You know, character introductions can be really tough for me to write sometimes, especially when I don’t know jack about a character’s background. When I do, it’s pretty easy, but for a character like Elwing here, I don’t really know anything about her and I’ll sit in front of the keyboard trying to come up with something witty to write, but in this case, I want to go back to playing video games and admiring my new pillowcase, so I’m just going to say that I like Tony Taka’s art, I like big figures, I like cheap figures, and I like figures where the subject isn’t wearing many clothes. Put all those together and you’ve got my attention, and that’s why I have Elwing.
Elwing is one of the main characters from Shining Wind, a game that I haven’t played and don’t intend to play due to my suspicion that it’s a bastardized rebooted obscenity of a game in comparison to the Shining Force games I played as a kid.
One odd thing about Elwing is the inconsistency of her name; some people say Elwyn, some people say Elwing. It appears that Elwyn is the official name now, but I like the name Elwing, which is the name of the elven wife of Eärendil the mariner in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth mythology. She is the mother of Elrond, which I suppose technically makes her the grandmother of Aragorn.
At any rate, we in the United States live in a democracy (of sorts) so putting this to a vote via Google (the arbiter of all disputes) reveals that a search for “shining wind elwyn” returns 48,300 results and a search for “shining wind elwing” returns 125,000, so Elwing it is.
Elwing is manufactured by Kotobukiya in a mighty 1/6 scale – a real 1/6 scale, not a remedial math Orchid Seed 1/6 scale. At 32 centimeters tall from her left toes to right fingertips, her stature is impressive indeed.
Like a a number of recent Kotobukiya figures, she comes affixed to her base right out of the box. In this instance, three small screws hold her stable. Despite having one foot in the air, she feels quite steady with no discernible wobble, which is heartening as she’s a weighty figure.
Elwing is clad in some sort of two-piece swimsuit. More apropos of foliage than fashion, it looks loose but seems to be affixed to her body. You wouldn’t want to remove it anyway as there’s a very ugly join line running over her right hip where the leg attaches. Her bikini does a reasonably good job of hiding it but it’s glaringly obvious when viewed from a high angle.
Besides that, though, Elwing looks very nice. She has a long, lean body build which works very well for this sort of pose. The sculptor went so far as to sculpt fingernails and toenails as well as scribing lines in the palms of her hands, which is a welcome level of detail. Her paintwork is subdued, much more pastel than vibrant, and it gives Elwing a sense of tranquillity that is a bit at odds with the movement of her pose.
At the risk of sounding base, I wish that the sculptor had given Elwing’s backside more definition; she’s flatter than Nebraska back there.
As nice as Elwing looks, my favorite aspect of this figure is its size. I like big and Elwing sure is big. This is a very nice figure that will make Shining Wind fans, elf lovers, and those partial to half-naked anime girls happy indeed.
Kotobukiya is making a matching figure of Xecty which I am waffling on at the moment. On one hand, Xecty looks quite nice, but I think it would have made for a more compelling figure had they made her facing the other way as Elwing. On a shelf, Elwing and Xecty would be more pleasing if their symmetry was mirrored; as it is, it looks sorta like they’re meant to sideways-spoon each other, which sounds hotter than it really is.
Curiously, Max Factory is unleashing a lineup of these very same Shining Wind girls in beachwear very soon. They’ve unveiled Seena, Kureha, and that blonde girl, uhh Clalaclan or something (I always think of the catgirl from Outlaw Star when I see that name). I dunno why, but they don’t seem all that exciting to me. It’s a real tragedy, I think, when a man can’t get excited by cute underaged girls in bikinis.
I’ve got this odd urge to listen to Tsuki no Ie now. Dunno why.