Now here’s a figure that I’m still a bit surprised to own, mainly because I didn’t buy it. E2046 does a monthly drawing where they give away free stuff to people who post product feedback. Guess who won the most recent draw?
Isabella Valentine is one of the best-known characters of Namco’s long-running Soul series. A franchise stalwart, she first appeared in Soul Calibur – the second game in the series – and is certainly one of the most recognizable video game characters around. In the games, her morality is somewhat ambiguous – she generally seems to have good intentions but is nonetheless presented as a dominatrix who loves to deal out pain, and her grasp on her sanity is tenuous at best. This particular figure depicts her as she appeared in Soul Calibur III; she wears even less clothing in Soul Calibur IV.
A bit of research indicates that this figure was sculpted by Eiji Nakayama, who also apparently did Good Smile Company’s Iroha and Beat’s recent Chouun Shiryuu. Enterbrain and ebCraft brought this figure to PVC format and to be blunt, it looks horrific. However, the figure that I own is an E2046 Gathering figure which means that it is a recast painted in E2046’s workshop, and happily, I think its quality is far better than the mass production version.
Standing 28 centimeters tall, Ivy is a big figure and seems even more substantial due to her sculpt. She brings the boom here, with full thighs and breasts and butt. In the games, she does have a bit of heft to her, and I don’t mind a bit of thickness, so I think her body sculpt looks great.
The pose is a bit boring but as it is derived from official art, there’s not much that one can do about that.
There are a few obvious deviations from the source; in the picture, Ivy’s looking off to the side and her arm is extended towards the left, and her stance is a bit wider.
This figure is hand-painted and E2046 has done a very nice job with the colors, particularly the metal parts of her outfit. The gold details on the plates covering her ankles are particularly outstanding. The white parts of her clothes have a luminous sheen that complements the metallic gold color very nicely.
Her hair has some odd orange-colored streaks through it, and I’m not sure what those are supposed to be. They aren’t too noticeable at a normal viewing distance, but seen up close and magnified on a computer screen, they are hard to miss.
Ivy has her choice of weapons; her familiar extended whip, and its retracted sword form:
The sword is very nicely detailed, with a series of runes inscribed on the fuller. Nonetheless, the whip form looks too cool not to show off so that’s what she’s going to be equipped with.
My opinion may be influenced by me winning the contest, but I think Ivy looks great. She’s got a sculpt that I find attractive and the paint is very good, and you can’t beat the price I got her for.
I’ve played and own the four main Soul Calibur games, although I admit that I’m pretty bad at all of them. I mainly use Seung Mina; I’m really terrible with Ivy. Whenever I use her, I usually just mash buttons until I can get her whip extended.