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Unintended Alternative Display Options - Griffon's Reiuzi UtsuhoUnintended Alternative Display Options - Griffon's Reiuzi UtsuhoMisc

EsmeAllanEsmeAllanHace 1 mes
Just a short post about something that I’ve been curious about since I got the recolour of Griffon’s Reuizi Utsuho figure.

When she originally arrived and I unboxed her I was really pleased with how solid she was and how imposing she appeared with her wings and cape. I was also incredibly happy to have not paid a million pounds for her. This figure has a pretty nasty aftermarket price, on top of being not too easy to find.

After looking at her for a while I started wondering… Hey - is her cape, well, removable? It’d be cool to see all of those wings. Obviously it had to be attached to the body during manufacturing but I wasn't sure if it'd actually be possible to take it off without irreparably damaging the figure. Very carefully I had a closer look and it seemed that yeah, this was something that could be done. But only if you removed her head, because her hair goes over the back of the cape.

With any figure, especially one this pricey, that ain’t gonna happen. So I stopped thinking about it until I managed to get the original colour version for a great price because she was damaged.

She came in a bundle off of Yahoo Auctions with a few cheaper Touhou goods including Sega's Reimu prize, a really cute Yukari trading figure and two keychains - Including shipping within Japan all this was about 3,000 yen and when it was time for international shipping Zenmarket did a great job of fitting all this along with my garage kits I had ordered into one small parcel. I knew the box for Utsuho had no blister and they utilized this fact really well when packing as they placed the kits in the box with Utsuho to save space. Cool.

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The atom on her foot and her ankle were broken. As were some of the small silver pieces on the end of that orange part as you can see in the above picture. She's also generally just a little scuffed. All this I knew about before buying… something I wasn't aware of was the fact her head had come off too! As soon as I noticed this, my first thought was of removing that cape. A surprise chance to see if it could be done. Was I otherwise particularly upset her neck was broken? Honesty, not really. It looked less of a break and more of the glue holding the neck to the body giving up and she was already pretty battered so I don't care much at all.

After repairing her various damages it was time to attempt to remove the cape. Well, it took a little more force than I would have liked, but it was very possible to remove it. The cape is attached with a relatively large tab on her upper back and it took a bit of bending to get it out. Afterwards it leaves a not particularly attractive notch in Utsuho. Not that it's at all visible from the front or when you put her head back on, for that matter.

Well, whilst it's off - let's have some pictures! (sorry she's rather dusty repairs and cape shenanigans meant I didn't give her a proper general clean before the photos :P)

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At some angles, as her hair is sculpted to look as if its resting on the cape, the hair does look a bit odd and bent. We get to see the full design on the cape too now that it's been detached, which I found cool:

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As usual, it remains horribly unnerving to see any figure dismantled:

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With a similar amount of force required to remove the thing the cape slotted back into the back. Here's on last picture of the two Okuus together:

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While I don't think this post is that exciting I found removing Utsuho's cape interesting enough to share with the rest of MFC.

Does anybody else here own a figure they think might have another unintentional display option similar to this? I know obviously there are cast off figures that require you to break parts in order to remove clothing but from what I understand that is an intended function of the figure most of the time, despite requiring 'breaking' the figure. I'd love to hear about customizations others might think may be possible or have actually attempted.

Thanks for reading!
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You were really Lucky to pick her up at an affordable, price. I guess since not too many figures of Okuu where made this one shot up in price. Its good to put your resin model painting assembling and skills come in handy doing the repairs as well. I didn't know the cape could be removed. Looks good with or without, but without her features of being Raven themed are enhanced.

What surprises me is how brown her hair is I thought her hair would be more black then brown
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LittlePiscesHace 1 mes#96463330I love the shading on the cape! The heart like mentioned before is really cute. ~

I gotta agree with you and the other comment - the heart, very cute!
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WeboshidoriHace 1 mes#96463298My thanks for the pictures and the article; especially as someone who really wants to find this Okuu I love the details they gave her (that heart on the cape, my goodness). But yeah I can't find her under $500 US.
And you have two! They look so great. Like brand new. I can't tell anything otherwise from the pics other than the cannon damage stuff and the atom on her ankle. With that cape off the detail they gave for her wings is so excellent.


No problem :)

It's such a shame she's so hard to find. I only cracked and bought the recolour because I'd given up on ever finding the original for a similarly OK price... Now look what's happened!

Before I got into buying broken figures to repair I always assumed that broken parts would mean that the figure would also be real dirty all over. But I've since learnt that's not really the case at all which is nice. Yes, I love her wings, and it was great to have a chance to see them in all their glory.
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I love the shading on the cape! The heart like mentioned before is really cute. ~
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My thanks for the pictures and the article; especially as someone who really wants to find this Okuu I love the details they gave her (that heart on the cape, my goodness). But yeah I can't find her under $500 US.

And you have two! They look so great. Like brand new. I can't tell anything otherwise from the pics other than the cannon damage stuff and the atom on her ankle. With that cape off the detail they gave for her wings is so excellent.
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WhoBeDaPlayaHace 1 mes#96433563Ah, that nostalgic Griffon base

Indeed.
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Ah, that nostalgic Griffon base
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WanderingWastrelHace 1 mes#96425274Not to pick on this particular article author in any way, because I see this all the time... but can I once again uselessly plead with everyone that if you write something about a particular figure that IS in the database, put in the link to that figure. In this case: ITEM #65672

Honestly can't believe I forgot! Seriously - it drives me up the wall too when I want to maybe take a look at the MFC page for the figure and I'm disappointed I totally forgot to do it this time :/

Maybe you should write a short article about people never bothering to link things. I think more people may heed your advice that way. (if you haven't done so already, of course.)
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Not to pick on this particular article author in any way, because I see this all the time... but can I once again uselessly plead with everyone that if you write something about a particular figure that IS in the database, put in the link to that figure. In this case: ITEM #65672

If you don't want to put it in the text of the article, you can also link it via the Related Items section of your article. Filling out the Related Items also puts a link to your article on the page of the item, so others in the future will be able to see your thoughts on the item, along with everyone else's comments, in addition to the comments on the item page itself.

And now I'll shut up about it for another year or two, until y'all drive me crazy again by not linking anything. (I was a database designer the last 10 years of my career... not connecting things drives me mad. Well, more mad.)
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