Sunday, January 17, 2010

The pre-talk 2: About Griffon

With me in the situation to want to review 4 of Griffons Touhou Project Figures I recognized that I in fact got lots of things I don’t like on Griffon figures in general. So I decided to make this “pre-talk” in order to keep the reviews themselves free of too much talk about the manufacture.
I will also use this to talk about the 4 figures in general, e.g. compare them, tell you whom is my favourite, how I come to buy them and maybe about the phenomenon of Touhou itself.
I don’t like Griffon. If I would have to make a ranking of manufactures I would rank it below Kotobukiya. I think it’s above Taki, Banpresto and so on, but never will reach Good Smile and Alter.
You may say Kotobukiya isn’t better, but at least they
1. give you the figure you see on prototype-pictures
2. have a solid quality standard
3. price compared to quality is a fair deal
4. good shading and nice colours
5. and their figures look more lively.

With that I already give you the idea what I don’t like about Griffon. Let me describe it more detailed:

1. Never expect to get what you see on the proto-type pictures. The colours are sure to look different on the final product.

2. Expect some flaws on their figures (sometimes more or less bad)

3. The price of their figures is too high for my taste if compared to what quality they deliver.

4. All their figures got stiff and un-lively poses. Most of the time they are just standing straight without movement or motion. (or if there is it looks unnatural)
For me the strongest point why I hardly buy Griffon figures. For example look at the Touhou figures – all plain straight standing poses, and they are one of the better ones.

5. I got a dislike of the PVC they use. Its quality is a lot worse than Alter or Good Smile and it looks very plastic-like.

6. The eyes of their figures. Like said in 4. they are all starring straight at you and Griffon tries to make the gaze of their figures “moe”. But somehow that makes them looking dumb (to me).
With their eyes standing close together and their point of view leading at somewhere on to their own forehead they look as if they are squinting. (Yuyuko for example)
However I am sure that’s something not everyone agrees with me on.

7. The shading. I really don’t know why, but while most other companies dent to shade too little bit Griffon likes to over-shade. Maybe you will understand when you see Yuyuko. They used white to set light-highlights on her blue dress, but they over-did it and it’s now more looking like blue-white chess pattern. Griffon generally seems to don’t have a good colour choice when it comes to shading. To me it looks like they often take a too dark colour to shade something and then they shade and shade – and in the end white socks become grey ones.

8. Last but not least –the bases. Griffon figures all come with the same big, high, black base with the name of the character written on a shield. This may look nice when you own one Griffon figure, but it looks very boring when there are more. I recognized that issue with my Touhou figures, they take a lot of space because of the bases and them all having the same one looks so boring.
For example: Some time ago they released a swimsuit figure of Shokatsuryou Koumei from Ikki Tousen. You know what a base she got? Yepp. You guessed right. I mean what’s up with them? This figure looks so nice but the base ruins all the effort they put in her because it definitely doesn’t fit the whole scene.
Strangely it seems no one got a problem with that. I never read anywhere someone else feels like this…

With the Touhou figures this list even gets another point:
Strange appearance of the magical-floating dresses
In fact it’s a funny phenomenon. Really, why the hell are the dresses of everyone floating in mid-air?
I think this should create movement on the figure, but here you can see how unnatural that looks when done by Griffon. XD

With all this said I must still admit Scarlet and Patchouli are over their average standard. They still have most of the problems listed above, however they got very nice faces and the PVC used on them looks nice.
Yuyuko and Youmu sadly fall pack into the general Griffon-quality.

More talk about everyone in their reviews.

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