[Review] Nendoroid 390 – Levi

≧∀≦)ノ~~ Omatase shimashita!

Sorry for the long wait everyone, but I finally have another review to share with you all today! Taking the spotlight today will be Nendoroid #390, Levi, from Shingeki no Kyojin~!

The Box

Levi comes in a standard-sized box in the typical post-300 design. All Shingeki no Kyojin Nendoroid boxes (except the Colossal Titan Playset) come in the colour brown, although Mikasa‘s box came in a slightly lighter shade.

Nendoroid Levi - Box Front

Nendoroid Levi - Box Back

Nendoroid Levi - Box Side

Nendoroid Levi - Box Side

Parts Overview

In addition to Levi himself, the box comes with the gas canister and sheath equipment unit for the 3D maneuver gear, a Survey Corps cloak, spiraling effect parts for his unique fighting moves, two additional expressions, two bent legs, two bent arms and hands for holding the dual blades, two blades, and a special bent leg.

Nendoroid Levi - Blister Front

Nendoroid Levi - Blister Back

The stand~

Like Mikasa, Levi comes with a longer-than-average arm for the stand and a square base. There are two different connectors to the figure; one for use with the 3D maneuver gear and the other without. Included is also an extra neck joint and a special attachment to use with backdrops.

Nendoroid Levi - Stands

The Figure

Let’s take a closer look at Levi from all four sides! (●ᴗ●)

Nendoroid Levi - Front

Nendoroid Levi - Side

Nendoroid Levi - Back

Nendoroid Levi - Side

The paint job on the harness is a little sloppy… but he’s still super adorable! Levi has a rather stoic default expression, and he comes wearing his military uniform while sporting his signature cravat. He has all the typical Nendoroid joints, but like Mikasa, Levi’s legs are connected by ball joints that allow for a greater range in movement than normal.

Optional Parts

Let’s now take a closer look at all the optional parts and accessories that come with Levi! ٩(。•ω•。)و

First up is the 3D maneuver gear equipment and blades!

The scabbards and gas canisters are attached to the main device by a ball joint so they won’t restrict posing as much. Extra blades cannot be removed from the scabbards, and there are no parts included to simulate the steel wires that come out of the device.

Nendoroid Levi - 3D Maneuver Gear

The blades are permanently attached to the operating devices, and as you’ve probably noticed, they are also not tethered to the main device that is attached to the body.

Nendoroid Levi - Dual Blades

Although Good Smile Company has overall simplified the equipment for the Nendoroid, there is still an impressive amount of detail that went into them.

Let’s give Levi his gear!~ (・▽・)

The 3D maneuver gear plugs into Levi’s back, where the stand normally goes. He comes with two hands for holding the dual blades.

Nendoroid Levi - Front with maneuver gear

Nendoroid Levi - Back with maneuver gear

You can also have Levi holding his blades backwards in either hand for poses showing off his unique style of fighting.

Nendoroid Levi - Holding blades backwards

Levi comes with two bent arms in addition to his default straight arms. These arms are connected by a peg at the shoulder but are also segmented at the upper arm for more posing potential.

Nendoroid Levi - Bent arms

Nendoroid Levi - Bent arms

Next we have the Survey Corps cloak!

Levi belongs to the Survey Corps branch, so it is only appropriate that he comes with the Survey Corps cloak.

The cloak is made out of plastic, and the hood that goes around Levi’s neck is connected to four main pieces. The front of the cloak is attached by a peg, and the other three sides are all attached by a different ball joint.

Unfortunately, as nice as the cloak looks, it is extremely fragile, and it actually limits a lot of arm movement underneath. One of the pegs holding a ball joint in place was loose on mine, and it would keep falling off. It was super frustrating ( #`⌂´)/

Nendoroid Levi - Cloak

Nendoroid Levi - Cloak Back

Anyway, here’s how Levi looks with his cloak and 3D maneuver gear on~

(・▽・人) Heichou!!

Nendoroid Levi - Front with cloak and maneuver gear

Nendoroid Levi - Side with cloak and maneuver gear

Nendoroid Levi - Back with cloak and maneuver gear

Nendoroid Levi - Side with cloak and maneuver gear

And let’s add in the blades as well!

