As anyone who follows the news knows by now, when one lives in a time that requires decisive action and heroic effort, the American thing to do is to call it a day and shut it down. Eventually, however, one does need to get back to work. Theoretically, anyway. (If anyone is curious, I recently bought a new video card and have been busying myself with various MMOs and getting Skyrim to work.) A number of nice new figures have recently been released, and we’ll be looking at some of them in the upcoming days and weeks, but for now, I have a ton of figures piled up waiting for review and Aegis is one of them. Let’s take a quick look at her.
When it comes to merchandise, Aegis is by far the most popular character from the Persona series. She’s gotten a number of figures, with the definitive one being Alter’s 1/6 scale version. That hasn’t deterred other figure makers from putting forth their own efforts, however; in fact, there’s another one by Ques Q scheduled for release next month.
Yamato’s version of Aegis was announced not long after the Alter figure was released, and I don’t doubt that the timing hurt the sales of this figure. Its original price – in excess of 10,000 yen – certainly did not help, either; I hadn’t intended to pick up this figure but it got a big discount not long after it was released, which is when I purchased it.
Many of Yamato’s figures are listed as “non-scale,” which is a little silly since the only way for a figure to not actually correspond to a scale would be for it or its source character to have a height of zero or infinity. Aegis measures about 26.5 centimeters in height, which, given her lanky body build, is probably closest to 1/7 scale.
At first glance, unless one is a fan of Aegis and Persona 3 (I’d label myself both), there doesn’t seem to be much to recommend this figure. Her maid outfit looks very much like any other maid outfit you’ve ever seen. Her pose is remarkable only for its stiff verticality. Many of her mechanical parts, which were so prominently emphasized and lovingly detailed in the Alter figure, aren’t all that conspicuous here.
However, this figure does have one prominent aspect, which is Yoshizawa Mitsumasa’s style. Known professionally as REFLECT, he’s sculpted a number of my favorite figures, including Kiriko Hattori, Asuka, and Cammy. His trademarks are easily recognizable; they typically include a relatively realistic face with slightly enlarged eyes as well as a tall, lithe physique. I’m a big fan of his style, and I really like the way he’s sculpted Aegis’s face. She has a more human look here, with the typical anime style being much less of an influence. Her sideways look and small, knowing smile are particularly appealing, conveying a sense of softness and warmth.
Compared to Alter’s figure, Yamato’s version is noticeably smaller and far less detailed. Their faces do share some common elements, including the presence of lips and a larger nose than is typically seen on an anime-style figure. However, while I really do like Alter’s figure, I prefer the face on Yamato’s figure.
Besides the face, one other interesting aspect of this figure is the hair. REFLECT’s sculpts typically feature fairly realistic body proportions, which means that they don’t have the oversized heads that almost every other anime figure has (including Alter’s figure). However, this figure has big, poofy hair, which makes her head look a little larger.
Her hair is nicely detailed, without the helmet hair syndrome that many figures have.
Although Aegis looks reasonably human, her mechanical aspects are present, if rather less evident than on Alter’s figure. She’s wearing her usual headphones, her forearms are finished in metallic paint, and her fingers are stubbed in gray.
I don’t have a big maid fetish – unless the maid outfit is, well, fetishistic – but even if I did, I’d say that her maid outfit is rather less interesting. There’s nothing really all that special about it. I vaguely remember there being a scene in Persona 3 where the female characters acquired maid outfits, but I can’t remember what it was about.
But in the end, I suppose I don’t really care too much about the maid outfit. I really bought this figure because I liked the face (and well, because it was cheap). To be honest, I definitely wouldn’t have picked up this figure if I didn’t care for Aegis, but she was one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite games, so I’m happy to own this figure. It’s not at all a highlight of my collection, but as a complementary piece to Alter’s more synthetic version, I think it looks pretty nice.