Nico – Love Live! School Idol Festival – ALTER

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Today I’m going to review my first Love Live! figure, I’ve ordered one of ALTER‘s sparkling
Love Live! School Idol Festival figures of my favorite Love Live! character Nico.

I wasn’t really interested in getting Idol related figures until I noticed the Love Live! School Idol Festival version of Kotori, I was amazed by the level of details and her beautiful appearance, unfortunately I did not order her yet.

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For me Love Live! was a really nice anime, a bunch cute girls become friends and achieve something great was nice to watch. Also all the different types of characters with their unique charm and quirks added a lot to the shows appeal.

Nico is not the usual anime girl, her extremely cute appearance is paired by a slightly evil personality. She has a professional attitude about everything Idol related. She is very confident about herself, which comes off arrogantly. Still she’s not obnoxiously, after all.

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She’s really happy to be a part of µ’s and is an essential member. I really like her for being different, her small personality flaws are charming and interesting, Nico also is a funny girl.

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Yazawa Nico Love Live! School Idol Festival was sculpted by Takaku & TakeshiThe figure was released in late June 2016. She is scaled 1/7 with a height of 24 cm. As additional feature, next to being awesome, Nico comes with an optional hat and exchangeable left arm.

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Nico has a traditional twintail hairstyle, she probably chose it since it’s cute. The blueish-black hair looks nice and recreates the look from the anime very well. The hair is decorated with small red ribbons and differently colored ties. As optional item the figure has a really fancy hat with ribbons everywhere and a golden emblem with an “N” on it.

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Nico is the most petite girl in Love Live! it’s gives her a very adorable appearance, although with her personality she isn’t a real sweetheart. She is the little devil of the group and therefore has red eyes, the sparkling eyes are an essential appeal point in Love Live! and ALTER adapted it perfectly. Nico is the happiest girl when she’s in idol mode, her figure was adapted with a happy open mouth and upper front teeth line, it makes her look very cheerful.

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As all the “School Idol Festival” figures Nico also has a striking details, brimming with lots of details. The main part consists of a frilly black tube top with a matching miniskirt, every frilly layer has a golden rim. The star pattern skirt also has another transparent layer underneath.

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On her chest she has elaborate ribbon, it’s all wrapped around the upper part of the figure. There is a huge red ribbon at her back, it shows a golden rim with elaborate pattern.

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different kinds of socks/stockings, fancy kneesocks on the right, dark thigh highs on the left. Both legs are decorated with a cute frilly garter. The “socks” are both decorated with
differently colored and elaborately designed ribbons, pink and green. The green color has a air of christmas, while the creative idol outfit has a few elements related to christmas, calling the figure christmas Nico is a bit of a stretch. She looks also good in the summer, I assure you.

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The figure has glossy red shoes with a golden sole, a short girl wears a bit of heel.

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Of course an important thing for an idol figure is dynamic movement, ALTER put Nico in an interesting pose where is marching along the stage cheerfully. With wildly fluttering miniskirt and twintails the figure appears very lively, yes her skirt is super short (//∇//). In her stage outfit Nico also shows some skin, her arms, the belly and her slender legs are cute.

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Final Words

ALTER‘s sparkling Love Live! School Idol Festival figures are state of the art products, I actually say it’s the current peak of figure manufacturing quality.

I’m happy that I have bought the most pretty Nico figure to date. Taking pictures with her was so much fun. I was already a real fan of her character, but having a figure of her is so nice, I even have the impression that having her on my desk is a good luck charm. I can say nothing bad about her, Nico is beautiful and elaborately sculpted and stands firmly on her base.

Because of a change in the release list of Alter, I also ordered the Toujou Nozomi Love Live! School Idol Festival figure. Considering how pretty and sparkling the School Idol Festival figures are I might order a few µ’s members more. The announced Sonoda Umi and Ayase Eli are looking gorgeous, too.

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I had a few doubts about Love Live Sunshine! this season, it looks visually appealing, but partially the story feels a bit like a copy, but I have to tell you that I totally adore it, it’s more crazy, the characters are really different and also because Chika is a much better leader.

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…and Ruby is an angel ♡♡♡

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6 Responses

  1. Tier

    She’s really cute; I have no familiarity at all with Love Live (or Idolmaster, for that matter), but it was kinda neat that she’s the somewhat serious character who isn’t as talented as she thinks she is. Or at least, that’s the impression I got. Personally, one of these days, I want to see an anime idol series where the girls dress like Beyonce or Miley; I think that’d have potential to be a good show.

    • wieselhead

      I also hesitated with watching Love Live and Im@s Cinderella girls, but they turned out to be worth watching. The makers put heart and effort into these shows, unlike some other animes, that often turn out lukewarm. Nico is overconfident on the outside, but she has weaknesses as well.

      Argh, don’t mention these bitchy, slutty singers, who sell their music with ass shaking XD
      Ahahaha in Cinderella Girls they also had two “slutty” Idols, their stories were sweet.
      The japanese Idol industry is messed up too, but at least the music is less annoying for my ears.

  2. Miette-chan

    Nonsense! How can one not be interested in idol figures? Idols are love, idols are life! Wanting to own a figure of an idol is of course the natural course of action!

    You can be forgiven since you did end up getting the number 1 idol in the universe. Out of all the Nico figures I have seen I think this one has the nicer face and namesake. Alter got down Nico being super cute down part perfectly… even if she is gross when she does it. While not favorite outfit for Nico I do like some things about it. At the top is definitely how it shows of her super nice and tasty navel. That super short skirt showing a glimpse of her delicious peaches. Alas, too bad I can’t get over the Christmasy theme.

    Looking at your photos I’m guessing Alter chose this outfit due to the amount of details. It’s like they are showing off a bit with these Love Live figures.

    You go it wrong bro, Ruby is not an angel. She is a little devil of the fallen angel! XD

    • wieselhead

      Idols are wallet destroyers in the first place ;D
      Nevertheless Nico is a favorite idol for me, her slightly rotten character makes her cute appearance more spicy.
      Gross!? How can you say this, for my part her cute acting works on me (。’▽’。)♡
      I never was really bothered by the “christmas-ish” dress, in the show she had better outfits,
      but the pose and the super cute Nico inside were convincing enough to make me order this figure.
      Ah yes, their Love Live figures are on an ridiculously high level, I like them a lot ~ヾ(^∇^).

      Lol, Yohane tainted her ;p Yohane is actually very sexy, unfortunately Dia turned out too scary recently.

  3. Aya

    This figure really awesome, especially the dress, details is superb 😀 The alternate hand is nice one too XD

    • wieselhead

      Yes indeed, it’s a super detailed design and the figure is cute on top of that ( ♥ ◡ ♥ )
      It’s always a nice extra to have more than 1 display option.
      Nevertheless, the pose ability of dolls is the best lol.

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