Today, we'll be reviewing a figure which represents an interesting first in my collection, Milestone's Neko Musume Maoniang. It's an interesting first since Maoniang is the first futanari figure to grace my figure shelves and so there should be little question that most of the shots in this review are 18+ or at the least highly NSFW. If the futanari theme is not your thing, then you may just want to hit the back button. You've been warned...
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About the character/figure: Maoniang is an original character based on an illustration PICTURE #1823972 by the well-known artist Ban ENTRY #113961. While Ban does not exclusively draw futanari characters, as of late a number of Ban's futanari characters have been realized in figure form.
This figure is a color variant of ITEM #549230 which was originally released in December 2017. That figure was available in two versions, with and without her optional parts (a futanari part and additional chest piece). To get the version with the optional parts, it was necessary to order through the retailer Surugaya. The variant reviewed here was released in January 2019, and interestingly this release came with all the optional parts by default. There is also a third variant of this figure ITEM #661238 which was an exclusive, and was apparently limited to a couple hundred units.
Milestone goes with the standard window box.
Milestone is a smaller company, and so it's not too surprising that they recycle shots from the original release of this figure ITEM #549230 for the box art. I do like the red silhouette, as it is subtly sexy (where's that tail going?).
The other side panel has a window, but it really doesn't allow much of a view of the figure, since Milestone opted to package the figure's optional parts on that side of the box...
The back panel is also recycled from the original release. The small image of the original Ban illustration is a nice inclusion.
Maoniang in the blister. You can see the blister is a little bit light and flimsy, but it seems adequate to keep the figure protected in transit.
The part wrapped in black plastic is one of Mao's optional chest pieces.
The square plastic case contains the rest of the figure's optional parts - the futanari part, an additional arm to be used with the futanari part, and a small-breasted chest piece.
Depending on how you want to display the figure, some disassembly will be needed, but in her default configuration, she'll require little to no setup right out of the box.
Even though this is a 1/6 scale figure, the box is reasonably compact and it's not super heavy. The box measures 25 by 19 by 19 cm and weighs just under 700 grams.
Mao's pose is quite simple, but it has some interesting features. I like the fact that she's squatting as opposed to kneeling, as this gives her an assertive feel. Let's have a look at her.
Because of the way Mao is looking off to the side, her face is not easily visible from certain angles, but she looks good from a number of angles (even in profile) so there are no complaints here.
This figure is all over the place in terms of the overall quality of the paint and sculpt. Mao has a number of very interesting features, and in some respects I would say this figure is superior to the original version, but there are also some very obvious defects in paint and sculpt. Throw everything together and I'd say the overall quality of the figure is slightly below average.
One area where there are no complaints is the design of Mao's face. Ban's design is nicely translated into 3D and the narrow and angular eyes, one of Ban's trademark features, are well done. I also like the soft color on her lips.
Sometimes headbands are a recipe for disaster, but the sculpting on Mao's cat ear headband is fairly well done. The hairband does not appear to be growing out of her head, nor are there any huge gaps between her hair and the headband. I also like the silver metallic finish on the cat ears!
One thing that could have been done better is the earring. It is made of plastic, but I think a better alternative would have been for Milestone to use an inexpensive jewelry clasp; that way, the clasp could actually close and there wouldn't be that need for the huge gap in the earring.
There are some very subtle color variations in her blonde hair and the sharp and angled ends of her hair are another signature feature of Ban's characters.
The sculpting on her fingers is good, and I like the shiny pink nails, but you can see some sloppy painting around Mao's collar, and we will see that because of the way the breast pieces attach, there will be some visible gaps around the attachment points.
Mao's outfit has some very neat features! The nipple rings in the outfit are outrageously sexy, and the heart-shaped cutout in front and the thick heavy ribs and trim are another interesting feature.
The sleeves are also quite interesting. They almost look like heavy gauntlets, except for the frilly material around the cuffs. Also note how the red finish has a shiny and metallic look; IMO, this makes the figure stand out much more than the original version!
Milestone paid a lot of attention to Mao's back. Note the definition on the small of her back and the butt dimples. Also, notice that her outfit is completely backless, which is kind of an interesting feature.
It sure looks like the only way this outfit could work would be to have some sort of an...insertable...built into the outfit, and it appears that a buttplug is incorporated into the outfit, thereby securing it in place. It's possible that then the cat tail would attach to the plug.
Also note the catspaw design on the bottom of Mao's shoes. That's a cute feature.
One of my biggest complaints with this figure is that there are very noticeable mold lines on the bottom of both her thighs. That used to be a common imperfection, but these days, you don't see that sort of thing nearly as much outside of cheap prize figures.
