Curiously, figure manufacturers don’t often look to fighting games. I’m not sure why; fighting games are rife with awesome and awesome-looking characters. Okay, Iroha briefly achieved it-girl status and Mai Shiranui, Cammy, and Mina Majikina get figures every now and then, but there’s nothing from Tekken, nothing from The Last Blade, nothing from Virtua Fighter. Even the Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur, and The King of Fighters series – which feature some of the most iconic fighters in video games – are barely represented in the figure hobby. There are no scale figures of Helena or Lisa, Sophitia or Seung Mina, Kula Diamond or Mars People.
Above all of those, I’ve wanted a figure of Dizzy. She’s my favorite character in all of fighting games, but apart from Max Factory-produced figures of a Shunya Yamashita-inspired I-No and the transvestite Bridget, there seemed to be no inclination on the part of figure manufacturers to look at Guilty Gear X. But fortune works in strange ways, and thanks to the popularity of the Queen’s Blade series, there is now a figure of Dizzy, the Guilty Gear X character who was adapted into a Queen’s Gate book, which is itself an adaptation of the Queen’s Blade series, which is itself an adaptation of Scottsdale, Arizona-based (of all places) Flying Buffalo’s Lost Worlds game books. Strange ways indeed.
Dizzy’s first appearance in the Guilty Gear series was as the boss of Guilty Gear X, although she was unlockable by playing through the game’s survival mode. Subsequently, she became a normal character in Guilty Gear X2 with her own story path. Despite her appearance, she is canonically three years old, almost certainly making her the youngest character that I am ever going to have in my collection.
The Guilty Gear games take place in the aftermath of a great war between humankind and Gears, artificially-engineered organic superweapons. Dizzy’s rapid maturation is due to her Gear biology. Fearful of her extraordinary powers, she is cast from human society and comes under the care of Testament, a reclusive, androgynous, scythe-wielding Gear. Following the events of Guilty Gear X, she ends up joining the Jellyfish Pirates, a band of seifuku-wearing girls led by the cheerful, irrepressible May and the debonair ladies’-man Johnny.
Dizzy dislikes violence, and many of her special moves are initiated by her wings, which seem to be sentient. Undine is the angel wing, a long-haired, pale-colored female, and Necro is the reaper wing, a hooded, robe-clad skeleton. While Dizzy throws punches and kicks and attacks with her tail (which can reveal a huge, fanged mouth at its tip), she also spends much of her fights pleading with her wings to stop.
She is gentle and innocent, rather reserved, a bit lonely, and quite cognizant of her debt to Testament and May and Johnny. She also has an extraordinary constitution, as proven by her survival after a fall of four miles after being thrown off of an airship by I-No.
Dizzy is one of those characters that is variably drawn as a very young child, a mature woman, or anything between. The official artwork generally sticks to presenting her as a bit older. Here she is from Guilty Gear Isuka, the side-scrolling spinoff.
And here she is from Guilty Gear XX Accent Core.
When talking about Guilty Gear, one always has to mention the soundtrack, which features some of the best music in all of video games. If you like instrumental rock music with lots of thrash guitar work and you haven’t heard this game’s music, you should go hit up Youtube and give it a listen. Simple Life (Bridget’s theme) and Suck a Sage (Chipp’s theme) are two of my favorite songs.
Daisuke Ishiwatari, the protean South Africa-born game designer who created the series, composed the music, and designed the characters, is known as a huge fan of rock music, and the Guilty Gear series makes numerous references to rock and heavy metal. Dizzy’s name is apparently taken from Guns n’ Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed, the second longest-tenured member of the band. (I suppose it’s possible that she was also named after Dizzy Gillespie, the famous jazz musician.)
This figure comes from Kotobukiya and Hobby Japan. She was technically an exclusive, although as usual there are other channels through which she can be acquired; I got my figure from Tokyo Hunter. She’s sculpted in 1/8 scale and is about 18 centimeters tall to the top of her head, although her swirling hair makes her a bit taller than that and she occupies quite a bit of space due to her lively pose.
Assembly of the figure is quite straightforward; or rather, it should be straightforward. She comes attached to her base, and the only thing that needs to be done is to insert her wings and each hair tail into sockets on her back and her head. Unfortunately, I found it quite difficult to get her hair inserted all the way, and I wound up snapping one of her yellow ribbons off. I keep super glue around for little emergencies like that, but I still haven’t been able to get her hair firmly locked to her head. I may try filing down the pegs a bit more to see if that helps the fit but until I do that, her hair is quite prone to falling off of her head.
As mentioned, this version of Dizzy is patterned after her Queen’s Gate rendition rather than the Arc System Works art, and so she looks quite young here. The Queen’s Gate book was drawn by Takumi Inoue, and curiously there’s a person by that name listed as the voice actor for Robo-Ky in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus; I have no idea if they’re the same person or not.
Dizzy is given a playful, energetic pose, hair flying with her body thrown forward. I like it quite a bit; it gives her a childlike, girlish quality which contrasts with her revealing outfit. Her youthfulness is also accentuated by her round face, wide eyes, and slender neck. Her mouth is not particularly detailed and while it looks like she has a slight smile from the front, she can take on a more neutral expression from other angles.
Her wings suffer from a sad lack of detail, especially from the top. They look far more like a plastic toy than anything real, which is a shame. Kotobukiya should have looked to E2046’s Caroline figure for some pointers on how to do wings on a figure.
There’s nothing youthful about her chest, which is quite glorious, as well as her backside, which is sculpted very nicely. She’s supposed to be wearing a thong but it looks like her bottom is bare; presumably the small size of the figure prevented the sculptor from providing greater detail. Either way, it looks great to me.
I should mention that I didn’t try to remove her clothing. Her outfit seems to be cast as a separate piece but I am not certain whether there’s an easy way to get it off. Some enterprising Japanese individuals did remove her clothing, although I think they had to rip her clothes off to do so, and so I know that she doesn’t have nipples. Being that that’s the case, I don’t think it’s worth the trouble to try. She does seem to have a hint of genitalia though. (Man that sounds messed up.) Anyway, if you want to see her in all her bare glory, here’s a review that shows off the goods (or lack thereof).
The paint job is more of a mixed affair. She’s got heavy shading on her legs and torso which wouldn’t be quite so noticeable if her face weren’t so pale in comparison. Her clothing has sort of a matte black finish which looks quite a bit like, well, plastic rather than leather.
However, I freely admit that my objectivity can be compromised or negated by my affinity for a character, and despite this figure’s flaws, I still love it and am very glad to own it. Do I wish it was in 1/6 scale? Sure. Do I think that Alter or Max Factory would’ve done a better job? You bet. Despite all of that, I’m very pleased that there’s at least one scale figure of Dizzy out in the market now.
The next Queen’s Gate character is Kasumi from Dead or Alive. I would’ve liked a less well-known character such as Yuki from The Last Blade but I’m still looking forward to the book. She does look very young in the cover art though, which is rather off-putting.
I could have sworn that I saw a resin kit of Yui Kutuna from Vanguard Princess at Wonder Festival the other week. Am I imagining things? Regardless, it’d be pretty cool if some of the characters got turned into figures. And by “some of the characters” I mean Luna.
I have the feeling that Millia Rage is never going to get a scale figure. What a shame that would be. I know I did see a Noel Vermillion resin kit so maybe she’ll get some PVC love in the future.