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Banpresto "Campus Life" SonicoBanpresto "Campus Life" Sonico

victorvipervictorviperVor 3 JahrenReview
Today we'll be reviewing a figure that it took a little longer than I expected to acquire, Banpresto's "Campus Life" Sonico. This is Sonico being Sonico, so there will no doubt be a handful of somewhat-NSFW shots below...

About the character: I think everyone knows Sonico so let's get right to it!

Packaging----------8/10

As is increasingly the norm these days, Banpresto opts for a windowless box.

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One side of the box features an illustration of Sonico.

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The back of the box features an advertisement for another CraneKing prize, a poster+CD pack from the looks of it, and a cute illustration of Sonico.

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Sonico's t-shirt obviously parodies an iconic image from the film Jaws. It's pretty hilarious!

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Inside the box, Sonico is packaged inside a wedge of cardboard.

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There's not too much set up involved, other than setting Sonico's megaphone in place and getting her attached to the base.

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At first glace at that plastic sheeting, I briefly entertained the idea that maybe this Sonico was cast-off, even though that would be a pretty unusual feature on a prize figure. It turns out she is definitely *not* cast-off, though; that sheeting is just there to keep her hair from transferring paint onto the rest of her body.

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Posing----------9/10

Sonico's pose is pretty interesting. Many Sonico figures portray her in poses which are compromising or which depict her as being clumsy or submissive, but this figure departs from that formula. This is a somewhat more-energetic than usual Sonico, and the name of the figure suggests she is busy using her charms to recruit for some campus event. In Super Sonico: The Animation, it is established that Sonico is a college student majoring in marine biology, so this premise makes perfect sense.

Let's have a look at her.

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Sculpting----------8/10*
Painting----------8/10*


*---these ratings take into account the fact this is an inexpensive prize figure and represent ratings relative to other prize figures.


Overall, the quality of the figure is good for a prize figure. She has a couple of really obvious issues, but this is compensated for by a number of interesting features.

First, I really like the design of Sonico's face. Her happy and cheerful expression is a little bit outside the norm, but I welcome the change of pace.

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Although Sonico's bangs might be a little bit clumpy in spots, I really like her cute face!

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She looks good from this angle, too.

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The way Sonico's hair is splaying out suggests she must have turned around quickly to do...something. In any event, the effect makes for a little bit of dynamism in her pose.

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Her hair is nicely sculpted for the most part, although you can see the color is fairly flat.

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I *think* her cap is supposed to be made of well-worn denim, but the cap ends up looking a little odd. In particular, those "rips" on the brim of the cap aren't too convincing.

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I'd never really noticed this just by looking at photos of this figure, but Sonico's signature headphones are built right in to the cap. Funny, the things you never pay much attention to...

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There's some discoloration in her hair.

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In both figures and official artwork, Sonico is often seen wearing this guitar-shaped pendant. If you look at the size of the pendant, however, relative to other parts of her body, it quickly becomes apparent that the pendant is really, really large!

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Of course, one can not ignore that Sonico is a well-proportioned young lady, and her bikini top is pretty small by comparison. Maybe Sonico just has a hard time finding a bikini top that's the right size XD .

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That's obviously a very tight fit the way her top is pressing her breasts against her body!

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Her megaphone comes assembled, and it's kind of a neat accessory.

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Sonico can also be displayed just fine without the megaphone if you prefer.

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Her wrist is extremely narrow relative to the rest of her body.

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There are several interesting things going on in the shot below. Banpresto certainly did a nice job sculpting Sonico's stomach, for starters. I also like how you can see her yellow bikini bottom peeking out from underneath her shorts. Additionally, the denim effect on her shorts is pretty well done (moreso than on her hat!).

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Sometimes, you just have to let a shot speak for itself. Oh, my!

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Low-angle shot. Sonico really has some good muscle tone on those thighs, and I like the detail on the backs of her knees.

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Maybe the biggest issue with this figure is that Sonico's thigh-to-calf ratio seems quite extreme!

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That particular issue is quite evident from this angle.

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Blue-that's an interesting choice of color on cowboy boots.

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Although the boots are a little bit plain, the stitching on the boots is a nice feature. One small complaint is that I just couldn't get her boot quite flush with the peg in the base.

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Base----------6/10

With three pegs supporting her, Sonico seems secure enough once attached to the base. The design of the base is pretty blah, however, and as you can see it's quite thick!

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Scale Comparison

With that thick base, Sonico stands about 8 inches (20 cm) tall, and I estimate Sonico herself if standing upright would be about 7.5 inches (19 cm) tall. Sonico is established to be 158 cm tall, so she's at the smallish end of 1/8 scale.

Here, Sonico seems to be shilling for the music club. For comparison, Miku ITEM #167123 and Rin ITEM #198719 are pretty close to 1/8, and so you can see that Sonico is on the small side of 1/8 scale.

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"Come join the volleyball club!". Hitomi ITEM #422 and Ayane ITEM #419 are both 1/6 scale, and you can see how Sonico compares.

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Here is Sonico trying to recruit new members for the...I dunno...marksmanship club? Kaname ITEM #830 and Tessa ITEM #6419 are both 1/8, and you can see how Sonico is definitely at the small side of 1/8 scale.