I like figures that have multiple display options, and Mao has plenty, most notably the futanari option. If you want to display Mao in futanari mode, step one is to remove this plate which covers her groin area. Both the plate and the futanari part are held in place by a sticky adhesive. It seems to work well enough, but I do wonder if the adhesive will break down over time. The futanari part has a little piece of wax paper covering the adhesive, and so I'd strongly recommend saving that and attaching it to the crotch shield when it's not in use to maximize the life of the adhesive.
Note that her vaginal area is not too detailed. This makes me think that you are "supposed" to display her either with the shield in place or with the futanari part.
Futanari mode enabled! Note that I've also swapped in the optional arm part that allows her to hold her penis.
Her dick has a little bit of a curve to it, and notice that its shape is slightly flat. Also, since you need to know these things, I measure her dick at just over 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length. At 1/6 scale, that would make it just over 6 inches (15 cm) long, and according to the Journal of Urology, the mean length of an erect penis is 5.16 inches (12.9 cm), so therefore Mao is slightly better endowed than average. One interesting thing is that Ban's futanari characters are reasonably proportioned; they don't have the gigantic and exaggerated proportions that are often seen on futanari in hentai (see ITEM #331728 for example).
The way she's grasping herself, it's not clear if she's getting ready to use that, or if perhaps she's supposed to be masturbating. Also note the very pink head and the way the penis narrows from shaft to head.
The bulbous vein on the bottom of the shaft is an interesting feature, but the ball sack is very small relative to the size of her penis and is not particularly realistic. I suppose this makes sense, though. You could write an entire article about the sexology behind futa characters in anime and manga (and many people have!), but a common opinion seems to be that the raison d'etre for futa characters is that they make certain sexual acts possible without the actual involvement of male characters, and for this reason futa genitalia is often made to not look 100% realistic.
Additionally, Mao comes with two optional bare chest parts. As you can see, the various chest pieces simply lift off.
One the optional pieces keeps her chest size approximately the same as how she appears in her default configuration.
The other gives her a much flatter chest.
The large shiny nipples coupled with the flat chest is an interesting look. If you decide to go with the flat chest, a potential problem is apparent in the shot below. The larger breasts on the other piece tend to hide the seams at the attachment points, but with the flat chest, there's really no way to hide the seams.
Mao will stand/squat just fine without the base. If you decide to use the base, it comes in two parts, with a mirrored piece which fits underneath the base.
If you plan to display the figure below eye level, it might be worth using the mirrored base. Just be advised that nothing holds the mirrored part in place.
With her squatting pose, Mao is about 7.5 inches (19 cm) in height. If she were standing she'd be right about 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall, which at 1/6 scale would make her 5'0" (152 cm). Therefore, I'd say her 1/6 scale seems reasonable, but she might be at the small end of 1/6.
I like blondes, and I like red outfits, so therefore I like the combination of these two figures. Rocket Boy's ITEM #464771 is 1/6 scale for comparison.
Chachamaru Ashikaga seems rather interested by whatever is happening here! Alter's ITEM #603641 is 1/7 scale.
Two naughty catgirls :). Embrace Japan's Cat and Chair ITEM #113824 is listed as 1/8 scale, but I'd say she looks more like 1/7 sitting on the shelf and you can see how Mao compares.
"Double trouble" might describe the pair below. Both Ban and Mogudan ENTRY #34767, who designed Sapphire ITEM #98774, have distinctive art styles and these two complement each other well. Sapphire is 1/6 scale.
These two also make an interesting pair. Orchid Seed's Ziska ITEM #27956 is a large 1/7 scale and you can see how Mao compares.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10
Arguments for: Lots of display options (three chest possibilities and the futanari option), IMO the metallic red outfit looks much better than the original black outfit, lots of interesting subtle details in the design of her outfit, and Milestone did a good job of rendering Ban's design into 3D (particularly the design of Mao's face).
Arguments against: Merely so-so quality (the obvious seams where the breast pieces lift off, the mold lines on her thighs, some painting errors), concerns about whether the adhesive which attaches the futanari part will hold up long-term, and I suppose the futanari theme might not be to everyone's taste.
I regretted not getting the original version of this figure, so when pre-orders opened up for this variant, it was a quick preorder. If you are an open to the idea of owning a figure of a futa character or you simply like Ban's designs, I would recommend this figure, quirks and all. Considering that a bunch of Ban figures are in the works, and considering that this fantastic one ITEM #549551 is available (albeit at drastically inflated prices!), Mao will ultimately not be the best of the lot, but she does have a lot of personality and the multiple display options are a key selling point.
Availability (as of this writing)
Sold out new.
The original ITEM #549230 seems to be commanding a small price premium over its original retail price (16000-18000 yen vs. 14800 yen original retail), and this variant seems to be following a similar trajectory. None of these seem to hang around too long when they go up for sale, so be prepared to act fast if you decide to make your figure collection a little more futa-rific.
THANKS FOR READING!
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