Yet another figure from E2046’s ORI lineup, Salma’s character design hails from a Korean MMORPG called Soul of the Ultimate Nation. It seems that SUN has achieved some traction in Asia but it’s virtually unknown in the United States, and given the dominating position of World of Warcraft in the American market, I doubt that a localization will achieve much success.
But here, we’re more concerned with the game’s character designs. As is typical with E2046’s figures, Salma is sculpted in a solid 1/6 scale and comes with a plain oval black base.
Salma is an elementalist, which I presume is some sort of wizard that slings fireballs and throws lightning with scattershot abandon. She further asserts her spell-flinging nature by carrying a staff, the weapon of choice for the arcanistically-inclined. Instead of slinking in the back and lobbing magic missiles from afar, however, she seems to prefer to mix it up from up close, as she grips her staff above her head, poised to bring it crashing down upon the skulls of her hapless foes.
The pose is dynamic and appealing but also a bit awkward, as she looks like she is soaring in mid-air but she’s actually jumping off of a rock. Her face also seems rather placid for someone who is presumably prepared to lower the boom on some poor chump, and her lips are puckered as if she’s blowing a kiss. It’s all a bit incongruous.
Despite the unrealistic nature of the figure, it all looks very cool. Details and paint are superb, as is usual for E2046’s stuff. I would have preferred that the cape be detachable, as I don’t really care much for capes and cloaks and such, but unfortunately it is not.
I think a more expressive facial expression would have been a better design choice, but all in all I really like Salma. I tend to like E2046’s MMO-inspired figures, and I hope they continue to make them.