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Some candidates for the title of "best butt" from my collection ;). The candidates are Misty Nereis ITEM #153426 , Elyse ITEM #5864 , Sonico, and Ayane ITEM #419 .

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My current Sonico sub-collection + one Pochaco - Santa Sonico item ITEM #166982 , who's packed away until next Christmas.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8/10

Arguments for: Overall good quality, interesting box art, dem thighs, that butt, and this Sonico sort of goes against the norm of clumsy/compromised/submissive Sonico.

Arguments against: Thick and boring base, slightly smallish scale, and that calf-to-thigh ratio can be a little distracting once you notice it!

However, this Sonico would be a worthy addition to any growing Sonico collection, particularly considering her low price point.

Availability (as of this writing)

Not too hard to find.

I had a little bit of a hard time sourcing this Sonico, as every time she'd pop up preowned, someone would quickly grab her! So, she's not too hard to find, but you might need to act quickly to make Sonico yours. She shouldn't be too expensive, and I'd say 2000-3000 yen should net you this particular Sonico.

THANKS FOR READING!

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victorviper (Vor 3 Jahren) #3438503"Incredible body sculpt"...that's a good way of putting it :). As far as the calves go, I've got Yayoi Takatsuki ITEM #113350 sitting on my desk next to my computer, and her calves/ankles are about the same size as Sonico's. On a petite girl like Yayoi (and at 1/10 scale) that's one thing, but it looks a little silly on Sonico...

It's better than saying "she got a nice butt 'n thighs". xD But in all seriousness, the detail of the body sculpt is very high for a prize figre, I didn't expect that. :)

I can't think of any figure with crazy small calves in my collection right now (also because not much is on display, so I mostly have my favorites out which are everywhere skinny or everywhere plumpy), but one with really really nice calves (and legs in general) where I can stare at for hours is my ITEM #61401 ! *drools*
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Maakie (Vor 3 Jahren) #3438357That is an incredible body sculpt for a prize figure! :O But I agree with you on the calves, they're super tiny! I see this problem a lot more with anime characters that have big butts and/or thighs. It's like the sculptors forget that you also need a bit of flesh there to keep such a heavy body up. xD

"Incredible body sculpt"...that's a good way of putting it :). As far as the calves go, I've got Yayoi Takatsuki ITEM #113350 sitting on my desk next to my computer, and her calves/ankles are about the same size as Sonico's. On a petite girl like Yayoi (and at 1/10 scale) that's one thing, but it looks a little silly on Sonico...
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That is an incredible body sculpt for a prize figure! :O But I agree with you on the calves, they're super tiny! I see this problem a lot more with anime characters that have big butts and/or thighs. It's like the sculptors forget that you also need a bit of flesh there to keep such a heavy body up. xD
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secretly-otaku (Vor 3 Jahren) #3383466Yeah, the thight to calf ratio is a bit bothersome but... that derriere! Oh la la! Pls keep the prize figure reviews! They are always appreciated.

The first time I saw Sonico's backside I was quite O_O.

I've got ITEM #272582 set up in my lightbox, so she'll probably be up next in the review queue. Please look forward to it!
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Yeah, the thight to calf ratio is a bit bothersome but... that derriere! Oh la la! Pls keep the prize figure reviews! They are always appreciated.
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Yes! That's why I was sold on it so much because her ponytail was so cute i couldn't resist victorviper (Vor 3 Jahren) #3378539I was looking at your profile and I saw you own item ITEM #272582 . That figure is on its way to me and it looks like another great Sonico. If the best feature of this figure is Sonico's legs, then the ponytail is the best feature of that other figure!
You nailed it. This figure depicts a sexy but not lewd take on Sonico.
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Because I already had an account and it was a good deal regardless.Zebalga (Vor 3 Jahren) #3378070Omg why didn't you create a new account and get their discount codes? I got her for only $14 XD
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Bunnymiilk (Vor 3 Jahren) #3377994I love love love this figure! I got it from otakumode for $24 + free shipping and when I got it I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I am obsessed with her legs, they are just so long and smooth I can't stop touching them... Anyway great review!

I was looking at your profile and I saw you own item ITEM #272582 . That figure is on its way to me and it looks like another great Sonico. If the best feature of this figure is Sonico's legs, then the ponytail is the best feature of that other figure!

Terrence (Vor 3 Jahren) #3367429One of the two super sonicos on my current wishlist (the other being unreleased yet and ichiban kuji). Her pose is dynamic and her curves are sexy, not to mention tight shorts are hard to resist. Unlike her other "sexy" renditions, she's not in a compromising position like you have mentioned, this one at least makes her happy, and captures Sonico's character the most (at least in my eyes) :P Would like to get it for a cheap price whenever I can.

You nailed it. This figure depicts a sexy but not lewd take on Sonico.
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Bunnymiilk (Vor 3 Jahren) #3377994I love love love this figure! I got it from otakumode for $24 + free shipping and when I got it I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I am obsessed with her legs, they are just so long and smooth I can't stop touching them... Anyway great review!

Omg why didn't you create a new account and get their discount codes? I got her for only $14 XD
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I love love love this figure! I got it from otakumode for $24 + free shipping and when I got it I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I am obsessed with her legs, they are just so long and smooth I can't stop touching them... Anyway great review!
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