Original Effect MoMo Ingenue (possibly NSFW)

Original Effect has built a reputation for shoddy QC despite having some very unique character designs. This time, they’ve collaborated with a Japanese garage kit maker to mass produce his figures. They’re called MoMo and have modular parts.

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Before reading on, I probably should warn that this post may be possibly NSFW due to the design of the figure and the poses I have put it in.


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The box has a stylish velcro lid to reveal the contents, packed in a foam bed.

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For its asking price its contents are sparse. While the company has produced a line of 1/6 figures which were oversized for their scale, this line doesn’t seem to be in scale with anything else and the figure itself stands around 20cm tall.

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You get a hat and 3 extra pairs of hands. The fist-shaped ones aren’t completely closed so you can also use them to hold things. The two tiny parts are supposed to cover the magnets on the inside of the necktie and hat.

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Overall views. There were complaints from owners of the white Cyuchergoh figure that paint on its breasts rubbed onto the inside of the box. I guess I lucked out with mine even with the significantly larger breasts on this figure. There aren’t any glaring defects or chipped paint as far as I can tell. The only issue I had with mine was the brown zipper-like chain on the left shin which didn’t stay glued in place when I took pictures towards the end of the review.

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As it is a modular figure, I’ve detached all the worn accessories in this picture. The hair, necktie and hat have magnets in them which is a really nice touch. The armband, cuffs and belt simply go between joints. Most of the joints on the figure are detachable joints of various sizes like those used in Revoltech toys or those aftermarket joints of various brands. The knee joints are ratcheted.

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Without the hair piece, the head looks disproportionately tiny. The spikes on the sides of the head aren’t hard plastic but they are detachable and came with protective tubes.

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The joints on the arms are quite loose on my copy but they can be easily fixed.

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The belt simply sits loosely on the waist with nothing to keep it in place.

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The asymmetrically sculpted parts on the back are kinda jarring once you notice them.

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The legs have an unusual design. Around the knees they look like chicken legs but the knees don’t bend forward. The calves are also bow-legged.

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This figure has a superb range of articulation. The head is on a universal joint, with a second one at the base of the neck which can bend back very far. The waist is a double ball joint so it can bend and rotate in all directions.

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The shoulders are double universal joints which means that even though they have a crazy amount of range, you have to work them into the right position carefully. The upper arm swivels are part of the shoulder joint pegs. Universal joints are used on the elbows and wrists. The elbows are sculpted so that despite being single jointed they can still bend very well.

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Each hip joint is a double ball joint so you can extend them like some SH Figuarts figures. They also have thigh swivels, and the knees are double ratchet joints. The ankles are most unusual – they use double universal joints, giving them a crazy amount of range.

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The flexibility of the legs is demonstrated in this picture. The feet can get into all sorts of weird positions if you don’t mind the exposed joints.

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People nicknamed this “Nazibot”. One thing I really like about Original Effect’s figures are their hands. I’ve never seen hands this sexy on a figure.

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The spikes on the ears evoke the style of some artist who draws chrome female-looking robots, I’m not sure of his name.

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Later figures have more variety in their designs and I suppose they would accordingly be more fiddly and annoying to mess around with if they ever get released. However due to its unusual size it doesn’t really go well with other figures, being too large for 6-inch class toys and too small for 1/6 scale figures.

Initial promotional pictures of this particular figure promised an alternative “hairstyle” which never came with the final product, leading to some people accusing the company of bait and switch practices since there have also been previous instances where the final product looked significantly different from prototype pictures and the company had to offer replacement parts. You have to be sure that you like the unique character designs before you take the gamble.

★★★★☆

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