[Review] Nendoroid 130 – Makise Kurisu

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Hello everyone~ I have another review for you guys today!

I recently got the chance to watch the Steins;Gate movie, so I decided to take out Makise Kurisu for a quick review. If you haven’t watched the anime, I do recommend watching it! It’s a good one if you like the sci fi and time travelling kind of stuff. Annnd if you haven’t watched the movie, I think it’s a nice follow-up to the anime as well, so check it out if you haven’t yet. I’ll try to keep this post as spoiler free as possible.

Anyway, let’s get on to the main character for today’s post.. the talented neuroscientist, Makise Kurisu from Steins;Gate.

Here is her box design!
Kurisu was released back in 2011 twice and re-released again a few months ago in 2013. I have the 2011 version, so that’s the one I’ll be showing you in this review. Since she is pre-300, her box has the old design with the colours, themed print, and text along the sides.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Box Front

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Box Back

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Box Side

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Box Size

Here are all her parts~
Since this was an older Nendoroid, she doesn’t come with as many extras as a lot of the newer ones, especially in terms of accessories. She gets two additional faceplates, three extra right arms, one extra left arm, and a set of folded arms.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Blister Front

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Blister Back

What is this round stand? (゜-゜)
I don’t know exactly when they switched to the square based, arm stands, but the 2011 Kurisu comes with one of the older round based stands. The 2013 re-release of her comes with the newer square ones with the arm.

The stand consists of a round base, Nendoroid joint, and a “seat” piece that holds up the Nendoroid by the bum. Because of the way the stand was designed, you really can’t pose Kurisu in anything other than standing positions. You can see how she is held up in the rest of this review.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Stand Parts

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Stand

Makise Kurisu straight from the box looks like this from all four sides~
Her eyes retain the signature style of huke, and all the small details have actually been painted on her really nicely. Notice the small buckles on her arms, the accents on her jacket, and the star on her gold belt buckle.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Front

Kurisu always had a tuft of hair coming out in front of her from the left side. It looked great from the front, but from the side, the seam is a little too noticeable.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Left Side

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Back

Is it just me, or is that bit of hair over her right shoulder a bit odd looking?

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Right Side

Kurisu has the same areas of articulation as a standard Nendoroid. She has Nendoroid joints at her neck and legs. Her shoulders, wrists, and waist are detachable and can be rotated. Her hair on both her left and right sides do limit how freely her arms can move though. You’ll need to play around with the angle and position of her head to get the space you need for her arms.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Articulation

On to Kurisu’s extra parts!

The first extra arm is a bent arm holding an envelope of documents, recreating when Okabe first meets her. This hand and envelope are both attached to the arm.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Envelope Arm

The second extra arm is a bent arm with a detachable hand holding her cellphone.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Phone Arm

Thanks to the detachable hand, you can pose Kurisu checking her mail.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Looking at Phone

Or engaged in a phone call.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - On Call

? (°ヘ°) …
You can use the next pair of arms to pose Kurisu deep in thought. She is a neuroscientist after all! Again, these hands are unfortunately attached to the arms.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Thinking

The last set of arms that comes with this Nendoroid are a pair of crossed arms. She still looks like she’s thinking about something..

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Arms Crossed

(`ヘ ´ )!
Combined with the angry expression, the crossed arms work perfectly to make her look annoyed. She’s always annoyed at Okabe. It’s too bad her bangs cover most of her eyebrows.. you can see how they look fully from the blister.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Angry

(//・﹏・//)
Last but not least, Kurisu comes with an embarrassed expression! With one arm over her chest, Kurisu has become incredibly shy. I love how she’s glancing slightly away.

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Shy

Kyaaaaa! (≧▽≦)
But with the right angle, you can make it look like she’s looking directly at you. She’s so adorable~

Nendoroid Makise Kurisu - Shy #2

Anyway, that’s unfortunately all the parts Kurisu comes with. I think they’ve done a marvellous job shrinking her down to Nendoroid size. Her outfit is replicated really nicely, but I only wish she came with more. If you’ve managed to grab the lab coat and cheerful versions of her, you’ll get a few more faceplates to play with. But overall, I think the playability’s a little lacking, especially since her lower half is limited by the seat stand (at least in this version), and the arms are further limited by her hair. Regardless, I still like this Nendoroid as a whole. She was done really well, she’s cute, and being a fan of the anime, there’s no real reason not to like her.

That’s all I really have to say today. Hope you’ve enjoyed my review, and I’ll see you guys next time!

・‿・)ノ~~ Mata ne!

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