A big shipment came a few days ago, giving me plenty of material to potentially review for November. I say “potentially” because I’m lazy. BUT I have also spent a lot of money on making it easier for me to do figure reviews, so I think the laziness will get canceled out. This time I have a pub table to shoot on, as my previous table is now in the living room. I like the look of the wood grain, and the height makes it so that I don’t have to hunch over a ridiculous amount to get low angle shots.
As for the figure, this is Yamato’s Nen-Nen, part of their Creators’ Labo line. It’s based on a design by Shunya Yamashita and interpreted/sculpted by Reflect. Compared to other Reflect sculpts, this one sticks relatively closely to Shunya’s original design. It’s slightly less cartoony, but the face and general proportions are pretty accurate. Reflect will sometimes make the figure overly slender, depriving us of the wonderful Shunya butt. Nen-Nen’s butt, happily, is intact.
Speaking of butts, I think I’ve become an expert at shooting them. To me, they look best with a single light source giving just enough to show the contours. By achieving a look like the figure is melting away into a dark background, you get a sense of intimacy (which can be enhanced with tight framing). For these photos, I upped the red saturation to give a slight glow to the flesh tones.
While the sculpt is nice, the paint job is kind of disappointing. The color scheme needs a little zip; blue, white, and gold aren’t really a great combination. There are a few red accessories but I think some red trim would have worked better. The application of the paint, too, is slightly sloppy in some areas – notably between the white trim and blue dress in the back.
Rounding out the package is a fairly simple base with a bluish-silver design on it, and an art card by Shunya Yamashita depicting Nen-Nen and Non-Non (another Creators’ Labo figure). While Nen-Nen is a pretty nice figure, you’re not really getting a whole lot for the price (Amiami has it for 9570 JPY). At least it’s a fairly large figure – not quite 1/6-scale but a good size nonetheless. That seems to be pretty much par for course with Reflect figures. None of them are super ornate, but they’re good if you’re appreciative of the sculpt and character design.