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Tinkle Original Figure Setsugekkamai -Rin- Review (Mostly)Tinkle Original Figure Setsugekkamai -Rin- Review (Mostly)Review

VeneticaVenetica2 месяца назад
A good chunk of this entry is about my discovery and experience obtaining this figure, rather than focusing on a detailed review. Just scroll to the good stuff if you'd prefer.

I've been enamored with this figure ever since its promotional photos were released. Anyone familiar with my collection knows that I collect nude and sukumizu figures pretty much exclusively, but I do have a few exceptions. This figure is certainly the most wholesome exception I have made. It has a weirdly 90's toy vibe, and I mean that in the best way possible. As a 90's kid, you couldn't tear me away from all of my girly toys with translucent parts. I didn't turn out so girly after all - but as a particularly nostalgic individual, this figure struck all of the right chords for me.

As with everyone else, the price is what prevented me from pursuing her sooner. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than willing to drop $300+ on a figure if it's worth it. But for a figure comparative to 1/8 scale, nah bra. Plus the price for cold cast figures almost always drop like a rock in the aftermarket.

As primarily an artbook collector I am no stranger to Tinkle's artwork (Tinkle of course being composed of two artists). I have many of their artbooks. However, I never really took much interest in any of Tinkle's shockingly few figures. They're pretty, but they're kind of plain. They just don't capture that extravagance that immediately comes to mind when I think of Tinkle's artwork. This one though...it hits the mark. Even with the inaccurate face.

Putting aside those gaudy 90's toys, I have a thing for over-the-top pretty pink lolita frills. Back when I got into Pullip dolls, my first Pullip was Sfoglia. I had quite a few Pullips and Dals but Sfoglia was always my favorite (I had Dal Maretti and Dal Sakura too!). During my BJD phase I couldn't resist buying the outfit along with my Rosette Vela Cheshire Cat Ver. So yes, the face not resembling Tinkle's artwork can be forgiven. It's that gorgeous pink dress that I'm after.

So what my burning question was...what did she actually look like? The official promos on MFC are pretty, but they look washed out. The photos you find of her everywhere else crank up the saturation.

This figure proved to be exceptionally rare in the aftermarket, so I went a long time without ever having seen a real photo of her. About a year ago, it showed up on YJA. I was shocked out just how lackluster it appeared in the photos. All of that beautiful color was just...gone. At the time I had posted on MFC about it being a shop display, so maybe that's why the color faded. However upon further research a year later, this seller has listed at least three different figures of her, so most if not all must have come right out of the box.

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Anyone searching for images of this figure has no doubt come across these images and was immediately discouraged. I had also dug up this Twitter post which I had miraculously never seen before until recently. The color looks a lot better here, but she is ominously only displayed from the back.

Then I came across a Shopee listing for NT$1500. Not being too familiar with the Taiwanese dollar I pulled up XE and did the conversion, and was floored to see $50 (USD). Surely this can't be right. The listing was suspicious enough. It included a single photo of the box and nothing else. It states the figure is secondhand and the contents have not been checked. Basically if you buy this and regret it, too bad. I mulled it over for a few days and finally came to a decision. Fuck it, I'm taking the leap.

I've used EZStar before (because it's really the only game in town, to be honest) and made the order through them. I knew those fees would hit hard, but with a base price of $50 I just couldn't pass it up. I waited for exactly two days (that actually sounds pretty douchy now that I'm reading it, but let me explain) and was getting worried. I still hadn't heard anything back from them. The last time I made an order they got back to me in a flash. I made sure to order during their operating hours too. I sent them an email asking if there was a problem. Turns out that they did receive my order and right away contacted the seller for more images, and hadn't gotten a response. That was pretty nice of them actually. I told them I appreciate the precaution, but the seller has good feedback so I'm not worried. They went ahead and placed the order, probably thinking I was a damned fool. I mean...they're not wrong.

A few days later, I received the invoice for the international shipping. There was a surprise in the email that I had completely forgotten about from my last order. Photos of the figure pieces! They opened it up and inspected it to make sure I wasn't getting screwed. At first I was little miffed. It's a fragile cold cast figure, so I would have preferred they left it alone for less chance of breakage. But seeing these images made me even more excited, because these are the first real photos I have seen of this figure other than that untidy YJA seller - and it's flush with color. Not only that, but it appeared that this figure was actually new and not used. The base didn't even have its protective tape peeled off yet! No breaks, everything perfect. Holy shit. Did I really just nail this?

