Review | Griffon: Kanu
Unchou (Lying Down Ver.)

Already had this figure for quite some time now but this is the only time I had the chance to make a short review of her. Figure was manufactured by none other than Griffon Enterprises which is somewhat “tied” to the Ikkitousen brand. Roughly 80% of all Ikkitousen character figures are from these guys and almost all “variations” of these characters has already been made (bunny, swimsuit, maid, you name it). Unfortunately, Griffon is somewhat hit or miss when it comes to their figures and most of the time, it’s always a “miss”.

Well, I’m not here to bash Griffon. I do own a couple of Griffon made figures and one of them is this 1/7th scale figure rendition of Kanu Unchou (Lying Down Version) that I acquired late last year. I’m not sure how will I explain my experience with this figure because technically, it looks great and I wouldn’t buy it if it isn’t. I think the problem here is how Griffon marketed this figure to us figure collectors.

When this figure opened preorders and the moment I saw the prototype images, I was like “shut up and take my money”. The figure looks great on the advertised images. I mean, it does look great (I’m looking at it right now), but there’s something in it that I’m really disappointed about. Figure was advertised as a 1/7th scale figure and we all know that 1/7 is a good scale. I own a lot of 1/7th scale figures here and I can say they’re decently sized. Not too big, not too small. The problem here is when I finally received the actual figure, the figure itself is so freaking small! Like 1/10 small.

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Review | Griffon: Kanu Unchou (Lying Down Ver.)

I was sooo disappointed because the figure has a lot of potential. The presentation is beautiful and Kanu is really pretty. The funny thing here is when I saw the figure’s base. The base was so huge it made me think that it was the 1/7th part of the figure. The base was so huge it eats a lot of space in my display cabinet. I had no choice but to keep that base away and just display Kanu without it. The base is just plain useless. How I wish they made the figure much bigger so we can appreciate the fine details of the figure even more > <

Well, that’s the negative, let’s go to the positive side of things. Figure’s overall sculpt is great specially when it comes to Kanu’s body. The gravity’s effect on her body (because of her pose) is so natural. The effect is specially evident on her breasts. Her pose is also an attention grabber. It’s sexy and not too “perverted” which means you can display her without even worrying of what others might think. Im not a fan of her hair’s overall sculpt though. Hair is not that detailed maybe because of her size. Also, watch out for that single strand on top of her head (which is actually Kanu’s hair signature). It’s so brittle and will easily break if you accidentally bump it.

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She’s actually not naked by default. She has a “cast-offable” battle damaged uniform included giving you additional display options. Well, I don’t like her uniform anyway so I decided to just remove it altogether and display her half naked :3 Aside from the things I’ve mentioned, there’s nothing really extraordinary about this figure. She looks great but she does have a very disappointing scale. This experience taught me not to trust prototype images specially when it’s from Griffon. So far, GSC, Max Factory, Alter, and other figure manufacturers have been honest when marketing their figures’ overall specs.

Enjoy the pics!

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Figure Info

  • Character: Kanu Unchou
  • Release Date: October 2012
  • Origin: Ikki Tousen: Shuugaku Toushi Keppuuroku
  • Maker: Griffon Enterprises
  • Artist(s): Ikeda Ryouichi (Sculptor)
  • Version: Lying Down Version
  • Scale: 1/7

Srp ¥7,400

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