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FREEing 1/4 Reika ShimohiraFREEing 1/4 Reika ShimohiraReview

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Bunnies are sort of a staple figure theme, and today we'll be reviewing one of the more clever bunny figures I've seen, FREEing's 1/4 scale Reika Shimohira. Some of the shots below could be considered somewhat NSFW...

About the character: Reika Shimohira is a character from the Gantz ENTRY #168 media franchise. Depending on your point of view, she comes on the scene either early or late in the story, first showing up in the Gantz room in chapter 134 of the manga, having been brought to the Gantz room after being caught in a gunman's rampage in Shinjuku. In her life before Gantz, she was a popular idol, and she is sufficiently famous that many denizens of the Gantz room recognize her instantly. She proves to be a surprisingly skilled fighter, participating in many missions and earning many Gantz "points".

Packaging----------9/10

Fans of the Gantz manga know that the covers of the early volumes of the series had a bold red and black color scheme, so the color scheme of the box channels that. Additionally, Gantz features copious amounts of blood and hyperviolence, so the blood spatter on the box also is consistent with the tone of the series. You don't see a lot of bunny figures with blood spattered boxes, that's for sure!

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One side panel features a very striking shot of Reika, although that window shows off a lot of...nothing.

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The other side panel features a different shot of Reika.

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The back panel features a montage of shots of the figure. I bought this figure preowned, and you can see that Reika's previous owner decided to retape the box with a piece of scotch tape...

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Sometimes, instruction sheets are not really needed, but with this figure, you will definitely want to refer to this sheet when setting her up. I initially overlooked the clear acrylic piece in step 1 which goes under her foot, and getting the gun placed properly would definitely be a challenge without these instructions!

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This other insert details my least favorite thing about this figure. FREEing includes a support stand with the figure, and I'm not a fan of the stand, since it gets in the way and it's not impossible to imagine her fishnets getting snagged by the stand. I've chosen to display her without the stand, but as we'll see in a minute, doing so is not without an element of risk.

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Set up and ready to kick some alien ass!

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This is a huge figure, and the box is correspondingly large. The box measures 52 by 24 by 23 cm and figure+box weighs almost 1.5 kg, so plan on a nontrivial shipping bill. I ordered Reika together with three lightweight items, and EMS shipping for that box o' stuff to the USA was 7000 yen.

Base----------7/10

As we mentioned a second ago, an acrylic wedge attaches to Reika's foot, which then attaches to the base.

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The heel on Reika's other foot does not come into contact with the base, and I found that when I was moving her around to take these photos, that foot wanted to work itself free from the base. I suspect that is why FREEing opted to include that support stand, since if her foot works free from the base, she could tip backwards. Personally, I think it would have made more sense just to put another one of those acrylic wedges under her other foot, but what do I know?

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The base itself looks fine, and I kind of like the smoky black finish - it looks nicer than just a plain, flat black. I think you can see in the shot below, however, the base will show every little bit of dust.

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Posing----------9.5/10

Issues with the base and that support stand aside, FREEing did a really nice job with Reika's pose.

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Reika looks good from a number of angles, although I am partial to the way she looks in PICTURE #2421504 , peering over her shoulder.


Sculpting----------9/10
Painting----------9/10


Overall, FREEing did a nice job with the paint and sculpt of this figure. I couldn't find many issues on either of those fronts, and the design and overall concept of the figure is really quite interesting.

The character designs in Gantz are fairly realistic and non-exaggerated by anime/manga standards, and I think you can see this in the design of Reika's face. Her reddish-brown eyes are very striking, and I like that little bit of gloss on her lips. Players in the life-or-death Gantz game don't spend much time fretting over their appearance, so understandably her skin tone looks natural. I also like her serious expression; it looks like she means business!

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The headband does a good job hiding any seams in her hair.

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I like how FREEing sculpted her hair! There's a lot of texture there.

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That brings us to one of the most clever features of this figure. Players in the Gantz game are issued a Gantz suit, a "supersuit" which powers them up and gives them some protection from hazards that would ordinarily prove fatal. The design of Reika's bunny outfit has many shared features with the Gantz suit, such as the black color scheme and these little silver and blue nodules which power the suit. In addition to its hyperviolence, Gantz is also well-known for its copious fanservice, so the idea of a bunny supersuit with powered-up bunny ears is really a brilliant idea IMO, and it's completely in keeping with the tone of the source material.

