Between some unexpectedly time-consuming work obligations and a two-week encounter with bronchitis, this month has been a total bust as far as personal productivity is concerned. That said, I try to do at least one post per month, and luckily I’ve had these photos of Alphamax’s Renge stashed away for a few months, waiting for a length of time where I couldn’t do a normal post. Normally I’d have my five favorite figures post ready to go on this day but that’ll have to wait a couple more days, particularly since I am not sure which figures out to take the fourth and fifth spots (the top three have been locked up since summer). In the meantime, we’ll take a quick look at an older figure that I still quite like.
Renge was manufactured by Alphamax in 1/6 scale; she stands about 26 centimeters in height to the top of her head, though she’s a bit taller overall due to the size of her base and her wings. Dimensionally, she fits in fairly well with Kotobukiya’s Daisy, Annabel, and Freesia, and so people who own and like the earlier figures ought to be pleased with this one.
While the Kotobukiya fairy girls wore outfits that were composed of colorful lingerie, Renge’s clothing goes for a Japanese motif, with a red and white miko color scheme and a very wide sash, itself featuring a butterfly-shaped ribbon. Her attire is no less skimpy than the the Kotobukiya girls, however, being that it comprises a high-cut leotard and a couple of detached sleeves.
Renge’s face is readily identifiable as quintessential Tony. The color of her hair and eyes are a striking periwinkle blue that contrasts quite nicely with the red, white, and gold tones of her outfit.
Her happy expression complements Daisy’s joyous look very nicely. If one did not know the provenance of these figures, one could be excused from thinking that they were from the same manufacturer.
The figures do show a number of differences in detail, though. The obligatory comparison of backsides shows that Renge’s leotard is quite a bit more revealing than Daisy’s panties. Another difference can be seen in the design of their wings; Daisy’s wings are reminiscent of stained glass while Renge’s wings seem less elaborate, albeit much larger. A third discrepancy is that Renge doesn’t have the antennae that the Kotobukiya figures possess.
Perhaps a more obvious difference is that Renge is bare-legged aside from a fairly uncomfortable-looking rope wrapped around her left thigh.
I don’t particularly care for the bases on the Kotobukiya figures, and I don’t really like Renge’s base either. It mimics the dome shape of the other fairy girls but is colored a garish transparent pink, which I don’t think looks all that great.
But otherwise, I think this is a very nice figure, particularly being that I bought it out of the bargain bin – one of the few times I’ve avoided paying full price for something, since I usually preorder the figures that I purchase. I’m a fan of Tony Taka figures, I’m a fan of scantily-clad fairy girls, and I’m a fan of 1/6 scale figures; put all of those things together and I’m likely to be very happy with the result. Hopefully the upcoming Native fairy girl is of similar size.