There are numerous figures of Gurren Lagann’s redheaded sniper, and they generally take one of two approaches: most, like Gift’s and Kotobukiya’s, emphasize her cuteness, but a few, most notably Alter’s version, depict her as a gunslinging badass. This particular figure undoubtedly belongs in the second group.
This incarnation of Yoko is a prepainted kit from E2046, built in a mighty 1/4 scale. I’m not sure who the sculptor is; I believe that it’s a fairly old kit and a quick perusal of the convention writeups on Heisei Democracy didn’t shed any light on its origin. This figure is also the first preowned figure I’ve ever bought; a figure.fm member put her up for sale and being that I’d had this Yoko on my E2046 wishlist for at least half a year, I could hardly pass her up.
To my dismay UPS gave her quite a beating during delivery, and more than a few pieces had snapped off. That’s why I keep a bottle of super glue around, though. She’s not quite good as new but she looks fine to me.
I mentioned she’s 1/4 scale. That means she’s big. Really big:
She’s about 23 centimeters in depth and height, and double that if you include her gun. The rifle and her impressive sweep of hair accentuate her already imposing presence.
I’ve got a bunch of figures but Yoko has to have one of the coolest poses of any of the figures I own. She’s in full badass mode here, crouched low, legs spread wide, arm and gun extended all the way back, hair swirling in wildly improbable fashion. Her glare is intense and her lips are curved into a confident smirk. This version of Yoko certainly does not lack for cockiness.
One thing I would’ve preferred would’ve been some additional detailing to her hair. Yoko’s got flat helmet hair here, and it’s all the more noticeable due to her massive size.
The paintwork is solid, as is the case with most of E2046’s Gathering stuff. I especially like her eyes; they’ve got a shiny look that makes her gaze all the more eyecatching.
E2046 doesn’t often do additional production runs of their less popular prepainted figure so I’m glad I was able to acquire this figure. Big size is always a plus and Yoko’s cool brashness looks awesome. A lot of figures don’t have an obvious personality but this is not one of them.