Legs are wonderful things. Sometimes they get robbed of their due attention thanks to the buttocks, but physical perfection is impossible without a finely crafted pair of legs. Yamato’s Kneesocks, hailing from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, is probably the leggiest figure in my collection right now. But thinking back on it, what would compete? MegaHouse’s Siggy? Max Factory’s Asuka? Nen Nen? They’re all worthy competitors, but none of them beat Kneesocks.
A big shipment came a few days ago, giving me plenty of material to potentially review for November. I say “potentially” because I’m lazy. BUT I have also spent a lot of money on making it easier for me to do figure reviews, so I think the laziness will get canceled out. This time I have a pub table to shoot on, as my previous table is now in the living room. I like the look of the wood grain, and the height makes it so that I don’t have to hunch over a ridiculous amount to get low angle shots.
I finally got my photography setup up and running at my new apartment, so I thought I’d give it a test run. It’s also been a really long time since I did a figure review, and I want to shake off the rust. Yesterday I received Yamato’s Mari Makinami, originally a garage kit by Reflect, now a pre-painted PVC figure. I have a few other figures waiting to be reviewed but I wanted to do something fancier for them. This Mari figure, having a pretty plain design, seemed like a good one to test my new setup with.
There’s no secret about it: I’m a huge Evangelion fan. It seems strange, then, that I didn’t have any fixed-pose figures of any of the Eva characters until yesterday (though I have plenty of action figures). The problem is that most Eva PVC figures feature one of the female pilots in her plugsuit, striking some sort of pose for a nonexistent camera. This doesn’t bother me for most characters, but the Eva characters need more. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to seeing them, but a fixed-pose Eva figure needs to bring more to the table than a good sculpt and paint job.
I believe Yamato’s Cammy is the second PVC figure I bought when I started collecting. There are a few figures of Cammy out there, but most of them look pretty bad. Yamato’s version is sculpted by Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (Reflect), a favorite of mine. His women tend to have slender physiques and delicate faces, and Cammy here is no exception. Compared to most Cammy figures out there, this one actually looks like it was done by a professional artist. She’s part of Yamato’s Capcom Girls Collection, and you can see more figures by Reflect in their Creator’s Labo line.
I own a number of Yamato figures, and overall they’re pretty great. They don’t always have the most ambitious concepts behind them, but the execution is usually excellent. However, I don’t quite feel the same way about their Fantasy Figure Gallery line. I have an endless respect for Yamato and their decision to make these kinds of figures, but I’m just not bowled over by their interpretations of the artwork.
This is my last acquisition from that Yamato sale a way back. Like Mercedes, Velvet hails from the Playstation 2 game Odin Sphere. In the game, she’s the illegitimate daughter of a king, and is now living in exile. However, her cursed blood comes back to haunt her, and she finds herself in a battle to prevent the world’s ending. I struggle to wake up in the morning for work, so she must have it pretty rough.
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.