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Figure Unboxing and Review: Nendoroid Toujou Nozomi Training Outfit Version (Good Smile Company)

For the past few months, I've been eye-ing the Training Outfit Nendoroid for Love Live!'s Nozomi, having bought her Bokura Wa Ima No Naka De version last year at AFA 2015. Sadly, I missed the pre-order deadline on AmiAmi and the Good Smile Company online store coupled with the fact that I wasn't so keen on collecting figures at the time.

When it did arrive in Singapore a few months back, I was put off by the initial retail price and decided to wait it out instead. After all, the Training Outfit version felt like an extension of the first Nozomi Nendoroid due to the lack of additional parts. Long story short, I ended up buying the nendoroid later on and at a much better price to boot, hence the unboxing and review article right now.

As I've mentioned earlier, this Nozomi Nendoroid feels more like an extension of the Bokura Wa Ima No Naka De one, letting you swap faceplates and accessories between the two. I wish that there were more faceplates and parts included but this didn't bother me as much as I thought it would, considering I like to leave my Nendoroids in a fixed pose for the most part. However, Nozomi fans and Nendoroid collectors in general might feel that they aren't getting their money's worth.

I've always admired Good Smile Company's sculpting for their Nendoroid line of figures and the streak continues here. The sheer amount of effort it must take to paint each little part and minuscule accessory amazes me till today. 

Her training outfit is a 1:1 replica of what she wears in the anime, right down to the creases and pockets on her pink shorts and knot on her light-blue top. You can even adjust her twintails to create the pose you see below. The only complaint I have is the clear separation at the top of her head, highlighting the line where the pieces join but that's probably hard to mask due to her hairstyle.

Unfortunately, poses are limited due to a lack of creativity on my end and minimal accessories, faceplates and body parts, as you can see from the blister pack image. For lazier collectors such as myself, this wasn't a problem. One of the sample poses on the box and Good Smile Company website happened to be from a hilarious Nozomi moment from the anime and I just decided to stick with that.

For more hardworking Nendoroid collectors, feel free to swap the faceplates around. There's even an extra hand for the Bokura Wa Ima No Naka De one included in here, oddly enough.

As a fan of the character and the Love Live! franchise as a whole, I'm satisfied with this Nozomi Nendoroid. Its partially due to personal bias but also because of the figure's high quality, although I understand the lack of additional parts might not justify its retail price.

Written by ET

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