Welp...now that my lady boner has been sufficiently engorged, I completed the second payment. I had specified Airmail this time instead of EMS. I had contacted them before sending in my order asking if they were having any trouble with shipping due to the pandemic. The answer was nope, no problem at all. That's pretty awesome, mad props to Taiwan for handling the situation like a pro much unlike the US. Since I didn't have to worry about any delays - and since a $50 item isn't really worth paying extra for insurance for - I picked the cheaper option. It's only an extra few days in transit, so I wasn't worried. Hell, I had my fragile AF 1/2.5 Hatsuho shipped via SAL and she arrived perfectly intact.

The grand total of my order came to almost exactly $150. And that's with pretty fast shipping during COVID-19. Personally I think I made out like a bandit. Incidentally, I had been inching closer to buying the one for ¥15000 on Mandarake, and now I'm glad I didn't. It's one of those listings that is only available on the Japanese site, so you have to use a proxy to buy it. Even without the shipping restrictions going on right now due to the pandemic, she would have cost me way more. Well, she's there for anyone else who wants her. It's still a far cry from her retail price.

So while it was first thing in the morning for me, it was nighttime in Taiwan by the time I paid my second invoice. It was a Thursday, so I figured they could ship it Friday. Friday came and went. Oh well, Monday then. I waited and waited...I didn't want to be a pushy asshole and send them an email, especially since I had sent them a message when they took too long ordering her. By Wednesday night I couldn't wait any longer (Thursday morning for them), so I sent a message saying if there was some complication with Airmail I would upgrade to EMS. Turns out they just forgot to tell me it had been shipped. I checked the tracking and it was already in the US! They did ship it on Friday after all. SWEET.

The shipping took 10 days (and that's including two weekends!). I don't care to admit just how many times I gazed longingly at those photos from EZStar for each of those days. Even if she arrived with damage I thought, it will be worth it. I own many resin figures, so I am used to dealing with breaks. On that note, I had been pretty suspicious about her hair strands. I couldn't shake a PVC vibe from them. If you compare the photos from the untidy YJA seller, you can see just how differently they're placed on each figure. The materials list does list PVC. If nothing else, no one could convince me that the ribbon on her capelet is anything but PVC.

Since I'm working from home, I didn't have to worry about missing the delivery. It came early (just after 9am, which is an hour after I start work). I got lucky and check the tracking just a few minutes after it was dropped off. It said it was "Delivered, left with individual". My ass! That fucker didn't even knock, he just left it at the door. It was raining too, but he did put it in a plastic bag. No harm done at least. I had to wait until my shift was over before I opened her anyway. What...you thought I wouldn't be able to resist for 7 hours? Well I cannot confirm nor deny that, actually.

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This was it. I finally had her in my hands. I accepted the reality that I would be getting those tiny little bits of styrofoam all over my floor and hair as is standard for resin figures and opened up the box. Base, check. Skirt, check. Then a little sadness when I got to her upper body, since I saw a straggling hair piece. I did breathe a sigh of relief when I saw that it was just a disconnect and not a break. The twintails are good too, everything in one piece. I was also delighted to see that her skin isn't jaundice like it appeared in EZStar's photos. Got another good laugh at the "Male" Engrish on the instruction sheet (as I'd seen it already from EZStar) and assembled her.

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As I already knew from the EZStar photo, her legs are already connected to her skirt. A musing had crossed my mind while looking at the promotional photos of her...wouldn't that suck if her legs were slightly too short and she looked like she was floating? Well I may have jinxed myself, because she has the opposite problem. Her legs stick out slightly too far, so that her skirt teeters over it and doesn't lay flush. (Further inspection of the promo pics of her actually show this exact issue! Apparently she's supposed to come like this?) I did find a simple solution for this though, which I'll show you at the end of this entry.

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For her photo shoot, I decided to only peel off one side of the tape from the base. It's just a clear disc of acrylic, so I think this looks better than being to see the den floor underneath. I never planned on using it while she was on display anyway, mainly because I have a passionate hatred for big stupid bases. I have made it my mission to replace bases with smaller ones whenever possible. Luckily with Rin, she doesn't require a base at all.

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Her face is exactly like the promo, so no surprises there. She has huge moeblob eyes but it ain't Tinkle, that's for sure. I mean, at least she doesn't have derp eyes or something. For what it's worth her face is modeled just fine. And her mouth actually has depth, which is nice for such a small figure. There is a big problem with her face, however. From her eyes up it's one big decal. Worse than that - it wasn't applied correctly it seems, because it's plagued with wrinkles. So for some of the best angles, flash is the enemy of this figure.

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Her hair is indeed entirely cold cast. It looks okay, but not great. Anyone who owns resin figures knows about the little bumps and imperfections that come with the territory. Each piece has several connection points for safety. It helps prevent damage during transport, and it also limits how much the strands can shift placement. Unfortunately the hair strands in the front seemed to have "settled" over time and flatten out their positioning, so it isn't dramatically wispy like it is in the promo. I'm sure my hair dryer could help restore them to their prime placement, but I think I'll leave them alone at least for now.

