Touka Kureha – Shining Wind – Max Factory

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Here we have our next figure review, it’s about Touka Kureha. The figure was manufactured by Max Factory and was released on October 2007. Touka Kureha is 1/7 scaled figure she’s about 240mm in height which is very huge in comparison with my other figures I mostly own 1/8 scaled ones. Kureha was one of my first “bigger” figurines I ever bought.

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This figure is sculpted after an illustration of the popular artist Toni Taka. Her real origin is a famous game called Shining Wind. She also plays a role in the anime show which has the same title as the game, but many people told me that the show was not so good and so far I’ve never watched it. Maybe I’ll watch it this year if I find the time. As I’ve ordered her I didn’t know about her origin, what caught my attention was the flashy look of her outfit and the cute appearance of Kureha. The eye-catching parts of Kureha are her huge orange sleeves and her long legs.

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In comparison with her upper body her legs seem to be a bit unrealistic long and big.

The design of her sleeves is very well done and looks very pretty on the outsides they are shaded witch a darker orange tone. The orange and brown colors of her outfit fit together very well. Nearly everything on her outfit is sculpted very nicely, the strings at her arms and boots are pretty detailed to complete the overall look. The pose looks like the illustration it’s not dynamik or very special, but she looks very good in her pose. Kureha also comes with a long bow as weapon which an be placed in her hand.

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Her skirt is made of soft material, it is brown and at white jags at the outsides, the skirt is also castoffable but since her butt is very small and her panties plain white it’s not very interesting 😉

The light brown hair is sculpted very detailed and shows finely sculpted strands, the light purple ribbon on top of her head is a nice item and adds more cuteness to her head, unfortunately at the backside the hair looks less detailed than on the frontside.
Kureha has a very pretty face her eyes as well as the area around her eyes is very well painted, she has a shy nearly sad face expression. In her illustration her face looks a bit more mature, but without knowing her origin at that time I didn’t care about that and now I also dont care.

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Final words

Overall Kureha is a big and beautiful figure her nice looking fantasy outfit looks great and resembles the illustratiobn very well. The parts about her which bother me a bit is the big ribbon at her stomach it looks a bit cheap in comparison with the rest of the outfit. It is well sculpted but has no painted shadows or highlights. Another not so nice the back part of her hair which looks a bit undetailed in comparison with the front of her hair.

For most of the pictures I’ve taken I’d used a new method which Samejima mentioned in one of his blogpost. In short, It’s a plate which you attach to your tripod, I was very interested in this idea so I searched for such a plate with a ¼ nut. At the beginning of this week my plate arrived and so I tried it out. Ok my plate isn’t transparent but I don’t need this for my purposes.
The advantages of this method are the freedom of choosing a good background without searching for a spot for placing the figure safely. It also gives you more control for the depth of field. by changing the distance between the figure and the background. The background can get more or less blurry its up to you.


When putting tripod to full height I was a bit scared that the figure would fell down, but nothing bad happened.

15 Responses

  1. Leonia
    Leonia

    Beautiful pictures ! I am really impressed but your outdoor shooting. Kureha is a great figure, and my favorite Shining character ^^

  2. samejima
    samejima

    Did you recently buy this figure? it’s quite old but I like this figure but too bad I didn’t make it.. anyway, it’s great that you have already tried out the plate & tripod method.. I still don’t have the time to test out mine. 🙁

  3. wieselhead
    wieselhead

    @ leonia
    oh thank you very much = )
    she’s one of my favorite figures, too

    @ samejima
    no it’s one of my oldest figures,but because I started my blog very late.
    I made a review just recently.
    the tripod + plate method is very good for outdoor photpgraphy next time I will try it out indoor.

  4. samejima
    samejima

    indoor ain’t really that great especially if lighting is insufficient. It’s better outdoor cuz of natural light but could cause harm to your figures if too hot.

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  6. wieselhead
    wieselhead

    yeah a good light setting is very important for indoor shooting.
    until 30 degrees I take my figures outdoors but they shouldn’t stay in the sunlight for too long then.

    I have a Sony 550D with integrated Image stabilizer and I love this cam.

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  12. softz
    softz

    Lovely! Lovely!

    I particularly like the ones taken among the wild grass and also, in the forest?!, some trunk with moss?! I don’t know what’s that called.

    Kureha is indeed very pretty. I saw one on the e-bay but hesitated and it was bought shortly. You seem to have all the gems figure.

  13. wieselhead
    wieselhead

    hi and thx a lot for your comment
    “trunk with moss” is correct you could also say “branch with moss” =D

    “You seem to have all the gems figure”
    Oh thanky you
    I think thats because Im really picky with figures
    well I did some less good impulse buy’s too XD

  14. Visual Fanfare
    Visual Fanfare

    I’m so tempted to pick one up from eBay. But she’s just so expensive now – I can keep wishing for a re-release, but I doubt that’ll happen anytime (soon). It’s been about 4 years since her initial release and not once was she re-released. This Kureha also looks really great compared to today’s standards, I think that really speak volumes on jus thow great this figure is.

    Great photos – I really like the saturated colours!

    • wieselhead
      wieselhead

      She’s a great figure indeed
      no leaning problem or fading colors after 4 years of displaying, but I dunno if this is worth around 200 $

      thx for your praise ;D

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