29. March 2014 by · 1 comment · Categories: Unboxing

Dark Angel Olivia is a card from a CCG I don’t care about, who’s figure came in a box that could have carried two to three of the same figure which subsequently cost $54 just to ship it halfway across the world. The figure was released in late March of 2014 and retailed for ¥13,800 (approx. $134.25 at release). After the jump: why it was worth every penny.

 

 

The sheer size of the box this figure came in defies the space available in my workspace, so my apologies for any background junk objects on the edges of these shots. There is large, impressive character art on the back, and both left and right sides are identical. At the end of the day the parts manifest kind of barely justifies all that space, until you remember that those wings would have needed a lot of space to avoid shipping damage.

Detail work on the swords is very, very impressive, and the hilt of the curved sword connects to the handle almost seamlessly. The waist chain is a solid, closed loop, and attaches to the figure by removing the head and the upper torso (which was really pretty confusing at first, as it wasn’t clear that the torso could be removed).

The figure itself is clearly made to be displayed directly head on, but I do feel that it’s worth noting that the wings wrap forward almost as much as they extend upwards. There was also no room for nonsense between the hair and the wings – there was an uncomfortable amount of twisting and rubbing while trying to get the head back on after the wings were put in place.

It’s the detail work where this figure really, really shines. It’s hard to discern from printing and hand painting in many places, the tattoos on both upper arms look appropriately semi-transparent and natural, the sculpt itself is rich with very fine details, from lacy hems to thin belts and strands of hair floating away from the figure itself. The swords fit snugly in the hands, and it’s not apparent that both of them are using detachable hilts to get the job done. It’s hard to find a place to look that doesn’t include some very impressive level of detail, and there were no visible seams or paint flaws at a cursory examination. It’s becoming clear that PVC sculpting, molding, and painting is coming a long way, and Kotobukiya have some very talented employees in their stable.

As a side note about the figure itself – the plastic that the wings are made of is semi-transparent:

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Use of a backlight, or a light below the figure aimed upwards, make the colors on the edges really leap out. It’s a very specific, but very neat effect.

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All in all this is a very, very impressive production, well worth the steep cost of entry. Any time you invest in a character you don’t know is a gamble and it’s always great when it pays off. Now, to find a way to fit it in the cabinets…

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  1. I just noticed that every single “bead” of her waist chain thing has an individual dot of gold paint on it. Amazing.