If you're not familiar with the term, you might be wondering what is a prize figure? They're often awarded in crane machines or lotteries in Japan and not usually available for pre-orders online like many other figures. So prizes can be a bit harder to get, but mostly have lower quality than scales and are thus cheaper. There are usually some prize figures for sale on Ebay, but they tend to be overpriced compared to the ones that appear on other places, like Amiami's preowned section and Yahoo Japan.
I won this Nozomi for only 1,480yen (~$13) from Yahoo Japan :)
The box is really pretty, I love all the little details on it! I feel like most of the time the boxes for prize figures are rather simple, but in my opinion this box could easily belong to a more expensive scale figure :)
Lovely artwork on one side~
The figure was protected really well! Some other SEGA prizes that I have, came only with some bubble wrap and cardboard around them, even though the boxes were about the same size as this one... I definitely prefer this way of packaging - it's really reassuring to see through the box that the figure is well-packed!
Out of the box after I put the pieces together (Nozomi and the "gate" thing attach to the base). This pose looks really cute and the figure seems overall pretty :)
This gate thing looks amazing! Bases for prize figures are often very plain, so I was definitely not expecting something like this when they released the news about the Snow Halation figures.
Nozomi's face looks true to the character and I love the painting job on her eyes! ♥ I think that prize figures often have issues in faces, so it was great to see that this one looks perfect ^^
The outfit looks good as well. There are some rough seems on the pink parts of the skirt, but you can't really see them unless you look really close. I love the soft pastel colors on this outfit, it would be awesome to create a cosplay of this someday~
The paint job on the shoes is not the best, but again, it doesn't bother me since it only shows up in closeups. Some little mistakes like that can be expected from such a cheap figure, but I think that the overall quality is amazing for the price!
Details on the gate
Even from close this looks just amazing! ♥
As an extra picture: Miu is a big Love Live fan too and wanted to show that she can pose like a true idol! :'D
Overall, I'm really happy with this figure and also positively surprised by the good quality! So far my favorite of the three Nozomi prizes that I have :3 I was hoping that I could've taken the figure outside for some photos in the snow, but I've been quite busy and also didn't want to risk getting a cold just before the weekend :/ Hopefully I can take the photos I wanted at later point then!
Speaking of the weekend, we'll be going to Desucon Frostbite, a Finnish anime convention in Lahti and also our first convention for this year, yay ^3^ There is a doll meet-up tomorrow morning and many of our friends are attending the con as well, so it'll be a great chance to spend some time with them~ This time we're not staying in a hotel - Lahti is only about one and a half hour bus ride away from us, so we're saving a lot of money by coming home for the night and then going back on Sunday morning. Tomorrow we get a ride to the con from Tiinyan & co. and we'll also get a ride back on Sunday evening ^^
If anyone of my readers is going and happens to see us, feel free to come say hi! I'm bringing Susumi with me at least on Saturday and a few Neemos as well :3
Have a great weekend everyone! ♥