Review – Nendoroid Nishikino Maki (#516)

Happy New Year, everyone! ヾ(๑╹ヮ╹๑)ノ”

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Since it’s the beginning of the year, it’s that time when your motivation is high & you’re full of spirit. ( •̀ᄇ• ́)ﻭ✧ One of my resolutions is to make these reviews in a more timely manner & consistently. What kind of resolutions have you made for 2016?

I thought I’d start off with a Nendoroid from one of my favorite anime & mobile games.. Nishikino Maki from Love Live! made by Good Smile Company. 

Here’s some music to accompany today’s review!

Important Note: For some reason, the coloring on Maki’s skin looks more reddish in my photos. In real life, the box is completely normal! I tried to remedy this when editing, but I couldn’t figure out a method without sacrificing the rest of the images. Please let me know if you have any tips!


Front of the box.

Just like the rest of the Love Live! Nendoroids, the box is a little smaller than the standard ones. Also, like the others, it features the idol’s main color & eye color; for Maki it’s red & purple.


Close up of the front of the box with the proof of authenticity sticker.

It’s important to note the Sunrise sticker on the front of the box; this helps drastically in determining that it’s a genuine figure! If you don’t see this proof of authenticity, it’s more than likely a bootleg. Just a quick search on eBay can yield a fair amount of these wannabe figures. You can check out the known images for bootlegs here.


Sides & back of the box.


Close up of the front of the box with the proof of authenticity sticker.

The top & bottom of the box show a nice contrast of Maki’s personality. She is the tsundere type that can be easily embarrassed by the rest of Muse but can easily smile while being an idol!


The blister pack straight out of the box.


A closer look at all of the individual pieces.

Since this particular line of Nendoroids are based on a musical performance, they don’t come with a lot. Maki comes with the following:

  • Main figure with standard smiling face
  • Embarassed face
  • Two arms bent at the elbow with two hands
  • One arm bent at the elbow but base of it is at an angle (used for putting her hand on her hip)
  • A hand in a pinch position (used to have her playing with her hair with the embarrassed face)
  • Two legs bent at the knee
  • Headband with hat
  • Figure base
  • Figure arm stand
  • An extra neck joint

Individual pieces that make the body of the Nendoroid.

Oh no!! ヽ(゚Д゚)ノ Maki-chan’s been dismembered!  Haha..

One of the charms of collecting the Love Live! Nendoroids is that each girl has their own unique outfit that you can mix and match to create something entirely new. You’ll also notice that the attachment of the hands to the arms are different from most Nendoroids.

The individual pieces of the body are:

  • Blouse
  • Blouse sleeves
  • Arm
  • Gloved hand
  • Skirt
  • Underwear
  • Legs


In comparison to the official images of the outfit from “Bokura wa Ima no Naka de” the similarities are pretty much flawless!

Even though Nendoroids are four inches tall, Good Smile Company makes sure to not leave out details! Her earrings (which are hidden under her hair), buttons & the chain on her skirt are metallic. Even her boots have a glossy finish!





“We’ll be stars~! ♫”


“Don’t get the wrong idea, OK?”


“Wh-why me?”

The expressions in the anime come to life in Nendoroid form.

Now it’s time for my favorite part of the review.. dress up time! (人´∀`*)


“Dancing stars on me~! ♫” (#356 Etna)

I was inspired by Maki’s outfit from “Dancing stars on me!”


“She’s your friend? So was I..” (#349 Iron Man Mark XLII Hero’s Edition)

If you keep up to date on the Marvel cinematic universe, you’ll know this is a parody from the trailer of Captain America: Civil War. I was also inspired by this fan art of the members as Avengers characters.


“Good day. I’m heavy cruiser Maki.” (#481 Kumano)

Since I don’t do much with KanColle, I thought it’d be nice to use one of the ship girls! I chose Kumano because she’s the rich girl type, similar to Maki. I also really love this color palette.


(#422 Sakura Kyouko – Plain Clothes ver.)

Do you think Kyouko would make a good idol?


The First Years are all together!

As an obsessive fan of Love Live!, this was an automatic pre-order. At the original retail price of ¥3,241 ($26) & it’s lack of accessories the figure is really targeted towards fans. An accompanying Training Outfit version will be released in February 2016.

Here are some photos taken by others from the figure community:


Photo by talesofwhatever.


Photo by persona_milk.


Photo by vince454.


Photo by Wndrenvy.









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See you next time~! ヾ(๑╹ヮ╹๑)ノ”


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