I purchased this figure from AnimeXtreme booth at Anime North 2008 for $40 and it’s a good deal considering it will cost ~$60 at Hobby Link Japan. This figure was released back by Kotobukiya in November 2006 so it’s an old figure, hence, the price was considerably cheap ^^.
As expected from Kotobukiya, they produce high quality figures and I have no complaints what so ever with this figure especially at $40 unlike my previous one.The base is decent and they made a look-alike sand on the beach. Not much details on this figure except on the frilled bikini and nothing can be cast-off.
I took Ron’s advice about the settings on my camera. I used f/11 on my Nikon D40 with 18-55mm lens and quite satisfied with the result except the background. Using white background is really tough to master and despite of using 3 lamps, I still got yellow-orange ish near the edge on some of the photos :(. I am thinking of redoing this one using a black background since it will be a perfect match with her bikini and may come with better results.
This figure is highly recommended for Tamaki-nee’s fans which I am sure there are a lot of them out there ^^.