Today we'll be taking a look at one of FREEing's first 1/4th scale figures, Ryouko Asakura from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Unlike my other reviews, this one was actually requested. Hopefully this meets their expectations. Asakura is an alien sent to be a back up for Yuki Nagato, another alien sent to earth to observe Haruhi Suzumiya. Let's just say she isn't around long as she has a disagreement with Yuki.
She is of course in a bunny suit inspired by the poster in Megami Magazine's April 2009 issue. On the right you can see Asakura with the rest of the gang all in bunny suits. FREEing actually made 1/4th scale figures of all the girls shown in the illustration. For the most part, most of the girls matched the illustration. I would have to say this particular figure was pretty much faithful to the original.
I believe she was the last of the girls to be released in September of 2008. She retailed for 11,800 Yen. I believe she was the only one of the bunny girls not re-released which seems to have driven up her price. At this time she is only available on the secondary market and for a premium. There really isn't any objective but to just take a closer look at her.
Please understand a score of 10 will never be given as there is always room for improvement.
Packaging: 8/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡♡
FREEing has stayed consistent with the design and layout of the packaging of all the bunny girls down to the color scheme that matched the suits of each figure. There is a large number of view portals but they're basically useless as you can't see the contents. What is nice is the front and back of the packaging has her respective front and back profiles on each side and she's to scale. At least you get a good idea of the contents inside. Display wise, the box looks attractive and could be displayed just by itself. The artwork also does a good job of hiding the ridges from the cardboard.
Dimensions of the packaging:
H: 210 mm
W: 375 mm
D: 185 mm
A lightweight corrugated cardboard was used for the packaging. Even though the latest 1/4 bunny girl from them, Mugi-chan, also employed lightweight corrugated cardboard, they are worlds apart different. As old as the box is, it's more solid and durable compared to the newer packaging. Weight is also not a factor at all as the packaging is quite light, however there's a reason for that which I will go into detail further down. Protection and weight are not the concern, however the size is a concern. The shipping box used might be considered over-sized possibly increasing shipping costs in the US.
Top & Side
Unfortunately there is a reason for the ultra light weight of the packaging. The two piece blister they used is very flimsy. My figure actually punched through the blister at several places and I'm surprised she wasn't damaged. The blister they used was not designed to handle the mass of the figure. If you look carefully, you can actually see sections of the blister missing or cracked.
I had mixed feelings about the packaging. You couldn't see the figure easily or at all but the packaging did look very nice. The box itself was strong enough but the blister inside was very lacking. However, it is still better than their latest packaging for Mugi-chan.
Sculpting: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
Sculpting credits go to the FREEing team I guess. She is course 1/4th in scale measuring almost 345 mm long. She does not come with any accessories and nothing can be removed/swapped out.
Hopefully you can see there are no issues to point out about the figure. She's as good as she looks and more. Starting with her face, I don't think it can be disputed they did an excellent rendition of her. They captured her features perfectly and possibly improved them. I would have to say her lips/smile is what makes the figure and tie everything together. The proportions, shape and contours of her face are just perfect.
Moving on, it's hard to see but her bunny ears are actually detailed and look like authentic bunny girl ears. It should be noted they are attached and glued in place but are still fragile so care should be taken around them. One possible way to tell if you have a fake is to look under the right bunny ear flap. You'll find/feel the raised lettering for the 2006 SOS copyright. If that's not there, you have a fake since they probably didn't know to copy that...
Her hair seems to match the illustration pretty well. You can find details from all sides including the portions hidden behind her back. That attention to detail is appreciated. The tactile sense from touching her hair is also pleasing. I thought they did a great job replicating her hairstyle from the original illustration. My favorite part would have to be her bangs and that piece of hair draped over her right shoulder, rawr... sexy! 8Þ
The transition from her flesh to the collar was well executed. There are no ugly gaps or seams, just a nice smooth and natural transition. Also, hopefully you can appreciate her lovely sculpted collarbone and shoulders. Those body lines look great! While we're here, lets look at her cleavage.
What can I say? It looks great, she's practically bursting out of that tight suit of hers. For the most part, the transition from the suit to her flesh was well done.
However, there are some minor gaps on the side. I'm guessing this will vary between the figures due to how they made her upper torso/suit and the joining process involved. However, you don't really notice it on mine except under magnification. Actually, I think it might just be the case mine is a few years old and the glue isn't as strong?
A closer look at her suit shows the details in it as well. The various wrinkles and creases formed from her spreading her self on the ground and stretching. At her bellybutton, you find a indentation. You can see and feel the stitch lines through the outfit. The suit is nice and smooth and you can feel all the details when running your fingers over it. A job well done. That suit really looks like it's hugging her body, barely containing her.
