Sonico – Gravure Swimsuit – alphamax

Since the summer in Germany finally started to get sunny and hot for a few days, I got pretty lazy and didn’t feel like publishing new posts at all, be it anime or figure related. Well, I already took some pictures of my Sonico – Gravure Swimsuit, so I should write about this lovely figure nevertheless, lets see how halfassed this figure review can be under these conditions.

The Sonico – Gravure Swimsuit version figure was manufactured by Alpha Max and released in the middle of June 2012. The figure is scaled 1/6 and has a height of 260 mm. She is bigger than a 1/7 scaled figure, but definetely smaller than all of the 1/6 scaled figures in my collection.

I tried to cut back on my Sonico figure purchases and my interest in this figure wasn’t that fix to begin with. I really wanted her at first, then I lost my interest in her and in the end I wanted this Sonico again. Figures these days are sold out very fast at the big japanese shops and you shouldn’t be that hesitant if you want to be sure to get your copy. Fortunately there are local dealers where you can decide to buy a figure even weeks after the release in Japan.

This figure is not based on an ecchi illustration that is showing Sonico in a teased and embarrased state, it’s the first happy Sonico figure that has been released so far. The figure is based on the game Sonicomi by Nitro+ where Sonico is an aspiring Gravure Idol at the start of her career.

Sonico has nice looking and detailed hair, with many sculpted strands and a soft look overall.
It features the typical pink color gradient, on top she has elaborately sculpted headphones that she actually never takes off. Her head is tilted and turned, as if she is posing during a shooting.

Alpha Max did a good job in recreating Sonico’s look from the Sonicomi game, especially the energetic and friendly eyes were captured very well. With this face her cuteness overshadows her sex appeal by far, even though she is dressed like that. Sonico has a happy open mouth with a nice upper front teeth line. I have no experience with Alpha Max as manufacturer, but it is nice that they gave blushmarks to the final product, unlike other manufacturers. Im looking at you Native and Orchid Seed! Anyway this Sonico is quite cute and looking at her makes me happy.

Sonico is wearing an open shirt with a shiny, skimpy bikini underneath, her legs are equipped with fishnet stockings and on her feet she is wearing black and shiny high heels. As little accessory she wears a cute necklace with stars and a little guitar around her neck. Stockings with a bikini are no strange combination, people who say this just have a lack of sense for fashion.

The shirt is castoffable, it is made of soft and flexible material, you just have to take off her head and pull the arms out of her body. For the bikini display option two alternative arms are included, the gaps are hidden conveniently under two ribbons. The bikini top also comes off easily, the material is flexible and causes no paint transfer on the figures body.

The bikini is super shiny, nearly like a mirror that reflects its surrounding. The top is skimpy and offers some underboob and sideboob views, she shouldn’t run with this kind of bikini top XD.

The slip part is quite skimpy at the front, apparently Sonico is shaved at her private area, what am I saying? seriously 😀  The figure is sculpted in a standing pose with a nice arched back, she also has nicely sculpted and fairly sized boobs with light pink pointy nipples. With her arms like that the boobs seem to be lifted upwards by Sonico’s shoulder muscles. Her midriff and the wider hips give her a very female appearance. Her legs are slender and very long unlike in most other figure adaptions. With her pose, the cute face and her attractive body Sonico has a strong presence.

You can also dress this Sonico figure with bare boobs and the white shirt as display option. Ehh! whats with this insect punk, get off Sonico!


Final words

Im satisfied with this Sonico figure adaption of Alpha Max even though she isn’t my favorite Sonico figure. Her face is only slightly less detailed than the one from Native or the Bondage versions from Orchid Seed, but with the more sensual and teased face expressions they appear somehow more interesting than the Gravure Swimsuit figure of this review. But after the mainly ecchi figures of Sonico it’s very nice to see a figure of her in an happy and cheerful state.

This a figure that portrays the innocent and happy side of Sonico very well. Alpha Max quality is pleasing, in this figure adaption they offered a clean and appealing sculpted body and a good and clean paintjob.

Another nicer review can be found at Seviesphere

28 Responses

  1. Izlomdoc

    Very cool stockings.
    Very cool figure of the body.
    A very nice look.
    Alpha Max surprised even their figures are usually not very good looking.
    Thanks for an excellent review of the beautiful photographs.

    P.s. I finally updated the camera, and I would like to ask you to see my last review. However it is in russian, but it would be curious to hear your opinion about the pictures.

    • wieselhead

      Î also heard that Alpha Max usually not always manages to come off with a satisfying end product, but Sonico turned out very well.
      Thank you very much 🙂

      Oh nice which camera do you have now? On first view the Patchouli look nice, quite crisp and nice looking light.
      it’s a bit late tonight I will write more about it tomorrow if you like.

      • Izlomdoc

        @wieselhead, Thanks for the nice comment)
        Previously, i used to use Fujifilm FinePix AV100 – the cheapest digital camera on the market(abt 50$). But in the surveys Himari, Patchouli (ques q) and Satellizer was used Canon 1000d. I’m still a little practice shooting on Nikon. These photos were taken the day after the purchase, and now photographs, for example, BJD dolls go much better. I understand that it is now possible to minimize the work in the graphical editor.

        Sorry to write here. On my site for some reason do not work notified about comments by email.

        • wieselhead

          no problem, at first I didn’t know if it came through.

          Ah ok the Nikon should be far better that such a cam, my first one also was a Fuji.
          Ah thats good to hear, have fun with your cam.

          It’s ok, it was no problem for me at least =)

  2. hoshiko

    Lol, you actually caught an insect in action while shooting Sonico. Insect wants a taste of Sonico!

