Figure Review: Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Figure Review: Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Max Factory’s 1/6 Momo was an impulse buy for me, as she’s super cute and sexy. Wedding dress-based designs are nice enough, but take the dress off and hey… Anyway, Momo has been in my display cabinet for a while. It occurred to me that I never got around to reviewing the figure, so here we go.

I wrote about Max Factory’s sexy women line (unofficial) in my previous review, and this is another fine example. At 1/6-scale Momo is the perfect size for me – it’s definitely my favorite scale. However the longer you look at her, the more you realize that her head is enormous. It’s almost as wide as her shoulders! Of course this is just anime proportions at play – also note the size of her eyes compared to her hands.

The body and lingerie sculpt are beautiful and do a great job of conveying softness. I really like the satin sheen of Momo’s clothing as it catches the light well and emphasizes her leg lines. What’s not as nice is the sculpt on her bouquet. It looks fine at a glance, but get closer and it looks like something that belongs on a cake. It’s not terrible, I guess, just… doughy.

Assembly was a piece of cake as this isn’t the craziest sculpt ever put forth by Max Factory. Just attach her tail, slip the bouquet into her hands, and pop her onto the base.

This is another one of those figures for folks who really appreciate anatomy. There’s a fair amount of it on display. You can get a great look at the subtle musculature around her shoulders and back. And let’s not forget her butt, because how could we. Now that I think about it, this is essentially the same outfit as Cerberus, with a veil instead of twin coattails. Almost the same areas are revealed, and both have low-riding panties.

As for the shoot, I wanted to play around with lighting a bit. I ended up cooking one of my gels with my flash after firing off too many shots in quick succession. Light red, you have performed admirably. You can get the gist of what I did in the setup shot (the rear flash is behind the paper backdrop), but balancing the three lights is a little tricky. It gets trickier once you have to move your camera around and stop down/open up to control your depth of field. This shoot really drove home the advantage of Cactus’s flash system as opposed to Canon’s. Thanks to the remote power control, I could tweak all my flash settings from my camera instead of having to set them each individually on the flash itself. It’s a fine trade-off for not having TTL.

So this is basically the same look as my Aigis and Saber Lily reviews, but I like the look so what the hell. As I’ve been saying, Max Factory’s sexy lady line is doing great. Hopefully I’ll get the companion figure – Mea Kurosaki – but I’m still waiting to see if HobbyLink Japan will send me a review sample.

Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Momo Velia Deviluke by Max Factory

Shot setup. If you don’t crank up the power of the rear flash, the backdrop will look mostly gray with a spot of color. By turning up the rear flash, you’ll get an off-color spot with a red backdrop.

8 comments

  • These are lovely pictures, Momo ( モモ) with a peach colored background is a great combination to create a romantic scenery.
    She’s a beautiful figure, I love her cute head and the expressive face expression.
    For some reason I’m not a fan of figures dressed as bride, even though I like the design here, I don’t want to marry Momo XD
    Hmm when looking at her face it’s actually worth a second thought :p

    Never know this kind of flash could damage a gel filter R.I.P light red 😉

    • Yeah there are lots of figures with a generic smiling expression, but there’s something extra lovely about Momo’s.

      With flash I don’t usually need much power from them. This time I had to crank up the power of the rear flash in order to get the background lit right. It didn’t occur to me until later that I should have given some time for it to cool off between shots, or else the gel would get damaged. And sure enough…

  • I wasn’t feeling this figure enough to preorder it, but man you’ve made her look quite lovely. I’ve been looking into external flash for my Olympus OMD EM5, but the FL600R is nearly £300. I recall LumoPro flashes being recommended on Strobist for being very affordable and reliable, but apparently my camera has low flash sync speed or something, so I need to research this new terminology and give myself a crash course on flash photography in general.

    • Thanks!

      If you’re only shooting figures, flash sync speed isn’t really relevant. My camera syncs at 1/180s for example – I looked up the EM5 and it syncs to 1/250s, which is faster than the typical DSLR. It means that to capture the light from your flash correctly, you have to use shutter speeds 1/250s or slower. Too high and part of the light gets cut off due to the motion of the shutter itself.

      Sometimes if you’re outdoors or trying to capture motion, you’ll want a higher sync speed to balance the flash against ambient light. That’s when flash sync speed comes into play, because you may need fast shutter speeds and fill flash. If you shoot in these situations then you’ll have to look for a flash system that supports high speed sync with your camera (which probably means a first party flash).

      Outside of Fujifilm’s X100 series cameras (which sync to 1/1000s), I can’t think of many modern cameras with very high sync speeds. The Olympus OMD EM1 syncs at 1/320s which is probably as good as you’re gonna get with an interchangeable lens camera.

      • I see. It doesn’t sound like my flash sync speed will limit what I want to shoot, so that’s good. Plus I’ll probably upgrade to an EM1 in due time so that’ll also give me more flexibility. Do you have any recommendations for an external flash that’s good value for money? I was recommended the LumoPro LP180, but I can buy two of these YongNuo flashes for one LP180. Are you familiar with either of these brands/models?

        • I don’t have any experience with either but I would lean toward the YongNuo. A built-in radio trigger with remote power control is very useful, especially in a studio setting, whereas the LumoPro is more expensive with a barebones feature set. Getting the YN-560 III with their radio transceiver seems like a good start, just check some hands-on reviews to see how reliable that system is.

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