Tsumugi Kotobuki – K-on! – Waitress ver. – Max Factory


Bonus Question! – What suits an anime girl better than a maid outfit with nekomimi?

Correct, its a waitress outfit XD

In fact I always wanted a figure in a waitress outfit and Max Factory did a top-notch job with their cute Tsumugi Kotobuki Waitress version which I ordered closely before preorders were closed. Thanks Β to sutekiii and Luzai for the little convincing, I was close to pass on her XD.

Tsumugi Kotobuki is a 1/7 scaled figure with a height of 23,05 cm her release date was on May 23th 2011. The origin of this figure is a scene from the 12th episode of K-on! season one where Mugi was dressed in a waitress uniform which their crazy teacher Sawako-chan made for her. Mugi is sculpted by Nakayaman who also made all ot the other K-on figures for Max Factory.

Mugi *
I mainly bought this figure for being a lively waitress in a cute outfit, not because Im the biggest K-on! fan in the world. To tell you the truth I couldn’t took much pleasure in the first season of K-on! because I expected them to play more music and the comedy was so so for me. Of course I watched it to the end and when I had to name a favorite character in this first season it would be Tsumugi. She is a rich girl with a sweet and gentle personality, but she also has a funny “weirdo” attitude. If you want more info about her please visit the K-on! Wiki page

To cause no misunderstandings I loved every aspect of the second season of K-on!!.
The characters really grow on me even the bitchy Azusa and I was really sad as it was over ;p

Mugi *

To start with the review I will give you my first impressions about this figure, during unpacking her I noticed that she’s a quite heavy and huge figure. The first great thing that I’ve noticed was that the face resembles Mugi very well with the big eyebrows, the beautiful blue eyes and the slightly chubby cheeks. It’s the Mugi that I know and like. Together with her dress and the very interesting pose she leaves a big impression everywhere she is put.

Mugi *

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Before you can fully enjoy this Mugi figure, some parts have to be put together, alltogether we have 6 loose parts which have to be put in place: base, figure, omelett plate, the huge desert plate, the parfait bowl and the parfait itself. The omelet plate slides between her fingers and her fingers at the other hand have pegs which slide into the desert plate. Dont worry all of the food is glued to the plates only the parfait has to be pressed on a peg. When everything is connected you’ll see how awesome this Mugi Waitress looks now, when she skillfully balances the plates.

The face looks cute and pretty with the blushmarks and the lovely engraved open mouth, also the flowing long hair with the nicely sculpted strands add a nice touch. Mugi’s body looks like the one of an “average” high school girl not too thin or chubby with normal long legs. Her upper body is leaned backwards to balance the orders from the customers. The position on her legs looks like she is highly motivated and has trust in her balancing skills.

Mugi *

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These plates aren’t supposed to be straight, I guess the sculptor wanted to add a sense of danger into the pose and maybe Mugi fails to deliver these plates in the end and crashes everything ^o^.

Mugi *

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Another great part is her outfit as I said above I love waitress outfits the most because they look more modern and sexy than maid uniforms, but I don’t want to bore you with my fetishes.

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She wears a white shirt with short sleeves, lol I never noticed how well stacked Mugi actually is, she squeezes herself a bit in order to carry all these plates at once ;D. A nice eyecatcher is her dark red petticoat like skirt, the square pattern on it looks great as well as the sculpting and painting on it. Over her skirt she wears a short apron. Under the red skirt is another even more frilly layer of white plastic. Yes you can peek under her skirt but only when you flip her over.

Mugi *

The shiny, white stockings with the frilly ends give this figure a nice looking zettai ryouiki and they also have a great looking pink shading added on them. I should not forget these nice shiny black shoes with the silver colored buckles. To sum this part up, her outfit is cute, attractive “these stockings” and is very well done in terms of sculpting, shading and painting.

Mugi *

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Final Words
Again I received a figure which left a good impression, collecting figures is so much fun these days. There is nearly nothing about that figure which could bother me. She looks like the Mugi I know, the sculpting is done in a nearly perfect way, the same can be said about the paintjob this figure had received, the small plastic food looks just great as well as the whole figure. One minor thing is that the base doesn’t support her like it should. When you move Mugi or the thing which Mugi is placed on around she slightly shakes forward and backward, but its not like Mugi will fall over every second. It should be no problem at all when she is placed on a stable desk or shelf.


I would recommend Mugi Waitress version to the Mugi fans, Waitress outfit fans or just the people who love cute figures in beautiful outfits, this is the figure you have to buy!
The last few times I felt a bit bad for plublishing a review for a sold out figure, bu this time you still have the chance to get her at HobbyLinkJapan and AmiAmi.


lively and dinamic pose
cute and attractive dress
looks like Mugi bonus
detailed accessoires
figure is slightly shaky on the base

Mugi *
llllet me down, please !
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I don’t feel well at the moment, I have to puke in the cup!