    As for this figure, she is really cute. Looking very cheerful. What I like best is her necklace. It’s rockin’ really cool on her.

    • wieselhead

      Well this insects are pretty curious, I actually like these hovering striped flies a lot, but I wanted to capture Sonico not the fly ;D
      I would like to see more happy Sonico’s in the future. The necklace is really pretty, indeed.

  3. Fabrice

    Classic black!
    It really does suit her but the only thing that bugs me is that from the last picture it seems that her bikini top is not fitted..loose i guess or her oppai is simply to big XD

    So how many figures of her do you have?

    • wieselhead

      I wouldn’t have mind a more colorful bikini ^^
      Yes on my version it looks a bit loose on other reviews it appeared more tight, maybe I stretched it too much at first.

      I have 5 scaled Sonico figures: the black bondage Sonico, the candy pink bondage Sonico, the standard Babydoll Sonico, the Bathing Sonico and the gravure swimsuit Sonico.
      Oh and the three small oones from the Choco*Ochi, Super Sonico Collection x Mota lineup.

  4. Otakumouse

    Very nice photos! How many sonico figures do you have now? Looks like you can now build a “sonico shrine” for her in your display cabs 😀

    • wieselhead

      Thank you very much^^.
      I have 5 scaled Sonico figures: the black bondage Sonico, the candy pink bondage Sonico, the standard Babydoll Sonico, the Bathing Sonico and the gravure swimsuit Sonico.
      Oh and the three small oones from the Choco*Ochi, Super Sonico Collection x Mota lineup. Now I pplace them among the other figures.

  5. Miette-chan

    What? You still have even more Sonico figures to review? XP

    Well, I finally got a Sonico where she actually looks happy, now I just need to see a Sonico where she is appropriately dressed.

    Never gotten anything from Alpha Max, wanted a CC from them a few years back but that’s it. Good to see there are no glaring bad points.

    • wieselhead

      Haha very funny, but there are Sonico figures that I don’t want
      Its good to see a happy Sonico from time, I mean she’s a cheerful girl why is she teased and embarrassed all the time.
      I don’t mind her being half naked though XD Alpha Max has a mixed product quality some are very good some are bad.

  6. Nopy

    Wow, that is one nice Sonico figure, I think she looks the nicest so far. I love the fishnet stockings she has on, and her facial expression is so cute.

    • wieselhead

      She is a really nice Sonico, not my overall favorite but still very good. The stockings look great, indeed.
      The happy face expression is a really good and probably makes her more appealing for a wider audience, not everybody likes the teased and ecchi look, most of her figures have.

  7. Halbred

    Well, she’s a beauty and she’s on my wishlist. I don’t like how shiny the bikini is (distracting), but I do really like how she looks with just the shirt on (sans bikini top). Orchid Seed just announced a new Sonico bikini figure at Wonderfest that looks really good, so I might have two Sonic bikini figures before too long.

    Great review, thanks for posting it!

    • wieselhead

      Thats good to hear don’t hold back and order her ^^ It’s very glossy, on the shelf it is a lot less distracting though.
      Its verry sexy with the shirt only ^^ I loved the one from Orchid Seed she looked so cool and pretty hopefully we don’t have to wait for too long.

      Thx a lot ^_^

  8. Persocom

    Sonico looks great in the black bikini with stockings, they really accent it. I kinda like the open shirt with bare breasts option too. Lovely pictures of her too, and that skirt looks good on her.

    • wieselhead

      I also like these stockings a lot, oh really well open shirts can be quite sexy ^^ Thank you very much
      Haha thx from time to time I like to buy these clothes,but I guess I have to modify the skirt a bit.

  9. Tier

    She looks quite a bit better than I thought she would. A great deal better, in fact; I didn’t pay a lot of attention to her but she is really cute and sexy. The first few PVC figures I got from Alphamax (the Muv-Luv girls in their underwear) weren’t too fantastic but it’s good to see that they they did a fine job with Sonico.

    I really like the stockings that Sonico is wearing; I’ve got a big thing for girls in swimsuits while wearing thighhighs. It obviously doesn’t work at all for swimming but it looks really sexy. The high heels look great too, and it’s very nice to see Sonico finally smiling.

    • wieselhead

      Well, I just noticed her appeal last minute. On the day of release I noticed how nice she was in the pictures at the HS site. A few days later I ordered her from a local dealer. She looks very good and doesn’t dissapoint in person either.

      Its a nice combination of beach outfit and lingerie dress, she looks rather cool in it. It is nice to see her smile after all these teased and embarrased face expression.
      Well, I also like this kind of Sonicos, but it’s good to see her cheerful like it’s supposed to be.

  10. Visual Fanfare

    Wooooo, love the background colours! What kind of lens did you use? Feels like you used some sort of telephoto lens rather than a close-up macro – at least for the outdoor stuff anyway?

    I never noticed that all the Sonico figures before having a teased or embarrassed look, but now that you mention it, it’s like “Oooh yeah!” It’s nice to see Sonico in a normal state and not in some sort of compromising situation. lol

    Looks like in one of your outdoor shots, you got a bee on Sonico – gotta say, she’s rather composed with that huge bee on her chest. Most girls would run and scream their heads off. LOL ^^

    • wieselhead

      oh thx a lot master ^^ 30 percent were done with the Sigma EX 50mm and the rest with the Sigma EX 70mm.
      Ah I see haha well its strange to see her embarrassed in these ecchi poses all the time, maybe her curvy body and the innocent look are at fault.
      There will be more happy Sonico figures in the future, but I bet more ecchi ones will be made as well.

      Yes a little hovering fly messed up my picture. Ahaha I never had this idea, but that sounds funny XD

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