It’s a shame that most of the sculpts done by Ishinaga Sakurako through the years have only seen the light of day in the form of garage kits, probably due to the sculptor’s forte being eerie characters that are malnourished and almost devoid of emotion.
There’s not much information to be given or had when it comes to the character Sayame, or Torikago no Shoujo (“Girl in a birdcage” or simply “Birdcage girl”) as the piece is called. Having been revealed to the public in 2007 as a garage kit it would take another five years until the PVC version was released. Staying true to its name, the figure comes in a box resembling a birdcage.
The figure does require some assembly where the major part involves four rubber bands and two plastic strings giving the appearance of the lumps of rope holding the chains in place on the swing. This is a somewhat of an odd decision by Questioners since one could easily misalign the chains if not executing both of them perfectly, something that could’ve been solved if done in production.
When I look at Sayame I sense hopelessness and solitude but also a small glimmer of hope, symbolized in a butterfly with frayed wings which is conveniently attached to one of the black wings protruding from the character’s back.
Visually, Questioners have done a decent job bringing Sayame to her melancholic self. The figure’s hair and flowers aren’t particularly detailed but the face captures the very essence of the character. Her yukata and torn night robe have received a bit more attention and do look great. The black wing that turns transparent in order to hold up the butterfly also acts as support for the chain on the left side so that the figure doesn’t wobble to the sides.
If someone had suggested that I should portray a girl sitting on a swing with flowers in her hair my interest would probably have waned halfway through the sentence. Fortunately, Torikago no Shoujo tells a completely different story and one I found worthy of telling.
Not only unique in design but also in functionality makes this figure a welcome addition to anyone’s hovering collection. If not for the minor ordeal with the assembly the figure would receive nothing but praise.
Finally, you’re given three options when it comes to displaying the figure. You can either hang her anywhere you so wish, you can place her inside the plastic birdcage and hang it up, or, place the box on a flat surface; the box and top part of the hook accessory are sturdy enough for the job.