Figuarts Cure Heart, from the cartoon series made for little girls, DokiDoki! Precure, and my first Figuarts in quite a while. Purchased from Amiami since for some reason HLJ wasn’t even bothering to offer any sort of discount. Although speaking of Amiami, apparently they’re pulling some scummy tactics by basing their “discounts” on prices that include Japan’s domestic sales tax, which HLJ and Hobby Search don’t charge.
I had kind of been wanting a Precure Figuarts for quite some time, since they’re sort of exemplary magical girls through and through, without the technology angle of Nanoha or the drama of Madoka, and also because I like Precure. It took a while, though; besides hearing that the Precure Figuarts tended to suffer in quality compared to Kamen Rider or Sentai Figuarts, I wasn’t too impressed with the Heartcatch Precure Figuarts (though I would have bought, and still want, a Figuarts of Infinite Silhouette…there’s still hope!), Bandai skipped right over Suite Precure, and I didn’t like Smile Precure as much as the others (I haven’t watched through any Precures before Heartcatch, so those ones are out, too).
Once they announced Cure Heart, things worked out for me, though, since I enjoyed Dokidoki Precure and I rather like Cure Heart’s design. The hard part will be trying to decide if I want any of the other Dokidoki Precures, since they’re all part of Heart’s harem but they’re going to be harder/more expensive to get, with Cure Diamond already being a webshop exclusive. Now that they’re going back and doing Suite Precure Figuarts, I might also pick up Cure Beat if they actually do her.
Full shot. I think one of the things I like best about Heart’s design is that her hair is actually a completely different color than her theme color, even though her hair is pink anyways in non-Precure mode. Almost every other Precure has a hair color matching their theme color, so this is a bit refreshing.
Most of the details on Heart are pretty well done with a good paint job. Visually, it’s pretty much on par with Figmas. Both the skirt and Heart’s shawl thing or shoulder pads or whatever they are are made of flexible plastic, and the skirt is also floating and not physically attached to Heart’s body.
There’s also a bit of bad build quality with the ponytail, with a bad seam line right down the middle. I think the ponytail is hollow, which might explain it. I’m also concerned about the way most of the figure’s joints feel, noticeably looser than what you’d have with a Figma (or a Kamen Rider Figuarts, actually). Hopefully it will all hold up well over time, and at least nothing’s broken yet like some joints did on the Haruhi Ver.KA figure I had that Bandai made.
Head disassembles like so. Interesting that the face uses three pegs to stick in place, makes it harder to get out and I have the feeling the other Cures will have different arrangements to prevent face swapping between them.
Moving on to accessories. Heart comes with a modified Tamashii Stage in a heart shape, which I think is standard for Precure Figuarts. Heart doesn’t have any peg holes or anything on her, so using the clamp with the stand is a necessity.
1. Hands for Heart’s bows, which can also be roughly used as holding-things hands
2. A pair of flat hands
3. A pair of fists
4. A pair of hands for using the Magical Pad
5. A double hand making a heart shape
As can be seen there are also four hand holding doodads, which can be plugged into each other if you feel like it.
Cure heart comes with a total of four faces: smiling, happy/talking, angry/battle, and a wink.
Magical Pad hands and holding the Magical Pad. It’s actually the final weapon upgrade the Precures get in Dokidoki. Since their transformation items are smartphones, I guess it makes some sense to have an iPad for a weapon. Somehow.
Better view of the Pad. It’ll actually make a decent tablet accessory for figures! The Pad slots into the left hand, so the entire pad is there without any bits missing, although it is a mite loose in the hand.
Using the bow hands to hold the bow. The bows the Precures have in Dokidoki look like goofy toys because they needed to be able to sell toys of the bows to kids, like pretty much anything else the Cures use.
Heart also comes with a second bow with larger…bow blades? For some reason. I think because the smaller bow is when Cure Heart is attacking with it alone, while the larger one is for the combined archery attack the four main Cures can do together, but I don’t remember noticing any difference when I was watching. The body of the bows are both the same size, though.
The hands connect using the Figuarts method, which means snapping them on a joint. I think this is what Figma is moving to with 2.0 Figmas, but I won’t have one until Shimakaze to find out. I sort of like the way Figma used to do hands (Figma 1.5??) better. The ends of Heart’s sleeves are separate pieces that slip over the ball section of the joint, and each is marked on the inside which side it goes on.
Cure Heart also comes with her fairy partner, Sharu/Sharuru/Cheryl/Charles/whatever. Sharuru has a ball-jointed neck and can barely stand on her own. There’s no peg holes or anything on her, so f you want to have her floating or something, you’ll have to improvise.
With my other Dokidoki merch, because. I bought the two OP/ED CD’s because I really fucking like both of Dokidoki’s ending themes, and I bought the transformation item toy because I am insane.
I think I feel mostly okay with Cure Heart. Looks nice, but joints give me some concern. So I’m not sure if I want to get other Dokidokis, even though I want Heart to have at least her first wife and I also like the designs of Cure Sword and Cure Ace. Probably be monitoring prices on Mandarake for a while after they release.