I’m too lazy to do a video review like I did for Yui, but that doesn’t mean that AZONE’s 1/6 scale Mio and Ritsu dolls are any less gorgeous and deserving of having their beauty conveyed! (^o^)
First off, let’s begin with pictures of the packaging.
The packaging is identical to the one used for Yui, with the only difference being the sticker in front. One of the only downsides to Ritsu is the fact that she does not come with her drum set, seen at Wonderfest. But realistically speaking, I don’t think it would be possible to fit the entire drum kit with her… In the end, they placed her Concert Yutaka in place of her instrument.
Now, on to the main event!
First up, we have the mass-released AZONE 1/6 scale Akiyama Mio doll. Mio looks a billion times better in person than from the pictures. (^.^) Honestly, I was amazed at how gorgeous she looks!
As you have seen from the previous 1/6 scale AZONE Hirasawa Yui Doll review, the details on the guitar are top notch, with strings and all.
Lovely Mio also comes with a pair of Nekomimi, that is indeed a nice inclusion, though it would have made more sense to have included it with Azusa, released in June.
The duo Vocalists of Afterschool Teatime.
WHAT IS THIS???
Looks like Basara is jealous of Afterschool Teatime’s popularity and is trying to embarass Mio… NOTE the Shimapan. (^O^)
Unfortunately, it looks like Mio has snapped! Basara should learn not to take her too lightly… Even the VF-19 can’t handle the awesomeness of the Three-Color-Sunburst Jass Fender Bass Guitar. (^.^;)
Next up, is the Wonderfest Exclusive AZONE 1/6 scale Tainaka Ritsu doll! (^o^) I don’t think I’ve ever said this before on my blog, but Ritsu is my second favorite girl after Yui. I adore nearly everything about her, from her gorgeous bangs to her cheeky, fiery attitude.
I already made up my mind awhile back that I was going to collect the entire set of AZONE 1/6 scale K-On! dolls. It was pretty horrendous to find out that Ritsu was going to be an exclusive. I do believe that the TBS online store and Azone online store received limited quantities of her, but by the time I tried to place an order, they were sold out!!! (O.o) I was devastated…
Thankfully, I managed to acquire her thanks to Tokyo Hunter, which many of you will know. It was my first time dealing with him and I was exceedingly impressed by his excellent service. (^.^)
Going off on a slight tangent, I don’t really understand the concept of the Japanese ‘exclusive’. Exclusives, be it event only or online store, usually sell no more than their usual MSRP. The price only balloons out of control when the item hits the secondary market. Thus, producers don’t see any extra revenue. In fact, I believe that they are losing out on potential sales as they have a limited production run. Especially in Ritsu’s case, why is she an exclusive? Tsumugi will be a regular release and those who want to complete the band will have a pretty hard time… Bizarre.
Whatever the case, Ritsu looks simply splendid. I love how her hair is done! Like Mio, Ritsu’s bangs are kinda waxed in place, so that ‘s a nice touch.
One thing to note however, her Drum Sticks do not fit in her hand at all. Whatsoever. I had to use some double-sided tape to do the trick.
So far, here’s the display on my main shelf, the backdrop to all the Actar’s Reviews Episodes. Once I complete the set (Azone Tsumugi, Azone Azusa, Figma Ritsu, Figma Tsumugi, Figma Azusa), I’ll transfer all of them into a specialized shelf next to my TV so the girls can have a space all to themselves! (^o^)
Overall, these dolls are highly recommended and it seems that I’ve been bitten by the 1/6 scale doll bug!
Currently on the way are SEVEN more dolls! (^o^) Can you guess their identities?
In case you are wondering, yes, Mio does come with her Summer Vest and both of the dolls come with a myriad of exchangable hands.
I didn’t change the clothes or pose of the dolls this time as I had them in the way I wanted to display them in. Will show off Ritsu’s Concert Yutaka when the Concert Yutakas for both Yui and Ritsu arrive. (^.^)