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victorvipervictorviperVor 7 Jahren
Today we'll be doing a review of Phat's Totori. It's actually kind of an appetizer, as next up will be Phat's Meruru (which has provoked some lively discussion lately on MFC!) when she arrives, hopefully some time next week. There are a couple of shots that might be minimally NSFW, so proceed accordingly.


About the character: Totori is the lead character from the Gust RPG Atelier Totori-The Adventurer of Arland. At the beginning of the game, Totori is a fledgling alchemist, having had some instruction from Rorona Fryxell, the heroine of the previous Atelier game. Eventually, Totori develops a strong desire to leave her small rural village and become an adventurer. Her family at first attempts to dissuade her, as Totori's mother was an adventurer but she has been missing for several years. However, Totori's strong desire to determine her mother's fate wins out in the end.

Vital statistics:

Full name:
Totooria Helmold

Height: 146 cm (4'9")

Blood type:
A, supposedly indicating that she is responsible and sensible. That sounds like Totori to me.

Here is Totori, from the cover of the art booklet that came with the US version of the game.

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Now on to the review.




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


The front of the box features a large window together with the game's logo, and each side panel features the same image of the figure.


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The back of the box features a few more shots of the figure. Dimensions of the box are 17 by 12 by 25 cm, and total shipping weight for the figure was 900 grams, so shipping costs shouldn't be outrageous.

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Base----------9.5/10


Totori is perched on one of the more unique bases that I've seen. You can see a diverse collection of items on the base, including various flasks that are an essential part of any alchemist's toolkit, one of the series' trademark barrels (in all of the Atelier games, a running joke is that if you walk up to a barrel and examine it, one of the characters in your party will say 'barrel!'), and the wheel is an important item in the game. The wheel is one of many items that Totori must synthesize in order to build a ship.


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The flask appears to be full of some type of fluid (it's tinted, there's nothing solid inside to simulate the liquid), and fans of the game might recognize some tiny Puniballs in the jar.

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Here, you can see the two pegs that attach Totori to the base. In addition, you can see how the surface of the base slopes somewhat from back to front.

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Overall, the base is very distinctive. It's not your typical boring white disk!

Posing----------7/10

Totori is featured in a fairly static pose. She's holding a small book that, from the bookmarks, apparently she references often. Here, we see Totori before her staff is assembled.

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The end of her staff separates so that it may be placed in her hand.

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The pose is okay overall, but it is a bit static. I suppose this can be justified since in the game Totori is not much of a fighter; she usually mans the back row using synthesized items in battle.


Sculpting----------7/10
Painting-----------9/10



Let's start with the most contentious aspect of the figure, Totori's facial expression. Her face to me seems rather nondescript (compare with the Nendoroid Totori ITEM #61341 ); there just isn't a lot of detail on her mouth, and her expression seems rather blank. As you'll see below in some of the official art, Totori always seems to look vaguely worried about something, and so an expression like that as opposed to a faint smirk would have been more appropriate.

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From the artwork shown below (from the Artwork of Arland artbook ITEM #80154), you can see that Totori is a pretty expressive girl, but unfortunately this part of her personality just isn't captured. In addition, Totori can hardly do anything without blushing, and it's a bit disappointing this didn't make it into the figure's design.

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Enough negatives for now, though. Let's now focus on some of the better aspects of the figure. Here, you can see that her sleeves are nicely detailed. You can see a small imperfection or two (that little chip on the cuff stands out), and the symbols on the sleeves are not quite as intricate as in the official art, but that's really being picky.

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Here is a close view of the front of Totori's outfit. Despite a couple of spots where the blue paint from her sleeves bleeds into other places, overall the painting is well-done. All the colors are correct, the frills on her shirt look good, and even the number of buttons on her shirt is correct. The gold trim is painted well. One of the key features of her outfit is her skirt, made of a very transparent fabric. You can see the effect is replicated pretty faithfully.

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A view of Totori's purse. Fans of the game know that once Totori gets her "duplicate" ability, all kinds of things can fit in there! The purse looks pretty realistic; you could almost believe that it is actually made of leather, right up to the apparent stamped-in pattern (although you can see a sloppy spot where some gold paint spills over on the strap). The seashell and the tiny blue flask are a nice touch.


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A view of Totori's shoes. Note the slight rumpling of the fabric.

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A close-up of her hand and the small book she's holding. The hand is a bit chunky, and Phat could have done better with the sculpting of the book. I hadn't noticed before, but her hand picked up some paint transfer from somewhere.

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A profile of the figure. Obviously, she is meant to be viewed from straight ahead.

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A view of her hair from above. Her hat hides the inevitable seam line on the front of her hair, but she has a little bit of a case of helmet-head.

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A view from behind. Her hair back here is decently sculpted.

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Here's a feature about which I can't make up my mind. Her bow is supposed to be made of a very light fabric with a bit of transparency. I'll leave it to the reader to decide how well Phat pulled off the effect.

