I sometimes give my figures informal nicknames, particularly if I have multiple versions of a particular character. I’ve got E.T. Miku, transvestite Yoko, gangsta lean Saber (review pending for over a year), and now I have this figure, which I’ve taken to calling fat Tamaki. It’s not a very charitable nickname and its accuracy is questionable as well, but the main thing is I had planned to cancel this figure. Unfortunately for me, Hobby Search revised their cancellation policy while I wasn’t paying attention and so I was stuck with my order. I guess I could’ve simply refrained from paying; I don’t think Hobby Search would have carried out any reprisals against me, since I’ve purchased the equivalent of an economy automobile from them these last couple of years. However, I did appreciate some aspects of this figure and now that I have her, there are some things I like about Tamaki, and some things I don’t, which is better than how I expected to feel.
This version of Tamaki is manufactured by BEAT and is sculpted in 1/6 scale, standing about 23 centimeters tall. She comes with a small heart-shaped base that attaches to her right foot and a plastic pool chair that she can kneel on. Unfortunately, her weight is very much shifted towards her left side and as such she doesn’t balance on the chair all that well; I stuffed a small piece of rolled-up cloth under her shin to keep her from leaning to her left. Also unfortunate is that the little base attached to her foot doesn’t stay in all that well, though that’s much less of a problem when she’s on a shelf than when you’re picking her up to photograph her.
There are about a billion Tamaki figures scheduled for release this year, but at least quite a few of them do have an obvious distinctive element. FREEing’s one is a huge 1/4 scale, Daiki Kougyou’s has her washing off her tit, Volks’s one has her prancing around in utterly bizarre body armor. And then I guess there are a bunch of forgettable Kaitendoh and Alphamax ones. This one has a couple of interesting aspects: her size, as she is quite a large figure, and her size, as she packs colossal breasts and a big ass. Tamaki is one of those formless, malleable characters whose body language and shape gets molded to match the sculptor’s fantasies. In her upcoming fighting game appearance, she looks like a normal anime girl with rather reserved breasts. Her Max Factory rendition gave her enormous breasts but a relatively normal body shape otherwise. BEAT’s version gives her a much plumper look, with broad hips, thick thighs, and breasts spilling out of her tight one-piece.
Some people only like big breasts, some people only like small breasts, some people only like no breasts. I don’t have a favored anime girl body shape; the figures in my collection span the gamut from loli girls to grown women with huge breasts. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people did not like this version of Tamaki, but me, I think her body shape looks great. Her curves are prominent and her tits and ass are majestic. Also, there have been many figures with oversized breasts and buttocks but a number of them have huge bodies and undersized heads; Orchid Seed’s Al Azif and upcoming Arshes Nei are examples of that, as is pretty much every Cattleya figure ever made. That’s not something I find to be attractive, so I’m happy that Tamaki’s got a normal-sized head here.
I also very much like her swimsuit. The navy color is attractive and I particularly like its high-cut legs. I see a lot of figures in swimsuits with low-leg cuts, which I don’t find nearly as appealing. Tamaki’s suit shows off a lot of her hips and looks great.
Her face looks decent from a distance. She’s got a pleasant smile, and that’s the reason I bought this one instead of the version with the white suit. It’s certainly not the prettiest Tamaki I’ve ever seen, and her face starts looking stranger the closer you get to her. Close up, you start wondering where her nose went, and you notice her face looks really flat. Still, from a normal viewing distance, it’s okay. Mediocre, I’d call it, but not as bad as it could have been.
Tamaki is pulling her swimsuit out from between her buttocks, which I think is really cute, but she seems to be wearing something under her suit. Is it a suit liner? A pair of panties? I dunno. It looks odd to me.
I had some strong reservations about how the paintwork on this figure was going to turn out, particularly since my one other BEAT figure wasn’t all that fantastic. Fortunately, Tamaki has a simplistic color scheme so it’s not too noticeable. Her skin is pale and subtly shaded; I would’ve preferred the bold airbrushing that the box illustrations show. The blue color of her suit is nice but her hair is sort of a rusty red color, which deviates from the bright red tresses that she normally sports. I would’ve liked the brighter color, myself. Overall, I don’t see anything that is enormously bad but there’s nothing that stands out as being particularly impressive, either.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this figure after I found out I couldn’t cancel it. My opinion of it has improved, seeing it in person, but to be frank, I still would’ve preferred to cancel it. It’s not irredeemably bad, per se, but it’s not particularly great either, and I probably could’ve set the money aside to buy something else, like that Fate figure with the big-ass head that’s in Hobby Search’s bargain bin. Or a new timing belt for my car, which I’m going to need sometime soon. Curiously, I haven’t seen many reviews of that Fate Testarossa figure on any of the sites I check, but I’ve seen a ton of reviews of this Tamaki and the one with the see-through white suit. I’m not sure how I should feel about that. On one hand, it’s nice to see a figure with huge breasts and a thick body get some love. On the other hand, it’s a BEAT figure and I just can’t get over that. In the end, I think I’ll take the more optimistic view and say that this isn’t the worst Tamaki I’ve seen by far and it’s not the worst figure I’ve bought this year by far. She’s got her pluses and I’ll focus more on those, even if she’ll be getting placed closer to the back of the shelf than the front.