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Good Smile Kaname Chidori and Tessa TestarossaGood Smile Kaname Chidori and Tessa Testarossa

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Today, we'll be going all the way back to 2005 to do a two-for-one retro review of Good Smile's Kaname Chidori and Tessa Testarossa. These are swimsuit figures, so a few shots could be considered somewhat NSFW.

About the characters: Kaname Chidori and Teletha (Tessa) Testarossa are main characters from the Full Metal Panic! ENTRY #128 franchise.

Kaname Chidori ENTRY #2712 is the female lead of the show. She is a textbook tsundere character with a very hot-tempered personality. Kaname serves as a foil of sorts to co-protagonist Sousuke Sagara ENTRY #3388, and she serves to keep Sousuke's over-the-top military approach to everyday problems in check. A running gag in the show is that whenever Sousuke gets out of line, Kaname promptly whacks him with a giant paper fan which she always seems to have handy.

Tessa Testarossa ENTRY #2713 is the captain of the Tuatha de Danaan (TDD-1), a submarine in the navy of the private military organization Mithril. Despite her youth and slightly frail physique, Tessa proves herself to be a very capable commander. She is a highly intelligent young lady and in addition to captaining the vessel, she was one of the designers of the Tuatha de Danaan.

These figures depict the characters as they appear in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu ENTRY #129, FMP's well known school-comedy spinoff. In Fumoffu, Tessa arrives on the scene while the crew of the TDD-1 is enjoying some down time, and she decides it would be fun to pose as an exchange student and attend school with Kaname and Sousuke.

Now on to the review.

Packaging----------8/10

The front of the boxes both feature large windows and the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu logo. The boxes have distinctive camouflage color schemes.

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The side panels of the box have decent-sized windows and a shot of the figure inside. Tessa's white swimsuit was a limited color variant, so all the photos of Tessa have her in her standard (blue) swimsuit. It's not a big deal.

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The tops of the boxes also have windows. Tessa was an A/B item from AmiAmi, and Kaname was B/C, and I think you can see the difference between a B-grade box and a C-grade one. The box containing Tessa is in pretty good shape, but you can see quite a bit of wear around the edges and corners of Kaname's box. You can't really see it, but Kaname's box had some color fade, like it had been sitting by a window or something.

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The boxes are fairly compact. Kaname measures in at 16 by 25 by 15 cm and figure and box weigh 350 grams. Tessa comes in an even more compact package; it measures 12 by 16 by 12 cm and figure and box weigh in at barely over 200 grams. I can remember being shocked at how small the box was!

In any event, the design of the boxes is fine.

Posing----------8.5/10

Tessa's pose is pretty interesting. She's kneeling and waving with her trusty P-90 in hand. Who knows exactly what she's up to, but she seems pretty happy.

Let's take a look at her.

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I do have one small complaint with Tessa's pose. Since her right knee is not planted on the ground, she is quite prone to tipping over and you might want to keep that in mind when picking a spot to display her.

While Tessa is ready to go right out of the box, Kaname needs a little bit of set up. She'll need to be attached to her base and her weapon of choice, a rocket/grenade launcher, will need to be set in place.

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Kaname has a little notch in her hair which will keep the launcher steady in place.

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Now, let's have a look at Kana-chan.

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The cover of volume 1 of the US DVD release of Fumoffu depicts Kaname in this white bikini. Particularly with beach figures, it's nice when the outfits actually have some basis in the source material. Also, now that DVD singles are a thing of the past (at least in the US), fans miss out on a lot of character art...

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The artbox for the US release of Fumoffu on DVD features Kaname and Tessa with these weapons, so that is a plus. It's too bad Kyoko ENTRY #3394 never got a proper scaled figure; I always liked her dorky-but-cute character :).

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Kaname's vigorous pose and Tessa's slightly more reserved pose are both perfectly in character. The fact that their weapons match up with official artwork is a big plus too. My only real complaint about the poses is Tessa's tendency to tip over.