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One of the trademarks of her outfit is her exposed shoulders. Also, even though you'll rarely look at the figure from this angle, the detail on the sleeves and trim is still pretty meticulous.

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Looking at her from this angle really makes me wish Phat had done a better job with her facial expression. If only she was a bit more expressive, this would be a fantastic view!

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Now, even though I've picked on quite a few things, the overall finish of the figure is excellent. The only major flaw I could find with the finish is this seam line running up the back of her thigh.

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Here's a nice detail. Note the plaster-like effect on the base.


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Totori and her mentor Rorona Fryxell. Rorona was of course the main character in the previous Atelier game.

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From that last photo, you can see that Rorona and Totori are similar in height, although Totori is standing on a tall base. According to official data, Rorona is almost the same height as Totori (she is 148 cm tall, versus 146 cm for Totori). I took a tape measure and measured them both from head to foot. At 1/8 scale, Rorona should be about 18.5 cm tall. I measure her right about 19 cm, so her proportions are spot-on. On the other hand, Totori should be right around 18 1/4 cm (without base), but when I measured her, she comes in right around 17 cm tall, making her closer to 1/9 scale.

For comparison, here is Totori with Italia-san, who is presumably similar in stature and advertised at 1/9 scale. As you can see, they're pretty similar in scale.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------7.5/10


This was a tough call. This figure has many positive qualities (the unique base, her outfit is generally spot-on, and the overall finish of the figure is excellent), but the way her face is done and her maybe-not-quite-1/8 scale offsets some of the good. Do I regret buying her? No, but one or two little things here and there could have been the difference between a merely nice figure and an absolute home run.


Availability (as of this writing):


Sold out new, not too hard to find secondhand.


As I write this, there's an A/B one on AmiAmi for 8980 yen. She generally seems to be going secondhand for about 8000-9500 yen. There is however a new Totori figure coming out before long (ITEM #134359); how well it's received by the figure community might significantly impact the future price of this one.


THANKS FOR READING!


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Punkte8/10

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Kommentare6

I think that I automatically expected the quality and level of detail for this type of figure to be much lower because this review was a nice surprise of the opposite. The detail is impressive.

A nice figure, and a great review!
Vor 8 Monaten
AkiraVor 7 Jahren#1604704I have been seeing a couple of Totori's reviews lately, and they always make clear that she's so-so (Phat, you tried?). I still consider getting her but...
Anyway, thanks for the review C:


One other thing is that her original price was 9000 yen. For that kind of price (for a 1/8 scale figure), it's fair that people are going to expect Alter-like quality. Fortunately, I found her on sale for considerably less, so that didn't bother me so much.
Vor 7 Jahren
I have been seeing a couple of Totori's reviews lately, and they always make clear that she's so-so (Phat, you tried?). I still consider getting her but...

Anyway, thanks for the review C:
Vor 7 Jahren
SailorSarahVor 7 Jahren#1604331Thank you for this review. This is a really good review for me because I keep considering getting this figure. I haven't played Atelier Totori yet, but I did play Atelier Meruru and have her figure on order, so I wouldn't mind getting a Totori. I don't really like the look of the new Totori figure though. Your review has been very helpful, but I still haven't decided if I want her or not...haha. I at least have to let my bank account recover for a while first. :)

It's a tough decision to be sure. She's not perfect, but if you want a Totori figure it's not like 20 more are going to be released. I'd say wait until closer to the release date of the new Totori and see how she looks. The problem is that if the new one is no good, I have a feeling this one is going to get expensive...

AmyJaneVor 7 Jahren#1604499I am planning to get the 19 year old ver. though, I much prefer her, especially her eyes! So beautiful~ (though she does look like she may fall over any second...)
Thanks again for the great review ^-^


Thanks for the feedback. If they could take the face from the new Totori and transplant it on this figure, you'd have a really, really nice figure. The pose on the new Totori does worry me as does her hair color (it looks too bronze to me, and Totori's hair is clearly supposed to be a very light brown).
Vor 7 Jahren
Thanks for the review, I thoroughly enjoyed it~ I myself though am not at all pleased with her pose or the detailing of her face so I have no intention of buying her. Such a shame though since as you rightly said, her base is amazing! And if they'd just put a little more care and attention into the rest of her like they did the base then she'd have been perfect!
I am planning to get the 19 year old ver. though, I much prefer her, especially her eyes! So beautiful~ (though she does look like she may fall over any second...)

Thanks again for the great review ^-^
Vor 7 Jahren
Thank you for this review. This is a really good review for me because I keep considering getting this figure. I haven't played Atelier Totori yet, but I did play Atelier Meruru and have her figure on order, so I wouldn't mind getting a Totori. I don't really like the look of the new Totori figure though. Your review has been very helpful, but I still haven't decided if I want her or not...haha. I at least have to let my bank account recover for a while first. :)
Vor 7 Jahren
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