Today, we'll be reviewing a rather ambitious 18+ figure, the newest entry in Magic Bullets' "Ade Sugata" line. You already clicked through the 18+ disclaimer, and this figure does not really have any SFW display option, so almost every shot below will be NSFW. You've been warned...
About the character/figure: Since the character is an original character, there's not too much to say here, but this figure is the fourth item in this particular figure line, following ITEM #455251, ITEM #674652, and ITEM #674066. The common theme in this figure line is that a character with a very traditional sense of beauty is placed in a fairly intense bondage scenario.
All the figures in this line have used the same basic box design. The box design is very sparse, save for a few characters of text on the front panel.
The back panel simply has the requisite manufacturer information.
This is a large figure, and the box is huge. The box measures 41 by 30 by 15 cm, and according to the customs form, total weight of the figure plus the shipping box was 2.4 kilograms. EMS shipping to the US was 5200 yen, and it should be noted that when Native shipped the figure, they used air packets for cushioning so shipping would have been slightly more expensive if a denser material was used. In any event, be prepared for a non-negligible shipping bill if you decide to purchase this figure.
The front panel of the box simply lifts off, and when unboxing the figure you'll be greeted with all kinds of opaque black plastic.
It should also be noted that the figure box was not sealed in any way by the manufacturer, so if you purchase this figure secondhand, you might have no way of telling if it's been opened.
Magic Bullets includes a large instruction sheet, although despite the complexity of this figure, getting her set up was a straightforward matter.
Magic Bullets also includes a postcard with the source artwork.
The box feels very heavy and substantial in your hands, and the sparse design gives the figure a very high-end feel, so I have no complaints with the package design.
For many figures, the base can be just an afterthought but the base is an integral part of this particular figure. Note that there are three pegs which attach the character to the base, and that large center peg supports the metal pole to which she is cuffed.
The finish of the cracked concrete if very nicely done, and the cracked concrete gives a heavy feel to the figure.
Step one in assembly is to attach the pole to the base. Note that the pole is not metal, but it's a fairly solid and rigid piece of plastic.
The pitted finish of the pole (particularly when coupled with the cracked concrete base) is an interesting feature, and this is one of these figures that invites you to weave a narrative around the figure setting. Is this bondage adventure happening at an abandoned construction site or an old building somewhere?
The chains are actually made of metal, and I found that the lobster clasps are easy to manipulate. If you want to swap up out some of the figure's optional parts, she will have to be undone from her bondage and set up anew, so I was pleased to see that these tiny clasps are reasonably easy to handle!
Also note that there are two lengths of chain. I did not pay attention to this at first and I could have saved myself some hassle by actually reading the directions, but the longer chains must be used for her wrist cuffs and the shorter ones secure her ankles. If you switch them around, you'll find the shorter chains are too short for her wrist cuffs.
There are multiple attachment points on the pole, and so there is some control over the tautness of the chains.
I like how these o-rings are bolted into the floor.
This figure comes with a couple of props that can be placed on the base. First is her skirt.
Her bag can also be placed at her feet. I like the stitching on the straps, and I also like the slightly shiny finish of the bag; this makes it appear as if the bag is made of leather.
The sculpting on the trim is good, as is the sculpt of the zipper.
Set up and ready!
One last thing to notice about the base is that, because of her ankles-spread pose, the base is huge. The base measures about 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter and the pole stands about 15 inches (38 cm) tall.
The figure's pose accurately duplicates the source illustration, and the pose is interesting in its own right. Let's have a look at her.
In some ways, this is a very strict bondage pose the way her ankles are spread apart, but at the same time the way she's leaning forward and sticking out her butt could also make you believe that she is posing.
In any event, it's a very interesting pose.
Generally, the quality of the sculpt is good, but there are a couple of issues on the painting front.
I like the design of her face. The way she's looking off to the side is quite interesting, and the long bangs are a good look for her.
Her eyes are very pretty. Her blue/grey eye color also nicely complements the color scheme of her outfit. I also like how the blush on her face is done, as it's noticeable yet not overwhelming. The blush makes sense, too, as this is a fairly intense bondage scene and she could also be feeling some embarrassment given the very compromising and vulnerable way she is bound.
You can see some little bits of some type of residue there in her hair (which cleaned up) and a spot in her hair which didn't quite get completely painted.
I can't quite make up my mind about the sculpt of her ear and the design of that piece of hair by her ear. The thin strand of hair appears in the source illustration, but I can't help thinking that it looks a little weird in 3D. It also looks a little weird the way her ear almost blends into her jawline...
I like the way Magic Bullets handled her brown hair. Brown hair can potentially look very dull and flat, but there's enough shading and texture in her hair to prevent this from happening. I also think the brown hair was a good design choice; there are of course plenty of blue and pink haired characters out there, and here the brown hair yields an extra element of realism to the figure.
One thing I don't like so much is that paint flaw on the back of her head.
I like the way her wrist cuffs are sculpted. The d-ring and the holes in the strap look realistic, and the material in the cuffs looks suitably heavy.
I would, however, have liked to see a little better detail on the buckle. It looks like it is simply painted on, and there's not too much in the way of sculpting on the buckle itself.
She has a very cute butt, but what actually stands out here is that Magic Bullets did a very nice job sculpting her blazer. The sculpting on the buttonholes and on the pocket is good, and the notch on the back of the jacket draws the eye towards her backside. I also like how the blazer does not look plasticky in any way.
