Wave Beach Queens Tomoe Mami (Ver. 1) Special Version Box

Since we're on the topic of Mami in bikinis, allow me to introduce you to one of the rarer gems of my Mami figure collection. It also happens to be one figure that I have conflicted feelings about and, once, even strongly contemplated leaving it out of the collection altogether. But, one small change made all the difference and that change comes in the form of two word, Special Version. 
As with any of Wave's Beach Queens series of figures, it follows the standard template of a tall rectangular box with large clear window. The character's name is written in the lower segment with the series being written in the top right segment. In this case, it's Tomoe Mami (both in English and Japanese) with Puella Magi Madoka Magica above on the top right. By now, if you're a fellow figure collector, you would've noticed something different about this particular Beach Queens packaging namely the white banner above Mami's name with a picture of Charlotte and "Tomoe Mami Special Ver." written in katakana.
That's right, because this isn't any ordinary Beach Queens Mami figure. Through the window, you can clearly see Mami-chan in all her glory sporting a white two piece which is, admittedly, too revealing for her own good. Over in the back, though, do you notice something different?
That's right, it's Charlotte! All the fuss about the Special Version boils down to this little addition which skyrockets the value of this Mami figure. That is, if you can still find one in the re-sellers market today. Not impossible, just either very difficult of a price you'd think many time before sealing the deal.
You might be wondering, why not Bebe? Well, this figure was released from a time when Charlotte hadn't been introduced yet and the lovable character we identify today as Bebe, was first and foremost Charlotte, the Candy Witch. There are several differences which help identify the two but, I won't go into details about that. Instead, I'm hear to discuss more about this Mami figure. 
The side of the boxes, as shown for both pictures above, showcase Mami from both the front and rear view. It's a formula repeated for almost every Beach Queens figure and for good reason. Aesthetically, it looks really good with a clean white background and clean font giving the box a distinguishable look from all the other figures out there.

On the back, is a short description about the figure and character as well as a a full body shot of Mami. There's no doubt you'd get many stares from the general public if you were to walk around with this box in full open view. Still, it does provide some useful information such as the material (PVC), scale (1/10) and the integrated neck joint which allows for some degree of articulation.  

Well, that's been it as we come to the end of this quick coverage on this Mami figure. The review will be up soon but, there's no fix time set for it yet as I am rather busy for the rest of the week. Fingers crossed, I will be able to have it up by this Sunday. In the meantime, stay tuned to Tiro Finale for more daily content. Until then, have a great day everyone!


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