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The tall collar is another element of the Gantz suit which makes its way into the design of Reika's outfit, and the size of her chest is consistent with the way she's depicted in the manga.

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I like the way the chest pieces of the suit spread her breasts apart, and the diamond-shaped cutout on the front of the outfit is an interesting subtle feature.

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Those darn armbands. At least they are not terribly obtrusive.

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In Gantz-speak, Reika's weapon is the X-shotgun, which fires an X-shaped energy projectile which will explode inside its target after a time delay. This is a very accurate recreation of the X-shotgun, with all the texture on the barrel and stock of the weapon.

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Blue is the standard "energy color" in Gantz, hence the blue markings on the gun.

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The business end of the X-shotgun. The painting on the end of the gun could have been a little better.

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There are two bolts like this on the stock of the shotgun. They don't seem terribly fragile, but the bolts do necessitate some care when getting the gun situated in Reika's hands. Also note that the power nodule on her hip was a little bit scuffed.

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The additional power nodules in the crotch area of the suit is totally in keeping with the tone of the source material. I also like the round studs which trim the outfit; I hadn't really noticed those until I saw this figure in person.

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I like large-scale figures, I like bunnies, I like girls with guns, and I like thong outfits, so there is a lot to like here! The design of the bunny tail is also quite neat; the triangular shapes give the tail a somewhat harder feel than you usually see on a bunny figure.

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I like how the fishnets are not just thighhighs. The fishnets really help show the contours of her glutes.

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I cannot lie - I am kind of a leg man, and Reika really has killer legs. Her thighs and calves are both nicely shaped.

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The "flower" shape of the shoes, with the power nodes around the ankles, is another key feature of the Gantz suit.

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I really like the blue and black color scheme of the shoes. I like the color palette of the Gantz shoes enough so that whenever I buy running shoes, I always try to find a pair in blue and black :).

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Scale Comparison

Factoring in the thickness of the base and Reika's bunny ears, she is about 16.5 inches (42 cm) in height. Reika herself is about 15 inches tall (38 cm), and 1/4 scale would make her 5'0" (152 cm) tall. She is described as being of average height, and as the average height of women in Japan is 5'2", I'd say she is slightly at the small side of 1/4 scale.

It should however be noted that Reika will not fit in a Detolf, as the maximum shelf height is just under 16 inches. Therefore, if you add Reika to your collection, you might need to improvise a display solution.

The first volume of the Gantz manga was published in July 2000 (that was just the other day!), and the first scale figures from the series appeared circa 2007. Back in the day, Kei Kishimoto ENTRY #9646 was the most popular Gantz figure subject, but these days Reika has taken over that title. Here is Reika with another recent figure, Union Creative's ITEM #463088. The Union Creative Reika is roughly 1/6 scale, and you can see various features of the Gantz suit which were incorporated into the bunny outfit such as the black finish, the thong back, and the tall collar.

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Here is Reika with a figure that is near and dear to me, the first 1/4 scale figure I ever purchased (and the figure that got me into the figure reviewing business), FREEing's Kuroko Shirai ITEM #135060. By comparing Kuroko and Reika, you can see that Kuroko's design is more "anime-like" and Reika's proportions, in particular her head to body ratio, is more like that of an actual human.

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Here is Reika with a figure that I've been meaning to review, Daiki's Mei Senou/Honey the Hugger ITEM #618732. Mei/Honey is 1/6 scale, and you can see that Reika towers over her.

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Both Reika and Mikan Yuuki ITEM #543899 would make a short list if I had to name some of my favorite figures of the last couple years.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9.5/10

Arguments for: Given the fanservicey nature of the source material, Gantz+bunny outfit is a perfect match, the outfit cleverly incorporates many features of the standard Gantz outfit, good detail on the X-shotgun, and the size of the figure and the way she's gazing over her shoulder makes this figure very hard to not notice.

Arguments against: Shipping will be expensive, the way she attaches to the base and the fact that FREEing thought it necessary to include a support stand concerns me a little bit, and the fact that Reika will not fit in a standard Detolf can make displaying her properly a challenge.

FREEing has really ramped up their number of releases lately, and sometimes it feels like they are a machine cranking out bunny figures of popular characters, but I get the impression that someone really put some thought and some love into this design, as it's quite clever on a number of levels. This is a very impressive figure, and so if you are a fan of the Gantz franchise or just bunny girls in general, and you can figure out a way to display her properly, I'd strongly recommend this one.