Sculpting----------6/10
Painting----------8/10


It is important to note that these figures were released back in 2005, and generally figure quality has increased dramatically since then. The paint work is solid, but we'll see that both Kaname and Tessa have quite a few flaws in their sculpts.

Let's start with Tessa. One of the highlights of this figure is Tessa's lovely face. The key features of her character design are her silver hair and grey eyes, and Good Smile does a nice job with her eyes. They seem very vibrant and full of life.

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I like all those braids in her hair. You can see a pretty obvious seam running the length of one of the braids, however.

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The standard release of this figure ITEM #827 has Tessa wearing a blue swimsuit; the white swimsuit version was a limited release. Personally, I think the white swimsuit helps accentuate Tessa's distinctive silver/grey hair. In my opinion, the original version with the blue swimsuit makes her hair appear to be a little bit too blue. See PICTURE #48504 for example.

Since Tessa poses as an exchange student in Fumoffu, it makes sense that she'd be wearing a school swimsuit. The name tag is of course a common trope.

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Her skin is quite shiny in spots. This is a common issue with older figures.

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There's a really messy spot running down the side of her swimsuit.

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She has some sort of a seam running up the back of her thigh.

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There's a little bit of a gap between the strap of her swimsuit and her arm.

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The inside of her thigh is kind of a mess.

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Tessa's weapon is a P-90. The P-90 is a relatively new design, first introduced in 1990 by the Belgian firearms manufacturer FN Herstal. The P-90 is a very lightweight and compact weapon; it weighs in at under 6 pounds, and it is 19.9 inches (50.5 cm) in length. It was designed to be a defensive weapon which could be used by individuals with a minimal amount of arms training, and so it makes sense that Tessa would be armed with such a weapon.

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I measure the length of Tessa's P-90 at 2.5 inches. At 1/8 scale, that would make it 20 inches in length, which is spot-on. I appreciate that sort of accuracy and attention to detail.

Now, let's move on to Kaname. I really like her cheerful expression, as it seems that she's really stoked about whatever she's doing! Given her quick temper, however, I'm not sure I'd want to be at the other end of that rocket launcher...

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If I was going to be picky, the design of her face (especially the blush) is reminiscent of her character design from season one of the show, while the figure is from Fumoffu, where the character designs are subtly different.

Good Smile really gave Kaname a wild, disheveled hairstyle!

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There are couple of really messy places in her hair.

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One thing I don't like so much is that Kaname's hair is just one giant mass of plastic; there's not much detail in her hair.

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That seam on Kaname's elbow looks bad, but back in the day it was difficult to mold joints like this in a single piece of plastic, and so it was very common to see seams like this around jointed areas (elbows, shoulders, etc.).

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Her butt is also probably a little too flat.

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There are a few really messy spots around the edges of her bikini bottom.

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However, despite the sculpting flaws, I like the fact that her body looks natural and that her bikini is not two sizes too small!

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I'm not an expert on rocket launchers, but it sure looks like Kaname's weapon is some sort of a variation on an RPG-7. Technically the RPG-7 is not a rocket launcher (it shoots rocket-propelled grenades) but in any event, the RPG-7 is a basic, low-cost, rugged weapon and it still sees extensive use today even though its basic design is over 50 years old.

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Both of these figures have their share of sculpting issues, but it is important to note that they were made fourteen years ago. By today's standards, I'd say both figures are significantly below average in terms of quality. On the other hand, relative to other figures that were made around that time, I'd say they are probably about average. This is not really a complaint, but it might be something to keep in mind if you're in the market for these particular figures.

Bases----------6/10

I'm not sure why Good Smile chose a green base for Tessa, as it clashes rather badly with the figure. Fortunately, the way Tessa is posed makes the base unnecessary, so if it really bothers you the base can simply be stashed in the box.

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Kaname's base is a little less obtrusive. She attaches to the base via a single peg on her foot. It took quite a bit of effort to attach her to the base, and she seems pretty stable, but I would have preferred to see her screwed into the base all the same.

