Yagen! This is the Touken Ranbu Nendoroid which took me by surprise -- I didn't think they would start making Tantou so early!
Purple is a nice color to use with Yagen and the dark red circle behind Yagen on the bottom right helps to add to his mysterious vibe. Though, I find that the yellow used as a complimentary color for his box is quite unappealing.
These are all the different parts which Yagen comes with. There are 2 pairs of scissors -- one in his hand and the other a loose part to slip into his case strapped to his leg. There are also several exchanges of limbs as well.
Recently, they have been using this clear plastic film to keep the loose parts in place. This is really useful for tiny accessories like the scissors as it prevents the collector from losing those tiny accessories when opening the blister!
I love the Touken Ranbu Nendoroid bases, not only because they have the family crest on it which ties it to the Nendoroid more than the usual bases, but because these are smaller as well, thus helping me save space in my already packed detolf cases.
Posing and Assembly
While Touken Ranbu Nendoroids pack less of a punch than Kancolle ones due to the obvious less number of parts, Yagen is capable of holding his own as well. You can definitely change up many of his poses to suit your display! Furthermore, the easy assembly makes it much easier for posing as well~
Sculpting and Painting
Sculpting for Yagen is really nice! I like how his eyes look because it really captures his feel! Now, let's take a look at his outfit. All the different tiny details are carefully shrunk down to Nendoroid size and his shorts don't seem too long or short either. Moreover, all the red ropes on his outfit are flexible and that helps to resist damage from manhandling.
To add a touch of nuance to his plate on his left arm, they made it removable so you can place the peg in at any angle which matches your pose.
This is really flexible for posing, so much so that I wish they did the same for Shokudaikiri Mitsutada's Nendoroid as well!
As I mentioned before, he comes with a loose scissors part which you can slip into his waist pocket as well. However, it doesn't seem like the scissors are well-defined. I would have liked the ears of the scissors to be hollow instead of filled instead.
Yagen's hair seam is well-hidden. It is still obvious but it definitely doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. And in this image above, you see his bent leg, which in fact is a little more unique than other bent leg parts in other Nendoroids.
As you can see his bent leg comes with a stripe of black across his thigh. This serves as the 'lifted' part of his shorts when Yagen bends his leg. I was quite skeptical when I first came across this part but when I started using it, I have to admit that it looks and works well!
And now for his mischievous, smirking third face plate!
Yagen is definitely a Nendoroid to have! I highly recommend him because you can try many poses with him and he's probably one of the Touken Ranbu Nendoroids that will rise in price.