If you purchased ALTaiR's Yuri Lowell or Flynn Scifo, the design of Rita's box should be very familiar to you. The design is clean cut and simple. Those of you who like to keep your figurines in their boxes will be pleased. The boxes of Alter's Tales of Vesperia characters have generous wrap around windows that let you see your figurine from many sides without un-boxing them.
Rita comes in a few pieces: her figure, her stand, a forearm attached to her spell casting scroll, a loose book to hang around her neck, and a little version of herself. Assembly is very simple.
I had to pull out Rita's mini figure first. Maybe I am just a sucker for these things but minis always add something extra to the value of the figure. Speaking of her mini, her pose is really adorable! I love how the mini managed to capture all of the key elements of Rita herself, her book and magnifying glass are represented, as well as many of the ribbons and key pieces of clothing!
Ah, I can't get enough of that adorable face! I'm not sure if she is cheering or if she is embarrassed ... maybe both? In any case, it is nice to see a Rita with a different expression on her face.
For a comparison, here is mini Rita with the minis of Yuri and Flynn. They look really cute together!
Like Yuri and Flynn, Rita comes with a stone path style base. It seems earthier, but it should match fairly well to the other bases in the set. I was really impressed by the amount of texturing put into this stand. I know her base is supposed to be made from plastic, but it feels like stone to me and there are a lot of fine details. It is much heavier than Flynn's or Yuri's and more stable. Rita stands on this base on only one foot; while this concerns me a little, she is very well balanced.
Rita is really awesome, and I have always loved her character design. Her clothes are eccentric and mismatching, yet they seem to blend perfectly together. She has lots of flowing ribbons, bows, little books and tons of points of detail. There is a lot to love about this figurine. What's really cool is Alter managed to sculpt her into an action pose. She almost looks like she is about to launch a salvo of fireballs!
Rita's scroll certainly has a strong presence in her figurine as she is twirling it around herself. I appreciate how wavy it is, yet all the lines are cleanly painted and adjust for the waves.
One thing I wish Alter had added would be a whip for an alternate weapon. Her scroll is really cool and well done, but I was always amused by how she would fight with a scroll, or a whip in the game. Maybe it's because I am also a fan of Soul Calibur, as one of Rita's spells "Ivy Rush", and one of her late game weapons, "Valentine", reference Soul Calibur's Ivy. However, it would also be nice for those who do not wish for the scroll to obstruct as much of her figure.
The gadget geek in me loves all the pockets and little extras Rita has all over her outfit. Is that a measuring tape attached to her sash? Who knows what secrets that little book in her pocket may hold? There are lots of little details. For example, if you look closely, you can even see the holes on the belt that is hanging from the book on her back. It's all of the small stuff that makes this figure so cool.
Her goggles are shiny and her face is cute as ever. I couldn't ask for a better expression for Rita.
Check out Rita's magnifying glass; it magnifies and distorts the line on her top.
I believe her book is called "Song of Gaia" in Tales of Vesperia. I am amused by the fact that it seems to be locked shut by key and belt. There was a lot of attention to detail to the patterns and etchings on this book.
Rita's mismatched leg gear is also part of her charm. I love her boot with its silver buckles and how it has pants that go all the way up, while the other leg has a stocking of sorts that comes up to her thigh, but still shows a little skin. This is a key part of her outfit design and is very creative.
One minor complaint I have is how obvious the seam is in her hair, and it's really hard to get around this. I think it could be that her hair does not have much detail directly around the seam, thus making it stick out more.
Here is Rita displayed with Yuri and Flynn. They really do look great as a set together, don't they? I think fans of the series will be pleased with Rita.
You can see here that clearly Rita's base design is different than Yuri's or Flynn's. This is just speculation, but perhaps the designers wanted to make her base resemble something more from Aspio, Rita's home city rather than Zaphias, which is where Yuri and Flynn come from in the game.
Here is Rita pictured in my collection, for comparison's sake. She is accompanied by many other Tales characters. My active Tales party is looking a little heavy here with Momohime and Gintoki bringing up the rear, but it is a fun group irregardless!
I think that Rita is a really sweet figure. Fans of Tales, mages, and oddly dressed characters should try to hunt her down. Hopefully, she will get issued reprints in the coming months like Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo did; however I am still waiting on a reprint of Luke Fon Fabre from Tales of the Abyss, so I would not hold my breath. Grab Rita if you still can!
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