Her hands/fingers are proportional to each other! A pet peeve of mine, I'm glad they actually paid attention to that and of course they look normal. No sausage fingers!!! 8Þ Even her nails are present and look normal. The transition from her flesh to her cuffs was well done and look natural.
Moving on to her main ASSet, I don't think you can deny she's killer rear end. Those curves look so dangerous, no insurance company will cover you if you dare to navigate them. The transition from her suit to her butt cheeks are seamless.
Here's another angle of a butt that wont quit. Note the bunny tail is actually attached but it seems quite secure. However, I don't think you want to test how secure and just leave it be. Do you know why Fishnet Stockings are considered sexy? It's psychological, the diamond grid patterns tight against the skin accentuates the wearers muscle definition thus enhancing the curves. It gives you more curves or makes those curves you have look even more sexy. 8Þ This bunny girl doesn't need them but it doesn't hurt either.
The cut of her suit just makes those long legs look even more longer. She easily has a high leg to torso ratio making her even more attractive. The curves from both the fishnets and just her natural curves look amazing. The fishnets themselves are well put together and the stitching looks good.
Looking at her long legs from another angle only makes you appreciate those curves of her more. Also, her legs are whole unlike some of the other girls where the legs are made up of multiple pieces where you can actually see the seams through the fishnets. The transition from her legs to the heels was well done with no unsightly gaps.
FREEing did an excellent job. The only minor issues I saw happens to the best of them and even then it wasn't really noticeable. They did a great job replicating her from the illustration and she is nicely detailed for a figure of her scale. My expectations were met and exceeded for this vixen in heels.
Painting: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
FREEing has done a decent job with coloring the majority of their 1/4 figures and I don't see it any different for this figure. Usually for a figure of this scale tinting and decals are mostly used with limited to no painting of any kind. I'd say they didn't follow that formula and actually used every tool at their disposal to color her. Looking at her face you can see they did a great job tinting her fair skin which looks very beautiful. Those big shiny eyes of hers are precisely applied decals that look great and fit her personality and expression perfectly. Note the subtle blush on her cheeks and that precisely painted mouth of hers. Her face just looks great.
Various shades were used for both her hair and bunny ears to give them depth and dimension, accentuating the various details. They even simulated the halo effect on her hair with varying shades in her hair.
Her sexy bunny suit is the same story. Nice and shiny with decent shading to accentuated the curves and details. Just love that shiny finish since it makes her outfit look more realistic and more lively.
Nothing stands out of place in regards to the coloring of the figure. Everything seems consistent and she just looks "right".
All in all, I was very happy with how FREEing colored her. Her skin looks great and so does the suit. Everything that needed to be painted was painted and they weren't flat dull colors, but lively and nice. Expectations were met, actually since she was one of the first 1/4th from them she set my expectations for the future 1/4ths.
Posing: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
I don't know if there's much to say, she matches the illustration pretty perfectly as you can see below. FREEing did a great job with her pose and I really wish they would have done the same for the other girls so I could reproduce the scene from the illustration. Unfortunately, half of the other bunny girls do not match their poses in the illustration which makes displaying them together even harder.
The figure by herself is an eye catching figure and she just looks great. Unlike some of the other bunny girls, you can display her above, at or below eye level without issue. She looks perfectly fine while some of the other bunny girls look weird if they are displayed above eye level or below. This makes things easier for you since she does take up a lot of space due to those long legs of hers. As mentioned, that smirk of hers ties the figure together. It matches her personality perfectly as if she is thinking of some cruel way to kill a certain someone. Even though FREEing was only copying the illustration, it doesn't make her any less sexy. The body lines on this figure are just amazing especially with how she is posed. I think all of her curves that matter were put out on display and emphasized.
She looks great from almost any angle, giving you plenty of display options. And as mentioned, she can be displayed at any height without issue.
As stated, I thought they replicated her pose perfectly from the illustration. She looks just like the official photos and as sexy and beautiful as ever. Expectations were met and exceeded.
Enjoyment: 9/10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♡
She was one of my first figures when I first started collecting a few years ago and I do not regret acquiring her. I actually bought her in the states from a store that imported her so I paid a large markup even when the dollar was actually still strong against the Yen, she was worth it. Thinking about it, I'd say I wouldn't have an issue if she was my only bunny girl but having the rest does make things better. Is she worth your efforts in acquiring her? Since I have her I don't bother keeping a track of what she goes for now but as much as I like her I'm not sure I would be willing to go more than what I paid for her originally, which was a large sum due to the markups. Then again, I'm saying this when I already do own her. Perhaps if I didn't, I'd probably be willing to pay more. However, if you do have the chance to acquire her at a reasonable price, I don't think you'll regret your purchase as she is a lovely figure that is well put together that I use as a benchmark for future figures. Btw, I knew next to nothing about Haruhi and the gang when I bought the bunny girls. I just thought they looked nice and I think I actually watched the series after I got all of the girls.
See you later.