Here’s another acquisition from the Yamato sale a while back. Mercedes is one of the five protagonists featured in the Playstation 2 game Odin Sphere. She starts out as a spoiled princess, but is forced to take leadership of the forest of Ringford and become the queen of all fairies. Of all the storylines featured in the game, I liked Mercedes’s the best. It perfectly embodies the game’s primary theme of finding hope within despair.
Yamato’s figure is drawn from some official artwork by Vanillaware’s George Kamitani. As you can see, the PVC rendition is spot-on. The figure with base stands at about 7.5 in, which I believe puts it around 1/8 scale (though officially Yamato doesn’t advertise any scale).
Although this figure isn’t as flashy as Alter’s version (which I’ll be reviewing too), it does exhibit a high degree of craftsmanship. The end result is extremely pretty yet understated. The figure deviates from the source illustration slightly in that the pose isn’t as floaty, and Mercedes has a slight smile.
From the rear, the figure appears to be leaning at an odd angle. Indeed it does tend to lean backward a bit, but this is from the fitment of the pegs for the feet and not from the legs themselves bending.
Otherwise, in terms of construction, the figure is pretty much perfect. The painting is neat, and the detailing is faithful to the source material. I like the shading very much as it really makes the figure come alive. Her frog companion (an important inclusion if you know the story) is well painted but his limbs look like they’re separate from the body.
The crossbow is attached to Mercedes’s arm, but the part underneath the psypher crystal is separate. The frog is also separate from the base. Unlike the promotional photos, he doesn’t have his own base. He just attaches to the main one.
Speaking of the base, it has the same beautiful but understated quality as the figure. It has a glossy paint job, and feels like it’s made from ceramic. As I mentioned before, the pegs for Mercedes’s feet don’t fit perfectly, so the figure tends to have a slight backward lean. When you move it around, it will wobble. This made me nervous during the photo shoot, as all of these shots are taken on a ledge in front of an open window. One wrong move and she would have taken a six foot tumble onto some wet soil.
Mercedes looks great from every angle, though she does look more lighthearted than I would like. Her story is actually one of the darker ones.
I really like the elaborate wings on the figure.
I arranged the shot below to show off their translucence. Yamato gave the wings a blue-green tint, which appears to shift with the light. It’s a very cool effect.
They also made her psypher translucent. Also notice the subtle detailing on the crossbow. Nice!
Yamato’s Mercedes is truly a great figure, which will no doubt get overlooked because of Alter’s version. I like that Yamato’s figure stands on its own, so you really appreciate Mercedes along with Yamato’s fine craftsmanship. They also make a figure of Velvet, who I haven’t seen from any other manufacturers. I hope they continue with their Odin Sphere line, and expand into some of the side characters as well.