Other interesting reviews of this figure and more pictures can be found at


33 Responses

  1. James

    Hum i hate you because you’re making me regret not getting her πŸ˜€

    Not that i could if i wanted too anyway …

    But yeah, this one looks awesome, Max Factory did a great job with her.

    I watched first season of K On but didn’t like it much and now i kinda hate it, ’cause too much fans and exposure … Don’t hit me ^^

    Btw, awesome pics as always <3

    • wieselhead

      haha hate me! Well, she’s still available XD
      Ah I see I also hated it a few times, but Season 2 rockz, they’ve improved the comedy, the characters and the story.

      thank you James =)

  2. Ashlotte

    She looks quite lovely Fab! Eh I personally passed on her because I just don’t associate Mugi with being a waitress…Would have liked her in casual clothes or something more. >_<

    Still they did nail her personality well in this and even incorporated her affinity for being able to hold a great number or weight of things. :p

    • wieselhead

      Ah ok thats understandable, a casual dressed figure of her would be nice . What do you mean by “something more”? makes me curious ^^
      maybe something more ecchi XD ?

      Yeah the figure has this Mugi feel to it, very well done πŸ™‚

      • Ashlotte

        Ah sorry that wasn’t the best english…I meant “I would like her in casual clothes or something other then a waitress outfit more.”

        Putting a native speaker to shame Fab. :p

  3. tabetaiii

    Another lovely review! see, you didn’t regret it=p The detailing on the food is amazing, I was surprised at the quality and detail on them.

    This figure really does scream “mugi” It’s a perfect figure that also displays her personality, something which most figures fail to do.

    Haha very cute picture with the nendo petit mio on the plate XD

    • wieselhead

      Thank you my friendly sutekiii . No regrets haha, not a single one, she is a top notch figure.

      Yeah that’s true I don’t know if I have another figure which resmbles the character of the origin like that πŸ˜€

      Yeah glad I bought Mio maid, you made me buy her as well with your review XD

  4. Aya

    The Food and deserts details are brilliant πŸ˜€ and somewhat the danger pose is attractive

    and just wondering the base is plastic or PVC ^^ ?

    • wieselhead

      Yes I want to eat the desserts XD
      It is made of plastic I guess and a little bit shaky because it’s not planar underneath.

  5. zaockle

    Wow, blow my review out of the water lol.

    What kind of camera do you use? I really need to get a better one for my blog posts. I’m using a really old 8.2 megapixel point and shoot.

    Thanks for the shout out as well!

    • wieselhead

      Hi thx for stopping by zaockle.

      haha thx.
      Well, I liked yours as well otherwise I wouldn’t have mentioned it in the links ^_^
      It’s a Sony alpha 550

  6. Miette-chan

    I think you are becoming my, “I regret not buying a figure” person.

    I was indifferent towards this figure at first, I loved that Max Factory is putting the girls in different outfits besides the school uniforms.

    I can’t help but find this figure irresistibly cute in a Mugi kind of way now that I gotten a closer look at her. I like that the details on her uniform and all the thing she is carrying is up to par.

    Hmm… she is in stock on AmiAmi… Hmm…

    • wieselhead

      haha, sorry about that ^^
      I also like that they make the K-on girls with different outfits, Azusa with the cat looks also great.

      Yeah she’s so nice, I love such cute figures.
      buy this Mugi, she’s the best if you like this kind of figure πŸ˜€

  7. Nopy

    I admit, I was a bit skeptical about how this figure would turn out, but she looks beautiful. The sculpting and paint job on the food is really impressive considering how small they are. I didn’t notice Mugi was squeezing her chest until you pointed it out, it just seemed to flow with the figure.

    • wieselhead

      Ah I see, well my interest in this figure just grew shortly before her release date and then I fell for her :p
      Yeah it goes well with the figure without looking indecent.

  8. luth

    Ooooh, she looks really cute and well made! I had to laugh when I saw Zai and sutekii egging you on to get her but it looks like it was a well-made decision, congrats!

    The sheer amount of stuff they put on the plates is impressive and it all looks delicious. I’m half wanting to get her for that parfait, it’s my site’s namesake after all!

    Love the clever background, tying the ribbon to make it look like curtains. I had to laugh at Nendo Petit Mio, it fits her expression so well.

    • wieselhead

      Yay she does
      Ah… so Zai was the culprit XD glad I listened to them in the end ^^.

