Continuing the girls with guns theme, this is a saucily-dressed character named Felicia Andress. She’s a figure sculpted by a Japanese artist and manufactured by a Japanese company, but the box says Yamato USA and as part of their Fantasy Figure Gallery collection, she is clearly targeted at a western audience. Personally, though, I think that regardless of where you come from, what color your skin might be, what religion you believe in or even what gender you belong to, everybody can appreciate and respect an ass like Felicia’s.
Yamato’s Fantasy Figure Gallery comprises a series of figures based on the illustrations of several well-known artists, including Boris Vallejo, Dorian Cleavenger, and Luis Royo, who is one of my favorite illustrators. This figure, however, comes from an older sculpture created by Shungo Yazawa, making it the only figure in the line to be based off of a Japanese source. Another difference is that while the other fantasy figures feature female warriors in chainmail bikinis or scantily-clad demon girls or sorceresses, Felicia appears to be some sort of spy or secret agent, in the vein of a Bond girl. Or perhaps she’s a well-armed hooker; I am not really certain.
Felicia is made of polystone, and while I’ve seen many statue collectors extol the superiority of polystone over PVC, I am not convinced that that is the case. In my experience, polystone is far less resilient and the paint job never seems to be as good on my polystone figures as it is on my PVC figures. At any rate, Felicia is about nine centimeters tall and around 26 centimeters long, making her about 1/6 scale. The only accessory she comes with is an oval-shaped base that is not required for display. She does come with instructions and a certificate of authenticity – my figure is apparently #003 out of 400.
Let’s start with the bad points. The less problematic bad point is her hair. She’s got doll-like hair but as it’s securely implanted in her scalp, there’s no fear of it tearing out … though if it does, I don’t see any way it can be repaired or replaced. It’s noticeably straighter than the images of the prototype and seems to be resting on top of her head like a bad toupee rather than growing out of her scalp as it should look. The instructions provided with the figure – written in English, for a change – suggest using hair spray to style her hair. I do actually have some hair spray somewhere stored away, but I have no idea how to style doll hair and I don’t think it would be worth the effort anyway.
The larger problem is her face. The face of the prototype figure wasn’t superb but I thought it was passable enough. The production figure’s face is pretty bad. To start with, she’s got compressed facial features and an unusual cheek and jaw structure that looks more masculine that it ought to. Her eyebrows are curiously straight, giving her a robotic look. Her eyes have a bizarre two-tone color scheme, her irises colored blue and brown, which isn’t attractive at all. The overall effect is to give her the countenance of a Barbie doll – or a blow-up doll.
The best angle to view her is from her side, and fortunately that is also obviously the intended viewing angle, considering her crawling pose. Her close-set eyes and unpleasant iris coloring aren’t nearly as noticeable this way, and it’s easier to observe her highlights, which include her long legs and her costume. Unfortunately, a quick glance at the latter reveals its flaws, as her outfit is basically sculpted as part of her body and upon close inspection, looks more like body paint rather than actual clothing. Fortunately, her boots and gloves look much better. They feature a wrinkled appearance and glossy finish that give them a leather or latex-like look, which is quite cool.
In contrast to her highly erotic pose, Felicia’s gun is utterly boring; it’s a little snub-nosed revolver. One would expect Felicia to pack something a bit more impressive, given her outlandish clothing, but perhaps the little gun makes sense; as she is not carrying a holster, a smaller gun would be easier for her to store.
Felicia has a great ass which is not the least hidden by her thong or the little black strap that is molded into her rear. It’s definitely one of the more pleasing aspects of this figure.
But despite how nice her pose is or how cool her costume is – in principle if not execution – it’s difficult not to come back around to her face. When I was culling the pictures, I noticed I did not take any close up shots of her face, and I think that subconscious decision says an enormous amount as to how poorly it turned out. And after considering her face, it’s hard not to look at her price tag, which is exorbitant, to say the least. However, even at a bargain bin price – and I’m guessing she’ll find her way there – I wouldn’t recommend this figure. It’s a figure with a particularly praiseworthy posterior but a face full of fail, and despite my affection for the female ass, the face always comes first. This isn’t the worst figure I own – a couple of Griffon figures have that dubious honor locked down – but it’s easily the worst value in my collection.