NSFW Figure Review: Duram Sherif by Embrace Japan

NSFW Figure Review: Duram Sherif by Embrace Japan

One thing I don’t like is when figures come with too many small pieces that you need to assemble. Usually with the figures I buy, the end result is worth it. But it makes me hold off on unboxing and reviewing the figure – especially if there are multiple configurations like Good Smile Company’s Needa. I think Embrace Japan set the record in August with their Iron Princess Duram Sherif figure, which comes with 13 separate pieces not including the body and base.

Review

I’m doing this review in two parts so I can show the assembly process separately. Duram Sherif ships in her naked form, and you need to assemble her clothing and armor yourself. I guess it wouldn’t have made much sense to ship this particular figure fully assembled considering how many pieces there are, but why make the figure so complex in the first place? Embrace Japan could have just moulded or permanently attached several of the components, making for an easier to assemble and overall better looking figure.

While you get some flexibility in how to display Duram Sherif, she’ll probably look best naked or almost naked. All that clothing and armor has to be able to attach and detach, and the price you pay is gaps. It doesn’t help that the pieces aren’t very precisely moulded. Her corset, for example, would not attach at all on the right side. The pegs just didn’t fit in the holes, so the corset wouldn’t lock together even without the figure in it. In the process of trying to put on the corset, I found that it had left blue marks on Duram Sherif’s skin thanks to paint transfer. The armor pieces mostly fit right, but there are still noticeable gaps. Even the panties are detachable and come as two separate parts. Unsurprisingly, they don’t look very good while attached.

Thankfully the figure looks pretty good without all the clothing and armor. The only problem I have is with the breasts, which look awkward and cartoonish without clothing over them. Embrace Japan did a good job on the sculpt and paint job otherwise, though. I like the design of the character, although the face doesn’t match up to Diabolus Inclinatus, which is still my favorite Sousi Hirose design.

Although Duram Sherif doesn’t measure up to Diabolus Inclinatus in terms of absolute cuteness, I still like her face and expression very much. Her facial expression can change depending on the angle and your interpretation. Is she trying to look seductive? Bored? Irritated? Viewing her from above, she can look almost sinister and malicious. Head-on she can look anywhere from sultry to worried, or a even annoyed. Maybe I’ve read too much into this, but it does give the figure a certain mystique.

So in general, Duram Sherif falls in line with what I expect from Embrace Japan: cool original design, awkward breasts, and pieces that don’t fit quite right. I’m fine leaving her in the nude, but a lot of collectors aren’t, so that’s a potential deal breaker. And in case you were wondering, the anatomical details are sorta there but not really. I say this for the sake of completeness, not like I care about that stuff. Really, I don’t. Seriously.

Assembly

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Start by taking off the head and arms to slip on the shoulder straps. The collar piece attaches to the shoulder straps in back.

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Panties go on as two pieces that attach on the underside.

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The corset splits on the right side, and can be slipped on while the arms are detached.

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Each section of arm armor (couter and vambrace) splits in half so you can attach them after the arms are on.

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The strap behind the shield disconnects so you can wrap it around the arm.

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The frog is attached to the base via pegs.

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The rear of the flail detaches, allowing you to slide the shaft into the left hand.

Gallery

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2 comments

  • I really like Embrace Japan. Their figures are not quite as polished as GSC or Alter, but I realize that they are a small company and don’t see a need to act like a spoiled otaku and bitch. I put originality points over quality anyway – the more I collect the more originality is important. There is a minimum quality that I expect though, and Embrace meets that. I hope they can get some money underneath them and improve QC.

    I have Cat in Chair and Diabolus, and now I am kinda wishing I had gotten Sherif for the trifecta.

    So many figures, NEVER enough cash ^_^

    • Yeah I feel the same way. Their stuff lacks polish but I like the character designs for the most part. I have their Sigrid of the Thorn on preorder, which I think is gonna be their best work yet.

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