Itâ€™s yet another prepainted kit from E2046, but unlike the prior two reviews, this one does not come from an anime. Indeed, Jian Xue may be an original figure; E2046 often sculpts characters from existing properties but I do not think Iâ€™ve seen this character design anywhere else. She looks vaguely reminiscent of something from Dynasty Warriors, or perhaps from Sana Takedaâ€™s artwork, but I dunno. I do know that this is an outstanding figure.
Jian Xue is sculpted in 1/6 scale, and for once the manufacturer may be understating her size; at around 26 centimeters tall, this is a very large, impressive figure. She comes swaddled in protective foam and plastic bags. Several of her parts are loose; her left arm, hair, a couple of hair ornaments, and of course her base. Her arm and hair fit to her body very well, but Iâ€™m probably going to have to glue her hair ornaments down.
Speaking of the base, E2046 upholds their tradition of giving their ORI figures a unique base by giving her one made from clear plastic. Meant to simulate ocean waves, it looks very nice, giving the figure an additional level of distinctiveness. However, itâ€™s not particularly stable; Jian Xue wonâ€™t fall over on her own, but as the weight of the figure is concentrated towards its right side, sheâ€™s prone to tipping over if jostled. I wouldnâ€™t place this figure anywhere where she might be bumped (I wonâ€™t be putting her in my Detolf cabinet either, since it shakes quite a bit whenever I open the door).
The sculpt is stunning. Sheâ€™s given an action pose where she rides the waves, her discus-like weapon ready. Sheâ€™s got the ever-popular hair-over-one-eye look with her majestic tendrils of hair whipping behind her. If anyoneâ€™s curious, her left eye is fully painted.
Her paint job is similarly fantastic. Her clothing is painted glossy navy blue and gold, a classic color scheme thatâ€™s worked for the University of Notre Dame, the Washington Wizards, and the US Navy. Her hair is painted a charcoal color rather than straight black, a choice that I particularly like. Sheâ€™s got a touch of eye shadow, delivering an extra sense of realism.
Sheâ€™s also got a couple of tattoos. Iâ€™m not normally all that fond of girls with ink but the crane tattoo looks awesome. At least, I think thatâ€™s a crane; it also looks a bit like a dragon. The rose doesnâ€™t look quite as good; it wouldâ€™ve been better if it werenâ€™t quite so bright and colorful.
Jian Xue is billed as a partner of Fei Yan, whom I didnâ€™t buy. Fei Yan looks aight but isnâ€™t nearly as striking as Jian Xue.
Jian Xue is a nice change from the anime girls that Iâ€™ve received recently. I have quite a few figures from E2046â€™s ORI series, and this one is just as amazing as the rest of them.
The white background really did not turn out nearly as well as I had hoped in these photos. Oh well. Iâ€™m going to have to figure out how to use something other than a white or black backdrop one of these days.