The first series of NECA's cool Kill Bill figures are all based upon the "Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves" chapter of the film. While licensor problems kept us from getting O-Ren Ishii, we did get one of her main henchmen (henchpersons?), Go Go Yubari.
She may be young, but what she lacks in age she makes up for in madness. Only 17 years old, Go Go Yubari has managed to become O-Ren Ishii's bodyguard and a general of the Crazy 88.
In the film, Go Go freaked me out not because of her cavalier insanity, but because she looked way too much like an Asian version of an ex-girlfriend. Yeesh. Creepy. Still, the character's cool, an epitome of the dangerous Lolita in a schoolgirl's uniform.
The sculpt on this figure is great, capturing the motion of Go Go's attack - her hair swirls around her face and her coat wrinkles as she turns to the side. To appease (or excite) all the perverts out there, even Go Go's underwear is sculpted beneath that plaid skirt. It's shiny, too. The laces on her shoes and every last stitch on her socks are there, which is just an amazing amount of detail.
Go Go comes with the ball-and-chain weapon that she wielded so effectively against the Bride. To keep this killer yo-yo from hanging flaccid at her side, NECA put of bit of ingenuity into the piece; between her hands, the chain is real individual metal links; past her right hand, the chain becomes a chromed plastic piece to make it look like she's been captured mid-swing. The ball can be removed and replaced with a "blades out" version so this flying guillotine can do even more damage. It's a bit smaller than it was in the film, but not so much that it looks out of place.
Additionally, Go Go's hands can be removed and replaced with a set designed to hold her tanto and sheath. This particular weapon was only on screen for a brief time, but NECA thought to include it.
The figure bears a decent resemblance to Chiaki Kuriyama, but it's not the best likeness ever captured in plastic. Go Go moves at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips and socks, but it's mainly the arms that provide a lot of poseability, and a lot of that can be attributed to the balljointed shoulders.
Go Go is the only figure whose base doesn't match up with anyone else's. She's got the wooden floorboards from the House of Blue Leaves, but her base doesn't connect to the others in any way, sadly. Still, the figure's very cool, and a decent addition to your movie figure collection.
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