There are a couple of interesting things in the shot below. The white-on-black collar looks quite interesting and suits the bondage theme of the figure. Also, I really like the bow on her outfit! With her fair skin and the dark colors of her blazer and hair, having all those different pastel colors on the bow gives a much needed splash of color to the figure.
Do note that the painting on the white part of her collar is a little bit messy in places.
I like the not too big, not too small size of her breasts. The way her bra is pushing up her breasts a little bit gives them a very perky look.
The black and white demibra is a good look for her.
Magic Bullets did a very good job with her body sculpt. She is a very slender young lady, and I like how you can see a suggestion of her ribcage and her hipbones. She looks slim but by no means malnourished.
One unmissable feature of this figure's design is the dildo inside her panties. One thing that I find strange is the color of the dildo; the brownish-gold color is just rather odd, and I personally would have gone with a more "standard" color like pink or black.
Note how the stripes on her panties are a little bit smudged in spots.
It should be noted that this figure does not have a display option that is SFW in the slightest. Her breasts will be be bare in every possible display configuration, and the way her panties are pulled down leaves her very exposed down there, and her anatomy is very detailed.
In my opinion, the sculpting on the buckles on her ankles cuffs is a little better done compared to the wrist cuffs. Also, they did a nice job sculpting her shoes, as the are very detailed.
This figure has three different faces that can be used. Recall that the box contains not just two additional faceplates, but two entire additional heads. This means that no substantial disassembly of the figure is needed to change her facial expression; simply remove her head at the neck and swap it out for the desired piece.
The first alternative face part gives her closed eyes, and the blush on her face is more pronounced.
The other alternative face part gives her a blindfold. IMO, the blindfold is a very good look, as the blindfold together with the wide-open pose and the rather strict bondage makes for a very intense looking scene.
If you prefer, her lower body can be swapped out for an alternative part where she is completely bare down there and with no dildo. Before disassembling the figure, it's necessary to undo her wrist and ankle cuffs and then she'll have to be recuffed after swapping in the other part; this takes some time, so I'm guessing that most people will pick their preferred part and stick with it.
The alternative lower body is also very detailed down there.
As we noted earlier, the height of the pole means that this figure will span 15 inches (38 cm) at its tallest point. The character herself stands about 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and because of the way she's got her ankles spread and bending her knees, if she was standing upright it looks like she would be about 10.25 inches (26 cm) tall. 1/6 scale would make her about 5'2" (158 cm), and since the mean height of women in Japan is 5'2", her 1/6 scale seems just about right.
I've decided that my preferred display option for this figure is the blindfolded face and the default lower body, and so here is the figure with my favorite elf princess in bondage, Atelier Sai's Silfietta Lashia ITEM #1202. Silfietta is 1/6 scale.
These two look good together, and since they are both original characters, you are free to weave a narrative about what the two of them are up to. Daiki's F-ism Shojo ITEM #422432 could be doing some sort of self-bondage, while given the complexity of the bondage setup, it seems to me like this character almost certainly must have a partner in this bondage adventure. The Daiki figure is 1/6 scale.
The fairly heavy bondage theme of these two figures makes them an interesting pair. Q-Six's Rie Kawai ITEM #319503 is 1/5 scale for comparison.
These two make a rather neat pair, as this character is obviously totally submissive, and Cloe ITEM #1262 gives off a little bit of a domme vibe. Yamato's Cloe is 1/6 scale.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10
Arguments for: Lots of display options with the three facial expressions and the two lower bodies, the dark colors of her blazer and hair coupled with her fair skin is a striking look, overall good quality, the concrete base and the rusted pole give a heavy feel, and the figure really encapsulates the sensation of vulnerability in a bondage experience.
Arguments against: A couple of fairly obvious QC issues, the figure will take up quite a lot of space, the brownish gold color of the dildo is a weird choice, there's no remotely SFW configuration of the figure, and swapping out the lower body parts takes a non-negligible amount of time.
Overall, this quite an interesting figure, and if you are OK with displaying 18+ figures with no SFW option and the rather intense bondage theme is to your liking, I would recommend this particular figure. It looks quite impressive sitting on the shelf!
Availability (as of this writing)
(Should be) available pre-owned.
As with all figures distributed by Native, you either preorded this item, or you'll be tracking one down pre-owned. It will be interesting to see what will happen to the price of this particular figure, as the prices for the other items in this figure line have been all over the place. ITEM #455251 seems to go for more than its original price these days, ITEM #674652 can be found for about 30% less than its original price (possibly because the quality of that figure is merely OK), and ITEM #713863 can be found these days for about its original price.
Part of me wonders if the fact that this figure takes so much room to display means that a number of these might hit the secondhand market, resulting in a price drop followed by an increase later.
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If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:
Atelier Sai 1/6 Silfietta Lashia (Meishoku no Reiki) BLOG #20914
Daiki F-ism Shojo (Murakami Suigun original character) BLOG #44233
Native 1/6 Nana Chigusa "Red Bondage" (Nana to Kaoru) BLOG #33905
Volks 1/6 Ayu Daikuuji "Black Bondage" (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien) BLOG #30960
Chara-Ani 1/8 Tira Misu (Sorcerer Hunters) BLOG #18302
Union Creative Meiko Shiraki (Prison School) BLOG #30143
Rocket Boy 1/6 Kurone (Asanagi original character) BLOG #41984
Max Factory 1/5 Marie Rose (Dead or Alive) BLOG #41521
Union Creative Reika Shimohira (Gantz) BLOG #32708
This figure has three different faces that can be used (standard expression, eyes closed, blindfold) and two lower torsos. My personal preference is the blindfold with the default lower torso, but tastes of course differ, and so the question is...