Review | Max Factory: I-NO

The super attractive and vibrant 1/7th scale I-NO figure is now up for review! I was hunting for this figure for years and it’s considered as a rare “gem” by figure collectors. Luckily, I managed to get her in MISB condition late last month w/ Yamato’s Poison figure (review here). Despite the figure’s age, It’s still one of the best figures ever created.

I-NO was released 5 years ago by Max Factory and was sculpted by the famous Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (REFLECT). There are rumors that GSC (Good Smile Company) opened a poll with a list of figures released in the past and it’s rumored that I-NO was included in that list. The figure with the most votes will have a re-release treatment.

As with any other figure reviews I did in the past, let’s first have a mini introduction of I-NO as a character. If you are an avid fan of the game Guilty Gear, I’m pretty sure you are familiar with I-NO. She made her first appearance in Guilty Gear’s third installment, Guilty Gear XX.

I-NO is one of the most attractive characters in the game. But don’t make her looks deceive you, she’s one of the game’s main antagonist (actually, she’s one of the boss characters). She’s often described as a cold, sadistic, and very manipulative.

One of the unique parts of I-NO’s character design was her “witch” hat and her electric guitar. Her witch hat resembles a “skull” face and is somewhat animate though there are no solid information about its origins. Her electric guitar was the exact same model used by Japanese musician, Shiina Ringo and is speculated to be the reference of I-NO’s overall character design.

With the intro out of the way, let’s now jump to our main review.

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I-NO was released by Max Factory in 2008 (roughly 4 years ago).

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She has a scale of 1/7 and is roughly 10 inches tall.

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The high quality production values is really evident on this figure. Despite being released in 2008, it is still one of the best figure renditions I’ve seen so far.

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Up to now, Max Factory never cease to amaze me when it comes to their figure renditions. The quality of this figure is still on par with figures released today.

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The overall sculpt of this figure is just amazing. The folds and creases of I-NO’s dress looks natural and alive.

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Every single detail on I-NO’s dress was rendered perfectly. It’s like getting I-NO out of the video game.

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This figure rendition of I-NO is really sexy. Her pose + her revealing dress makes her even more sexier.

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You’ll notice that the style of this figure rendition of I-NO is somewhat familiar (similar to Tony Taka characters) and it’s because it was sculpted by the great Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (REFLECT).

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I’m a big fan of Mitsumasa Yoshizawa’s works. I’m still in the hunt for his other figures released in the past. As of now, I have a total of 5 REFLECT figures. Poison, Asuka, and Kiriko are one of them.

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This figure rendition of I-NO is considered nowadays as a rare “gem” for figure collectors. You are considered very lucky if you happen to acquire this figure in MISB condition with a standard retail price (like me lols).

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This figure has an insane price tag in online hobby stores that still have her. My advice is to try this “figure hunt” service (link at the bottom of this post) I posted a few weeks ago (this is how i got I-NO btw) or if time is not a factor, wait for it to be re-released.

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The paint job of this figure is really vibrant and glossy. And yeah, I love glossy figures!!!

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The vibrant red color of her dress really accentuates I-NO’s skin tones. The details on her outfit are also top notch. And yeah, I really love her boots!

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It is said that I-NO’s character design was strongly influenced by the Japanese musician named, Shiina Ringo. It is said that I-NO’s guitar model, mole placement, height, hairstyle, and even her birthday is the same with the said musician.

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It is also speculated that I-NO’s name was derived from the name of Brian Eno, a musician/songwriter famous for working with Glam Rock stars like David Bowie.

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I-NO’s guitar is also well detailed with fully rendered six strings.

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I’m just not sure on the exact model of her guitar. A Gibson maybe? Because it looks like a Gibson to me.

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Her guitar is actually her main weapon in the game and according to her profile, she usually insults her opponents by using musical references as double entendres.

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The character design of I-NO never gets old.

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Ohhhhhh! One of my favorite shot in this review.

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I-NO’s sexy curves is one of the strong points of this figure.