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Scale Comparison

Kaname is established to be 5'5" (166 cm) in height, and her figure is about 8 inches (20.5 cm) in height, which is consistent with height at 1/8 scale. With her kneeling pose, Tessa is just over 5 inches (12.5 cm) in height. If Tessa were standing, she'd be about 7.5 inches (19 cm) tall. Since she is 5'2" (158 cm) tall, her 1/8 scale is also accurate.

These three will be armed for bear at the beach! Inia Sestina ITEM #96904 is a smallish 1/7 scale for comparison.

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Some of my favorite 1/7 and 1/8 scale girls-with-guns. Triela ITEM #13765 and Saya Tokido ITEM #28911 are 1/8 scale and FNC ITEM #144495 is approximately 1/7 scale.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8.5/10

Arguments for: The swimsuit + weapon theme checks moe boxes for me, given the continued popularity of the series, there are surprisingly few Full Metal Panic figures, the theme and whimsical feel of these figures is consistent with the general tone of Fumoffu, and personally the nostalgia factor for these figures is high.

Arguments against: It's clear that figure manufacturing has come a long, long way since these figures were made and Tessa's green base is moderately hideous.

These figures will not form the centerpiece of anyone's collection to be sure, but they are fun figures, the weapons distinguish them from the same-old same-old beach figures, and if you were watching anime in the early to mid 2000's, Kaname and Tessa could bring back fond memories. If you like FMP and you like beach figures, these might be worth tracking down.

Availability (as of this writing)

Possible to find pre-owned with some diligence.

As these figures were released 14 years ago, you may need to do a little bit of hunting for them, but both Tessa and Kaname seem to pop up with some regularity at the popular pre-owned shops. I paid 4000 yen for an A/B Tessa, and the regular blue variant seems to go for a bit less. Kaname seems slightly less common, but she doesn't fetch a particularly high price; a B/C Kaname set me back 1800 yen.

THANKS FOR READING!

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I think these figures look really great, especially for the time they were made. As much as i love Teletha Testarossa tho, i would like to see a new Kaname figure get made
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Maakie (13 dag(en) geleden) #58907778It's pretty interesting as it has not stuck with me much, but I think Full Metal Panic in general was a bigger hit in the USA. I heard quite a lot of USA users on here being nostalgic about it, while I personally only heard of it many years after release.
It's interesting how you have so much reviews partially written up at the same time! I always find it hard to pick up a review/blog if I did not type on it for a while, so I try as much as possible to write on my blogs in longer sessions or in continuous days in a row. I don't actually look at the article numbers, but your specific blue color background is mostly the give-away for me that you are posting older pictures! ;)
Huh...interesting, so they were released in the same line, but with so much differences! There is quite some release date difference between them, with Mikoto being the newer one, is that why there is a bump in quality maybe? Anyway, you could review that Mikoto and just do a quick comparison with Kuroko at the bottom? Right now I'm doing something similar while working on my review of ITEM #338779 and grabbing ITEM #42095 . :)


At least for me, I always thought FMP worked best from the school comedy angle as opposed to the mecha angle, and that's almost certainly why I prefer Fumoffu.

When it comes to reviews, often I'll take a bunch of photos of a new figure and dump them into my review template. Sometimes, I'll realize that I just don't have anything interesting to say, sometimes I'll start to write and then realize the figure is just rather average and unremarkable, or sometimes I'll get a big portion written but then some higher-profile/more interesting item seizes my attention.
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victorviper (15 dag(en) geleden) #58646700Fumoffu is one of those anime that has really stuck with me, in part because the English dub was really good and in part since IMO Fumoffu is actually better than the original Full Metal Panic series.
I've got a review of Mikoto about 95% written. You may have noticed that I've done a few articles lately which you can see (article numbers in the 1XXXX's) I've had mostly written for a long time (*years* in some cases!) but which I just never got around to finishing (like PC Ripple and Tessa/Kaname).
At some point, I was going to take that review and make it a two-for-one review of Mikoto with the corresponding Kuroko ITEM #59785, but Kuroko is rather...plain. It's unfortunate that even though Kuroko is my favorite Railgun character, Mikoto got most of the best figures...