I'm still sad that they didn't go for a translucent gradient for her hair. Just think of how gorgeous that would have been.

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The roses actually look great! My camera really seems to hate them though and just blows them up with saturation. They are actually a lovely deep ruby red with a nice paint job. The last two photos I have in this entry are the closest I get to an accurate representation of how they actually look. I adore her hair ribbons as well. They are just glorious. The only thing is that the roses are like, floating in them. It does look a little odd if you really contemplate how they would be attached.

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Her capelet, blouse and sleeves are wonderfully rendered. I really appreciate when clothing on a figure is sculpted to look flowing and dynamic. The translucency properly interacts with her skin. By that I mean there's no error, like the upper sleeve showing translucency instead of her arm inside. It's a problem I've seen on a number of figures (Giga Pulse is notorious for this). The hand pulling the skirt doesn't actually connect, but the illusion is just enough for most angles. Her shoes probably have the best paint job on the whole figure, which is...a little sad, honestly. Those ribbons (which are PVC! I knew it!) are painted like ass.

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Arguably the best part of the figure - the reason I hunted her down in the first place - dat skirt. It's a lolita's wet dream. I can't get enough of these cascading frills. It doesn't have that delicious frosting effect like the promos, but it's anything but disappointing. It's a soft and dainty color, really the perfect hue of pink. And the best parts of it are right in the front and in the spotlight while she's on display. Here's something I didn't catch the first time around. The skirt is not just a single layer. There is a pocket in between the two layers. It's part of what makes it look so full and gorgeous. I did try to take some backlit shots, but didn't like how they turned out. That's just me being a subpar photographer though, it's not the figure's fault.

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Reviewers be like "obligatory panty shots for the perverts lololol". Or "I don't want to do this but I'm trying to be thorough". Be honest with yourself and admit that you love upskirt shots. I know I sure do! Don't you know that women wear skirts for the thrill of someone accidentally seeing their panties? And her frilly little undies have care applied to their sculpting too. There's something to be said about detailed undergarments that normally wouldn't be seen while a figure is on display. This view made having to fish out those itty-bitty styrofoam pieces that were wedged up there much less annoying.

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YES! In proper Tinkle fashion, her panties can be seen through her skirt too, albeit just the back. You know it never registered to me that the short orange part in front wasn't a separate skirt until seeing her in person. Which means that it doesn't extend all the way to the back...which means that this is a favorite consequence of that. Oh, if only her bottom half came as a separate piece. I probably could have fixed the teetering issue as well as get some nice unimpeded photos.

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For her fan, the instructions say to use double-sided tape to affix her fan to her hand. Because it would have killed them to shape it so that it had a hidden peg or use magnets. It also recommends to use a permanent solution once you get it exactly how you like it (that's reassuring). I opted to use some putty. It does the trick, but it's not ideal because you can see it at some angles (truth be told...I Photoshopped that shit out). When I feel like breaking out my hot glue gun I'll do that instead. How cheap is that? For a figure of this price point you shouldn't need such a ghetto solution to put her fully together. Ridiculous.

Ohoho, but that's not all. The worst ghetto-ass feature has to do with her base. When you peel away the protective tape, you are left with a plain clear piece of acrylic. But, they provide you with an image to place underneath. That's not so bad! It's in the box right? Oh no, my friends. You know those times when you make note of something weird, then forget about it until later? And then your eyes widen in horror when you realize what it was? See, I noticed that the back of the box had a dotted line in a circle in one of the photos that EZStar had provided. I wondered why they would put such a strange thing on the box. Then when I saw it in person and noticed it was the same size as her base...the comprehension hit. You aren't really supposed to actually cut out a piece of the box to use for her base, are you? I translated the text on the box just to be sure:

点線で切り取り、台座(アクリルプレート)の下に敷くと世界観を楽しむ事が出来ます。
Cut out along the dotted line, lay under the pedestal (acrylic plate) and you can enjoy the world view.

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Ladies and gentleman, you are instructed to destroy her outer box in order to use a fucking piece of cardboard to put underneath her base. You know, for a figure with a list price of 33,333 yen (that's currently $310). And if you screw up cutting that circle out? TOO BAD! Nothing. There is NOTHING that will ever top this. Let's say I follow the instructions and do just that. And hell, let's say that I do a flawless job. This is corrugated cardboard (thin single ply...but still!), so you will be able to see the fluted brown paper layer underneath the base, thus destroying any hope of a classy presentation. All they had to do was provide a pre-cut sheet. Or better yet, implement the design into the base itself. I can buy a plain base like this from Taobao for less than $5. Who are you trying to fool, CLayz?

