Here are a few certainties in life: music that people half your age like will always suck, politicians will always lie, the Washington Redskins will always make terrible personnel decisions, and figure manufacturers from Alter to Yamato will always turn to the Ikkitousen and To Heart franchises for inspiration. In particular, Kanu Unchou and Tamaki Kousaka are consistent winners, and with a barrage of Tamakis scheduled to drop in the near future, now seems like a good time to look at the Tamaki that Max Factory released in May of this year.
This particular Tamaki Kousaka was sculpted in 1/6 scale and she’s about 17.5 centimeters tall, not including the base. Speaking of which, I seem to have misplaced it, but it’s a standard disc covered with some fuzzy white material, very much like the base that came with Native’s Collet figure. Despite the huge number of available Tamaki figures, this is only the second one I own, the first being one of Kaitendoh’s first figures. Curiously, both figures were sculpted by the same person: Elliott gets credit for both, although Max Factory also lists Hiroki Katayama – the guy who also Max Factory’s old 1/6 scale Kasumi, one of the first figures I owned – as a contributor. I was surprised to learn that since while they have some superficial similarities, they are very different figures in terms of quality.
Incidentally, that old Tamaki figure is one of the most popular pages on this site, and while I can understand why, I really don’t like my pictures there and I keep thinking I ought to re-do them. I’ve got a sizeable backlog of figures that need to have their pictures taken though, so I don’t think I’ll have the time to do so.
Tamaki is described as a take-charge alpha female, the sort of girl who uses her imposing presence, vocal volume, and physical pressure to get her way. You don’t really see those qualities here; she looks very demure, or as demure as one can be while wearing not much more than some high socks and low-rise panties. Her expression is angelic, with a tranquil, gull-winged smile on her lips. Her face is my favorite part of this figure, and it’s a testament to how well it’s done that I always notice her smile first rather than her state of undress.
Not that her near-nudity is easy to miss; she’s one of the most risque figures that Max Factory has produced, so much so that one could make a plausible argument that she deserves to be in their Native line instead. She’s basically topless, her breasts on full display for admiration, and to be honest, I find her breasts to be a bit too large. While Tamaki is generally depicted as buxom, each of her breasts are about the same size as her head. I’d like them to be a little bit smaller, but their size doesn’t detract too much from how much I like this figure.
One thing that definitely would have detracted from this figure was the way her hands were clasped in the prototype figure. The early sample showed her hands melded into each other, melting like sliced okra in gumbo. Happily, Max Factory adjusted their sculpt and her fingers are all intact now and instead of looking terrible, they emphasize the majestic size and pillowy softness of her rack.
The sculptors elected to give a bit of softness to her stomach, which I also like a lot, as it gives her more of a girlish appearance and adds additional curves to a figure already replete with them.
I also like how they sculpted her butt. Not enough sculptors give anime girls appealing definition in their backsides, but fortunately Max Factory knows how to do it right. Her panties are also very pretty, and I’m glad they went with a different color than white, since white panties on an anime schoolgirl is so passÃ©.
Tamaki is basically naked and so the paintwork need not be overly elaborate, but Max Factory has done a very nice job with it anyway. They’ve gone for a more heavy-handed approach to shading, which I think works well, highlighting those curves and adding a touch of feminine pink to her thighhighs.
One curious thing about her paint is the reflectiveness of her eyes. I’m not actually sure if they put some sort of coating on her eyes or if they used really reflective decals, but it complicates taking her picture since you get this huge catchlight. In real life, though, it looks great; her eyes sparkle with a sense of liveliness.
Max Factory’s Tamaki is one of my favorite figures of this year and the best Tamaki figure out there, in my opinion. I really wish Max Factory would spend more time making figures like this rather than churning out Figmas or undersized bargain-bin Vocaloid figures (though if they want to do a VN02 Miku in a proper size, I’d be very happy to see that). It would have been pretty easy for the sculptors to craft a sexually-charged Tamaki – since the majority of Tamaki figures out there are such – but somehow they’ve made a figure that looks cute and innocent despite not wearing very many clothes. The seraphic look on her face is just as attractive as her body, and I’m very happy to have this figure in my collection.
Here’s a comparison picture of Max Factory and Kaitendoh Tamaki, both sculpted by the same guy. They don’t look all that similar to me in terms of quality, with Max Factory’s figure being clearly superior. I seem to have lost Kaitendoh Tamaki’s underwear, hence the gaffer tape bra, but if you want to see more pictures in all her uncensored glory, click here, here, and here.