Aisaka Taiga – Tiger costume ver. – Ques q

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Hi my friendly readers after the voluptuos Menace which might have shocked a few of you XD Today I can show you a certain petite cutie, called Aisaka Taiga who you might remember as the main character in the popular lovecom anime Toradora which aired from autumm 2008 to 2009.

Taiga is a 16 year old high school girl, she is small and has a rather undeveloped body, by her classmates and the whole school she is nicknamed “palmtop tiger”. Taiga lives alone in an expensive appartment because her family situation is not very good. She developed an angry, bad mooded attitude, is easily offended by others and often reacts in a very violent way.
After she met the new transfer student Ryuuji her life slowly begins to change…

I like Taiga, but actually I never was such a big fan of her, that I really wanted to have a figure of her, but some month ago Ques q announced that they have a Taiga figure up their sleeve, which was loosely based on the illustration under that line, NYAH! or ROAR! ?

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Have you ever heard of Ques q before? I admit I haven’t heard of them before and in general I don’t give figure manufacturers that much trust in advance, without knowing about their quality, but sometimes I also have this support the underdog attitude, haha Im so kind aren’t I?

Here is their Taiga – Tiger Costume version or like I called her “The slutty dressed Taiga” πŸ˜€
She is scaled 1/8 and 200 mm long, the Taiga figure also comes with an additional face and a tail.
Ques q also anounced a version of this figure with a clean face without tiger stripes, this will be a limited and exclusive version which will only be sold at the upcoming Wonder Festival 2011.

Before I knew about this figure I’ve bought a T-shirt with Taiga in a tiger costume on it, so my reaction as I first saw this Taiga figure was “Oh awesome” I want to get this animal eared Taiga.
In anime I have an affection for female animal eared characters especially cat ears are my taste. Well I owned a figure with animal ears before, but I already sold her,Β  I guess droopy dog ears weren’t my thing. Well Taiga has straight tiger ears and they definetely look better ^^.

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At first I would like to mention that this figure resembles Taiga very well, even she never had a tiger costume in the anime. The head and the face look like Taiga, as well as the small and petite body.Β  Lets talk about the hair of this Taiga – Tiger Costume version, who of you have watched the anime knows that Taiga has a quite voluminous hairstyle, the sculpting at the strands isn’t 100% smooth, but the dark and light shading effects on the hair look quite nice. The tiger ears above are painted accurately, one detail that I really like is the sculpted fur inside of them.

Thanks to the good sculpting of her face, it looks good from many angles. The cute face has tiger stripes on the cheeks and Taiga shows us a friendly expression with a small mouth. Taiga’s eyes look nice and clean, as well as the eyebrows and eyelashes. This figure has interchangeable faces and comes with this happy face and a second face with an cute, pondering expression.

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Tiger costume

Tiger costume

The Taiga – Tiger costume version has an interesting pose with Taiga liying on her base in a playful manner, the sidely twisted hips add some sex appeal to the pose. I also like the articulation of her arms and the detailed paws, it is very cute NYAN NYAN NYAH!

Aside from the two faces also two tails are included with this figure, the straight tail can be exchanged with a heartshaped tail, both of them have a cute pink ribbon attached to their tip.

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Tiger costume

Outfit

I like the revealing wildchild dressup of this figure RAWR! Taiga wears her clothes with confidence without being shy at all. Our slutty dressed Taiga wears a tiny and short top with a tiger pattern. Taiga also wears a single sleeve and a single stocking with a tiger pattern in an asymmetrical fashion which looks pretty and interesting in combination with her outfit. As pants she has blue, scanty cutted hot pants with a well visible yellow thong underneath, yeah the little Taiga is wearing a thong, she wasn’t that bold in the anime, oh and she also has a tatoo on her left arm :D.

Lets take a closer look at her pants, the level of detail at the opened hotpants looks very good. When you flip Taiga over you can also see a silver painted button on it. The hot pants show a bit overpainting into the white fringe part, but the look resembles frayed hot pants very well I think. Theres also a slightly yellow overpainting above her thong, but both of her pants look good.

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Body

Like in the anime little Taiga has a slender and petite body, nearly a bit too skinny if you ask me, but thats the way Taiga’s body is build. What Taiga obviously lacks at a certain area of her upper body, is compensated by the charm of a girl with a petite body. Taiga has nice hips, with an alluring waisteline and long, slender legs. Taiga also has a sweet little ass which is very well exposed by her scanty hot pants. Actually this review was supposed to turn out less ecchi
than the previous ones of Soniko and Menace. I guess I was wrong about that X<

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Tiger costume

 

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Tiger costume

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Exchanging faces

To exchange the face of our cute Taiga you have to pull out the frontal hair piece and simply take off the old face, after putting everything back together there is Taiga with her pouting face.
Sorry that I haven’t used the pouting face in many pictures, but believe me I also like it, Taiga looks just adorable with the more tilted down eyebrows and the strong blush stripes.

