We looked at the Cat and Chair a little while ago, and now it is time to give White Cat her turn. No name for her, apparently, but at least her title is a bit more descriptive than her counterpart’s.
Like her raven-haired analogue, White Cat comes from the mind of Mamecchi, who not only created the series she comes from, he’s also credited as the sculptor of the figure. Planet of the Cats is, apparently, a doujinshi series, although I’ve never seen more of it than the covers of the books.
White Cat is manufactured by Embrace Japan and has no listed scale size, but 1/8 scale seems to be a reasonable guess. She’s about 18.5 centimeters tall – fairly small for a 1/8 scale figure, but that’s mostly due to her diminutive stature.
The White Cat comes outfitted in a short, frilly sea-green dress, evoking feelings of warm, breezy days. It’s a cute dress that, at first, seems reasonably modest.
Though certainly not from the rear, where its abbreviated length becomes more obvious.
The left side is not a favorable viewing angle, as that’s where the dress detaches from itself for removal. Taking off her clothes is straightforward; her head pops off and then the dress can be pulled up and away from her body.
Doing so leaves her in a very small bikini, probably the smallest on any of the figures that I own.
Her youth is apparent in her petite body build as well as the compact features of her face. Her expression is quizzical, showing confusion, surprise, maybe even a touch of anxiety. Why does she look that way and why is she wearing such a racy swimsuit? Many swimsuit figures – like Alter’s recently-released Nanoha – are fairly straightforward in terms of their visual appeal, but the White Cat’s look is open to interpretation. Is she just surprised and perhaps embarrassed by someone who has walked in on her? Is she just naturally timid? Or did something more ominous occur?
The ambiguity of her look is very appealing, though it’s not the only element of her design that will stimulate interest. Her small swimsuit and compact body are, of course, highlights of this figure, and though she obviously looks quite young, her narrow waist and long legs enhance her visual interest.
The rear view is no less saucy, being that the White Cat is wearing a thong. Her tail detaches from her body so that her dress can be removed or replaced.
I typically don’t like anime characters with animal ears nor do I have a big thing for prepubescent-looking anime girls, but the White Cat is very cute; the sculptor did a fine job imbuing her with a sense of innocence and sex appeal.
From a manufacturing perspective, White Cat has a number of issues. Up close – and I mean really close – she’s got some obvious defects, like some small pockmarks in her hair and ragged painting along the strings of her swimsuit. Most curious is that she seems to have an odd skin condition on her right leg. It looks almost scaly. I should note that it’s impossible to see this under my normal room lighting. One must wonder what that is, though.
At any rate, anyone who evaluates figures by their technical quality is probably not going to be too pleased with this figure; it’s not exactly an example of a top-quality figurine. However, absent any glaring flaws, I usually evaluate figures by their visual appeal, and so I like this figure a lot. White Cat is cute, looks sexy, and isn’t wearing a lot of clothes. Moreoever, she has a distinctive flair, such that one could imagine writing a story around her, just based on her look. Her inscrutable expression separates her from the scads and scads of swimsuit figures out on the market; she may not be much larger than a Beach Queens figure but she’s a helluva lot more interesting.