My long national nightmare is over! I had preordered Yoko back in spring from a retailer that listed June as her release date. June came and went, as did July and the rest of summer and half of autumn. Finally I said the hell with this and ordered her from OtakuFuel. That reminds me, I probably ought to cancel my original preorder.
Yoko, of course, hails from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the well-received anime series from Gainax. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the show so I’m not at all qualified to describe the character. I am told that the particular outfit that Yoko sports here is seen in a dream sequence towards the end of the series.
Manufactured by Alter, Yoko is listed as 1/8 scale. However, she stands about 23 centimeters tall from the ground to the top of her ponytail and she seems even larger than that. This is partly because of her base, which is around a centimeter tall itself, as well as her dimensions in the other axes. Her billowing, tattered coat and her rifle both emphasize her substantial size, giving her additional depth and width. The figure also features surprising heft. All around, I’d say that she’s pretty solidly built.
The paint work and sculpt are typical of Alter’s products, which is to say, they are second to none. All of her clothes are separate pieces that are bonded to her body, which is a nice touch; I like how the waistband of her unzipped shorts are a little loose, how the tops of her boots are falling down a bit, and how the front of her bra top is straining to hold her in.
One thing I would have added is a bit of color to her lips. Her lower lip protrudes in a bit of a smirk, but it’s the same color as her skin. Jubei has slightly darker lips and I think that sort of thing would’ve worked better for Yoko.
Yoko’s main gat appears to be a facsimile of a Barrett M82. It’s bonded right to her so there’s no need to wrestle it into position. In fact, after you unbox her, all you have to do is stick her pistol into its holster and set her up on her base. It’s a refreshing change from some of my recent figures, which needed an annoying amount of disassembly and re-assembly before they were ready for display.
Speaking of the base, Yoko’s got an atypical one. Rather than the typical boring black or white plastic disc, Alter gives us a very spiffy faux-desert rock base. It looks very nice, the paintwork is as solid as it is on Yoko. It’s also not particularly oversized, which is another plus.
I don’t think I did a very good job trying to match the color of the backdrop I built with the base’s color.
Alter makes some of the best figures around, and Yoko is no exception. It’s definitely nice to get a figure that’s actually larger than expected. Add in the figure’s apparent quality, and you’ve got an outstanding figure.
Just about everybody on the planet who wanted Yoko already has Yoko, and there’s about a million reviews of her out on the internets. foo-bar-baz has a review up, of course, as do meronpan, whose pictures aren’t afflicted with the dimness that I like to incorporate into my photos, and Tommy, who if I remember correctly had one of the first English-language reviews of her up on the web. Doubtless there are a bunch more that I have overlooked.
The box gives her name as “Yoko Littner” but every romanization I’ve seen gives her surname as Ritona. I usually go with the official name, but since Ritona seems to be much more commonplace in usage, I’ll go with the people’s choice.