Sometimes I hesitate to buy a figure. Maybe the pictures don’t look great, or maybe I don’t entirely trust the manufacturer’s reputation, or – as has become the case in recent months – sometimes the figure costs more than I’m comfortable spending.
And then there are figures that I know I’m going to buy and nothing is going to stop me. Metatron is one such example; from the moment I saw the publicity photos I knew I had to have this figure.
Metatron is a character from Demonbane, an erogame from well-known pr0n game developer Nitroplus. Their games seem to not have had much mainstream impact – I recall that there was a Demonbane anime but I’m guessing it was mostly forgettable. However, their characters have attained a level of fame far out of proportion to the lasting influence of their sources, with a slew of manufacturers producing figures bearing their likenesses. Alter is no exception, having made figures of Donne Anonime from Satsuriku no Django, Ignis – surely one of the best-known it-girls in anime figure history – from Jingai Makyo, and Al-Azif from Demonbane. Metatron now joins her castmate in plastic form.
Paint and sculpting are superb, as is usual for Alter. She comes with a circular base ringed with vaguely Greek and Tengwar-inspired glyphs, as commonly seen in anime and video games. One concern I have is that her ankles may be at risk of warping, as only her left foot is firmly attached to the base; her peg leg gets a very thin mounting stub that serves principally to prevent her from rotating on the base.
One thing I dislike about anime figures is that sculptors often craft female characters with flyover state-flat backsides. Metatron is spared this indignity, as her rear is magnificently round and very, very prominent. In fact, at the risk of sounding crude and uncultured (two charges that I would not deny), it is not a stretch to say that her breasts and ass comprise her body. It will not take a great leap of intuition for a casual observer to deduce what sort of game she comes from.
Metatron comes with a couple of attachments that plug into her wrist. The less obtrusive is a short spike. She can also wield this light saber-looking thingy.
I’ve only had her for a day and she’s already become one of my favorite figures. Probably not my favorite – I like larger figures – but she is absolutely in the same range.