleden) #22361212This will never happen.
    *Curls up into a fetal ball and sobs in a dark corner*

    Great review Spidey; easy and fun to read; detailed and informative.
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    ChocolateSpider (2 maand(en) geleden) #22361733Then add it to the poll. You are totally right, by the way. We need a Figma to go with the Nendoroid. Well then again, they could include the Fight Club Uniform and as an alternate torso like they did with the Gilgamesh Figma and his shirtless torso. I kinda imagine Max Factory would make all the Fight Club related parts part of a DX edition or something.

    Better a DX Edition vs. a limited release or a GSC only bonus lol
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