Ryofu is one of the first figures I ordered. My initial receipt dates back to March 2006, but as I recall she want through a succession of delays and I didn’t get her for some months afterwards. For a while she was perhaps my most anticipated figure. How did she turn out?
She is a Griffon product, and is ostensibly in 1/6 scale. A trivia note: out of the fifty or so figures I own, Ryofu is one of only two girls that is wearing pants. Granted, hers are rather badly tattered.
There is a big problem with this figure. One of the reasons I looked forward to her was her size; Griffon advertised her as 1/6 scale. It even says as much on the nameplate on the base. However, she ain’t 1/6 scale. My low-tech ruler and tape measure indicate that she is about 21 centimeters tall, putting her at about four feet and two inches tall if she lived in real life. I’ve not watched the Ikki Tousen anime adaptation but I’m guessing that she isn’t depicted as a midget. Perhaps someone at Griffon transposed a 6 and an 8 when they were writing up Ryofu’s specs. Or maybe they don’t know how to use a ruler. Who knows?
Up close, Ryofu doesn’t look all that awesome. Seam lines are visible, particularly running along her sides. Her hair is not particularly detailed, a flaw she has in common with a lot of early figures.
From a distance though, she looks better. I do like Ryofu’s style; the turtleneck crop top and leather trousers are very cool, and the busted zipper is pretty hot. Overall, while this isn’t a great figure, I wouldn’t go as far as to say I regret picking her up. I’d definitely like her more if she were in 1/6 scale though.
Griffon’s put out a couple variants of Ryofu, one with a silver top and another with a red shirt. They seem to also have removable parts so that Ryofu’s boobs can be exposed for careful inspection, but my Ryofu figure lamentably does not have that feature.