Nendoroid Levi - Front with cloak and maneuver gear

Nendoroid Levi - Side with cloak and maneuver gear

As I mentioned earlier, the cloak really does limit what his arms can do, but there is an opening on the front that you can show his arms out of. Depending on how far you move the front piece of his cloak, you’ll have more space.

Nendoroid Levi - Bent arms with cloak

Nendoroid Levi - Bent arms with cloak

It’s time for some mid-air poses ( ・∀・)ノ

Levi comes with two bent legs, which are great for poses where he is travelling through the air, whether he’s reeling himself towards his target after shooting out grapple hooks ~

Nendoroid Levi - Bent Legs

Or in the middle of striking his opponent!

Nendoroid Levi - Bent Legs

(ʘ益ʘ)!!

One of the extra faceplates that Levi comes with is a teeth-clenching angry expression. He also comes with a spiraling effects part for his special spin attack.

Nendoroid Levi - Special Move

The spiraling part can be rotated, allowing the attack to come from different directions.

Nendoroid Levi - Special Move Side

The last faceplate is a condescending expression for Levi to use when he’s threatening his opponents…

Nendoroid Levi - Condescending

..Or for the famous interrogation scene (・□・;)

Levi is about to kick Eren and beat him up!!

Nendoroid Levi - Kick Eren

Last but not least, Levi comes with a special leg to recreate this famous scene~

Nendoroid Levi - Step on Eren

Because of how disproportionate Nendoroids are, Levi’s foot can’t actually reach Eren’s face. You’ll have to play with camera angles to make it look like there’s contact, but if you’re just going to display them, Levi can only threaten Eren with his foot.

Nendoroid Levi - Step on Eren Side

Final Thoughts

Levi is one of five Shingeki no Kyojin Nendoroids currently released. I think Good Smile Company has done a wonderful job shrinking him down to Nendoroid form, and I find him absolutely adorable! The details overall on his cloak, uniform, and 3D maneuver gear are impressive for their size, although the paint job for his harness could have been better. I love trying to put Levi in different dynamic poses, and the ball joints for his legs and the segmented arms definitely helped in allowing that. One of the biggest concerns I have with him, however, is that he is quite fragile. A lot of his joints are loose, which causes parts to move or fall off when you’re trying to pose him. I’m not sure if this is just a problem with my particular Levi, but if it is just mine, then I definitely recommend picking him up if you’re a fan. Please do be careful about buying him though, as there are counterfeits/bootlegs of him out there!

Anyway, that’s all for today! Does anyone else have a Levi and experiencing problems while putting him together? Feel free to share your comments below. Thanks for reading~!

๑>◡<๑)/ Until next time~ Mata ne!

6 thoughts on “[Review] Nendoroid 390 – Levi

  1. Hi, great review by the way.I recently bought this nendoroid and it appears i have the same problems with the loose joints as well especially the survey corps cloak, it was super annoying as one side of the cloak keeps on falling off. And there was a red brownish spot on my gas effect piece too. At first i thought it was just a defect on my levi nendoroid but it does not seem to be so seen multiple other people r also facing the same problem. I have bought multiple nendoroids before and they never seem to have this bad of a manufacturing issue except for this one. This nendroid does come with the awesome looking cape and expressions and the extra leg for kicking eren but i think the eren nendoroid was better in terms of quality 😀 Maybe it was a defect of this one batch of levi nendroids as i have seen other people having no problems what so ever. If only they all came with the survey corps cloak like the figma…

    1. Hello! Thanks for your comment~

      It’s disappointing to know that many Levi’s suffer the same kind of defects.. (◕⌓◕;) Eren and Mikasa are both definitely of better quality. And I agree – I wish they all came with the survey corps cloak as well!! I can’t justify buying extra Levi’s only for their cloaks… (;*△*;)

  2. The joints of my levi (which I recently ordered online and came in today) are also loose 😣 so yeah I guess it’s just some sort of handicap the Levi nendo comes with ;p

    Great review though ^-^ ✨

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