Phat Company’s Lily is the newest Vocaloid figure to the market. Unlike the most famous Vocaloid girl, it’s pretty easy to tell what she does for a living. If you looked at Miku, you’d think she was a student at a high-tech school or a high-flying armored superheroine or a troublemaking, rabble-rousing revolutionary. Lily, however, is quite obviously a singer. Perhaps she just hasn’t been in the music industry long enough to sell out yet. It happens to so many who stick around and make it big, though, so time will tell.
Like all the Vocaloid characters, Lily is a mascot derived from Yamaha’s voice synthesis software. I’m not too familiar with her – or any of the anime-style Vocaloid characters – so I was surprised by her voice in the songs I sampled on Youtube. I thought she’d have a squeaky, high-pitched voice to go with her petite and bubbly look but her voice is much deeper and mature than I thought it would be.
Her voice samples are provided by Yuri Masuda, a singer who is part of the electronic rap-pop group m.o.v.e. I never heard of them before this figure was announced, which is sorta strange since I like m-flo and they’re also a Japanese electronic rap-pop group.
As an aside, I normally detest pop rap but I don’t mind it at all when it’s done in a foreign language. I’m not sure why. I guess I shouldn’t cast aspersions on music since it’s not like what I listen to is any good anyway.
Lily comes from Phat Company, a company that’s been around but hasn’t achieved much notability in the scaled PVC world until now. They appear to be one of several organizations under Good Smile Company’s aegis. Too bad they don’t share Good Smile Company’s level of workmanship but we’ll get to that in a moment.
This figure is sculpted in 1/8 scale and stands a miniscule 17 centimeters tall. Lily has relatively realistic body proportions for an anime girl and she thus looks even smaller than her height might suggest. A quick check with a tape measure indicates she might be 17.5 centimeters tall if she were standing straight up, which would be well shy of five feet tall in full scale. I don’t get why it’s so difficult for figure manufacturers to get their scale sizes right. It’s not as if multiplication is difficult and if it is, Google will do it for you. It confounds the mind.
Lily comes with a microphone, which she can loosely clutch with her right hand. She also comes with one of the ugliest bases I’ve seen in over five years of collecting anime figures. It’s an oversized chunk of slab-sided plastic that spells out her name, and the appalling blue color stands out like a yarmulke in a mosque. The transparent blue clashes hideously with her yellow and black color scheme, unnecessarily diverting attention from the figure.
The figure is based on the original concept art provided for Lily’s design but there are some noticeable disparities. Most notably the figure Lily has a much more aggressive demeanor than the artwork Lily; her head is cocked to the side and her stare is intense, whereas the artwork depicts her as more sedate and composed. Lily inherits a strong sense of personality from her composure and her wildly-flailing hair and her shirt, which is flying right off of her body.
The sculpt is pretty good – not only does it imbue her with an animated temperament, it also emphasizes her sex appeal, apparently a key attribute for female pop singers, even those that do not actually exist in real life. She has a lithe, petite body build with rather girlish legs and arms, accentuating her youthful look. Her navel is on full display and her breasts seem to threaten to pop loose. She’s not actually wearing anything under her top but unfortunately we cannot see her nipples because it’s glued right to her breasts. We can admire her sideboob, though.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to praise the paintwork to the same degree. Her skin tone is rather lifeless, which is unfortunate given her lively pose and expression, and her hair has a flat, glossy look with little depth. She has fingernail polish but it is not applied very evenly; it’s just a dab of paint on the end of her fingers and the polish on her left thumb looks particularly bad. It may sound insignificant but it immediately draws the eye, despite being such a small thing.
The Vocaloid characters are the embodiment of moe tropes but I don’t recall ever hearing anyone describe tattoos as moe. Defying the common stereotype, Lily proudly shows off tats on her left wrist and an oversized tramp stamp that extends to her flank. I don’t actually like tattoos very much but they look very fitting with Lily’s appearance so I’ll make an exception here. They don’t seem to represent anything but they look pretty cool anyway.
One thing about her hair that deserves criticism is the way a couple of locks attach to her head. There are some big huge gaps where they are glued to the rest of her hair. In addition, they are wedge-shaped and hair doesn’t naturally come off of the head shaped like wedges, which makes it look even worse.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what sort of panties Lily is wearing. To my great surprise and pleasure, she’s wearing a black thong under her skirt. I’ve also said that more anime girl figures ought to have their characters wearing thongs rather than plain white panties and I am glad to see that Lily does just that.
It’s kinda hard for me to say that Lily is a great figure or even a good one. She’s got some quality issues and I’m annoyed by her small size. I guess I’d say that I do like this figure, but that’s much more because I like the character design than the figure itself. She probably wasn’t worth the money and I think I would’ve been happier had I waited for her inevitable price drop. Still, she is cute and has a certain energetic appeal, and that helps mitigate some of her flaws. Vocaloid fans may be very pleased with her but as I don’t have much affinity for any of those characters or the fan-created works, that’s not a feeling that I completely share.
Here she is next to Alter’s Mio, another 1/8 scale figure. The size disparity is obvious, particularly in the size of their heads and the thickness of their thighs.