When you’ve got a figure that is posed like this, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. And the number of tentacle stands that you own.
As everybody knows, Sonico is the mascot of software developer Nitroplus. This Sonico figure is manufactured by Gift and is sculpted by Takayuki Kondou, the same sculptor responsible for crafting Gift’s 1/4 scale Tamaki Kousaka and the 1/4 scale Nanoha StrikerS swimsuit figures. Unlike those figures, this Sonico is 1/6 scale, and her legs-up pose and small base give her a compact shelf footprint.
This version of Sonico has no castoff option, so setup is quite straightforward; she simply needs to be unboxed and placed on her base. The base is a black piece of plastic meant to look like a cushion, and there’s a helpful imprint matching the bow on her back that informs her new owner as to how she should be oriented. However, as the base is slightly inclined, she can be turned the other way to have her fully lying down rather than merely reclining.
Many female anime-type characters that become popular get put into a maid uniform at some point, and so it is with Sonico. This particular figure is labeled the “gothic maid” version, and I don’t know what differentiates a “gothic maid” from the garden-variety of maid. At any rate, while she lacks cleaning supplies and does not appear to be in a position to handle her duties, her outfit clearly marks her as an anime-type maid.
Sonico wouldn’t be Sonico without her headphones, and in a cute touch her phones are integrated into her maid headdress.
Less cute and considerably more slutty is her maid dress, which is wide open in front, giving everyone a view of her breasts, or at least as much as her legs permit.
However, though her outfit is nominally the main attraction – her costume being the only thing that identifies her as a maid – the highlight of this figure is really her pose. It’s quite obviously a very sexualized pose, and it ought to come as no surprise that this figure is based in large part off of a 3D mousepad which was sold a couple of years back. While the main themes are present, the figure deviates from the illustration in a number of respects: the positioning of her hands is different, as is her facial expression, and she lacks the mysterious white substance coating her thighs. One additional thing that this particular figure lacks is the red ribbon restraining her legs; this is the cheaper edition of this figure, and the more expensive version comes with the ribbon as well as a more elaborate base. I didn’t care to spend the extra money on what amounts to accessories.
I freely admit that Sonico’s pose is really what compelled me to buy this figure; her pose, and the things that her pose allows to be done to her.
Her pose is anything but subtle; she’s essentially begging for people to study her crotch, and it looks a bit puffy, a bit bulbous, even. This appears to be something that carries over from the illustration, and I’m not going to posit any explanations as to why her cameltoe is so swollen. I’ll just say that it looks a bit odd.
Moving on, Sonico’s face is not particularly emotive, which I suppose can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you choose to view it. She doesn’t seem particularly distressed – she seems to be more embarrassed than panicked – so it can be assumed that nothing bad is about to happen to her. On the other hand, if bad things were to happen to her, a more worried and anxious expression would’ve been appreciated.
Looking at her, I can’t shake the impression that her torso seems overly long. It could just be my imagination, though.
However, all in all, I think this is a pretty good figure of Sonico. If I were only going to own one figure of Sonico, it wouldn’t be my first choice, and given the sheer number of figures she has in the marketplace, it probably wouldn’t be my second pick, either. However, she still looks very nice, and she’s also fairly large, which I always regard as a plus. Sonico integrates well with some of the photographic props I use, which is really the reason I bought her, and this was a fun shoot to do.