Gotta love figures that are just given a generic race-based name. I suppose it wouldn’t do to have xXGamerGurrl92Xx as the figure name, but still it’s weird referring to this one as “Elf.” This is Max Factory’s take on the Lineage II character design, which was released last summer. While it’s a pretty figure overall, a few things have kept this from becoming one of my favorites.
Since this is the vanilla Elf, Max Factory’s figure is in direct competition with Orchid Seed’s version (on my shelf, anyway). Between those two, I have to say… I prefer Orchid Seed’s version. Sakurako Iwanaga’s sculpt is prettier and more delicate. The sculpt from Max Factory was handled by “Shining Wizard.” It’s solid, but the fine detail just seems finer in Orchid Seed’s figure. Out of the four Lineage figures on my shelves, Max Factory’s Dark Elf wins hands-down. Darker is sexier, and Takahiro Hashimoto’s sculpt crushes the other two.
This Elf is based on official art, wearing the Majestic Light Armor set. She also has some kind of sword, but that’s as much research on Lineage II as I’m willing to do. The sword attaches to a peg on her hip as opposed to a scabbard, so I guess this follows the video game trope of stuff being magically glued onto people’s bodies. She’s also supposed to have a cape, but for the life of me I couldn’t get it to stay attached. Hence all my photos are of her without cape. This was my biggest gripe with the figure, but other people were able to get it to work so maybe I just had a defective part. It definitely couldn’t have been user error. That’s just inconceivable.
Strangely enough she also has a cast-off feature. No, it’s not what you’re hoping for – her very tight miniskirt can be removed for some reason. You can separate her at the waist to remove the lower part of the armor. Then, with some effort, you can slide her skirt off (it does grip very tightly to her butt). You’ll need to put the armor back on; otherwise there’s a big gap where the torso joins to the hip. After doing all that, you’ll notice our Elf has just about the lowest panty line it’s possible to have without straight up baring the vaj. At this point, though, I’d question the presence of panties at all. What purpose are they serving other than to give her a massive wedgie? Mysteries.
It’s a bit unfortunate that I opened and reviewed the Dark Elf first before getting to the vanilla Elf. I got to a point where I was basically out of ideas. But from watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, I learned that sometimes you just have to go back to basics to get out of a rut. So I went with a simple paper backdrop and a single light and reflector for this shoot. As a result, I got the review done but I’m not feeling a lot of hype or excitement about the figure. Well, that panty line still boggles my mind. It’s completely crazy.