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Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises

Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises

Project details

One of horror/mystery manga Another’s protagonists is Mei Misaki. Whether you read the manga or watched the anime I’m guessing that if one were to recall one character from the series, it’d be the aforementioned Misaki.

The figure, a 1/8 scale, shows Misaki caressing the hair strings of her beloved kin who’s residing in a stalwart coffin. Dolls do play a big part in Another and the symbolism shown in this creation is what drew me to it.

Upon assembling the figure one quickly came to the realization that something was off in Griffon’s production as it was near impossible to attach the coffin while Misaki herself slid right in. It’s easy to assume that one of the holes in the coffin is off by a small margin when trying to attach it to the base but the real issue is in the base itself; being hollow makes it bend and the third peg is unable to attach properly. One solution is to ease leverage by using a cup, put it upside down and then place the base upon it before lining up the coffin.

With the coffin in place, all was well with the world. Until the doll wouldn’t really stay put in her residence and kept falling out. There are small markings where her feet and heels should go and you could try pushing her feet until they line up but a quicker solution would probably be to use a lighter adhesive on her back to ensure she’s properly kept in place.

Misaki does come with an optional extra head but seeing how parts disagreed with each other I decided not to try my luck a third time; it’s basically identical to the standard one except it doesn’t have the eyepatch.

Despite its production shortcomings, which in all honesty are rather bad, Griffon’s product is one I’m quite fond of. There are more color oddities than what you’d get from bigger companies but these are only picked up through a lens. The overall impression was still a positive one.

SCALE

1/8

ART DIRECTION

Reflection

PHOTOGRAPHY SETUP

Flash, colored backdrop, glass surface

Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises
Mei Misaki by Griffon Enterprises

Comments

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    wieselhead
    January 6, 2013

    Another was coll, mainly because of the mysteriously enchanting Misaki.

    I like the overall look of that base and figure, the coffin is great.
    That whole thing actually looks a LOT better than in my quite low expectations from Griffon products. They really nailed down the look of Misaki from the anime.

    Hehe maybe it should be little horror effect when the dolls falls out of the coffin at night *buhhh* XD

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    G.K. Sil Kamina
    January 23, 2013

    It’s not too often you see creepy stuff like this in the PVC market. I’m glad Griffon took a chance and made it, even if they did botch the production job. Again. With how much they charge for their stuff, you’d think they’d be a bit more careful with the quality control!

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    Bakayaro
    January 23, 2013

    I thougt about getting her but I don’t have much expectations in Griffion figures. She looks fine on your photos but as you describe it sounds more pain to get her in the right pose. Maybe I’ll give her a chance if I find a her for a bargain price.

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