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Q-Six 1/6 Dancing Girl NileQ-Six 1/6 Dancing Girl Nile

victorvipervictorviper7 месяцев назадReview
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The vast majority of figures are not really all that hard to find post-release...except of course for those that *are*. So, today we'll be reviewing a figure I declined to preorder, a decision which I came to regret after realizing the figure was in scarce supply on the secondhand market, Q-Six's Dancing Girl Nile. She's fully castoffable, so if that's a problem, I'd hit the back button...

About the character: Dancing Girl Nile is an original character conceived by artist Minatogawa Amaha. Nile has had her share of figures over the years (list: browse.v4.php?t... ), and Amaha has had a pretty diverse body of figure work (see ENCYCLOPEDIA #8598), but many of his works are inspired by fantasy art, and many of the Amaha figures out there depict warrior-maiden types.

Packaging----------7/10

The front of the box is pretty plain, which is understandable since Q-Six is one of the smaller figure companies out there and presumably they don't have an entire staff whose only job it is to design packaging. However, the box does allow a pretty good view of Nile even if it is rather nondescript. The "repaint ver." sticker indicates that this figure is a color variant of Q-six's other Nile offering, ITEM #211166.

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One side of the box has a large window, and not much else.

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The other side of the box features a large photo of the original Nile, but as you can see the photo is kind of washed out!

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The back of the box has some "conveniently censored" shots.

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Sealed---always a plus to see on a preowned figure. As you can see, the seal has the Q-six logo, so you will easily be able to tell if your figure has been tampered with in any way...

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Nile inside the blister.

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For some reason, Q-six opts to but a cardboard panel inside the blister.

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It's pretty straightforward to get Nile cast-off and on, but Q-six provides a little handout explaining part of the process.

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Since Nile is cast-off, there's plenty of plastic sheeting to unwrap, and her dance pole will need to be set in place.

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Here, you can see the attachment points of Nile's top and bottoms. Her top is really easy to remove and replace, but as we'll see, it's a little trickier to get her bottoms back in place once they're cast off. That's not unusual for cast-off figures, though...

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Since Nile is 1/6 scale, the box is large, measuring 38 by 20 by 15 cm, and the package weighs just under 750 grams.

Base----------5/10

Nile is not a small figure, and as we'll see these pegs are not the only means of supporting the figure, but even so these pegs are way too small IMO.

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To get her set up, first Nile's dance pole is attached to the base. As you can see, one of the gems on her anklet came off immediately the very first time I handled her. My trusty epoxy kit made it good as new, but it's never fun to have to do this type of repair to a brand new figure.

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Those small pegs are of double concern given Nile's tiptoe pose. I can understand given her cast off features why Q-six didn't screw her into the base, but this design worries me. I've had Nile for a while (hey! a rhyme!) now, and she shows no signs of leaning, but when I took her off the shelf earlier today to dust and take a couple photos, she lifted right off the base with the slightest touch...

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Nile is meant to hold on to the dance pole...

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...and to get her to hold on to the pole, it was necessary to bend her arm slightly and pull her forward a little bit. You can also see the pole is hollow. Fortunately, it's made of metal and it seems sturdy enough, but I would have preferred to see a solid piece of metal here, given that the pole is key to keeping the figure stable!

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Whenever the pole came into contact with her body, it left a mark behind.

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Fortunately, a quick once-over with a magic eraser removed these marks.

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In any event, this base design worries me. I would have preferred to see a solid piece of plastic positioned under her foot to give the figure extra stability, and so Q-Six could have done a little better in this area.

Posing----------8.5/10

Concerns about the base aside, I rather like Nile's pose. She seems to be in full pole-dance mode, and based on her little smile, it looks like she's having a good time!

Let's have a look at her.

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Now, let's have a look at Nile in her cast-off state.

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Sculpting----------7/10
Painting----------7/10


I did not preorder this figure new because I wasn't too sure about her quality, and it turns out those concerns were not unfounded. Nile has some nice features, and Q-Six did a pretty good job of sculpting her shapely body, but she does have some really obvious flaws, too.

Red eyes check one of my moe boxes, and that might be what drew me to this figure. Her eyes are quite lovely, and there are some other interesting features in the shot below. The little gems on the various parts of her outfit look like small rhinestones; they're not just painted on, and when the light catches them, they do look kind of neat. And of course, it's impossible to ignore the way the dance pole is wedged right between her breasts...

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I really like her little smile. This is quite a sexy figure to be sure, but the smile also makes her exude a certain innocence IMO. However, if you look at her armlets, you can see their finish is quite sloppy in spots.

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The way her hair is whipping around does effectively convey the impression that she is dancing. One complaint is that her hair is somewhat clumpy in spots, though, particularly at the ends.

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I definitely like the way her ponytail is flailing around!

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Speaking of hair, a rather interesting feature of this figure is the fact that Nile has hair...down there. For most of the 20th century, the depiction of pubic hair was considered obscene in Japan, and it was not until the 1990's that this particular regulation began to fade away. As a result, even today in the late 2010's, most figure manufactures still shy away from depicting any type of hair in the genital area, presumably because Japanese obscenity laws have never been particularly well-defined, and you never know how Article 175 is going to get interpreted next week...

