Sega AG Square Momoe Nagisa Review

Hello again, everyone! Today we will be taking a look at a rather unique prize figure from Sega, the Sega AG Square Momoe Nagisa. Debuting in the Madoka Magica feature film, Rebellion, Nagisa is one of the newest characters introduced to the series. As such, she does not have as many figures as the other members of the series making each release all the more important. If you have yet to watch the film, I would strongly recommend you do before proceeding with this review. For those of you who have, read on as we find out more about this cute little Nagisa figure.
  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica, AG Square
  • Price: NA
  • Release Date: 10/2014
  • Scale: Non-scale
  • Material: PVC
Front View
Out of the box, Nagisa is presented sitting on one-half of a chair while blowing bubbles. This pose is meant to emulate the scene in the movie, where Nagisa and Sayaka are riding on the magical chariot. Hence, the other half of the chariot's chair going to Sayaka (who is an entirely separate figure on her own).

Rear View
The rear is entirely covered by the chariot's chair and the only way of viewing Nagisa from the back is by removing her the chair. But doing so requires physically separating Nagisa and the chair, both of which are bonded by an adhesive. I would not recommend it unless you are planning on posing Nagisa in a different way. Rest assured, you are not missing out on too much as most of Nagisa's back is covered entirely by her hair.

Right View
Nagisa sits close to the edge of her chair but never threatens to fall off. This is because, as mentioned earlier, she is securely bonded to the chair with an adhesive. There are no signs of play or laxity between the two which should be reassuring enough for most collectors.

Left View
The view from the left side is covered almost entirely by Nagisa's cap and long hair. The chair appears to be cut cleanly in half and for good reason. The "cut" serves as the connection point between Nagisa and Sayaka's chair. If you have both of them, they will pair up nicely side by side and even allow for a diorama backdrop to be slid into place in a holder behind them. Neat stuff!

Closer inspection of the facial details and expression reveals that Sega has decided to go for slightly different proportions then what we are used to seeing on Kyun-Chara and Nendoroid figures. For starters, Nagisa's eyes are smaller and spaced further apart. Moreover, Nagisa's face appears to be smaller in relation to her hair and the blush on her cheeks are rather pronounced. 

Moving in even closer, we can see that Sega has decided to retain the Ume Aoki-styled eyes with her signature hand-drawn sketched style. Stylistically it does appear to look the same but aesthetically, it is somehow off the mark a little. This probably has to do with color saturation as Ume Aoki tends to use lighter, pastel colors almost as if they are drawn with color pencils as opposed to marker pens. 

Other defining points of Nagisa include her cute animal-eared cap which has little slots in the sides for a bit of her hair to stick out from. Keep in mind, this is Nagisa's Magical Girl outfit. Hence, the more elaborate than usual designs.

Towards the back, Nagisa has wavy long hair which flows all the way to her hips. 

Officially, Nagisa's hair is meant to be white. Although with this release, she her hair seems to be a very pale and light tone of lilac. Easily passed off as white at a glance which does make this a rather unique touch especially since Soul Gem is purple in color.

The eared-cap with her two little lock of hair sticking out are both cute and functional. Functional how? They serve to eliminate any notable view of a head seam. How convenient!

While the execution of Nagisa's cap and long hair are passable albeit not very noteworthy, the fringe of her hair is absolutely spot on. One of my favorite aspects of the entire figure, Nagisa's fringe perfectly highlights the lilac tones I mentioned earlier in her hair with it becoming darker towards the edges. Moreover, the soft smooth sculpt of her hair gives it a really realistic feel!

One more look at Nagisa blowing bubbles.

Before we shift out attention to her Magical Girl outfit.

Compared to the other Magical Girls, Nagisa has a more playful and childish outfit, likely as a reflection of both her personality and age. Using various tones of brown and orange, Nagisa's outfit evokes the feel of a magical pumpkin especially with her fluffy overcoat and polka dot tights.

Every little aspect of Nagisa's outfit has been carefully accounted for down to the little details such as the buttons, belts and straps. This is all the more impressive when you realize just how small the figure actually is!

Nagisa is seen blowing bubbles through a pipe in her right hand.Take note of the little cutouts in her gloves where the tips of her fingers stick out from, such attention to detail!

Here is another look at Nagisa's outfit. Observe the finer details such as the candy-shaped belt buckle and the edge finishing on both her overcoat and pants. Sega has gone to good lengths to ensure a high quality reproduction of Nagisa's outfit in this minute scale.

It is all fun and games until you realize she is blowing explosive bubbles.

Nagisa's right hand hold onto a bottle of bubble mix. I wonder what she mixes in it to create such an explosive creation?

Moving down, we have Nagisa's polka dot tights and red shoes. These are presented as one continuous part with her feet being given a stubby finish. This is perfectly fine as we often see this in deformed-scale figures.

The polka dot detailing appears to be printed on which ensures a clean and even finish. It may be a little too glossy to my liking but, that really is just me nitpicking.

Surprisingly, the sides of the chariots chair is actually detailed with ornamentation! While this is simple a matter of casting one single mold and replicating it via an automated process, it is nice to see such little details being attended to no matter how trivial.

The base is a blue D-shaped platform with a purple-colored top surface. Part of the reason the base is shaped as such is to accommodate for the three figures (of the set) when they are posed together. In this case, those three members are Nagisa, Madoka and Sayaka. Put the three together and they form a diorama replicating a scene from the movie. 

One disappointing part of the base and perhaps my only gripe of this figure, is that the purple surface is actually a sticker. From the pictures above, you will be able to spot the edges of the sticker starting to peel off as the adhesive used has weakened over the years. While a quick fix is not difficult, it would have been nice to see Sega do something more reliable.

All in all though, I am left feeling very impressed by Sega's own take on a deformed-scale Momoe Nagisa figure. It may have only been a one-time thing to cash-in on merchandising for the movie but, the final product is certainly one of high quality. Detailing definitely stands out as being the best aspect of this Nagisa figure while, coloring and sculpt are not too far behind either.

Having paid less than for a bowl of ramen for this figure (800 Yen), I cannot helped but feel immensely impressed with what Sega has produced. Yes, while I am aware such prices are hard to come by these days, it takes away not one bit from my wholehearted recommendation of this figure. Definitely one to be added to the collection for all Madoka Magica and, more specifically, Nagisa fans!

With that, comes an end to this week's figure review. I hope you have enjoyed reading and found this review helpful in one way or another. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments section below. I would love to hear what you think. Until the next time, thank you so much for reading and have yourself a wonderful day ahead!


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