Availability (as of this writing)

Easy to find preowned.

This figure originally retailed for 22963 yen, but she quickly saw a price drop. I got mine preowned for 14000 yen, and considering that a lot of 1/7 scales are going for 15000+ yen these days, I'd say that I got pretty good value for the money. I wonder if the size of the figure (and some of the possible challenges in finding a spot to display Reika) has been a contributing factor in the price drop...

THANKS FOR READING!

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:

Union Creative Reika Shimohira BLOG #32708
Taito Reika Shimohira BLOG #17210
FREEing 1/4 Kuroko Shirai (A Certain Scientific Railgun) BLOG #8666
FREEing 1/4 Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun) BLOG #8950
FREEing 1/4 Ryoumou Shimei (Ikki Tousen) BLOG #10130
FREEing 1/4 Mikan Yuuki (To Love Ru) BLOG #39926
Gift 1/4 Sena Kashiwazaki (Haganai) BLOG #15917
Gift 1/4 Hayate Yagami (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS) BLOG #19675
Gift 1/4 Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's) BLOG #16141
Skytube 1/6 Meiko Shiraki (Prison School) BLOG #31999
Native 1/6 Nana Chigusa (Nana to Kaoru) BLOG #33905
Chara-Ani 1/8 Tira Misu (Sorcerer Hunters) ITEM #6512
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sailormatlac1 kuukautta sitten#79556895Thanks for the review. I didn't pre-order her back in the days since I wasn't sure. Then simply forgot about her, thinking a Gantz bunny was bound to see its aftermarket price skyrocket. Glad to see she turned out to be a wonderful bunny figure and she's affordable.
But that stand... Can't believe figure makers are still relying on such unsightly shenanigans. It reminds me of Gift 1/4 Nanoha figures... which incidently I never displayed with their stand yet they are still fine.


I've given up trying to predict Gantz figure prices, and with something like this ITEM #806245 who knows if the preowned price will sink or if it's next stop 150,000 yen. With this particular figure though, I suspect the price drop might be because she simply takes up so much space that people didn't know where to display her after purchase.

I'm rolling the dice and not using the stand. Color transfer from the fishnets is not exactly uncommon with these FREEing bunnies, and I have to think that having the stand pressing the stockings against her leg 24/7 will inevitably result in color transfer.
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Thanks for the review. I didn't pre-order her back in the days since I wasn't sure. Then simply forgot about her, thinking a Gantz bunny was bound to see its aftermarket price skyrocket. Glad to see she turned out to be a wonderful bunny figure and she's affordable.

But that stand... Can't believe figure makers are still relying on such unsightly shenanigans. It reminds me of Gift 1/4 Nanoha figures... which incidently I never displayed with their stand yet they are still fine.
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Demigod_Dan2 kuukautta sitten#77960395...in this case FREEing is going to say in the future? "-Original design figure X- sales numbers were disappointing, we cannot take this risk again for a while".
Cue future generic figure design release. Cue complaints of people.


I don't envy the job of the people at figure companies that design the sculpts. I guess it's a labor of love, but I get the feeling what you've described happens a lot. Someone does a very ambitious design, but then it doesn't sell well, so that encourages more-of-the-same designs which are comparatively boring, but which the companies know will sell.
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Hello, thanks for the wholesome review.

I am very upset about her aftermarket price because it serves as yet another excellent example for human hypocrisy. It goes a bit like this:

Humans: Wow FREEing (etc), stop releasing only generic bunnies. We want to see more variety in their designs!

Also humans: Wow (anime franchise adaptation companies, example Classroom of the Elite anime adaptation from manga), you had such great source material but you botched it completely! Shame on you!

>FREEing releases a super original bunny which at the same time cannot possibly be more true to the source material in every aspect

Humans: *ignores the figure en masse, continues to spend larger amounts of money on the same generic crap they complain about non-stop*

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So yes, I can totally understand the marketing NIGHTMARE from a product selling perspective because your target audience proves time and time again that their complaints shouldn't be taken serious, but on the other hand you fear that they might finally stop spending on actual hyped franchise crap *Cough SAO for example Coughhh* and that you have to try to listen to their complaints and improve your product using that feedback.

