Now this is a figure that I never thought I would own. The dark elf female was originally produced back in 2007 and sold in limited quantities in Japan. Those on this side of the pond had to contrive alternate means to acquire her, which usually entails exorbitant expenses. As my means were quite limited back then, I had to pass on her, much to my chagrin. My regret was compounded by the reality that in this hobby, if you miss out, you seldom get a second chance.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that she would be sold this summer not by Japanese retailers like Hobby Search or HLJ, but by Entertainment Earth and Big Bad Toy Store, each an American toy retailer that principally offers American products. I got my preorder in with the quickness and the dark elf arrived last week. There are lots of reviews of her already – this figure being two years old – but here are my thoughts.
Sculpted in 1/8 scale, she looks superb. Outstanding. Magnificent. Words are superfluous; just look at the pictures.
She comes with a few detachable parts – her sword and the mantle that drapes around her waist. I generally prefer to display her with the mantle removed.
I really like how her face is sculpted, with her neutral expression conveying possibly relentless focus or perhaps condescending dismissiveness. Her steely gaze is enhanced by the colorlessness of her eyes. Good stuff all around here.
Unlike the human mage, her base is a plain black disc adorned with the Lineage II logo. I considered incorporating the mage in this photo set but I guess her foliage-based base would seem out of place.
I’m still rather surprised that I was able to buy this figure. Perhaps that heralds her reintroduction? Who knows; I do know that this is one of my favorite figures already, one that I am very glad to own.
In a cheeky challenge comprising callipygian contestants, who shall be the champion?