Perona was an interesting choice for the Portrait of Pirates line. Typically focused on main characters and antagonists, Megahouse has a reputation for not straying far from the Strawhat path. Sure, you have some off the wall choices in Tashigi and Bellmere, but for the most part, you have a bunch of Namis, Robins and recently Hancock. Perona is not only a welcome change in character, but her design is also significantly different from previous entries in the line.
Hit the jump to find out why I feel Perona is the best work that Megahouse has done to date.
Figure Name: Portrait of Pirates DX Perona
Per the usual, let's take a look at Perona's cardboard residence. This is easily the brightest box that the POP line has seen, what with the bright pink motif. There are some floating ghosts and several ways you can pose the sexy gothic lolita. You'll notice that I left several accessories in the box, which I'll explain in a bit. You'll also notice that Perona is not in the box, because I can't stand the sight of an imprisoned toy! Let's find the escapee.
Here she is! You'll notice that despite the rather large box, Perona is surprisingly small. She looked waif when she appeared during the Thriller Bark arc, so it's nice that she's sculpted accordingly. The paint job is excellent all around, with nary a production mistake. Everything from the buckles on her calf-length boots to her stockings and the demon design on her shirt has been expertly executed.
Unlike the last couple of POPs I've reviewed, Perona comes with many different accessories. You can place a crown on her head, change her right arm and hand, have her hold her umbrella, add a shawl to her shoulders, place some ghosts next to her and change her expression from blank amusement to slightly malevolent whimsy. I'm going to add a couple of things here so you get the idea.
See what I mean here? A lot of things can be changed to vary her appearance. I added the umbrella and arm parts to properly hold it up, her shawl, her alternate head and the longer ghost. That's right, there are two ghosts that come with the set. I first wondered why I paid so much for a smaller character, but the sheer amount of accessories definitely makes it worth the scratch.
Oh, and before I forget ...
...you can totally remove her torso and skirt to show off her panties. The fine pervs at Megahouse continue their tradition of fine painted undergarments, never settling for cheap cotton whites unless the costume asks for it. Hats off to you fine folks!
Okay, enough overview. I'm going to switch over to some detailed shots.
Of the two faces, this is very much my favorite. The amused malice comes across wonderfully. Besides that, This shot gives you a better view of Perona's shawl/cape. One of my few criticisms involves the paint on the fringe, which I figure is supposed to be fur. It's difficult to see from this angle, but the paint isn't even across the white, so a little bit of the red paint shows through. It's a small complaint, but it's really the only beef I have with the whole package.
Here we get a better look at Perona's skirt and her ghostly companion. I specifically focused on the skirt because of the attention that the artistic team gave it. Besides the white star shapes and ruffles on the edges, the heart on her belt buckle has been meticulously painted, along with the gold/brass studs on the belt proper. I feel that smaller things like belts don't usually get a lot of attention, so the fact that Perona's looks so nice is an example of the care that Megahouse gives the POP line.
Her spooky friend is made of translucent plastic and is held up with a plastic stick. It's fairly inelegant, but it looks neat posed next to the Ghost Princess. The one above has a longer, curled tail while the the other has a shorter tail, but besides that the two are identical.
Here is a closer shot of the shawl/cape, the ghosts and the umbrella. Although it is quite light, you have to be careful when posing it on Perona. If you choose to have her hold it over her shoulder, be sure you have it properly braced or it will slide down. In order to get her hand around the handle, you can (carefully) remove the central column and slide the hand along the pole.
A more detailed shot with the umbrella in use with an alternate pose. You have less to worry about here with balancing the umbrella, but having the central column go across her back has its own issues, what with her hair getting in the way. Speaking of Perona's pretty little head ...
This unnerving shot shows both of Perona's heads along with her crown and pony tails. One detail that you can't get from photos is that her hair is slightly translucent. It lets the light hit it and have a bit of glow to it. It's quite nice!
The crown is removable from either head, but there will be a small hole where the peg is supposed to fit in. You can also remove her twin tails, but then you'd be leaving rather larger holes in the side of her noggin. It's also kind of pointless considering the crown and tails are part of her charm. Well, to each their own I suppose. I will have crown and tails alike, thank you very much!
So that's it for this review. As you can tell from my heaping praise, I'd completely recommend this hottie to both fans of the POP series and collectors alike. Unfortunately, she is like her POP brethren and is quite difficult to get a hold of. As of now, only Toyslogic still has her, what with their release being at the end of July. If you have any interest whatsoever, I'd recommend jumping on it or you'll regret it later.
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