Backstage we’re having the time
Of our lives until somebody say
Forgive me if I seem out of line
Then she whipped out her gun and tried to blow me away!
We have here yet another Yoko figure, and this one is perhaps the most unique of them all. Instead of staying faithful to her anime appearance, Max Factory has opted to give her relatively realistic proportions and to sculpt her face like something close to a real human’s. Sort of.
Now, I’m going to just come right out and say it: from certain angles, Yoko looks like a man. I’ve been calling her transvestite Yoko for a while, and while the chest is nothing but female, her face looks like a drag queen’s when viewing her right side.
Her peculiarly long face and nose and sloping jawline are reminiscent of the effete characters that have populated recent Final Fantasy games. She reminds me a bit of Lightning, who technically is female but also looks like a man to me.
Anyway, once we get past Yoko’s androgyny, this is a pretty cool figure. Sculpted in 1/6 scale and standing just over 27 centimeters tall, Yoko’s stature is impressive. She’s got a sexy pose with her hips tilted and one leg lifted up, head turned and tilted to the right. She attaches to the base with two pegs and I hope they’re strong enough to bear her weight, and I also hope her ankle is reinforced against warping.
The paintwork is superb, with her boots, shorts, gloves, and top exhibiting a very glossy look. There’s a bit of subtle shading on her skin visible on the inside of her elbows and just under her ribs, which is a nice touch.
Her left side is undoubtedly her best side. With one eye covered up by her hair, she actually looks pretty hot. Beautiful, even. From that side, her hair also obscures her nose, reducing its conspicuousness.
Like the Black Rock Shooter, you can swap out her bangs. If you so choose, you can give her some swanky yellow shades.
I kinda like her better sans glasses so I’m going to leave them off of her.
She’s got her usual sniper rifle here, and it’s ready to go right out of the box, no assembly required. It seems to be glued to her right hand so you don’t have to worry about wrestling it into her grip.
I like the pink strap on her gun.
I like the idea of reimagining characters but I think that Max Factory would’ve been better off going with a rounder, slightly more anime-style face rather than a Square Enix face. Yoko’s an odd figure in that if you stare at her long enough, you can convince yourself either that you’re looking at a man or a smoking-hot girl. Still, even though the implementation is a bit off, I like this figure and I have to praise Max Factory for trying something different.