Being someone who dislikes world PVP combat in MMO games, I didn’t have much interest in playing Lineage II when it first came out. However, I loved the character designs, particularly the female dark elves, and eventually I gave it a shot. I liked my dark elf fighter’s starting costume very much, but even that wasn’t enough to overcome the monotony of the gameplay and I called it quits after my free one-month trial period.
I still like the character designs though, and I’m glad to see several figure manufacturers bringing sculpts bearing their likenesses to market. Orchid Seed is the latest to do so, and here we have the elf. No name, no character class, just Elf – although one can infer from her staff that she is some sort of finger-waggling, babble-chanting spell-flinger, as these sorts of conventions are eternal in this genre.
Being that I played only a dark elf during my brief stint in Aden, I’m not familiar with the background concerning the lighter-skinned elves, and since most MMOs I’ve played have had very facile stories (if any drunks out there are looking for a new way to get wasted, go visit WoWWiki and click on random articles. Every time you read about a character who starts out good but becomes corrupted and falls into evil, take a drink), I’m sure it’s not particularly enthralling, anyway.
Elf is nominally sculpted in 1/7 scale and is about 21.5 centimeters tall from her toes to the top of her head. Now being that she is wearing heels, she is technically shorter than that, which puts her at well under five feet tall if she were real. While elves are often depicted as being shorter than humans, I don’t believe that the Lineage II elves are that much smaller, and so this is yet another case of a figure manufacturer having slept through division lessons in elementary school. Now, I’ll concede that out of the four basic arithmetic operations that one learns in grade school, division is probably the hardest, since you have to deal with those ugly remainders, and for some inexplicable reason you start off learning long division by writing out the numbers horizontally, but then you get to middle school and they tell you to write them as rational numbers and you don’t see the long division stuff again unless you major in engineering and they make you expand partial fractions by using polynomial long division which uses the grade school notation, which is confusing as hell.
Err, yeah, so Orchid Seed sucks at math. On the plus side, as Good Smile Company’s Human Elf and Dark Elf are in 1/8 scale, this allows Orchid Seed’s version to fit in with those other figures. On the negative side, because of her more realistic styling, she really does look small; her head is considerably smaller than a typical 1/8 scale anime-style figure.
Orchid Seed provides a typical transparent plastic disc as the base; this one is labeled “ELF” in case anyone isn’t sure what he or she is looking at, and it’s also quite small, which is appreciated. They also present a choice of weapons, an elaborate staff or a sword quite reminiscent of the one that the dark elf wields. Unfortunately, I snapped it in half; both weapons can separate to slide into the elf’s left hand, but I broke off the mounting peg while removing it from her grasp. Oops.
The elf effects very muted colors, with pale skin, gold and white clothing, and blue eyes so light they look almost colorless. It’s a low-key scheme that directs attention to the sculpt, which is a bit atypical for an anime-inspired figure. She has a relatively small head, a reasonably realistic upper body build, and very wide hips and elongated legs. One hip is thrust to the side, highlighting her narrow waist, and her slender arms and fingers convey an impression of fragility.
Unsurprisingly for an Orchid Seed figure, her clothes are removable. Her torso separates just above her bustline, which slightly complicates the task of removing or replacing her skirt, since it needs to be pulled over her breasts. Her head and arms also detach, and happily Orchid Seed has provided some arm bands to conceal the detachment points.
Her skirt and jacket are made of somewhat flexible plastic, a bit like Good Smile Company’s Shuraki figures. More unusually, her arms are similarly flexible, which makes it more difficult than it needs to be to firmly reattach her arms while she is wearing her jacket. Her legs feel much more solid, which may allay leaning concerns.
You know, I don’t provide descriptive identifiers in my post tags, but maybe I should. I’m thinking I might introduce a tag titled “epic ass” and this figure seems to be a good example of such. Who else merits such a tag? Metatron for sure, certainly Canal and the Dark Magician … really need to re-shoot the latter one of these days …
Looking up close at the photos, there are some visible seam lines, particularly on her arms, and there are some green stains on her right knee and elbow; I’m not sure if they were there or if they were caused by the green mat I used in my pictures. Knowing my clumsiness, I’m thinking it’s probably the latter. There are also some specks in her paint job that are obvious when viewed with a macro lens, and there are a few other smudges, most noticeably on her backside. I’m not sure if that was caused by the skirt or not.
Despite those technical problems, I like this figure a lot. The elf was the figure I was perhaps looking most forward to, and I have to admit that she falls a bit short of my expectations, particularly due to her smaller-than-expected size, but otherwise, I’m quite pleased with how she looks. She’s very pretty, she looks great without her skirt, and being that I’m an easy person to please, I don’t need much more than that to call this a good figure.
Orchid Seed has shown off a female dwarf figure already, and it appears that they’ll be doing a dark elf figure as well. I’m thinking that I’ll be passing on the dwarf, but I’m interested in seeing their dark elf rendition.
For another review, check out foo-bar-baz, who’s had his since before New Year’s Day.
It’s a panty party, yay!