Figure Review: Elf by Orchid Seed

Figure Review: Elf by Orchid Seed

First, a bit of history. I only started collecting figures like six months ago. It began with action figures, as I couldn’t understand the appeal of static figurines. I had come close to buying some in the past—Wave’s Rise Kujikawa temped me for a long time but ultimately was too expensive. Then one day, I saw this elf from Lineage II, and I knew I had to have it. This figure opened to me the world of static figurines, and was basically the cause of my addiction.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Elf by Orchid Seed

I bought this one from ebay for about $100 (USD) shipped, which in retrospect was probably too expensive for a figure of this scale. They say it’s 1/7 scale, but standing at 21 cm, that would put the full-scale character at less than five feet tall. That’s short even by Asian standards, but whatever. I wanted it because of its sheer beauty, the way it completely embodies what a fantasy girl is. It’s as if the concept of beauty became tangible, and I could put it on my shelf.

Elf by Orchid Seed

It’s hard to even begin describing what I like about the figure. Is it a good representation of the character art in Lineage? Yes. The paint job is muted but well done. The level of detail is stunning. The proportions are… desirable. And it comes with a couple of wicked looking accessories.

Elf by Orchid Seed

The face is very pretty, with bright blue eyes and even glittery lip gloss. I also dig the skin tone, as it looks very lifelike. And those delicate, translucent elf ears… damn now I’m gushing over PVC.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Then look at the outfit, which I hear is a “Majestic Robe”. I don’t see how this is in any way a robe, but that’s what it’s called. Quite fashionable, right?

Elf by Orchid Seed

Her clothing is painted to have a satin effect, so it’s slightly reflective but not outright glossy. From some angles it even looks pearlescent. The gold detailing is outstanding, as is the overall sculpting. The jacket and skirt are both very flexible due to the cast-off feature.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Seriously, this thing just looks good from any angle.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Elf by Orchid Seed

Her first accessory is a sword, the “Sword of Miracles”. It looks pretty evil. I’m not sure what the deal is with the pink line that goes down the blade.

Elf by Orchid Seed

The other accessory is a staff, which I believe is the “Branch of the Mothertree”. I don’t actually play Lineage so I’m going off info I found on the internet. The staff fits the overall tone of the figure much better. Again, the level of detail is astonishing.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Both sword and staff split into two pieces so you can put them in her hand. They are made of a harder plastic that feels pretty delicate. Orchid Seed will be re-releasing this figure with more robust weapons, as many people complained about breaking them.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Elf by Orchid Seed

As if this elf wasn’t sexy enough, the figure’s clothing can be removed. Then you see the enticingly transparent babydoll (because it makes sense to wear that into combat) and a thong.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Getting the clothes off is kind of a chore. You have to pull off both arms—no easy feat there—and work the sleeves past the shoulders. To take off the skirt, you remove the upper torso and slip it past the chest while twisting. Why Orchid Seed chose to separate the figure above the breasts rather than below is perplexing.

Elf by Orchid Seed

My other gripe is with the feet, which don’t fit the base very well. The holes for the pegs are very tight. Being an inexperienced noob, I tried to force it and wound up putting a small crack on the base. It’s not a huge deal, but it just bothers me knowing that it’s there.

Elf by Orchid Seed

Finally, we end on DAT ASS. It’s a lovely, shapely booty that’s somewhat spoiled by the weird moulding of the panties. I admire Orchid Seed’s efforts in scultping the panties, but they probably would have looked better painted on.

So there you have it, folks. This is the figure that got me into PVC, and inspired me learn a little about photography. You can see more (and better) pictures at Tentacle Armada’s Orchid Seed Elf review, and there are plenty more floating around the internet (this one was fairly popular).