I’ve been silent for a long time when I expected to be, well, not silent. There’s a reason for that, but I’m not ready to talk about it yet. :<
So instead, here’s a (quite overdue) post on the completion of my Kobato figurine.
Earlier, you saw her (in small form) in this group shot:
The empty cage she’s holding is one I got at Michael’s, to fill in the gap. Oh, btw, the original figure (which I’ve learned is Kotobukiya!) was based on this illustration:
I don’t remember how much I said about this figurine when I posted that earlier photo (I know I mentioned her at least briefly) and I’m too lazy to go back and look 😛 so I’ll just give the backstory now, and if I’m repeating myself, I apologize. As I know I’ve mentioned before, there’s one anime store in my entire town (well, only one anime-specific store; there are several others that sell anime merchandise in addition to other stuff) and they sell used items as well as new ones. So, the last time I was in there before they moved to their new (and inconvenient) location, I noticed they had Kobato-chan there in the case of used bishojo figurines. Like Wish (to which it’s kinda-sorta a sequel), I found the ending of Kobato a bit disappointing, but not enough so to sour me on the manga as a whole, in large part because I loved the characters so much. (CLAMP is good at that, after all. Well, technically, they’re good at pretty much the whole storytelling package…)
Anyway, when I was buying the figurine (because CLAMP merchandise is scarce, particularly on this side of the Pacific), the store’s owner mentioned to me all the pieces she was missing: the cage, the little “stuffed dog” in the cage, and her umbrella. I figured a cage shouldn’t be too hard to find, and I was sure the parasol could be replaced with one of those little umbrella-drink umbrellas, but I knew Ioryogi-san was going to be harder to replace. Continue reading