If you want to start collecting female anime figures, I have good news for you: there are literally thousands of them, from the ones that have been released in the past to the dozens that hit the preorder pages of sites like AmiAmi and Hobby Link Japan every day. Sure, we write about them quite a bit. Still, it's worth noting that there's a lot more than just ladies with oversized eyes and purple hair in the world of PVC. Perhaps you prefer something a little bit more ... realistic?
If so, I'll bet you were thrilled when you saw that Yamato USA was going to produce figures based on the fantasy art of famous illustrators such as Boris Vallejo and Luis Royo. These women, while definitely in fantasy garb, have a much more realistic look -- and they are very beautiful as well. Were you interested? If so, this just might be the review for you.
Hit the jump and we'll take you into the wonderful world of Luis Royo and the beautiful women that inhabit it.
Are you familiar with the source art already? Just in case you aren't, let's start out by taking a look at that.
Beautiful, soft lines -- I love how Royo's characters can be warriors, yet still show some hint of gentle features. It's probably part of what makes his work so enticing. Yamato USA spared no expense at lovingly emulating every curve and detail here, as you can see on the front of the box.
When you remove her, you'll see that she is not actually attached to her pedestal in any way. However, she stands just fine without it, and the only accessory is the sword, which fits snugly into her hand.
The details on this figure are simply gorgeous. The tattoos are just the right black that real ink would be in the skin, giving them a really realistic feel. The skin is really notable too -- what a perfect blush it has! Even the different shades of paint used on the bra and the robe reflect the original art. A lot of care went into artist Shunji Hagii's sculpt on this figure, and it really shows.
From behind, the illusion of movement is created by the flow of the hair and the cape. It's so feminine and delicate -- this is one of those figures that would be really great to display in a space where you can see the front and the back. And speaking of the back...
Wow. It's understated and nowhere near as bootylicious as some of the stuff we post here, but man, it's nice.
Dead on, I was really pleased with the job Yamato USA did on the sculpt. A figure's gaze is very important, and this one really nails the expression. It's not 100 percent true to the original art, but as challenging a task as that is, I can at least say it's about 90 percent true -- and that's no small compliment.
Wow! Look at those angles. Even the feet are perfectly posed.
For the Royo fan hoping to duplicate the exact pose of the original art, I don't think it's happening. The character's head is inclined slightly further than the figure's is, so while you can still enjoy it from a similar angle, the pose does not push the chin as far past the shoulder as the original illustration. Still, these are just minor details though. The overall look of the figure is still very true, and quite pleasing to the eye indeed.
A touch of ice, indeed. Don't mess with this lady.
She's currently available through Hobby Link Japan for about $107 and measures 15.5 cm in height including her base with nameplate included. Tomopop definitely recommends her, as she stands apart from the majority of what's out there today and makes a serious statement on a collectibles shelf. The quality and attention to detail is top notch, and while it's still a very sexy woman, it's not as pervy as some of the anime stuff out there. In other words, you can still bring girls over and not have to hide your figures. Hooray!
[Thanks to HLJ for the review sample!]
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