Fashionably late, as virtually all Alter releases are, Yagyu Jubei is the latest release from what is perhaps the premier manufacturer of scale figures. She comes from the property Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls, and I’m not entirely certain what that’s supposed to be; the website lists a few upcoming books, but I’m guessing it’s mainly a franchise built to peddle character goods. The original character designs appear to be done by NiÎ˜, who has also done character designs for Nitro+ H-games like Demonbane and Zoku: Satsuriku no Jango, both of which have also gotten the figure treatment from Alter.
Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi was apparently a real person during Japan’s feudal age, and is a popular source for modern day adaptations.
A number of other figures from Hyakka Ryoran have been announced, and several of them are exclusive to Japan mail-order sources. It’s a very annoying trend.
Jubei is, like many of Alter’s figures, sculpted in 1/8 scale. She stands in a bit of a saucy pose, one hand on her hip and the other raised in something of a salute. People with a rope fetish are going to like her a lot as she is veritably swathed in cordage. She has a pair of swords tied to her thighs. Her main sword is ridiculously large, and looking over the character designs for the series, it appears that excessiveness is a common theme. There’s a maid with a skirt reminiscent of a circular saw, a fighter with a tie-front school uniform and loincloth, and a girl with a hammer larger than her torso.
The sculpting is outstanding, as usual. There’s a lot of detail going on here, lots of ropes and tendrils of hair flying around, lots of little ornaments in her hair. Add her confident pose to the mix and you have anything but a staid figure.
Painting is similarly good and I don’t see any major problems. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of Jubei’s color scheme, though. I’m not a big fan of pink and red as a color combo; it works okay with Nana since she has the purple hair to offset it some, but I’m not sure how good it looks here. The sword scabbards do help a bit in that respect, with the big black sheathes framing her body.
NiÎ˜ tends to give characters fuller, more curvy proportions, and I like how it looks here. Jubei’s got a bit of thickness to her thighs and a tiny waist, which looks pretty cool.
I wonder what that thing on her back is? It looks like a drum or something.
It’s been a long wait for Jubei but I think she looks pretty good. I’m not sure if I’m getting the rest of the series; I’m probably going to pass on the maid girl, but I might pick up Senhime. At least, I think Senhime is getting a general release; I recall seeing unpainted pictures of the prototype figure during this year’s summer Wonder Festival.
I’ve been plagued with computer problems all weekend. My main computer is down, so I’m having to process my pictures and type this review on my laptop, which I haven’t used in years. I actually only used this machine for two-boxing in World of Warcraft and burning CDs. I hope the pictures came out alright since I’m not really used to processing my pictures on this machine.
I thought Daiki Kougyou’s Saber was going to be my biggest purchase this month, but I guess I’m going to have to get a new computer pretty soon.
Two Nitro+-style characters from Alter, Metatron and Jubei. Oddly, I only own three figures in total that are derived from NiÎ˜ designs.