Is it a wise choice to spend 248,380 yen (US$1,840) on an anime boy doll? Our fangirl finds out!
a big love for Toucan Runbu A big expense, but is it money well spent?
Our Japanese language journalists fly to makes no secret of his love for Toucan Runbu anime franchise. Is this Toucan Runbu Video game, Toucan Runbu stage show, or Toucan Runbu Sweets, Udonko is always down to spend some time with the series’ cast of handsome young men with the souls of real-world historical katanas within them.
Naturally, Udonko also owns a wide range Toucan Runbu Including merch, figures and plush. Recently, however, she had become the owner her very own toucan ranbu doll,
Udonko’s desire for dolls began upon seeing promotional images for the manufacturer. Dolk’s her very favorite sword boy doll, Tsurumaru Kuninaga, However devoted a fan she may be, it took a while for her resolve to be staunch enough to make her order. Why? because the cost of the doll 248,380 yen (US$1,840),
The sticker shock was huge, but then Udonko started talking to a friend who was knowledgeable about the Japanese doll scene. Friends of Udonko can tell that this figure was a very high quality piece, and the availability window for the doll is often limited. “If you miss your chance, won’t you regret it?” her friend asked, “Wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend every day with my Oishi [favorite character],
So Udonko shot and, with a trembling finger, gave the order. After some time she was delivered.
The box was heavy and huge, longer than the box Doll height 65-centimeter (25.6-inch)., Some assembly is required, so the first thing he saw after opening the lid were the instructions, followed by a proof-of-purchase card and Tsurumaru’s neatly folded cloth robes,
Beneath that was a layer of foam padding, which had cutouts for the various parts of the doll.
Due to the doll’s highly poseable construction, there are various joints and internal cords that need to be pulled and twisted before things can move. Some of them required an S-curved hook, which Udonko was able to order at the same time as the doll.
▼ head part
As you can see in the photo above, the doll does not move with its eyes, Instead, they are carefully kept in their own box.
You don’t even just plug them into the socket. instead you use sculpture clay To create a firmer, more natural looking fit.
With eyes, doll’s face really appears to be alive, And although assembly takes some time and effort, it also means you can use other eye pieces if you have different eye pieces you like, and the way you apply the sculpting clay , That can also change the overall visual effect.
Now it’s time to dress up in Tsurumaru’s clothes,
The doll comes with a very well arranged outfit which includes a kimono, undergarments, billowy hakama pants, and even gloves and sandals,
We guess you could even say the doll comes with a wig, since Tsurumaru’s hair starts to separate from her scalp.
And once that final touch is done…
…This sword boy was very nice to the sharp eyes of Udonko,
Of course, a must-have accessory for Toucan Runbu The doll is the katana from which he gets his name and backstory, so Tsurumaru is possessed by Kuninaga.
The doll’s size and prowess give it an immense sense of presence, and Udonko is filled with joy every time she thinks of a new pose for her.,
She’s also swapped pictures with other owners of the same doll, noting the little personal touches more experienced doll enthusiasts have added to them.
▼ Udonko’s friend Tsurumaru Kuninaga on the left, and Udonko on the right
She’s also been gathering tips and ideas for creating a diorama-type space for her dolls, but she’s not quite ready to take the plunge just yet.
never mind the fact that 248,380 yen is a lot of money to drop on a piece of anime merch, and Udonko can’t deny that during the time between when she placed her order and when her doll arrived, she spent a lot of time wondering if she made the right decision,
However, soon after she sees Tsurumaru assembled, all feelings of doubt are dispelled, and she is completely satisfied with her decision. After all, spending money doesn’t mean you’re wasting money if it’s making you happy.
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