Despite its impressive array of attractive characters, there still aren’t that many figures from Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. What few there are are distributed by a wide variety of companies, and that means that those few figures comprise a myriad of looks, styles, poses, and sizes. Further, for some reason or another many of those figures were not sold through normal retail channels. Such was the case for Mary Stuart; she was supposed to be a Dengeki Fan Shop exclusive or somesuch, but HLJ stocked this figure and that’s where I bought her from. That was a fortunate thing, as I wasn’t inclined to get this figure if I needed to put in a special order, but since I have her, let’s take a look at her.
Mary Stuart joins the core cast of Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere during the show’s second season. Initially disguised, hooded and speaking in a feigned voice, she quickly meets Tenzou Crossunite, the ninja student from Musashi Ariadust Academy. They instantly take a liking to each other, subsequently falling in love, which is one of the few plot points from the show that I understood. (There’s also some stuff about Horizon trying to recover her emotions, Toori Aoi constantly walking around butt-ass naked, and some type of conflict between the Musashi students and some Englishpeople, but for the most part, I had no idea what was going on.)
This figure is manufactured by Sentinel in 1/8 scale, standing about 20.5 centimeters in height. Notably, she’s around the same size as Alter’s 1/8 scale figures, which means she’s relatively large. She comes with one accessory, a little black pylon which presumably can be used to keep her stable; its inclusion might be helpful since she’s quite heavy and, being that she’s standing on one leg, she might exhibit leaning problems in the future.
The female characters of the Horizon series features a number of stylistic hallmarks, particularly in their clothing. Mary wears an Englishwoman’s outfit, which looks rather like a blue version of the Musashi Ariadust Academy uniforms. It consists of a tight bodysuit and a large, heavy skirt, which hopefully won’t cause the figure to topple over in the future.
Tenzou freely expresses his preference for big-breasted blonde girls, and fortunately for him Mary is just that. Only one of her breasts is visible, and it’s so oddly spherical that one might not recognize it as a breast at first glance. As strange as it might look, it is pretty much the way she’s designed in the anime.
Her other tit is hidden by her sword. I’m not sure what sword this is, but being that she’s named after English royalty, it’s a safe guess that it’s Excalibur or some derivative.
There’s a small smile on Mary’s face – at least it looks like a smile from some angles – but her eyes seem a bit sad, which I suppose makes sense since she’s had a rough life and she also has a propensity to spontaneously tear up. Her nose is almost completely vestigial, which looks strange but again, that’s how she’s designed. She does have her trademark scar, though it doesn’t look all that much like a scar to me; it looks like something you’d try to wipe off with rubbing alcohol, like a line drawn by an orange magic marker or something.
All that said, the flatness of her face is still a bit disturbing. It is, at least, a lot less noticeable when viewing the figure from at least a foot away.
Another common stylistic quirk found amongst the Horizon girls is big, big hair. Kimi Aoi and Nate Mitotsudaira are the preeminent examples, of course, but Mary has a pretty impressive ponytail as well. There’s more detail there than one might expect given the prevalance of helmet hair on so many other figures.
Sentinel is best known amongst figure collectors for making a couple of forgettable figures of the main characters from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. That’s not much of a track record, and so I wasn’t expecting Mary to be a marvel of manufacturing competence. In that respect, I was correct in not getting my hopes up; she’s not awful but she’s not particularly impressive at all. In terms of technical quality, she reminds me of some of the figures I bought back when I first started collecting, around 2005 or 2006.
I like this figure, though that’s certainly not saying that this is a great figure, or even a good one. In terms of manufacturing quality, this figure fails to impress on multiple levels; however, my evaluation doesn’t place much weight on manufacturing quality, so this doesn’t bother me much. Mainly I wish that her face were improved, though I suppose they did a good job of giving her that sad-and-happy puppy-dog look. I do like both the character and the character design, and those two things count for a lot. Moreover, it seems unlikely that Mary will be getting many figures, so that does make this figure special, even if it doesn’t improve the figure itself.