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Q-Six did a fine job in sculpting Nile's butt!

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Note the heart shape. Someone at Q-Six obviously worked pretty hard here!

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Nile's anatomy is not totally "barbie-doll" as they say, but she's not particularly detailed down there.

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Now, let's restore some of Nile's modesty and make this a PG-rated pole dance. I actually prefer Nile in her clothed state, as her outfit is in keeping with Amaha's warrior maiden designs.

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Nile is yet another figure that I'm tempted to display backwards!

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Her top must be pretty tight fitting, as you can still see a clear suggestion of her nipples.

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A recurring theme with this figure will be that the closer you look at her, the more flaws become very obvious. You can see the "metal" trim on her top is somewhat uneven, the little rivets in that triangular piece are not uniform in size, and the paint on those pendants hanging off her top is smudged in places. It almost looks like someone handled those pendants before the paint dried!

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Her outfit is what could be termed "useless bikini armor", which is one of my favorite figure themes. However, some more painting flaws show up on her bottoms, including the messy painting of the metal trim.

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It should be noted that it's pretty difficult to get Nile's bottoms back on after removing them. There's an attachment point right at the bottom of her crotch, and I found the only way to get her bikini bottom back on securely was to hold the back piece in place, and then push down really hard from the front, thereby jamming the attachment point into place.

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Some more painting flaws on the trim. However, I like the way her bikini bottom allows just a peek at her inner pelvis...

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The gauntlets reinforce the idea that Nile could be a fighter, when she's not pole-dancing, that is...

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Her fingers are a little bit sausagey, and there's a really obvious seam line on the side of the gauntlet.

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Another nasty seam. This one extends all the way down her hand to her thumb!

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Q-Six might have gotten a little bit carried away sculpting Nile's back. She's either got some really muscular shoulders, or the indentation between her shoulder blades is a little too deep...

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You can see some flaws on her thigh brace, but maybe it's seen a battle or two. The pattern simulates a stamped-in design effectively enough.

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Q-Six did do a fine job sculpting Nile's legs; they're attractive and shapely.

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I like how her anklets are actually integrated into her shoes.

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You can see that the painting of the straps on her shoes is messy in places, and there's some excess material on a couple of her toes.

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Scale Comparison

When I was unboxing the figure, it sure seemed like Nile was larger than her listed 1/6 scale. However, the tape measure says Nile herself is about 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) tall, and the total height of the figure, factoring in her pose and the dance pole is about 13 inches (33 cm). This would make her about 5'3" at 1/6 scale, which seems reasonable.

Here is Nile with Alter's Muse of Range Murata ITEM #186018. Muse is also 1/6, but note how Muse-san's head to body ratio is more "anime-like", while Nile is proportioned more like an actual human. That probably explains why I thought Nile was larger than 1/6 scale...

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Nile with one of my favorite figures, Atelier Sai's Silfietta Lashia ITEM #1202. Silfietta is also 1/6 scale.

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Nile with Shunya Yamashita's imagining of the iconic Rei and Asuka ITEM #242 and ITEM #28128. I've always viewed these two as strippers cosplaying as Rei and Asuka, so they go together with Nile very well!

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A little fan-service.

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Arisa ITEM #752 also gives off a rather stripperific vibe. She is a smallish 1/7 scale.

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Kotobukiya's Hitomi ITEM #422 and Ayane ITEM #419 are also 1/6 scale. If you've played DOAX2 or Dead or Alive Paradise, you're probably aware that with a little bit of time (i.e. several hours!) spent in the casino on Zack Island, you can obtain a bonus pole-dancing animation with your favorite Dead or Alive girl...

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Velvet ITEM #9886 and Nile make an interesting duo. What do you suppose Velvet is thinking here? Velvet is somewhere between 1/6 and 1/7 scale.

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These two raven-haired beauties look nice together! Daiki's F-ism Shoujo ITEM #422432 is a very large 1/6 scale.

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I also like the way Nile and Meiko Shiraki ITEM #396573 look together. I was not really trying to get a "scary shiny glasses" effect for Meiko, but the shot just happened to turn out that way, and it's an appropriate look for her :). Meiko is a large 1/6 scale.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8.5/10

Arguments for: Q-Six certainly did a fine job sculpting Nile's body, her pose is sexy without being outrageously ecchi, the combination of the pole dance and her bikini armor is an interesting one, relatively painless cast-off/on process, large scale.

Arguments against: That base worries the hell out of me, the closer you look at her, the more little flaws become obvious, and the metal dance poll *will* leave marks on Nile's body.

However, I'd say the good outweighs the bad, and despite some quality issues and worries about her base, I like this figure quite a lot. If you like Amaha's character designs, hopefully this review has helped you decide if Nile has a place in your collection!

Availability (as of this writing)

Not common.

