While I may not love Cardcaptor Sakura as much as I do Sailor Moon, the fantabulous women of CLAMP are a force I am drawn to no matter what work they put out. I’ve read almost everything that’s been translated to English via Tokyopop and now with Dark Horse reprints I’m slowly rebuilding my library.
Good Smile Company announced Sakura Kinamoto as a Nendoroid and since it was 1) a Nendoroid, and 2) a CLAMP figure, it was impossible for me to pass this up. I even made sure to preorder her directly from the Good Smile Shop so that I could get the bonus Sealing Wand charm that I will never use but keep in the drawer with Sakura’s parts forever.
Sakura comes with three faces, standing and kneeling legs, a short and long version of her Sealing Wand, a bunch of hands and extra arm pieces, a little happy Kero sidekick and a Sealing Circle plastic-y piece. Her trademark pink hat sticks to her head thanks to a magnet which means it’s simple to deal with. There are also a few variations on her bow you can switch out if trying to pose her holding her Clow Card or making her squee face as the full bow tends to be in the way.
Dealing with Sakura’s kneeling legs was a real problem for me. For some reason the peg inside the legs that feeds into her torso just doesn’t want to fit in properly making it a bit of a pain to pose her. Once I have the body on top just right I need to stop fiddling or she “falls” apart. I’ve found that the best way to pose her kneeling is to get everything else ready first – face, arms, hands – and then set down the top carefully. If you plan on using the kneeling pose with the small Wand, place the Wand after you’ve set her up as the hands don’t grasp the accessory as tightly as I had hoped.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Sakura Nendo. She’s just not as solid as I would have liked her to be, and I’m not sure if that was part of the reason why she ended up delayed by a couple of months. With the recent announcement of Tomoyo (which yes, I have preordered), I’m hoping Sakura’s best friend feels more along the lines of the other Nendoroids I’ve purchased. I’m also holding out hope that this means Li Syaoran gets the Nendoroid treatment by the end of 2015 as well. (Really, I was hoping they’d show him at WonFes last weekend but no dice.)
If you’re looking to get your hands on Sakura, you can find her on Amazon thanks to third party sellers.