#5003 / Figma / JUNO-XIV Drossel von Flügel

Product Line / Figma
Scale & Class / Non-Scale Collectible Figure
Manufacturer / Max Factory
Release Date / 2009
Appearances / Fireball

Good Smile Company’s Figma line has now established itself as the de facto collectible figures of anime characters, but this wasn’t the case when it first started. During its earlier years, the Figma roster was mostly female characters like Haruhi Suzumiya or Hatsune Miku. So, it was a surprise when they acquired the Disney’s Fireball license and released a figure of its main character Drossel, or more specifically, Drossel Juno Vierzehntes Heizregister Fürstin von Flügel. To those unfamiliar, Fireball is a series of CG animated shorts featuring random comedic banter between Drossel and her robotic butler Gedächtnis. Due to its limited production run, demand for the figure immediately skyrocketed and it was hard getting her at a reasonable price on the secondary market for quite some time. And now, after many years, I’m asking this question. Is Figma Drossel worth all the hype?

Drossel has a clean white design with black accents which translates very well to a collectible figure. She also has excellent proportions capped off by that large head that perfectly captures the young girl demeanor seen in the series. Coupled with the standard set of smooth Figma joints, what you get is a very poseable and expressive figure of an otherwise robotic character. Drossel comes with multiple accessories, mostly of her various head gears. First is the Obruchev Flight Unit which looks like massive mechanical hair buns. They attach to her head using the same ball peg slots as her pigtails. Do be careful when removing the pigtails as multiple reports of people breaking the ball peg joints have happened during this process. The other head gear included is the Belinda Fighting Unit and it attaches to mounting points located where her ears would’ve been. Both head gears give Drossel different looks and provide more display options. The last accessory included is the Prospero book which is actually a memory device left by her father.