Azone figurine than she does your everyday Takara doll. Her box did say "Liccarize" on it, and that was what threw me off. Apparently the "Liccarize" line is a line of dolls similar in size to Licca-chan, but have been tweaked to look like anime and literary figures. There's an Anne of Green Gables in the bunch, along with Cardcaptor Sakura, Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service, and Mami's friends Madoka and Homura. Hmm...now that I think of it, maybe Mami and Homura weren't friends after all. Either way, the other two characters in the Madoka series, Sayaka and Kyoko, apparently got left out. I can't say that I miss Sayaka's presence too terribly, but Kyoko and I are so much alike! She's got a big mouth and constantly eats junk food, just like me. It would be terrific if I could find a doll like her...at least, one that wouldn't bust my bank. Anywho, I turned out to be wrong when I thought I was getting an honest-to-God Licca-chan doll, but no biggie. I eventually found my Licca-chan, as you'll soon see.
Alrighty, that's MORE than enough information! My Mami is a small doll; online information states that she's nine inches tall. She's of a comparable height to my Girls of Many Lands doll, Kathleen.
As a doll Mami's hair is styled in two sausage curls, while in the anime Mami's curls are spiral curls. Again, that probably would've been hard to replicate on a scale like this. I HAVE seen more accurate hairstyles on figures...but in those cases Mami's whole head was plastic. I like the rooted hair much better. It's soft and it holds its style pretty well, and yet if I wanted to I could restyle it. Tied to the left curl is this gold flower.
Flowers are important to girly-girl Mami. When she's in her school uniform both curls sport a single small flower like this, and her magical girl uniform incorporates a variation of this style, as we'll soon see. But first, the face.
Now, clothes. The magical girls in Puella Magi Madoka Magica had two main outfits. Since they were all school-age girls all had a school uniform. Okay, take that back. Kyoko didn't wear a uniform, not in the anime, anyway. In the "Rebellion" movie she could be seen in a school uniform, but in the anime she wore cutoff jeans and a green hoodie. That makes me wonder if Kyoko even bothered with school at all! The other four girls had a school uniform, though. In addition to that, each girl had their personal magical girl uniforms, which they could transform into at will. That is what my Mami is wearing. The Madoka wiki suggests a western influence in Mami's uniform as opposed to the overtly Japanese aesthetic of the other girls. In discussing this the wiki points to Mami's cap.
and another much larger flower.
This goes all the way around Mami's waist and is trimmed with yellow and white ribbons along the top, bottom, and sides. The bottom ribbon ties in back, creating this nice big bow.
On her feet Mami wears a thick pair of thigh-high stockings. These are brown with cream stripes, and like the hat they look slightly purplish.
I consider myself fortunate that I didn't have to push hard on Mami's shoes, because she herself would've been no help. I haven't reviewed Licca-chan yet, but I think she and Mami share a body. We'll find out for sure when I review Licca. I got a bit of a shock when I pulled Mami's dress off. Her blouse is padded! I don't know why that surprised me, but it did.
be dressed like Mami. LOL, anyway, underneath the clothes and the stuffing Mami has...I think this is the body that most Licca-chan dolls use, but I've not looked at my Licca-chan yet so I can't say for sure. Anyway, here's what the body looks like.
Mami's body (Licca's body?) is not the most poseable in the world, but it does have all the joints that a doll body should. The arms swivel around the shoulder sockets, but have no lateral movement.
Mami's legs bend in a similar fashion, though the knees don't squash flat when bent.
"I want to be a magical girl too!"
"No you don't."
"No you don't."
Gotta have yellow! The aged look was achieved with coffee, so the dress smells nice. It looks good on Mami from the front, but from the side it's clear that the fit isn't great.
It's easy to ignore this loose fit since it looks so nice with Mami's hair, but nevertheless I'm itching to try this on Licca-chan and Jenny. Now I'd best put Mami back in her magical girl garb and be done with all this undressing, lest I fall victim to Tiro Finale.
I can't think of anything else I want to say, so good stuff/bad stuff time.
*Not versatile. This doll is meant to portray one character, and one character only.
*Easy to undress, but hard to redress. I suspect that this doll was not meant for redressing.
*Rubber band on the hat broke, like rubber bands love to do.
*Hairstyle would be difficult to replicate if messed up.
*Skirt not hemmed, though that won't be too much of an issue.
*Accurate portrayal of the character. The box and advertisements say she's supposed to be Mami Tomoe, and she definitely is.
*Hair is soft and not easily mussed, which is a good thing considering the style.
*Clothing is detailed and accurate to the anime.
*She came with a stand that functions well.
*Very detailed. The only thing Mami lacks that I wish she had is her gun. Otherwise she's got everything. Soul gem, hair flowers, everything that makes her identifiable.
*Shoes stay on when put on, but are still easy to get off.
*Most of the flaws listed above are easily rectifiable. The broken rubber band was fixable, and the unhemmed skirt is painted so it won't ravel.
I really had to nitpick to find flaws with Miss Mami. She is a very delightful doll and would make a good buy for fans of Licca-chan and of the Madoka series. She's also an affordable substitute for an Azone doll. While not as flexible or as detailed as an Azone, Mami does have the look. Here's what her Azone self looks like; the two aren't exactly the same, but they're not far off. In short, I love this little doll. She'll make a superb shelfmate for my Licca.
Speaking of Licca, her review is coming up next so stay tuned!
Best wishes to all,