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Tiger costume

Tiger costume

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Base

The base of this figure is a simple black oval with rounded edges and the Toradora logo printed on it. No parts of Taiga’s body sculpt has been flattened, but to prevent Taiga from sliding around on the base there have been put some deeper absorptions on top of the base.

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Final Words

The quality of Ques q’s Tiger figure is mainly on the good side the sculpting of the body looks very good and has some nice details also the paintjob is good. The shading on her back and on her belly looks ok, but at some areas it could have turned out a bit finer. There are also a few minor overpainting issues at the dress to the skin passages for example and the sculpting of her her hair shows a few chunky cutted areas, aside from that the figure looks well made.
I would say the quality is a Mix of Wave and Kotobukiya, with a slightly better sculpting.

Im happy with the purchase of this figure, Ques q realized the wild girl in tiger costume theme of their Taiga – Tiger Costume version in a very good way. The tiger accessoires of her outfit like the ears, paws and the tail are a good addition to the rest of her outfit. Taiga looks cute and yeah she is also quite sexy. I would say she looks 50% cute and 50% bold in this creative styled outfit.
I guess on a more voluptous figure this kind of dress would look even better sluttier XD

The lying pose is also a nice aspect of this figure, I love how this figure of Taiga is posed with her playfully sculpted arms and the slightly twisted hips this figure shows a good combination of cute and sexy. The face and tail exchanging feature are a nice extra an can be easily assembled.

Two other reviews can be found at

studiorzhobby and howagirlfigures

Thx for reading, have a nice week and see you next time!

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28 Responses

  1. Ashlotte

    Hmm so Ques quality is decent eh? Good to know hopefully Cirno will come out alright.

    I was really tempted to get this when it was announced (I’m like you Fab I enjoyed Taiga,, but I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I keep hoping she’ll go on sale haha…

    Ah well lovely and inspiring shots as always!

    • wieselhead

      Yeah decent or good, but not something you can compare with Max factory or GSC πŸ˜€
      Well the sculpting is very good and just look at detailed pose.
      thank you very much Ash πŸ™‚

  2. exilehero

    The figure looks really cute, I especially like the pouting face and the heart-shaped tail. I gotta say though, that outfit looks kind of out of character for taiga. Nice photos too. I like the one on the rug.

    Also, Miette thinks that using the word “slutty” is a little too strong, but is too shy/polite to tell you =P.

    • wieselhead

      Yeah she does ^^
      Out of character can be nice sometimes, but I can see your point, maybe the thong is a bitt too much for some people. hehe thank you )

      Oh Haha miette or you can tell me if you think my language sounds too foul I won’t get angry I promise ^o^
      I thought slutty dressed Taiga would be ok :p

  3. Miette-chan

    This feels out, while I can see it’s Taiga this figure doesn’t feel like Taiga to me. I will agree with exilehero and say that it feels out of character.

    That aside, I’m pleasantly surprised for never hearing of Ques Q before I’m impressed. Looking form your pictures the sculpting and painting seem to be up to snuff, no glaring issues. Will keep an eye for other Ques Q figures in the future.

    For the figure itself while that outfit is not my thing I’m really digging the pouting face and heart shaped tail combo.

    • wieselhead

      Maybe our image of Taiga differs a bit, but I understand your point. Maybe the out of character thing is her selling point πŸ™‚

      Yeah its a good quality overall, only a few things could have done better. I think their Puppeteer Alice Margatroid figure looks very promising.

  4. Nopy

    I was wondering about the quality of Ques Q figures, but they don’t look too bad if Taiga is a typical example. Except for a few rough edges in her hair, I think she looks pretty good.

    I don’t have a t-shirt of the original image, but I do have a poster of it, and I’ve had it on my wall ever since I got it πŸ™‚

    • wieselhead

      Hi
      Yeah the quality of this figure is good, I heard from a few people that the Ques Q quality is good in general. Yeah a few rouugh edges and a little overpainting spotts, but their Taiga is a nice figure πŸ™‚

      I think she looks lovely in that dress πŸ™‚

  5. tanoshimini

    Haha support the underdog=p?! The name sounds like some cheap asian manufacturer who wanted to pump out low quality figures!

    This figure actually looks quite good, especially for a manufacturer I’ve never heard about.

    I found that the toradora on the base was kind of strange, looked out of place to me^^”

    I love the last picture! fits really well with her tiger costume

    She does look so slender like she’s anorexic or something^^”

    Great review and lovely photos as usual!

