MMORPGs seem to be quite popular in Asia. This is particularly true in Korea, from whence a dizzying array of titles have spawned. Some – such as Lineage, Aion, and RF Online – have been published on this side of the ocean. Others – principally free-to-play games – havenâ€™t received a formal release in the United States. Red Stone falls in the latter category, and I hadnâ€™t ever heard of the game before I saw pictures of this figure. While I have minimal experience playing Korean MMOs, I do like their character designs, which are almost always awesome. The lancer girl passed the eyeball test with little difficulty, and now here she is.
I assume that the lancer is a character class in this game, and the gameâ€™s website indicates that it is. Unfortunately the lancer girl doesnâ€™t get the benefit of a name.
Sculpted in 1/7 scale by Orchid Seed, the lancer is castoff-able, and her head and upper torso can all be detached in straightforward manner. Getting her torso reattached is a bit more annoying though, since thereâ€™s a large plastic peg on her bottom half that needs to be aligned with a hole in the cavity in her upper half. I had to use a lot of pressure to get her body assembled together without any visible gaps in the separation point. On the plus side, it does keep her together fairly well.
Fully dressed, she wears this cape. Personally, Iâ€™m not a big fan of capes. Or skirts, really. Theyâ€™re both bright red, and I think that it wouldâ€™ve been better if they had chosen a more muted color; I like the lancerâ€™s neutral, earth tone color scheme, and the red clothing really clashes with the color of her armor.
The cape is cast as if it were blowing in the wind, which is a nice touch. Iâ€™m going to leave it off of the figure, though.
Initially, I was a bit confused as to how to make her grip her weapon. I didnâ€™t notice at first, but thereâ€™s a hole between her right boob and arm in which the shaft of the spear slides into. I recommend aligning the spear in her right hand – you can detach the tip and the bottom parts of the weapon – and inserting the spear shaft from above. I tried aligning it with her left hand and sliding it in from below and it didnâ€™t work very well.
Incidentally, Iâ€™m a bit surprised that they didnâ€™t sculpt the spear so that it slides between her breasts, like Fasalina.
I really like the lancerâ€™s sculpt. Sheâ€™s got a cute Rei Ayanami-style bob cut, and her armor is nicely done, struggling to contain and support her majesty. I particularly like the heels; high heels are among the most practical forms of footwear for women to go into battle with. I also like the pronounced arch in her back as well as her garter belt – also a very practical item for keeping your socks up while engaged in combat.
The paint is more of a mixed affair. As I mentioned, I like her coloring – sheâ€™s got a lot of brown and red and black which all go together well. One curious design decision is that the waistband of her panties isnâ€™t fully painted; it goes halfway around her hips and then just stops. Iâ€™m not really sure why Orchid Seed chose to do that. Iâ€™m tempted to get a Gundam marker to draw in the rest of the band.
Also, her skin tone is inconsistent. Sheâ€™s got a uniformly pale face, but her body has a ruddy complexion, particularly on her legs near her clothing. The skin where the garter straps cross is particularly reddish, and it presents a bit of an odd contrast with her face. To be honest, I didnâ€™t notice any of this when I looked at the promo pictures, at other reviews, or even when I was taking pictures. When you do notice it, though, itâ€™s rather apparent.
The lancer has a very pretty face. Sheâ€™s got a small smile, which can be shy or sly or something else depending on how you look at her.
I completely forgot to snap pictures of the base. She doesnâ€™t actually need a base, but she comes with one anyway; itâ€™s a transparent plastic disc with the Red Stone logo and a copyright statement smack in the middle of it. At 17 centimeters in diameter, it takes up a lot of space and I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m going to display her on it.
There are some things that I wish that were done differently, but overall I like this figure a lot, particularly in castoff mode. Iâ€™ve got a thing for cute girls in armor, and the lancer certainly is that.
Polearms have been used in warfare for centuries. They were one of the weapons wielded in phalanx formation during the time of Alexander the Great. In medieval warfare, close-packed formations of pikemen could break up cavalry charges. Pikes were also used aboard warships for repelling boarding attempts; one can imagine that aboard a ship wreathed in smoke, pitching and rolling with the sea, a hand-to-hand weapon might have at times been more useful than a single-shot firearm.