If someone had told me five years ago that I would be getting a high quality statue of one of my favorite shonen characters of all time. I would have laughed at them. In 2009 however that’s exactly what Takara Tomy Arts decided to give us. A 1/8th scale beautifully sculpted Rokudo Mukuro Limited edition statue!
This is a very well sculpted figure, his hair, his face, that perfectly sculpted horrible smile all look amazing. Personally I get the impression that this face is in the middle of laughing at me. A Kufufu passing the lips of a maniacal madman, you can pull that from the whole feel of the figure when he’s wearing this face.
Of course what’s a figure of Mukuro without those creepily awesome eyes of his? Showing in his red eye with a perfect paint job is the kanji for the number five, which symbolizes the fifth path of reincarnation. For those who don’t know the show or character what that roughly translates out to is, this version has increased his battle aura, clearly someone’s about to die. Now his lips show just a hint of a smirk, it’s still clear-cut displayed confidence on this guy.
Now if you didn’t look at the last face and think ‘oh crap he means business’ this one here is the truth behind the fifth path of reincarnation. He’s clearly angry, angry that he was pushed this far, angry about having to use a skill he hates, or angry just for the sake of being angry who knows. It looks freaking cool though.
Where as it could be argued wether or not Mukuro was ever a bishonen character to begin with, this face is his most true. It shows an inheritantly evil monster. The black seeping into his skin is flawless as are the red lines etching up the side his face. Not a bit of paint out-of-place.
His hair has a regrettably obvious seam to it, however taking into account the three different face options they did have to make it come apart somewhere.
His pineapple spikes are perfect. They layered it added a simple bit of messiness to the hair at the nape of his neck and bam grade A Mukuro hair. As if an amazing sculpt wasn’t good enough though, they also tipped his hair in black. Just enough on the ends to make it look like it’s gradually darkening. The collar of his jacket has some pretty nifty detailing to it as well with the pattern on it being perfectly spaced from start to finish.
There are few things I appreciate quite like good movement in clothes. The way the back of the jacket is blown upwards, the folds by his shoulder where his arm is raised, all very nice detailing.The buttons, painted in more of an Incan gold then your substandard ‘gold’ stand out well against the green uniform that Mukuro is seen wearing so frequently.
His other arm hangs down at his side, fist clenched. Simple but well done.
Now any obsessive fangirl can tell you that whether or not it was on purpose, one out of every three times Mukuro moves in the Hitman Reborn manga you will find yourself staring at his belly. So with that being said this figure offers just a small hint of that fanservice. His pants fit tight around thin hips and show a fair amount of wrinkles from how he’s leaning.
The creases on the jacket are fairly erratic, more often than not on most figures the folds look too calculated, too symmetrical to each other to look like real clothes. That is not the case with this figure at all.
Just a note here, this isn’t something you see too often so I thought I’d call attention to it. He has back pockets, yeah his pants actually have detail to the back of them. He like every other male figure I own though has a very flat butt. Well it’s his illusion I guess whatever suits him is just fine with me.
His long legs are covered by pants that can’t seem to decide if the want to be loose or clingy. They seem to be really tight from the thigh all the way down to his knees and then flairing out a bit just over the ankle. His shoes are simple non descript black dress shoes.
The trident that is Mukie’s weapon of choice is seriously pointy. I swear you could cut yourself on this thing…which I guess is fairly appropriate. It has a fair amount of detail for being such a simplistic design.
He fits onto his base perfect, not too loose, not too tight. Just right.
This is the weak point of this figure. His horribly sculpted Vongola ring/ necklace that Mukie wears around his neck. It looks really cheap and honestly like the sculptor didn’t even try.
The box itself is simple enough, not stellar but not really lacking anywhere either.
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Kudos Awarded 5/5