Charlotte Hazellink is yet another prepainted, preassembled kit from E2046 by way of Volks. One of these days Iâ€™m going to try building and painting models on my own. However, that day is not today.
Charlotte comes from the h-game-turned-anime Princess Lover!. I have no familiarity with the game other than having viewed the CGs, but I have watched the first few episodes of the TV show, which would be eminently forgettable if it werenâ€™t so memorably terrible. The first couple of episodes are unoffensive, perhaps even enjoyable, but after the anime settles in and introduces the standard, formulaic harem elements, it gleefully proceeds to stick a horny, callused digit right up the rectum of plausibility. And twists. Relentlessly. I guess I shouldnâ€™t divulge the story here on the off-chance that this figure impels anyone to watch the show; just imagine the most ludicrous plot elements possible and know that this anime blows the roof off of them Usain Bolt-style.
But weâ€™re reviewing a figure here, not a television show. While I have nothing good to say about the showâ€™s plot, I do like the first three female characters that we meet. Charlotte Hazellink – or Hazelrink, Iâ€™m not sure how it is supposed to be romanized – is the first candidate to become eligible for the protagonistâ€™s harem, and she is an actual princess, presumably from a European country. Iâ€™m not sure why sheâ€™s studying in Japan. Upbeat and effervescent, she is playful, silly, a bit ditzy, and rather fun to watch – early on, anyway.
The television showâ€™s character designs differ a bit from the gameâ€™s, and this figure is based on the latter. E2046 thoughtfully gives you the option of dressing her in an elaborate gown or leaving her in her unmentionables. Guess which way Iâ€™m displaying her?
I should mention that I did a pretty poor job putting her dress on. Iâ€™ve had some problems with paint scraping off onto the skin of prepainted E2046 figures when playing around with removable clothing, so I loosely draped the gown parts on Charlotte. Itâ€™s not too difficult to fix paint transfer – a Q-tip dampened with rubbing alcohol can take the paint right off – but itâ€™s still an annoyance.
The gown comes in several pieces – front and back halves, a couple of upper sleeves, one part which goes over her right shoulder, and one more part that attaches to the left side of her waist and sits atop her skirt.
And off come the clothes again. Charlotte is billed as 1/6 scale, but sheâ€™s really closer to 1/7 scale. My handy tape measure puts her right at 21 centimeters tall. Actually, that might be closer to 1/8 scale.
I like the sculpt a lot; sheâ€™s got a saucy tilt to her waist and her left leg is turned inwards. I suppose I donâ€™t really need to state the obvious but sheâ€™s also got some enormous breasts. Believe it or not, but her bust is actually larger in some of the official art for the television show.
Paint is pretty good; I like her muted white and gray color scheme. Her skin is a bit shiny; in some of these photos, sheâ€™s got a reflective spot on the left side of her nose. I donâ€™t see it on her under normal room lighting conditions, so Iâ€™m going to regard that as a side effect of photography lighting. Overall though, E2046 did a very nice job with the paint.
E2046 also gave Charlotte an additional set of arms, one grasping this scepter thingy. Itâ€™s pretty spiffy but since Iâ€™m strapped for space – both vertically and in shelf area – Iâ€™m going to use her normal arm, cocked alongside her head.
While I canâ€™t really praise the source material, I do think that this is a really cool figure. The quality is there and Charlotte is sexy, and thatâ€™s what I like to see in a figure.
I also ordered Sylvia, and she is presently languishing somewhere between here and New York. The USPSâ€™s tracking system sucks so hard.