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Yomako 先生 figure review

May 25, 2009

Recently acquired the 1/8 scale Yomako PVC figure made by Alter and wanted to share a few photos of the figure.

Yomako is an alter ego of Yoko from the series “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”, when she lives as an elementary school teacher.

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While it may not be very flashy, it’s actually a really terrific and quite appealing figure. One must admit Yomako does look absolutely delicious.

Got the figure in a special sale at HobbyLink Japan.

Had actually totally missed this figure when it was first announced, possibly lost track of it in the midst of all the “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” Yoko figures out there, so was quite surprised to see it already available and on sale at a reduced price.

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With all the different Yoko figures abound, had never really decided on getting any of them since there’s so many and each has it appeal and flaws, from pose, to scale or price tag.

However, when I saw this particular figure of Yomako, I was immediately drawn to it and love the combination of the pose, sculpt and vivid colors.

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The figure boasts a really terrific sculpt and renders Yomako with absolutely irresistible body curves, perfectly accentuated by the pose she’s rendered in.

The fact Yomako’s character is dressed in that elegant long skirt with high slits that reveal her legs, sporting high heel shoes and a tight top to accentuate her bosom only adds to the figure’s appeal.

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Quite happy with how the colors turned out actually, especially her hair looks very nice, not saturated but has a very vivid warmth to it.

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Even though the “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” series suggests that Yoko spends several years living under her assumed identity as the school teacher Yomako, she didn’t appear all that much in the series as that persona.

Understandably, there’s not that many figures or other merchandising around of Yoko as Yomako, so I’m glad Alter created such a lovely figure of her!

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As she’s manufactured by Alter I expected the quality to be good and it is indeed terrific, no visible flaws save a small one.

The long skirt is made of a softer plastic that seems to have been bent around her waist and glued together on the figure’s left side, at that seam there’s some hints of glue residue as the seam doesn’t seem to be filled up perfectly.

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Made all the photos with the Canon Eos 450D, equipped with the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens. Since it’s a still figure shoot, used the 450D mounted on a Sherpa 750R tripod with a remote trigger.

Didn’t use any artificial lighting at all, but took advantage of a bright sunny day that gave plenty of natural light coming through a stained glass skylight.

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Love this one, the combination of the upwards aimed angle and small aperture which enabled focus on her face while blurring out the rest of her body and the background came out well.

Did decide on a higher aperture for most other shots to make those look sharp.

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While the natural light didn’t really bring about the same atmosphere and light rendering as in photo shoots of figures that use artificial light, it did give all the colors of the Yomako figure a very natural warmth.

It made the faded pink of her top and tan brown of her skirt look more subdued while her red hair gained a more fiery and vivid aspect, where under artificial lighting it can look more flat.

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Hot for teacher? Most assuredly!

Why did I never have teachers like that when I was still in school?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. symbiotes_021 permalink
    May 26, 2009 2:44 am

    Haha…

    She’s truly gorgeous.

    I’ve bought one myself but didn’t open it yet.

  2. May 26, 2009 4:08 am

    Nice pics ^^

  3. May 30, 2009 10:18 am

    Great shoot.
    I prefer to use natural lighting but it doesn’t always work to my advantage. -_-

    I’m stilling holding on to Koto one which is the only one I really want. ^^

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