    • wieselhead

      Haha oh well you could alsi that I support the company everyone seems to underestimate sometimes πŸ™‚

      It doesn’t look that bad in reality, at least it gives the plain black base some color accents πŸ˜‰

      Yeah she has a good quality especially the sculpting of her body ^^

      anorexic huh? yeah she’s close to an unhealthy state, even though I havent seen her puking in the anime XD

      thank you very much suteki ^_^

  6. Yi

    Love Taiga’s voluminous hair too! This is an adorable petite figure. She’s sooo cute, with just a touch of sexy in her jean shorts.

    Lovely photos.

    • wieselhead

      Hi thx for stopping by πŸ™‚
      Yeah thats what I also like about her
      thank you very much Yi

  7. luth

    Taiga was sort of a neutral character for me, I didn’t hate her but I didn’t like her either. In my eyes she very much fits in a little sister role so its rather strange to see her all sexed up like this but with her personality, it’s not entirely unheard of.

    Glad to see Ques Q makes decent figures, will be keeping an eye on them as well. Love the pictures, especially the ones with the plants and grass. She very much looks like a Queen of the Jungle. The ones where she’s playing with the can made me laugh too

    • wieselhead

      The sexed up little sister, mhh XD to me she appears more cute than sexy, but yeah I also like her because of that revealing outfit.

      haha Queen of the Jungle I want to be Taiga’s prey then ^^

      thx I’m glad you liked the idea. I thought what could have happened to make her look upset , the only idea I got was the empty can ^_^

  8. Persocom

    I don’t know what’s better, the figure itself or the pictures you took of her. Really awesome shots, and they make me drool over her wishing I had bought. I was tempted when I saw her up for pre-order but now I regret not having hit the button. I’ve been on a lookout for the perfect Taiga figure (and still have 0 in my collection) and this might be the one I end up hunting down later and buying… maybe.

    • wieselhead

      Hi Persocom thx for your visit ^_^
      Oh thank you very much Im glad you like the pics and also the Taiga figure. I would say this figure of Taiga was the only one which caught my interest to the point where I had to order her ^^

      You won’t regret it if you’d buy her

  9. BioToxic

    I’ve not watched Toradora, although I did order the US Set 1 & 2 DVDs today alongside the last Queen’s Blade DVD I need. Hopefully it’ll be good.

    The Tiger style get-up she’s in looks nice, quite unique too. X Tiger isn’t something you see too often with figures which is a shame. We need more big cat inspired figures I say.

    This Taiga isn’t my type of figure, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate her cuteness and appeal. Her pouting face is probably my favourite with the straight tail. Heart tail is super corny. Her stomach looks a little red, maybe lying on the ground irritates her skin? xD

    • wieselhead

      have fun with Toradora if you like a bit of romance in anime, you’ll enjoy it ^_^

      Ah that was nicely written πŸ˜‰ Im glad you can see her appeal anyway
      Yeah that would be nice to see a few more, well Max Factories Xio Mai looks like a nice neko eared character. Haha corny, I guess I like that. The shading is indeed a bit strong, but it doesnt look bad πŸ˜€

  10. anonymous_object

    She’s quite lovely. I have to admit I was impressed with this figure as well. I don’t know much about ques q but they seem have done a fine job with one of my favorite characters so I will be keeping an eye on them in the future ^^.
    Thanks for the review and the nice photos! ^^b

    • wieselhead

      She is πŸ˜€ have you also ordered her? I didn’t knew them eithter their sculpting looks very good, it would be if they could improve the shading, but the rest is very well done on this Taiga figure.

      No problem Im glad you liked both, thank you very much =)

  11. zaockle

    Your high quality reviews never cease to amaze me. It takes lots of dedication to set up multiple settings and backdrops for a simple figure review. I wish I had some way to do so instead of just taking a bunch of pictures of it on my desk.

    My friend got this figure as well, so I’ve seen it first hand. When I initially watched Toradora!, I was a huge Taiga fan, but upon rewatching it, I fell for Ami. The way she just got out of the way instead of pursuing her own love was totally bro of her. Either way though, this figure was indeed very good for a company I had never heard from. I guess we need to look beyond names sometimes.

    • wieselhead

      Oh wow Im glad to hear that. thank you very much!
      Hehe I love to do that, its really a lot of fun, especially when I receive such nice comments like yours =)

      I also rewatched Toradora, but it wasn’t the same for me, because I already knew what would happen.
      The name of the company isn’t always important, but sometimes you can guess what their quality is like.

  12. Sevie

    Even if the figure doesn’t suit my taste, i really like your photos! Awesome! O_O
    So beautiful!

    • wieselhead

      Hi oh too bad, no love for tiger ears? ^_^

      Ah thank you very much Im glad to hear that =)
      thx again ^^

    • wieselhead

      Yeah this figure didn’t dissapointed me.

      I have no other lying figure, but it is a nice pose for this figure Nyaaaaaaaa! =D

      thanks a lot Fabrice

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