NSFW Figure Review: Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan

It’s been nearly four full months since my last honest-to-goodness figure review! I’ve shot some smaller photo sets since then, but I think it’s time I got back to what I do best reasonably well.

The motivation behind this shoot was mainly to get over the creative block that’s been keeping me from doing stuff in-studio. I figure it’s better to shoot something rather than nothing, and so I went to shoot something: Embrace Japan’s Sigrid of the Thorn. I’ll just say up front: I absolutely adore her design, but this is the only figure I’ve ever wanted to smash on purpose.

Sigrid has a lovely design. As with Embrace Japan’s other figures, she’s based on an illustration by Hirose Sousi. The style is evocative of George Kamitani’s illustrations, though that may be because I have Vanillaware on my mind (Dragon’s Crown came out recently and I’ve also been playing Muramasa). This is Embrace Japan’s most elaborate figure yet, with a beautiful base, finely detailed sculpt, and a pretty solid paint job to boot.

While I love the design of the figure, I was extremely frustrated by its construction. Sigrid continues Embrace Japan’s troubling trend of producing pieces that don’t really fit together. And she does come in a lot of pieces. Her head and right arm are a single removable piece, and they fit reasonably well onto her torso. You can remove this piece if you want to take off her top. Her left arm is removable, but instead of attaching to the shoulder, it consists of a large tab that slides into her side. This piece doesn’t fit very snugly, so you’ll notice a gap. Worse still, the arm is prone to falling out after slight jostles.

Another big problem is Sigrid’s right leg, which detaches at the pelvis. This is to facilitate the insertion of the broom handle – and I do mean “insertion” as you literally fit the tab up her vagina. Anyway, the design on paper would leave a seam in a very noticeable area. However, the leg doesn’t even come close to fitting properly, so instead of a seam there’s a huge gap right on her hip.

The worst issue by a mile is her skirt. While it’s very well sculpted, the cast-off design on it is borderline idiotic. It splits into left and right halves, but the skirt’s opening seems to be too small for Sigrid’s waist. Real women can kind of suck in their stomachs a bit but Sigrid is PVC, and thus the skirt doesn’t ever go all the way on. To add insult to injury, after struggling for half an hour with the skirt, I found that it had left paint marks all over her skin. Wonderful.

My remaining complaints are relatively trivial compared to the issue with the skirt. There’s a tab in Sigrid’s left hand that’s supposed to go into the broom handle, but good luck trying to make that fit. She doesn’t exactly stand securely on her base, and that weird piece with the frog riding a fork is prone to falling out. Finally, her hat isn’t terribly well-balanced, and will fall off if you breathe on it.

With Duram Sherif, at least the figure looks okay naked after fitting the clothing pieces proved to be too much of a hassle. You’ll get no such consolation with Sigrid thanks to the paint transfer (which was a problem with Duram Sherif but less egregious) and the gaps on her hip and arm. I don’t often see these things as deal breakers, but I’m calling it now: it sucks. It sucks more so because I just love this design, but it was ruined by terrible engineering decisions. Maybe from across the room she looks all right, but at normal viewing distances, she’s a mess. It’s heartbreaking.

Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan

Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan

Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan

Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan

Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan

3 Comments

  • I remember back in the day I paid way too much money for a MegaHouse figure of a character named Mizuki, just because you could take off her top and show her breasts. Now, I really hate messing around with castoff systems, particularly the ones that aren't done well. One would hope that at least one mode would be done well, so that it could serve as the default; it sucks when both the clothed and unclothed are botched. And it really sucks when the figure is as pretty and distinctive as this one. Also, I think I'm beginning to understand why, when people visit my site, they always seem to say weird things about seeing photos of plastic vaginas.
    • I guess it's a life lesson from Embrace Japan: a girl can lure you in with physical beauty, but it doesn't mean anything if she's impossible to live with. It's either that or something about cast-off design.
  • She looks great with the outfit on, not so much with it off.