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I already had the perfect place on a corner bookcase to display her (don't worry, she isn't going in the titty room!). Now I just needed to do something about that teetering. My first thought was to use one of those soft furry bases. I dug through my stash and couldn't find any that fit the shelf properly. Then I thought back to this cheap ass shearling-style sweater I bought on clearance a few years ago and never wore because it makes me look like the Michelin man. Thus a sacrifice was made. I cut out a piece of the sweater in the shape of the triangular shelf and laid it on top. I LOVE the way she looks on it. I'm glad I got some use out of that thing after all.

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All in all I'm happy that I finally have her. Obvious corner-cutting aside, she's still a strikingly beautiful figure. Plus it's pretty neat having a 3D representation of a character from the cover of one of Tinkle's artbooks. Is she worth $50? Yes! Is she worth $300? GOD no! I'm really sad that CLayz had the audacity to charge so much for her, because she undoubtedly flopped in sales. I'm afraid this means we probably won't be seeing another balls-out Tinkle figure for quite some time.
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Venetica1 месяц назад#79978494 I don't know...maybe it's time to try to find another service. You're right, it's probably best to throw in the towel and use a different proxy. I did talk to someone on a shopping forum and they suggested I use Celestial Delinquent.
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LittlePisces1 месяц назад#79942159Did you do the same thing when you bought from Ezstar?

Yeah I just used the order form on their website. This entire situation makes me really nervous to order from them again. In fact there is something I was planning on ordering through them soon. I thought it was weird that they didn't respond this time when I told them I had received my package, as they did last time.

I don't know...maybe it's time to try to find another service.
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Venetica1 месяц назад#79940436Wow...that's crazy. I feel like they're slipping.
You haven't paid yet right? So they haven't even bought it yet? It's a dilemma, because Taiwan proxies are so scarce.
Are you emailing them directly or replying to their initial email?
I followed their instructions on their website and they said the customer gets to make the payment once the proxy confirms the order. My order hasn't been confirmed for a while now. Did you do the same thing when you bought from Ezstar?

I did email them directly towards their email address found on their Facebook page. Even during business hours. My message was friendly enough, so I'm not sure what would make them avoid my email. Unless if they're that busy. I was debating on trying ordering on their FB page, but I am afraid that I might go through the same situation again.
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LittlePisces1 месяц назад#79902167What should I do? Should I keep on waiting?
Wow...that's crazy. I feel like they're slipping.

You haven't paid yet right? So they haven't even bought it yet? It's a dilemma, because Taiwan proxies are so scarce.

Are you emailing them directly or replying to their initial email?
1 месяц назад
Heya Venetica! I came back to visit this article because I am in a sticky situation. Like you, I had to wait many days for Ezstar to confirm my order. On the first try, I decided to email them and it turns out the second item in my cart is from a Chinese shop. Ok then, I'll only choose the one item that's actually from a Taiwanese shop.

I fixed my mistake and made the request on June 22nd. Many days have passed and I was debating whether to email them or not. I didn't want to be the impatient type, but it was 10 days ago. I emailed them again yesterday and still got no response.

Am I not giving them a chance? I know they're a small business and the virus is going on, but I'm honestly anxious because the item I really want to buy is a grail. What should I do? Should I keep on waiting?
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Aoi-san2 месяца назад#78920649Wow, I was waiting for some more pictures of this figure and I actually am thankful about this review. In my opinion she really does look cute and it is awesome that you could get her for such a steal price! :) <3
Thanks! Well she certainly isn't winning any popularity contests, lol...but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one was longing to see more of her.
2 месяца назад
Wow, I was waiting for some more pictures of this figure and I actually am thankful about this review. In my opinion she really does look cute and it is awesome that you could get her for such a steal price! :) <3
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Toshki2 месяца назад#78288161Haha I really enjoyed how you wrote this up!! You have a way with words xD
Thank you, I appreciate that ;)

I had censored myself when I did my Alucard review, I thought I'd be more genuine this time around, lol.
2 месяца назад
Haha I really enjoyed how you wrote this up!! You have a way with words xD

She's such a cutie and omg that dress~ congrats on the find!!
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Venetica2 месяца назад#78273950I didn't even think of scanning the box as an option, that's a great idea. Honestly I really don't like what they chose for it. It's so pretty around it and they picked like, the worst colors to use for the circle, lol.

Just zoomed in on the box pic - wow, I see what you mean. Needs a palette swap, if nothing else. Might as well print something else off or buy a window sticker of something and cut it to size.
2 месяца назад
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