While I buy lots of figures, a quick glance at my collection indicates that I tend to buy figures of older characters who are often wielding weapons. You won’t find that many loli characters on my shelves, for the simple reason that while I don’t dislike them, they’re not really my thing. I usually like characters that are a bit older. So why did I buy this figure of Nymph? A careful and deliberate examination of the image above will reveal the reason.
Nymph is a member of Sora no Otoshimono’s large central cast. A type beta angeloid, she specializes in electronic warfare. This pint-sized h4x0r initially displays tsundere traits – flat chest, loli build, twintails, and a really snotty attitude – but she quickly shows a softer and more sympathetic side.
I’m not a big fan of tsundere types, as I’ve often written, but I don’t mind Nymph too much, mainly because she gets kicked around a lot. Man does she get kicked around. It’s great stuff. The later episodes of Sora no Otoshimono’s first season are really fun to watch because of that. Besides that, though, she quickly drops the more objectionable elements of her personality and develops a warm friendship with Tomoki while also showing her vulnerabilities. Of the three main angeloids in the anime, I think Nymph has the most interesting personality.
I liked Sora no Otoshimono, particularly the first season. The second season, however, started out decently and then swiftly went off the tracks. To me, the most interesting part of the show was the interaction between Tomoki and Ikaros, but the second season spent a lot of time building up drama and bringing new characters into an already bloated cast. Chaos, the villain, was particularly laughable – she shows up, does some damage, quickly gets defeated, leaving us to wonder, “What the hell was the point of all that?” Doubtless the manga does a better job of explaining things, and I’m guessing some of the anime’s unevenness was due to it trying to fit in pieces from the source publication. However, the first season was great; it was a mix of comedy, fanservice, and surprising warmth that I very much enjoyed watching.
This version of Nymph comes from unknown figure maker Plum. I’ve never heard of them before, I haven’t ever seen their stuff, and the only Plum I know of in the hobby is known for making Nanoha doujinshi. I’m guessing they’re not the same people who made this figure.
Nymph is nominally sculpted in 1/6 scale and stands about 19 centimeters tall, not counting her base. That seems about right, though her proportions are definitely on the mixed side. You can display with her cape or without; a couple of extra arms are included that feature peg holes, allowing her cape and pauldrons to be secured to her shoulders. She doesn’t come with the little birds that you see in the pictures. Her base is a gimmicky wing-shaped chunk of plastic which doesn’t really offer a lot of support, particularly since her center of balance is pushed forward.
Nymph’s character design mixes a loli body build and a rather large head, but Plum’s sculpt takes this to a large extreme, giving her the body of a 1/8 scale figure with a head that’s closer in size to a 1/4 scale figure. If you didn’t like Fate’s big head you’re definitely not going to like Nymph because her head is enormous for her body. It’s more apparent from certain angles, particularly when her cape is removed, and to be fair, her large head doesn’t deviate substantially from her original design, but I’m sure it’s going to bother people. Heck, it kinda bothers me and I think of myself as rather forgiving when it comes to figure designs.
But besides that, Nymph has an attractive character design, with her bright blue hair and eyes presenting a pleasing contrast to the stark black and white tones of her costume. She’s wearing what Salinger would describe as a butt-twitcher of a dress, and she is indeed bending over to give everyone a good look at her ass. Not the classiest of poses, to be certain, but it looks great anyway. Well, most of the time. A curious aspect of this figure is that the seat of her dress is removable. It simply attaches into a little socket in her lower back and is easily detached. This causes a problem, however, since that part doesn’t easily slide under her dress and looks unsightly when her cape is not attached. Or maybe it does and I just didn’t try hard enough. I’ll admit I didn’t try very hard. Life’s too short to be fiddling with figure clothes.
Also, without the cape and without the skirt part, you get to see a big hole in her back, which transcends unsightliness and moves into damn ugly territory. So basically this works if you keep Nymph’s cape on her shoulders. That’s not a bad idea, since her cape fills out her body somewhat and lessens the disproportionate appearance of her head.
Another odd aspect of this figure is Nymph’s tongue, which, well, really doesn’t look like a tongue to me. It’s nearly cylindrical, and it’s difficult enough for one to roll one’s tongue into a U shape, let alone an O. Frankly, given the sort of H anime I like to watch, it looks kinda like a tentacle protruding from her mouth. You know how sometimes you see tentacles go all the way through a girl, back to front, and it comes out of her mouth? That’s kinda what this reminds me of. Did anyone expect that sort of imagery in a review of a figure like this? Never say that Tentacle Armada doesn’t deliver. (Though I didn’t remember to take pictures of Nymph with the tentacle stand. Hmm.)
Nymph is holding a candy apple, as occurred in an episode of the first season. It was a pivotal episode in establishing her back story, and it’s nice to see it appear here, except it doesn’t really look like a candy apple because it’s transparent. I’ve never seen no transparent apples in my life. It looks a lot more like a lollipop or something. It makes photography sort of annoying because light goes right through it and puts a red spot on her shoulder, like a laser sight – though given how many bad guys are gunning for her, maybe that’s only appropriate. The apple has a peculiarly flexible shaft, which is annoying when swapping arms, since you only get one apple and it’s difficult to get it into her grasp.
Her sculpt has a few oddities at certain angles. She does have a nose but her face can look really flat and as mentioned, her proportions are rather funky. The paintwork isn’t particularly inspired, and she’s got a smudge on her cheek which isn’t coming off. But it’s reasonably clean and looks alright. Except for the paint on her panties, which is quite rough.
On the plus side, Nymph has a nice character design and a good pose. I freely admit that her bent-over stance is what got me to buy this figure. Her butt is very cute, with the back of her panties framed by thick garter straps, and her giant head doesn’t seem quite as large from the optimal viewing perspective – which is to say, the one where her butt is right in your face – so that goes a long way in getting me to like this figure.
And I guess that’s pretty much what I’d say about this figure. I like it, though I don’t think it has a lot going for it. If I had a time machine, I might go back and order Kotobukiya’s figure instead. Or I might not get either figure; I’m sure Kotobukiya’s Nymph figure is higher quality, but she reminds me a helluva lot of their Asuka Langley Shikinami figure, and it kinda bothers me how they’ve both got grins on their faces. I mean, both are haughty, psychologically damaged girls who suffer some major mental and physical injuries, and I can’t really picture them kneeling with shy smiles on their faces. Well, then again, I suppose one could say that this Nymph doesn’t look quite appropriate either, though I’d argue she’s a fanservice character from a fanservice show who’s offering exactly what you’d expect. So anyway, if you want a Nymph figure but don’t mind holding off, I’d wait and see what Grands’s version looks like; I suspect it’ll be the best of the three.
Nymph comes with this instruction sheet, in case you can’t figure out how to put her together.