Nile was released in August 2014, but I declined to preorder her, figuring she'd be easy enough to find post-release. Little did I know at the time that Q-Six is pretty tight with their production runs, and I'd have to wait the better part of a year before finally stumbling across one of these figures preowned! Including me, only 28 MFC'ers claim to own either this figure or its color variant, and so you might have to work a little bit to find one of these figures. Nile retailed for 9200 yen (really more like 8000 yen with a typical preorder discount), and my A/B preowned Nile cost me 7800 yen, so don't count on any deep discounts.

THANKS FOR READING!

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Maakie (6 месяцев назад) #31413665Thank you for this review! :) The figure is not really my personal taste, but I appreciate it nevertheless. I was surprised about your explanation about the pubic hear! I expected pubic hair to be more 'ok', because it 'covers' what is down there. There are so many silly censor laws in Japan!

With a whole slew of ill-defined obscenity laws, a certain subset of Japanese politicians make the lunatic fringe of U.S. politicians look sane by comparison.

I didn't set out to write an article on censorship in Japan, but it kind of turned out that way :).
6 месяцев назад
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Thank you for this review! :) The figure is not really my personal taste, but I appreciate it nevertheless. I was surprised about your explanation about the pubic hear! I expected pubic hair to be more 'ok', because it 'covers' what is down there. There are so many silly censor laws in Japan!
6 месяцев назад
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FigyourEd (7 месяцев назад) #30960898I was in the same boat. I think the pose and my love for all things Neko tipped the scales but I also went with the white variation because of the different facial expression. It's much better than the standard edition ITEM #330184, IMO.
I give her an overall 8/10.
The good news is she pops up pretty regularly on amiami's pre-owned section for a decent price. So if you ever change your mind, she's not going anywhere.
Love your collection btw. It's quite impressive!


That's interesting. There's barely any feedback on that figure (good or bad) on MFC, so thanks for sharing your thoughts. Maybe I'll keep an eye out for that figure.

Actually, looking at your collection, you've got at least 5-6 figures that have been alternately on and off my wish list: ITEM #144932, ITEM #287705, ITEM #397025, ITEM #287678, and ITEM #212271. I guess great minds think alike :).
7 месяцев назад
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victorviper (7 месяцев назад) #30960811Then, when the official shots came rolling in, I just couldn't shake the feeling that something was off (face is too wide? chin is too flat? glasses are too large?).

I was in the same boat. I think the pose and my love for all things Neko tipped the scales but I also went with the white variation because of the different facial expression. It's much better than the standard edition ITEM #330184, IMO.

I give her an overall 8/10.

The good news is she pops up pretty regularly on amiami's pre-owned section for a decent price. So if you ever change your mind, she's not going anywhere.

Love your collection btw. It's quite impressive!
7 месяцев назад
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FigyourEd (7 месяцев назад) #30960788True. I love his work and he's had a pretty big influence on manga and anime throughout the 80's, 90's and early 2000's and yet probably the best in quality any of his scales has to offer is ITEM #197894, or any of it's variants.
Also ITEM #460286 comes with a pubic hair decal. Not real thick but a nice option and the body has a more natural curvature to it.


It's interesting you mention ITEM #460286. When I first saw that figure teased, I was sure I would preorder it. Then, when the official shots came rolling in, I just couldn't shake the feeling that something was off (face is too wide? chin is too flat? glasses are too large?). Now, some of the user photos of that figure look really good, but others not so much and I just don't know what to make of that figure.
7 месяцев назад
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victorviper (7 месяцев назад) #30934404I'm a little surprised that more Urushihara designs haven't been made into figures, and most of the figures based on his designs seem rather meh in terms of quality. I thought about getting ITEM #167409 but just from the promo shots, you could see that she had some QC issues.
If Native were to do a Urushihara figure, we'd be in business!


True. I love his work and he's had a pretty big influence on manga and anime throughout the 80's, 90's and early 2000's and yet probably the best in quality any of his scales has to offer is ITEM #197894, or any of it's variants.

Also ITEM #460286 comes with a pubic hair decal. Not real thick but a nice option and the body has a more natural curvature to it.
7 месяцев назад
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FigyourEd (7 месяцев назад) #30934280Most figures based on Satoshi Urushihara's illustrations have pubic hair.
tag/19840


I'm a little surprised that more Urushihara designs haven't been made into figures, and most of the figures based on his designs seem rather meh in terms of quality. I thought about getting ITEM #167409 but just from the promo shots, you could see that she had some QC issues.

If Native were to do a Urushihara figure, we'd be in business!
7 месяцев назад
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funwari (7 месяцев назад) #30934252Almost want her just for 'the hair down there' but I will be patient. Another cast off figure with hair is bound to come out eventually. Maybe.

Many of Q-Six's figures have this feature, although sometimes it is packaged as a decal. They seem one of the few manufacturers that is willing to include this particular detail.
7 месяцев назад
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funwari (7 месяцев назад) #30934252Almost want her just for 'the hair down there' but I will be patient. Another cast off figure with hair is bound to come out eventually. Maybe.

Most figures based on Satoshi Urushihara's illustrations have pubic hair.
tag/19840
7 месяцев назад
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Almost want her just for 'the hair down there' but I will be patient. Another cast off figure with hair is bound to come out eventually. Maybe.
7 месяцев назад
Pre-owned figures in top quality and good value

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