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Max Factory did an awesome job in sculpting I-NO’s body. From her shoulder blades up to her sexy backside, she looks incredibly hot in this figure.

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While writing this review, I’m also searching for some negative aspects of this figure. But honestly, I really can’t find any.

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The figure looks great on any angle. A trait of high quality figures.

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I’m not saying that this figure is 100% perfect. It’s just that this figure rendition of I-NO suits my taste as a figure collector. Not too ecchi, doesn’t have an oversized breasts, high quality sculpt, and a glossy paint job!

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I just can’t get enough of I-NO’s backside. Ngnhhhhh!

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The base is a standard metal textured plastic that matches I-NO’s character theme.

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I’m a big fan of naturally sized breasts which makes I-NO’s proportions more human like.

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And here’s a last look at I-NO’s gorgeous body.

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Guilty Gear XX: I-NO

Whew, another figure review done! I hope you enjoyed this figure review as much as I do. My apologies if my grammar is a bit “off” sometimes but rest assured I’m trying my best to improve my writing :P

I have no regrets in purchasing this I-NO figure. The figure looks great in all aspects. The sculpt is top notch, the vibrant paint job is awesome, and I-NO looks really sexy and attractive in this rendition. I tried my best to look for any negative parts of the figure but unfortunately, I just can’t find any. This is a must have figure for any veteran figure collectors.

Thanks guys and I’ll see you on our next figure review!

PS: If you’re also hunting for this figure, try using the “figure hunt” service that I previously mentioned in this review. It’s free, you just have to be patient. ;) And yeah, if it’s ok with you, a hit to the like button below will be so much appreciated!

Figure Info

  • Character: I-NO
  • Release Date: January 2008
  • Origin: Guilty Gear XX
  • Maker: Max Factory
  • Artist(s): Yamashita (Illustrator) / Yoshizawa (Sculptor)
  • Version: Original / Normal
  • Scale: 1/7

Srp ¥7,800

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Join the conversation | 4 Comments

  1. Wieselhead | Wed, 2012/07/18 at 7:23 PM

    Congrats again for getting her I know how difficult it is to get your hands on a rare older figure. But it feels great when you succeed in your hunt.

    She rather looks like one of these first class Garage Kits, not like a mass produced figure from 2008. The clothes look just awesome with this level of detail everywhere and of course the glossy finish. Body sculpting and outfit look amazing., the red suit and the blue guitar are a very good combination.

    I think her face expression is very good they did a good job in recreating an cold, sexy, sadistic and manipulative expression, but to be honest it scares me a bit, it’s just a matter of personal taste ;)

    I couldn’t see any grammar issues in your well written review, ok it’s not that I am an ace in english myself.

    • Otakumouse | Wed, 2012/07/18 at 10:24 PM

      @Wieselhead: Hahaha! Thanks Fabian! Yeah, I was really lucky with this figure and I do hope I find the other ones. I also agree that I-NO looks like a first class garage kit! I mean, the level of detail on this figure is just amazing! You will never know that this figure rendition of I-NO is in fact roughly 4 yrs old. I’m hoping to get my hands on MF’s 1/7 figure rendition of Bridget. I just can’t find her anywhere.

  2. Giles | Wed, 2012/07/18 at 8:20 PM

    Amazing review there, OM! (or you prefer Nico? NC? Haha) :D

    She’s got an air of Shunya about her, and I’m not really fond of that figure stye, but I must say I can definitely make an exception for this one. I was thinking your shots here would really help me decide whether I-No was going on my absolute wish-list or not…and it’s “get!” hands down. I agree: backside = WIN

    I’ve read in her MyFigureCollection page she’s not included in the re-release list of GSC. Awwww, but well, here’s hoping.

    • Otakumouse | Wed, 2012/07/18 at 10:37 PM

      @Giles: Thanks Giles! Nico is fine btw :D

      Glad that the shots helped you decide! I think I-NO really deserves a re-release treatment same with Mai Shiranui and Kasumi. Those figures are some of the best figures released in the early 2007. There are a lot of incredible figures released in the past. They need to stop re-releasing figures which are just a year old!

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