Ostensibly, one of the best things about reviewing stuff is getting free figures from manufacturers. Not that I would know for myself; in the first five years of this website I’ve never gotten a review sample. Personally, I think I prefer it that way; as nice as it is to get free stuff, they tend to come with strings attached, whether explicitly defined or merely suggested. I run this website purely as a hobby and as such I don’t like taking on unnecessary work or responsibilities.
A few months ago, a representative of E2046 asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their figure of Thalia. I was a little hesitant to accept, being that I take great pride that this site is completely independent and is, at least in my perception, detached from the larger figure-collecting community, which is how I like it. However, I find it difficult to turn down free stuff, even if strings are attached, and in this case, the only obligation I would undertake would be to photograph and review the figure, which I’ve been doing for years, anyway. Therefore, I agreed that I would review Thalia; they shipped me the figure and here she is.
Thalia is part of E2046’s ORI series of figures, which are figures that they have designed and sculpted themselves. Some of them are based off of existing characters from anime and video games while others are original creations. Thalia belongs to the latter category, or at least I’m fairly certain she does. Her product description indicates that she is based off of Greek mythology, which seems to represent a new product series for the ORI lineup, as many of their earlier original figures drew from East Asian culture instead.
This figure is sculpted in 1/6 scale and stands about 27 centimeters tall, excluding the base. Like most garage kit figures, she’s made of a resin material rather than PVC, which means that she’s rather more prone to breakage in transit. Fortunately, my figure arrived intact; indeed, I was impressed by how securely she was packed, with numerous little foam pillows placed around her to keep her from moving while being shipped.
Before going into the actual review I should mention that this review is an opinion, not an endorsement. I’m not foolish enough to think that my views are inoculated against influence due to getting free loot, but I did tell the E2046 representative that I am going to do my best to maintain as much objectivity as I can. The figure is the only free thing that I received; I don’t get any additional benefits, kickbacks, commission, or free cookies from any of the links listed above.
So with that out of the way, I’ll state up front that I wasn’t planning on buying this figure, mainly because she is completely dressed and the ORI figures that I already own tend to be scantily-clad. I’ll acknowledge that that is perhaps a poor personal principle but it is still a principle. However, seeing the figure in person, I’m really impressed by with how nicely her clothing and armor look. She has sort of a fiery dragon or demonic motif going on, with horns and scales sprouting from her arms and shoulders; one can’t help thinking of Blizzard’s Diablo series of dungeon crawler games, whose demon designs often feature a similar style. (Speaking of Diablo, I was strongly considering buying Sideshow’s Diablo statue, being that I heard that the villain is spawned from a female host, which I thought was neat. Then I heard that Diablo still has a male voice, despite a relatively effete appearance, and so I changed my mind; I don’t have many rules about figure collecting but one that I do have is that I generally don’t buy figures of dudes.)
I should mention that the figure I received was pre-painted by E2046; I have neither the ability nor the equipment to paint model figures myself. They did a really superb job with it; her armor is painted in multiple gradations of red, burgundy, orange, and yellow, which strongly catches the eye. Different finishes are used to suggest texture, with her dress showing a glossy look while her bodysuit features a metallic sheen.
One thing I probably would have preferred be colored differently is the part covering her bust, which is a creamy white; personally, I think it might look better if it were the same burgundy color as her suit, to keep it looking consistent.
While Thalia is fully covered up, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any fanservice; like most of E2046’s ORI figures, she has a really nice-looking rear.
Thalia has a rather unusual facial expression, with her eyes looking up at something with her mouth hanging open This is obviously not a standard expression and therefore one cannot help but wonder what might cause this look. Perhaps she sees Zeus dribbling towards her in a shower of gold? Or maybe she has an Amazon Prime subscription and she spies one of those delivery drones flying in with her package? At any rate, I think a more standard expression, with eyes level and mouth closed, would’ve been the better choice. (I should point out that anyone building the model kit can paint the eyes as he or she sees fit.)
Thalia has a cute hairdo with a long, girly ponytail. It’s a bit hard to see due to the flame wreath on her forehead and personally, I would’ve been okay with dispensing with that; I’ve never been a big fan of sculpting special effects out of PVC or resin. Fire, water, lightning bolts, lasers, gasses – they tend to not look that great in plastic. The wreath is painted quite nicely, though, with a similar flamey pattern as her armor.
At first look, her pose seems a little stiff, but now that I look at her some more, I like how it looks; it gives her a stoic, imperturbable air, which seems fitting for someone with the power to control flames. It also helps that she has a strong, sexy arch to her back.
Overall, I think Thalia looks quite nice, though what is more impressive is the workmanship, particularly in regard to her paint job. Her sculpt is also very striking, especially the horns curling off of her shoulders. Obviously there are a few things I would have preferred to have been done differently, and I would have also liked it better if she were wearing fewer clothes, but her design is still attractive, and I’m happy to own this figure.