I opened her to find her covered in a weird and somewhat gross powdery substance, so much so that she looked like she had a sheet of dust upon her. The powdery substance was somewhat sticky, but at the same time it was very grainy. I have no idea what may have been on her. I don't know that I want to know.
Now if you've never bought a Nendoroid before you probably don't know this- but if you have you know that they generally come with little pieces of plastic between just about every removable body part they have. This helps protect the Nendoroid from paint transfer. Totori had absolutely no plastic between any of her joints. Sign 1 she is either fake or used.
Upon closer inspection after a slight look of disgust at touching the weird substance, I found that the joints in her legs were already starting to split in half. There were no extra joints included in the package. Her body also seemed slightly off colored compared to her head. Sign 2.
Overall it seemed like she was going to break very easily. I couldn't get her arms to stay in the slots, which was the third sign she had been used. I have no doubt that she has been used, even though she was sold to me as new. The company I bought her from tried very hard to make sure I would never know she was, including putting a piece of plastic tape similar to GSC's on top of the box to close it.
Her extra faces feel more like silicone than plastic. Maybe this is just something normal with older Nendoroids, she is probably one of the oldest I currently have.
In the end I don't know if she actually is fake or not, I've never heard of a fake Totori before. I don't necessarily believe that she is- her box looks to good to think that. I did get her from Japan as well... but she has been used and I have no doubt about that.
I'm happy enough with her as a Nendoroid, but she does have a few problems that really bug me...
Sorry the pictures aren't very great! I didn't have a whole lot of time to take pictures today. I will be posting more over the next couple of days. I'm super busy next week but hopefully by the end of the week will have some time to post some good reviews with nicer pictures.
I've been a fan of the Atelier series for quite some time now, probably since the release of Atelier Iris for PS2. I can't say I've played every game since, but I've certainly made a good effort on trying to get most of them.
Atelier figures are kind of far and few between, like many JRPG video game figures. When I first saw the Atelier Totori Nendoroid a while back I knew I'd have to get her at some point or another. Today she arrived.
First I should probably say- I did not intend, nor expect to be unhappy with her. Her box looks great, besides a sticker on the front. With a little careful peeling, the sticker came right off without damaging the box at all.
However, much to my dismay opening her was another story entirely.
1. She is very difficult to keep together with how loose her joints are.
2. The smell (probably because of the powder) was absolutely dreadful coming off of her.
3. The powdery substance was a little scary, when I tried wiping her off with water it actually got really sticky. It was really disgusting and I still don't have it all off.
I have contacted Deputi_JP about the used condition of Totori, hopefully I will hear back soon. This isn't so much about getting my money back even as it is about someone else not ending up with a Nendoroid that smells and feels like it's covered in something like this again.