Figure Review: Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Figure Review: Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

As I’ve often lamented, the problem with most women is that they don’t have airplanes for legs. There are many benefits to having airplane legs: increased mobility, making cool noises when you’re getting ready to go, and having a great excuse for not ever wearing pants. It’s strange that it’s 2012 and scientists haven’t yet figured out a way to combine miniature airplanes with women’s legs. So for the time being, we’ll have to leave that in the fictional world of Strike Witches.

Alter is bringing that world a little closer to reality with their 1/8-scale Strike Witches figures. I have all the witches released so far except for Yoshika, who is my least favorite witch. Maybe for the sake of completeness I’ll get her one day, but my squadron will remain one short for the foreseeable future. One of my favorite witches is Charlotte E. Yeager (Shirley), so I was all too happy to pick up this figure.

I admit, Alter really did put her boobs right in your face. I guess they know the show’s audience. I didn’t think the pose was all that special at first, but after shooting it from various angles, I’ve come to appreciate the sense of motion it conveys. From the side, it looks like she’s stopping. If you get her from a low angle, it looks like he’s zooming ahead. Much like a certain Will Ferrell character, she just wants to go fast.

Another thing I noticed about the pose is its similarity to Alter’s Mercedes figure. Bent over, giant weapon in the left hand, in flight, glancing to their left. That’s yet another trend; probably more than half of my figures are looking to their left. Must be something pretty awesome over there.

This is not the most amazingly detailed figure Alter has ever produced. The quality’s good, no doubt about it, but it’s not the sort of showcase figure you’re used to seeing from them. Her striker unit (add that to the list of names to call your dong) looks great, but her uniform looks sparse and simplistic. Her BAR looks a bit fake to boot. I might actually try slipping on one of the 1/6-scale rifles I got from Hot Toys. Shirley would look pretty sweet with a an H&K PSG1, I think.

The one major flaw I have to complain about is the way she mounts onto the base. This is accomplished by a metal peg which connects to holes on the bottom of her striker unit and on the base itself. While this setup is sturdy enough for their Sanya and Asuka figures, it’s very loose and wobbly for Shirley. If the figure does somehow end up falling, it’s going to dive forward and potentially off any shelf it’s sitting on.

The strike witches, with their peculiar combination of fetish traits, make for interesting character designs. I feel like Alter didn’t really handle these to the best of their ability. Girls with animal ears, giant guns, and airplane legs should really stand out on your shelf. Somehow, this one doesn’t.

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

I set up a rim light to give Shirley's, erm, equipment a bit more shine. I fitted it with a grid to prevent spill onto the background.

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

The cloudlike background was mostly accidental. I was playing around with blue gels and noticed that they didn't illuminate the backdrop evenly. The way I positioned them happened to produce some lighter blue and white layers, so I kept it.

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

This figure was fun to shoot, because you discover certain angles that convey different feelings. This picture seems to be capturing Shirley while doing combat maneuvers. Compare this to number nine below, which looks like she's stopped to scout out the area. Then the last one has more of a sense of lightheartedness, bringing out her carefree nature.

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter

Charlotte E. Yeager by Alter