Kongo Bust: Keiondou Ver. & Kongo Bust

Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

I’m a firm believer that tea requires no sugar. However, that is probably just because I eat way too many sweet things all the time, so my body thinks that at the very least my drinks should have less sugar… _:(‘Θ’ 」 ∠):_

Anyway, today I’m going to be taking a look at…

Kongo Bust: Keiondou Ver.

Kongo Bust!

△ Left: Kongo Bust: Keiondou Ver / Right: Kongo Bust

From the popular browser game ‘Kantai Collection -KanColle-‘ comes a complete bust of the 1st Kongo-class battleship, Kongo! The bust is an addition to the ‘Wonderful Hobby Selection’ series of top quality figures.The sculpt aims to preserve the original take of Kongo by Masaichiro Usui from the personal dealer group, ‘Keiondou’. It stands approximately 360mm in height with the unique sculptwork capturing all sorts of intricate of details. The complicated hair style and detailed facial expression are also not to be missed.

Ooooooohhh!! ヽ(゚◇゚ )ノ

It’s been awhile since her announcement at WonFes!

The unique and intricate sculpting Masaichiro Usui (Keiondou) has been realized in such an incredible way with these Kongo Busts! The two options available are the Kongo Bust: Keiondou Ver. which features paint and color choices by the sculptor, and the standard Kongo Bust which is painted by the GSC production team!

The sculpts are the same, but the difference that paint and colors can make is very clear!!

The difference in color of the eyes and skin color, along with different shades on the hair… the painting approaches are so very unique, allowing for two very different options to choose from!

The shadows and gloss are both rather different, showing how different one interpretation can be from the next! It’s actually very interesting to compare the two and see exactly what the differences are!

Here is a size comparison with a Nendoroid!

△ They’re pretty big!!

Before I take a closer look at them individually… this product is the newest addition to the WONDERFUL HOBBY SELECTION, so here is a quick reminder about this brand of figures! (`・ω・´)ゞ

What is the WONDERFUL HOBBY SELECTION?

 The WONDERFUL HOBBY SELECTION is a brand new series of products brought to you by Good Smile Company, focusing mainly on figures. These products will be absolute top-of-the-line products – with meticulous sculptwork, high quality artistic work and top-notch quality to live up to the needs of collector’s looking for the best of the best to add to their collection.

Here is a quick summary of all the products in the WonHobby Selection so far! 

◆ The Colossus Titan: TAKAYUKI TAKEYA Ver.
◇ Yamato Kai: Heavy Armament Ver.
◆ Ren: Rhyme mode Ver.
◇ GearTribe Hatsune Miku GT Project 2014 Ver.
◆ Musashi Kai: Heavy Armament Ver.
◇ Musashi Heavy Armament Ver.
◆ Guts

You can see a summary of all the products on the special page below!

 Wonhobby Selection (GSC Site)

Please note that while Wonhobby Selection items are exclusive to the GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP in Japan, they ARE sold at our international partner shops as well!! ヽ(・ω・´(`・ω・´)ノ`・ω・)ノ

Anyway, let’s get back onto the main review for today!

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Kongo Bust: Keiondou Ver.

The Keiondou Ver. was painted by Masaichiro Usui himself, making use of colors that best match up with the sculptwork, creating a rather unique product when compared to other anime figures.

Those eyes just drag you in…

Not to mention the amazing gradient work on the long, intricate hair! This version has both sculpt and paintwork done by the sculptor, meaning it really has all of his love poured into it!! This really is hard to call a figure… it’s an absolute work of art!! (/ω\)

The use of darker colors to depict shadows from the raised areas of her skin is simply amazing, and the gradient paintwork of the hair can be enjoyed no matter what angle you choose to look from!

The slight puckered appearance of her lips also really grabs your attention!! The combination of the size and tightness of the lips really makes them seem… alive!

Her lovely complexion and eyebrows that are actually sculpted on… it actually reminds me a bit of a doll! φ(.. )

Whilst it’s definitely Kongo, it’s also more specifically the Kongo created by Masaichiro Usui!

What I mean to say is that, the girl that Masaichiro Usui created has become Kongo…! Ah, I just can’t put what I want to say into words!! Gah!! (꒦ິ⌑꒦ີ)

Also note the stand that is used to hold the bust up!

A slightly rusted bow of a ship!! (°Д°;≡°Д°;)

The bust stands around 360mm in height, which is rather large! Definitely something you can look upon for many, many years of enjoyment! ♪

Let’s move onto the alternate version!

Kongo Bust

This standard version makes use of Good Smile Company’s tried and tested figure coloring methods, creating a bust with a light, translucent feeling to the paintwork.

This version looks more grown-up!

This is GSC’s first bust in ages, so it has a kind of refreshing feeling for me!
The realistic touches to the paintwork make her skin look so soft and touchable…!

That defenceless collarbone is just calling to be noticed!! (。・ω・)ノ゙ 

By the way, note the differences on the golden tassel between the two!

The stand is also rather different between the two as well!

The face and expression on this one is a lot more standard of an anime figure! ♪

Not only is she really cute, but her eyes look very determined and confident as well! (´□`。)

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Each of the busts certainly has it’s own unique charm! It’s hard to pick which one I prefer… maybe both?! (●´ω`●) I leave the final choice to you!

Kongo Bust: Keiondou Ver.

Kongo Bust!

They will be up for order from tomorrow!!

Be sure to check the GSC Site tomorrow for more details! (。・ω・)ノ゙

 

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