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REVIEW: NTF and Fafi’s Irina

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Background

Fafi is a well-known French graffiti artist who has also taken the fine art and designer toy scene by storm.  Her paintings and drawings of her funny, sexy girls can be seen adorning walls, on canvas or styling clothing. 

Necessaries Toy Foundation had their Fafi Irina figure in the works for over 2 years.  It’s been a highly anticipated figure since it was originally announced.  Considering there are not many Fafi pieces available (other than the Sony capsule toys), all of her fans have clamored for the release.

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Packaging

The box the Irina figure comes packaged in is chocked full of Fafi artwork.  There is a drawing of Irina in front of various graffiti.  The box does not have a display window, so even though it’s nice to look at, you’ll need to display the figure outside of the box.

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The Figure

Irina is an 11” tall (on one knee) rotocast vinyl figure.  She includes 2 accessories – a baseball cap and a tiara.  Monster5 (Tequilla, El Panda, Afroman) did the sculpting on this figure.  There are two versions, or colorways, of the Irina figure.  The Pale version is limited to 800 pieces worldwide, while the Tan (or Colette version) Irina is limited to 200 pieces.  For purposes of this review, we looked at the Pale version.

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Our Opinion

Necessaries Toy Foundation goes big with all of their rotocast vinyl
figures.  This might be the smallest toy they have produced, and it’s
only because Irina is positioned on one knee. 

I’ve been looking forward to the release of this figure ever since I
saw the production shots on the NTF site.  It’s as impressive in person
as in the photos.  The sculpt accurately captures Fafi’s artistic
style. 

The naysayers will be happy to know that the figure balances well.  You
will notice some clear glue in some of the creases.  This is needed to
join the pieces together.  Since Irina is so large, she had to be
segmented into several pieces.

Considering that smaller figures are retailing for 3 times the price of
this figure, this toy is a great value.  Overall…Irina’s a must-have
piece to add to your collection.

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Where You Can Buy

3DRetro.com - Pale Version - $55
FreeBento.com
- Pale Version - $58
Kung Fu Toys
- Pale Version - $59.95
Panik's Toy Box - Pale Version - $54.99  Tan Version - $124.99

Irina Grades:
Quality: 8/10
Paint: 8/10
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 7/10
Fun Factor: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Overall: 9.6/10

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Comments

Sarah
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Hey there I just happened to get my hands on one of these and as great as they are the arm fell off within probably an hour out of the box and she didn't balance at all! After I realised that her bent leg was coming off as well I got some glue to fix it but now perfectly fixed she needs to be leaning against something!!! Big pain! I do still love her and sounds like I got a dud but man!!!

Sarah
Reply

Hey there I just happened to get my hands on one of these and as great as they are the arm fell off within probably an hour out of the box and she didn't balance at all! After I realised that her bent leg was coming off as well I got some glue to fix it but now perfectly fixed she needs to be leaning against something!!! Big pain! I do still love her and sounds like I got a dud but man!!!

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