People do this to themselves. I have no sympathy whatsoever for people complaining about for example Senran Kagura's Yumi getting 9001 figures vs 0 of most of the other characters. You speak with your wallet in the end, and if you just let figures like this 'drop dead' then you know what in this case FREEing is going to say in the future? "-Original design figure X- sales numbers were disappointing, we cannot take this risk again for a while".

Cue future generic figure design release. Cue complaints of people. The cycle repeats itself. The downfall of people = their hypocrisy and inability to learn / think how their actions influence future outcomes. You cannot build trust based on something statistically false.
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Maakie
I find that really endearing! :D

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MaakieIt was very weird to see her next to ITEM #135060 , not only because of the proportions, but also with the height of the body Kuroko towers over her! And looking forward to hopefully soon a review of ITEM #618732 . :)

I was actually surprised to see that Reika is at the small side of 1/4 scale. The differences between Reika and Kuroko are striking - Kuroko is all head and torso, while Reika has much longer legs and overall more realistic features.

Do you know the source of ITEM #618732? I don't recall if we've discussed that manga, but it's a superhero parody by Nozomu Tamaki (Dance in the Vampire Bund). I've sort of loafed around with reviewing that figure because I wonder how many people actually know the source/character.


Maakie
Gantz has been on my 'need to watch' list for so many years, but never got to it. I recently saw that a standalone (?) movie from the series was added to Netflix, but I think watching the anime series first is better.


Gantz is...interesting. A lot of people can't get past the copious fanservice and extreme violence, but there's a really interesting story underneath all of that. I've been meaning to watch the Gantz live action movies; they are supposed to be quite good (at least for B-movie fare), and there's also the CGI Gantz:O as well.

The first 4 episodes or so of the anime form a nice little arc, so that would probably tell you whether or not you will like the show.
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This is definitely one of the more original FREEing 1/4 bunny's! I love so much parts of the design, especially her shoes and the more 'rough' bunny tail! The extra stand/pole is a shame though, but making such big figures seem to come with a lot of risks in the engineering department as well.

victorviper3 kuukautta sitten#77620659I really like the blue and black color scheme of the shoes. I like the color palette of the Gantz shoes enough so that whenever I buy running shoes, I always try to find a pair in blue and black :).

I find that really endearing! :D

It was very weird to see her next to ITEM #135060 , not only because of the proportions, but also with the height of the body Kuroko towers over her! And looking forward to hopefully soon a review of ITEM #618732 . :)

And wow, what a price drop! I remember ITEM #676240 doing the same at first, but I was not able to buy her when she was on sale...right now she sells for the same or higher than her release price. *sigh* I like how Veronica also has some parts more original than 'your standard bunny', such as the belts, shoes and the sleeves looking like uniform pieces.

Gantz has been on my 'need to watch' list for so many years, but never got to it. I recently saw that a standalone (?) movie from the series was added to Netflix, but I think watching the anime series first is better.
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Helsing3 kuukautta sitten#77619893Nice figure but the face is scuffed , especially compared against the smaller scale of her

Do you mean that the face looks small relative to her body? I actually measured her head-to-body ratio, and it's right about 1/7, and the typical human is about 1/7.5.

Talal3 kuukautta sitten#77620511some other companies did better job than freeing . the only problem that she is in bunny style and I feel she left her character style by being in bunny style . imagine you see Harley Quinn or wonder woman in bunny style . over all is a nice figure .

It would be interesting to see some western characters given the 1/4 FREEing treatment, but Kotobukiya seems to grab up almost all of the licenses from western media franchises...
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Silverwing_ssy3 kuukautta sitten#7760126014k for preowned is so worth

I was surprised to see such a large price drop, but sometimes I guess the "big box" factor will do that. It's sometimes hard to tell what very large scale figures will do in terms of price post-release. Sometimes a figure will drop rapidly like this one, and sometimes the prices go absolutely crazy, like happened with ITEM #331693 and ITEM #331689.

In any event, 14k is definitely a good price for this one.
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OceanRoost3 kuukautta sitten#77599973Wow what a huge figure! Those size comparison pictures really make the difference sink in!
Thanks for the review.


This figure has taken over title of "largest figure in my collection" from Gift's Sena Kashiwazaki ITEM #166954. I was a little surprised to see that Reika is maybe just short of "true" 1/4 scale.
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evenstar883 kuukautta sitten#77599953Lovely figure and review. Thanks for sharing!

And thanks for commenting!
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