Also, I decided to dig through my cupboards and find some old sheets of music for a backdrop. It didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped, so bear with it.
The angles of
Dat backdrop fail in the last picture. I can improve, I swear! I believe this Yui is the first figure I own that's wearing a school uniform, which is actually pretty surprising. I like the look of it though, especially the lower half.
The pose is my favourite thing about this figure - it's very dynamic and Yui-like. The guitar is all well and good, although I can't help but feel it'd have been better with some alternate accessories for her left hand such as castanets, a cup of tea or a piece of jam toast. There is a huge untapped market here just waiting to be exploited.
|Acting like a typical Japanese tourist. With a guitar.|
I like the hair a lot. It's not too defined, with thick waves of hair rather than intricate detail. I think it's something of a Volks style, since the other figure I own by them is quite similar in this regard.
The base isn't particularly noteworthy, although the sharp sign is a nice choice. I think ♮ would have been a bit more fitting, but that's neither here nor there.
|It's a shame about those scratches, I really don't know if it came like that or if I somehow did it.|
|Individual strings: a nice touch, but very breakable.|
One of my housemates had a guitar lying around downstairs so I tried to jam with Yui for a bit.
|Dammit Yui, stop posing for the camera and play!|
Surprisingly, life isn't much like my Japanese animes where you can pick up a guitar and be an expert immediately. I totally nailed that chord where you just strum without holding down any strings though.
Figuring Yui probably deserved a bit better than my poor attempts at guitar, I got Miku out so they could have some fun. I think this was a much better idea overall. Incidentally, that Miku is the other Volks figure I have (and probably my most liked figure in my collection), and I'm sure you can see what I meant about the hair.
"Academic festival" seemed like a fitting title, despite the fact that you'd never use "Yui" and "academic" in the same sentence otherwise.
I like this figure better than most other Yui (or K-ON!) figures out there, but I feel like I should mention Alter's Yui. It's in a similar pose to this one, but I think it has a better looking head. Being Alter it has great quality overall, although I prefer Volks' Yui's lower half and base. I'm not quite sure which I'd prefer overall, but I'm not unhappy with my choice.
I doubt I'll ever get any more K-ON! figures, seeing as I don't much care for Mio and Azusa. I like Tsumugi but not enough to buy a figure of her, so Ritsu's the only other K-ON! girl I can see myself buying, although I'm yet to see a figure of her I like. Maybe I could just keep my eye out for a nice Ui instead, my collection can always use more imoutos.
Name: Moekore Plus Hirasawa Yui
Released: November 2010
Bought from: Volks Showroom, Den-Den Town, Osaka