Figma Ultimate Madoka

By Animaven on June 25, 2013

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Review by Animaven

She’s the reigning queen of magical girls and, at present, the subject of one of the most beautiful lines of figurines around. Max Factory’s Ultimate Madoka, from the figma line, might not be a glorious as that Good Smile statue, but man is it close. 

 

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I was really excited to get my hands on this figma (courtesy of the fine folks at Angolz). Like everyone else, I obsessed over “Madoka Magica,” and while I have plenty of other figures from this series (notably Nendos), this is my first Ultimate Madoka. 

 

Like her big sister, she is a giantess. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

Her casing is three-tiered. That’s a lot of plastic and accessories. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

And here she is out of the box!

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

She’s a tall girl. The skirt alone is just massive, and Madoka doesn’t stand on her stand - she hovers. Add in the wingspan of her combined hair and wings and you’ve got something much bigger than your ordinary 1/8 figma. The view from the side is probably the best illustration of just how big she is. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

And from above:

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

Because she’s so big, she has a lot of parts. The wings have to be snapped in, as do the side bits of hair (which, oddly, remind me of elephant tusks). She also has some fairly substantial ball joints, like the one on the back of her head which moves around one of her hair pieces. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

The side hair strands come with a plug in the holes. Kind of odd. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

I’m not going to lie: putting Madoka together is a bitch. Not because the parts are difficult to assemble (though those wings do get a little annoying at times, mostly due to all that hair), but because there are just so many working parts going on at once that it is very easy to knock one thing out of alignment while adjusting another. Then, sometimes, while you go back to fix the second thing, she rotates on her stand, or just falls over, knocking everything you just fixed out of whack again. This happened more than a few times. She’s heavy, she’s complicated. There are five joints in her skirt alone, six parts on her back, and a torso that is really difficult to line up properly while posing. And when you add on that all that weight is balanced on that one little peg… like I said. Complicated. 

 

She’s worth it, though. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

Let’s look at some details.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

Her hair and wings are just beautiful. The wings actually fade to a very pretty pink blush, which is kind of difficult to see against the purple-ish background. Have a look at it against the white.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

And now for the skirt.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

I love the concept of the skirt, even if it does get the “He’s got the whole world in his hands” song stuck in my head - lyrics changed to “She’s got the whole universe in her skirt,” naturally. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

Here’s the back.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

You can see how the parts move a little better here.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

I love the colors in the skirt. The white is slightly opalescent. The sculpt on the white part is particularly well done, too. It looks like it’s billowing in the wind. 

 

Let’s change her pose. Madoka comes with two faces, a bow, and four arrows.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

This is the game face. She means business. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

The arrow is a little precariously placed. The burst at the end does fit into her hand but it doesn’t really lock in. There’s no snap, just balance and gravity. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

This shot shows you the full length of the bow. The rose on top is very pretty. 

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

In the next picture, look at her belly.

 

Figma Ultimate Madoka

 

I can’t tell if I think it’s weird that the anime industry has gotten really good at belly sculpts or if I’m just grateful they did, because look at that. It’s so pretty. It’s got a feminine curve and swell. She’s lovely. 

 

So, bottom line? This is a gorgeous figure. She’s high maintenance, but worthwhile, in my opinion. More than likely she’ll end up being one of the  centerpiece figures in my collection. A crown jewel. 

 

You can check out more info on her on Good Smile's website, or purchase her at Angolz

VZMK2 - June 25, 2013 6:03am

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That pink background you used works great.

Animaven - June 25, 2013 1:58pm

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Thanks! I had to cycle through three different backgrounds before I found the one that worked.

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