Kotobukiya has followed up their Yui Takamura figure with one of Cryska Barchenowa, one half of Total Eclipse’s Soviet duo. This is the third Cryska figure that I own and that Yui figure is the third one that I own of her, as well. When it comes to figures, it seems like these two girls plus Inia Sestina are the only ones to exist; one wonders if Stella and Cui Yifei will ever get their turn to shine. Oh, and Tarisa too, I guess. It’d be nice to see them get some love from figure makers, but for now, let’s take a look at our favorite commie mech driver.
I’ve already written posts about Alphamax’s underwear-clad Cryska and Kotobukiya’s underwear-clad Cryska so I’ll skip the lengthy character biography this time and just mention the highlights: Cryska is one of the main characters of Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse. She’s from Soviet Russia and flies an advanced combat mech (called a tactical surface fighter in the series) with her partner Inia Sestina. She’s presented as being aloof, rather homicidal, and perhaps a bit insane – which makes her a fairly standard anime love interest character. Total Eclipse’s story is continued in a visual novel, curiously released only on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 rather than on the PC. Cryska goes through some interesting times and that’s all that will be mentioned here about that.
Like her earlier figures, Kotobukiya’s Cryska is sculpted in 1/7 scale, sitting at about 12 centimeters in height and 18 centimeters in length. Like her castmate Yui, Cryska comes with a stone-themed base and some loose rocks to scatter around it if one so chooses. I put them back in the box since I’d just lose them if I left them out.
For some reason or another, very few of the Total Eclipse characters are sculpted standing up. This theme seems common to mecha pilot figures, as most of the figures of the Evangelion girls have them sitting or lying down as well. This depiction of Cryska is obviously no exception, but while I usually prefer figures that are standing upright, I really like how Cryska is posed. For one thing, I appreciate how there’s a strong sense of direction in the sculpt; the length of her limbs and her sideways gaze vector attention to her left.
Or so it would seem, except her breasts are so massive that they command attention all to themselves. Impossibly spherical and impossibly encased, it’s difficult to ignore them. I still wish that Kotobukiya had sculpted her nipples, but I suppose one can’t have everything. Regardless, they look great, and they also offer a reasonable explanation for why she’s not standing up.
Cryska’s feminine pose offers a sharp contrast to her bulky, futuristic body armor. Her narrow waist, slender limbs, and long legs are clearly evident and go a long way towards establishing Cryska’s visual appeal.
Her pilot suit also contributes significantly to her sexiness. It covers her up fully but leaves virtually nothing to the imagination (except her nipples). I think it’s pretty neat how her sternum and navel are readily visible.
Cryska’s expression is also very appealing. She looks cold and indifferent, but there is also the slightest hint of a smile on her lips, inviting and perilous. Her glance, turned into the wind, is knowing and seductive, that of a femme fatale.
The impression of danger is made considerably less abstract by her one accessory, which is some sort of commie sidearm. I left my gun nut days behind me around when I hit puberty so I’m afraid I’m not sure what sort of gun this is; however, from my experience with pop culture, any time a Soviet or Russian person holds a gun, it’s usually a Makarov or Tokarev if it’s a pistol, some sort of AK if it’s an assault rifle, and a Dragunov if it’s a sniper rifle. Doubtless somebody will come along in the comments section and identify exactly what model of firearm this is.
While getting the pistol into her hand isn’t too difficult, her left arm flexes to an unusual, even alarming degree. I was afraid that I was going to damage it while fitting the pistol into her grip.
Her posterior end is obviously not going to be visible when displayed normally, but the sculptor has done a very fine job with it. It is of a size to match her bust and the armored thong imprint of her bodysuit emphasizes the shape of her buttocks.
The rear view also shows the curvature of her back and the impression of her shoulderblades. Cryska has a really nicely-designed body.
One aspect of her design that I didn’t notice before getting this figure is that she only has one shoulderpad. Sometimes asymmetry can be very appealing but this time, I can’t help thinking it’d be better if she had a matching pauldron on her right shoulder or if it had been omitted from her design altogether. That said, I do kinda like the look of its bulky, plastic appearance against Cryska’s litheness.
Another aspect that isn’t too obvious at first is that her chinstrap seems to be a lot less obstrusive than Yui’s. It’s painted dark blue, which blends in against the collar of her suit.
Like their Yui figure from a few months ago, Kotobukiya’s Cryska is superb. I think the pose works very well, despite my usual preference for standing figures. Cryska looks very appealing reclining on one leg, but she also looks very serious and quite dangerous as well. This figure does a great job of capturing her persona and sexiness; hopefully Kotobukiya’s upcoming figures of Inia and Meiya Mitsurugi are just as good, and hopefully those aren’t the last Muv-Luv Alternative figures that they create.
For a nice review of Cryska, check out Reflective Boundary.
While Cryska’s base looks similar to Yui’s, they don’t actually fit together. Well, technically the front of Cryska’s base can fit with the back of Yui’s base, but then Cryska would be blocked from view, so that’s not a good option. Incidentally, Cryska seems to have Yui beat in terms of bust size.
Kotobukiya’s previous Cryska was also a 1/7 scale figure, but it seems a little smaller than their newer Cryska.
Certainly the newer Cryska will take up much more shelf space.