It's pretty interesting as it has not stuck with me much, but I think Full Metal Panic in general was a bigger hit in the USA. I heard quite a lot of USA users on here being nostalgic about it, while I personally only heard of it many years after release.

It's interesting how you have so much reviews partially written up at the same time! I always find it hard to pick up a review/blog if I did not type on it for a while, so I try as much as possible to write on my blogs in longer sessions or in continuous days in a row. I don't actually look at the article numbers, but your specific blue color background is mostly the give-away for me that you are posting older pictures! ;)

Huh...interesting, so they were released in the same line, but with so much differences! There is quite some release date difference between them, with Mikoto being the newer one, is that why there is a bump in quality maybe? Anyway, you could review that Mikoto and just do a quick comparison with Kuroko at the bottom? Right now I'm doing something similar while working on my review of ITEM #338779 and grabbing ITEM #42095 . :)
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Maakie (15 dag(en) geleden) #58621062Always nice to see reviews about older figures! It's been a long time since I watched Full Metal Panic (Fumoffu) and as I don't remember that much from it anymore, I don't really see myself getting these. Still, I really like the combination of swimwear and weapons. :) The figures show their age, but I think the defects are pretty OK for their age, except for that very visible elbow connection. I maybe would have rated the paint higher. But it might be that I'm thinking this because I made a small start on my own ITEM #199562 review, so I'm more mild. ;)
I would be especially interested in a review of this Mikoto! :)


Fumoffu is one of those anime that has really stuck with me, in part because the English dub was really good and in part since IMO Fumoffu is actually better than the original Full Metal Panic series.

I've got a review of Mikoto about 95% written. You may have noticed that I've done a few articles lately which you can see (article numbers in the 1XXXX's) I've had mostly written for a long time (*years* in some cases!) but which I just never got around to finishing (like PC Ripple and Tessa/Kaname).

At some point, I was going to take that review and make it a two-for-one review of Mikoto with the corresponding Kuroko ITEM #59785, but Kuroko is rather...plain. It's unfortunate that even though Kuroko is my favorite Railgun character, Mikoto got most of the best figures...
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Always nice to see reviews about older figures! It's been a long time since I watched Full Metal Panic (Fumoffu) and as I don't remember that much from it anymore, I don't really see myself getting these. Still, I really like the combination of swimwear and weapons. :) The figures show their age, but I think the defects are pretty OK for their age, except for that very visible elbow connection. I maybe would have rated the paint higher. But it might be that I'm thinking this because I made a small start on my own ITEM #199562 review, so I'm more mild. ;)

victorviper (28 dag(en) geleden) #57788072ITEM #61678 Mikoto Misaka (a really good older figure!)

I would be especially interested in a review of this Mikoto! :)
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CaptainZ (28 dag(en) geleden) #57785061Ah yes, another "oldie but goodie" as an FMP! fan I've always wanted these 2 (Chidori, especially since Japan, seems to hate her). Again it almost makes me ill to think how much figures have risen in price and how little they've actually improved over the years. Great review and I hope you choose to do some more old figures in your collection

At one point, these figures (particularly Tessa) were quite easy to find, but they don't seem to show up as often out in the wild these days.

I've got a number of older figures in my "to review" queue-it's just a question of getting around to them:

ITEM #11438 Hakufu Sonsaku.
ITEM #61678 Mikoto Misaka (a really good older figure!)
ITEM #5206 Eimi Ooba (from one of my favorite nostalgic franchises)
ITEM #98895 A simple but good figure.
ITEM #10479 Another nostalgic franchise for me.
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Ah yes, another "oldie but goodie" as an FMP! fan I've always wanted these 2 (Chidori, especially since Japan, seems to hate her). Again it almost makes me ill to think how much figures have risen in price and how little they've actually improved over the years. Great review and I hope you choose to do some more old figures in your collection
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