Korra Nendoroid Figure Review
Interesting review for you today. Today my Korra Nendoroid figure arrived and I think more Avatar and Korra fans need to know about this figure, so here is my review.
I will immediately direct you to my video review of the figure where I go really in-depth showing off the figure.
First things first this is the first Japanese figure for Korra (or Avatar) so immediately this is a very unique and interesting release as Japanese toy/figure makers are in general of much higher quality than most american companies. The laws around toy safety not being has harsh in Japan allow for much higher accuracy especially on accessories.
The quality of this Nendoroid quality is amazing, the plastic does not feel cheap or fragile despite some of the pieces/accessories being very small. The paint work is accurate and clean and most importantly the sculpt feels like the character albeit the chibi version of Korra in this case.
For those unfamiliar with Japanese figures or even higher quality figures in general a surprising aspect will probably be the inclusion of various additional arms, legs and even an alternate face. These figures are trying to be as accurate to the character as possible despite the chibi style so they get around the lack of articulation on the limbs by simply providing additional limbs in different positions and they give extra faces so you can change the expression. It means there are so many posing options with this figure when you combine the articulation that the figure does have with the option to swam limbs, faces and even add in the effect parts.
You can have Korra on her own with no bending effects, you can have her with a closed fist or an open palm, in a combat pose or preparing for a flying kick. Then you can have it be a pose in or out of the Avatar state with the face swap. All of these parts swaps are very easy to do, the arms, hands and legs can simply be pulled out and changed with ease, with the face you have to pull off the front of the hair and then you can just exchange one face for the other. It all feels tight, but not so much that it is difficult to make a quick change. The only issue is that the legs that are given are very specific and despite the ability to mix and match you can really only get 2 or 3 different poses with the legs. If they had found a way to make just 2 straight legs that had a knee joint I think the figure would be perfect.
Since the the figure is chibi styles and also because it is more of a collector item than a toy for playing with, it comes with a display stand and connections for Korra herself as well as 4 smaller display “arms” for the 4 bending effect parts. The “arms” are all articulated with the one for Korra having more motion than the 4 smaller ones, they all work well and the only issue is with the effect parts themselves.
So overall an excellent figure, with a high build quality and great options for poseability, the only slight issues would be that some of the alternate legs and the effect parts seem overly specialised for use with one particular pose when perhaps it would have been better to make something more generic for use in many different poses. A smaller ball of fire instead of the very long stream supplied would be an example. Right now this is the only Korra action figure, every other figure released has just been a statue. This is a very unique merchandise release and right now we do not know if GoodSmile Company plan to make more Avatar or Korra nendoroids so I would highly recommend this figure to Avatar fans if you have an interest in action figures.
The price deserves a mention. Depending on where you order it from the price may vary, but it is in or around $50. This may seem like a lot for the size of this figure, but when you take into account that it is coming from Japan and the general high quality of the figure with the extra parts, effects and the stands it becomes a much more reasonable price. This is a collectable item, not something you will find in every toy shop you go to and thus demands a higher price.
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