Odin Sphere hit the Playstation 2 way back in 2007. This makes me feel REALLY old. At the end of 2008, Alter released this Gwendolyn figure for the first time. This was way before I started collecting, but from what I gather this figure was quite ahead of its time in terms of the sculpt and quality. It became a grail figure for many, to such an extent that she was re-released in 2010 (before re-releases became a somewhat common practice). I missed out on that one too, but then the powers that be ordained that Odin Sphere would get a remake for the new console generation.
With the high anticipation for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Alter released their classic Gwendolyn figure for a third time. This time, she wouldn’t escape my collection!
Doing a full review would probably be redundant at this point, but still I wanted to get up some of the shots I took. These were taken over the span of a couple of trips to the Illinois Beach State Park. It wasn’t the beach setting I was after; instead there was a broken down cement structure that kind of fits the aesthetic of Gwendolyn’s home Ragnanival.
These were taken during the late afternoon, with the sun still fairly high up and the skies cloudless. Unfortunately I didn’t have anyone with me to hold diffusers or reflectors, so I opted to use the sun as a backlight. In a testament to how far digital camera sensor tech has come, there was almost no clipping or detail loss even in this challenging lighting situation.
Whenever you take figures outside, you have to be cautious of the elements. This particular figure has a smallish base connected to the body only through the tip of the foot. Most of the weight is quite high up, and she has those spread-open wings. As you might have guessed, the wind definitely caused a few tumbles. Luckily she only fell into thick grass, and she didn’t come out any worse for wear. But yeah… I’m probably going need to think of a way to secure these figures next time.
There’s only one criticism I have for this figure, and it’s about Gwendolyn’s face. It’s not a bad sculpt or design… just not what I’d interpret for the character. She is a tragic figure who has fought to gain control of her life, and for her father to see her as a daughter rather than a subordinate. She’s a very serious, unhappy woman. And yet this figure has her looking entirely too content.
With the excellent Velvet/Cornelius set out and another Gwendolyn on the way, I’ve been feeling grateful to Alter for dropping all this Odin Sphere merch. I’m really glad this Gwendolyn still got re-released; the design easily holds up against the new figures of 2016. The only problem to solve now is clearing out the shelf space to display her.