      I think they borrowed some things from re-ment, a company who is well known for these plastic miniatures. haha cool. If you like her style then there is no reason for not buying her.

      Thank you its all selfmade πŸ˜€
      Well It was a nice opportunaty to use this petite Mio maid. Since I rarely make pictures of my pettite Nendoroids.

  9. Fabrice

    Hey there =)
    Beautiful Tsumigi Waitress figure, i remember when she was first shown in Wonfes, was quite unexpected. She turned out pretty well, your photos gives the best and i love how you added Mio in the end haha. The colors are nicely done and wow the quality of the food on the tray wow. Tsumugi fans should rejoice as this is a beautiful figure =) nicely made review fabienne like always.

    • wieselhead

      Hi Sir Fabrice ^_^
      Yeah she’s so nice, for some unknown reason I’ve spotted her very late. Thx a lot, the shooting was a lot of fun with Mugi and Mio. thx for your kind words πŸ˜‰

  10. BioToxic

    Mugi looks really colourful and cute in her waitress uniform. Bonus points since she’s not in a regular drab school uniform. The detail of the food looks amazing. Mini Mio must be resisting the temptation to eat it all, if she wasn’t afraid of the height xD. I guess Mugi does have any problems balancing all that food even with the wobbly base?

    For me Mugi was never really that interesting. Ritsu was where the fun was at with her goofy personality. I got fed up with K-ON after the first season sadly.

    • wieselhead

      Im no fan of the plain uniforms at all
      haha she shouldn’t eat the food of the customers XD
      No everything is sturdy and fixed only the base shakes a bit: πŸ™‚

      In the second season of K-on! Ritsu and Yui became my favorite characters, eventhough I liked all of them.

      Oh really, well the second season was a lot better ^^

  11. Chag

    It’s amazing how much fun Mugi seems to be having while juggling so many plates. Am I the only one who feels nervous when I look at her! Just look at amount of breakable things she’s carrying! And there’s a hotplate too! If she isn’t careful, that’s going to leave a nasty scald! ARGH!

    …Maybe the work I did at a coffee shop a few years back has forever traumatized me ^^;

    • wieselhead

      Indeed it seems that way. No it looks a bit dangerous chances for a safe delivery of the goods are 50/50 XD Family restaurants are war!

      Haha I imagine a clumsy Chag at the cofee shop :p

  12. Zai

    Ahhh, I love the photos of the nendo Mio on the tray! That’s so damn adorable! xD

    I’m really glad you ended up liking her so much.. I would have felt really bad if you didn’t after all that convincing sutekiii and I did, ehe.

    The food she’s serving looks delicious and I think if I owned this figure I’d get hungry every time I looked at her! Her outfit (especially her shoes) look adorable.. I sorta wish I had a cute outfit like this to wear back when I did some waitress work although I doubt I would have been brave enough to actually wear it in the end, haha.

    I love your bright, clear photos and the cheerful feeling they give off. The ones with the curtains would have to be my favourites. Really cool how you matched the ribbons and the colour of her dress so perfectly! πŸ˜€

    • wieselhead

      Hi Zai nice to have you back again ^_^
      Thx I thought it was fitting and luckily Mio had nearly the same size as the parfait bowl πŸ™‚

      haha yeah thx for the effort again, it was worth it.

      I like these kind of outfits a lot, yeah too bad you don’t see them that often in real life πŸ˜€

      Thx a lot did all the shots with available light
      Yeah the curtains looked very cool I think.
      thx again ^^

  13. Yi

    The waitress outfit is so cute. And yes, on the right girl, it can be even cuter than nekomimi maid. ^ ^

    Anyway, I’ve been kind of waiting for your review of this ever since I saw you had a pre-order of it. She looks gorgeous. Love the colors. And omg love that last shot with Mio. Sooooo adorable! (The upskirt shot is really cute too. A bit naughty, but cute. ^ ^)

    • wieselhead

      Isn’t it ^-^ haha I spit out the dressups I like to look at in one sentence πŸ˜€

      Oh really thank you ^^
      thx for your praise your so kind =)
      I thought this shot just had to be in the review, when displayed in the room, you don’t see it.

  14. softz

    Hello Fabienne,

    I’ve seen the promo shots of this. Seems like it is really nice. Max Factory did a good job with Mugi huh. I didn’t get it but it’s definitely feel good to look at your photos. The miniature food!!! They look exactly like those in hotel buffets πŸ™‚

    Great stuff!

    • wieselhead

      Hi softz thx for your visit πŸ˜‰

      Yeah she’s a super nice, big size figure ^-^
      Thank you Im glad you like my Mugi pics.
      Oh the miniature food is really well done.
      Overall MFs Mugi is a well made figure.

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