Hi again, MFC!
I’m so happy to be reviewing these 1/8 scale Remu and Ramu figures by Revolve and Emontoys, because I’ve wanted them since they were first announced. I missed my opportunity early on to pre-order the limited edition set that included the Roswaal Mansion base and Rem’s Morning Star, but thankfully I noticed Nippon-Yasan featuring the set on their front-page as I was scrolling by a week ago. I fail to recall the price of them when they were initially listed, but N-Y had them available for 21,900¥ (before shipping) and so I placed an order straight away.
This has been my 3rd pre-order with N-Y and all but this one instance have I received a box stuffed with thin brown shipping paper. To my surprise, my figure boxes were protected by crunched up Japanese newspaper and advertisement posters. Does this have any significance if you're deciding to purchase from them, fellow MFC users? I thought it was somewhat neat, nevertheless. Shipping BoxShipping Box
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The Standard Edition Boxes:
The limited edition "set" was simply the standard edition Remu and Ramu boxes alongside the bonus brown one, which contained the marble base and Morning Star. On the brightside, I can now review these figures as if I had ordered the standard editions, as the boxes and contents should be the same. There isn't much to be said about the figure boxes, as they're quite unspectacular. That's alright. I bought the figures, not their boxes.
Speaking of which, Remu and Ramu came with their own bases! This sole concern was what kept me from ordering them after I had missed the chance to get the limited edition base. I did not know whether they would come with something, because the photos on MFC showed them without, with a square base, with a circular base, and with a clear base. For those that ordered Remu and Ramu separately, you’re in luck!
The bases are pure black plastic (not painted) — one circular, the other oval — and feature a very light matte texture on the top, which removes the issues of fingerprints but still maintains a bit of luster for effect.
The Standard Edition Figures:
I tried my very best to capture the pastel nature of Revolve’s and Emontoys’ work, despite my lackluster camera, for this is what I adored most about these figures: their color palette. I chose not to pre-order GSC’s varients because I was afraid that Rem and Ram’s outfit was too boring to be faithfully painted and still be pleasant. Boy, was I right? GSC released Rem with a flat black and white outfit — not exactly what I would call worthy of my money. However, Revolve and Emontoys produced these two with a lighter color scheme, which I can appreciate. The black is shaded toward white in some areas (as if the fabric had faded) and their hair is too a bleached shade of standard pink and blue. The above photos are only somewhat accurate of the figures, so instead see the photos following those of the limited edition extras. There, I did a better job with representing the true colors of Remu and Ramu.
The Limited Edition Extras:
The marble base is truly fantastic. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out. In the 3rd photo you might be able to tell that the surface has a slight texture to it (more noticeable with a fingernail). Additionally, the Morning Star sits in this smashed portion of the floor (don’t worry, it’s not damaged), with two slots for the tips of whichever points you’d like to place there. It holds the Morning Star in place very well. And furthermore, the chain is legitimately metal, not plastic.
The Limited Edition Figure Set:
Remu and Ramu are incredible. The rose petals on their headband are clearly sculpted. There is a nice amount of sculpting in the strands of their hair. Their maid outfits are painted a soft black, with lots of shading throughout. The stockings have creases where necessary and are painted in such a way that their skin color mixes with the flat white (suggesting that the fabric has a bit of translucency). The fine details, such as the white trim that borders each peace of their outfits and the small bows in the front, are adequately detailed for a 1/8 scale. Their poses are cute as heck, not lacking in originality. Their fingernails are painted with a gloss clear coat as a nice touch. Even their maid shoes are well done, with a bit of fading on the toes to show wear and an excellently painted buckle/strap. Despite Remu and Ramu’s rather simple character design, Revolve and Emontoys managed to produce an interesting and beautifully looking set.
To tell you the truth, I really admire the set because of Ram’s pose and facial expression. GSC’s version showcased Ram in a way in which I didn’t want to remember her: meanspirited. I feel that Revolve uniquely captured a more feminine side of both Rem and Ram. Truly, this is a rare set that many of the “Rem best girl” fans won’t have, and I’d recommend it over the alternatives.