Kirito and Asuna Prize Figures!

By Animaven on May 19, 2013

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Review by Animaven

 

There’s no denying the power of “Sword Art Online.” More than any other show, it ruled 2012. Sakura Con, held the end of March in Seattle, was so laden with “SAO“-centric activities that attendees - an incredible amount of whom were in SAO cosplay - referred to  it as SAOkura Con. The name fit, and in the spirit of the event, I picked up a couple of statues from the dealer’s room. What collection would be complete without a Kirito and Asuna? 

While, in the end, I am pleased with my purchases, these are not the greatest quality statues ever. Asuna is Sega Prize, so while not the cleanest figure ever, she was super affordable. Furyu’s Kirito, while also a prize figure, was infinitely better in quality and the same price. 

Let’s start with Asuna, in box and in case:

 

SAO asuna

 

SAO asuna

 

And now out of the box:

 

SAO asuna

 

I picked this Asuna over the Furyu because her face was had more personality to it. 

 

SAO asuna

 

Even in this shot, though, you can see the sloppy seam down her side. 

 

Let’s look at some more detail.

asuna SAO
From the back you can really see the excellent movement in her hair. 
SAO asuna
SAO asuna
The detail work on her tunic, under the belt, is shoddy at best. I've seen cleaner paint lines on knock-off Nendos. Though her thigh-highs are quite nice. 
SAO asuna
Nice gouge on the back of her arm. 
sao asuna
And bumps/bubbles in the lower part of her hair. They certainly got her hairstyle right, though. 
sao asuna
This angle probably has the most action in it, which is kind of a bummer as she's facing away. 
sao asuna
sao asuna
This is as much of an upskirt as you really get. 
sao asuna
The sword is really well done, I think. 
sao asuna
Though I hate, hate, hate that seam running all the way from her glove, down her arm, breastplate and side. 
sao asuna
And here's her base. It's hard to tell, because of the white-on-white, but she has a raised pattern on the back third. 
Let's switch gears and look at Kirito.

sao kirito

 

I'd seen this guy everywhere, and he has a matching Asuna. The box is pretty big; I had to mail this one to myself from Seattle because I couldn't fit him in my luggage. 

 

sao kirito

 

Here he is in the case. The pegs on the bottom of his feet that plug him into the base are gigantic. A better, bigger look:

 

sao kirito

 

Just huge. Not at all graceful. 

 

kirito SAO

 

Here he is out of the box. At first glance his sculpt seems cleaner than Asuna’s, though his face seems a little generic and not terribly Kirito-ish. 

 

SAO kirito

 

The shadow over his nose probably doesn't help anything, but still. You can see how un-Kirito he looks from this angle here. 

 

kirito sao

 

The movement in his jacket isn't terrible. And you can see in the white trim on his coat that the paint lines are much cleaner than Asuna's. 

 

kirito sao

 

His boots look nice. No sign of the utter clunkiness of the pegs. 

 

kirito sao

 

Elucidator looks very pretty here. 

 

kirito sao

 

The details are true to the anime. Everything from the chest straps on his scabbard to the fingerless gloves is nice. 

 

kirito sao

 

This is really the only angle where he looks like Kirito in the face. 

 

kirito sao

 

I really like the folds in his pants. 

 

kirito sao

 

You can see a little bit of sloppiness in the paint job here just above the arm cuff, but nothing like Asuna. 

 

Let's put the two together:

 

kirito asuna sao

 

This next one is my favorite. 

 

kirito asuna sao

 

That's pretty much how they're sitting on my shelf right now. 

 

So, bottom line: Sega bad, Furyu good. If given the chance, I'd definitely recommend going Furyu with these figures; it's a good way to get a beloved character for not a whole lot of money. 

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