I usually review figures in no particular order other than what I feel like photographing, but today we’ll take a look at a figure that was released relatively recently: Lacia from the light novel, manga, and anime series Beatless. She was released earlier this month, making this one of the few times I’ve reviewed a figure in the same month of its release. This will likely be even less common in the future, since many of my figures are being shipped by surface mail and are thus taking a long boat ride from Japan to the east coast of the United States.
This is the second figure of Lacia to be released by Good Smile Company, joining the original figure which we looked at over nine years ago. That’s kind of surprising and perhaps a bit appalling as well; I don’t really think that much about how long I’ve been photographing figures but nearly a decade between figures is a very long time. This version of Lacia is labeled the 2018 version, even though it was released in 2021; presumably 2018 refers to the release date of Beatless’s anime, though I’m not certain about that.
Speaking of the anime, I was moderately interested in it, since I had picked up the figure years before its announcement, but from what I can tell it seems to be thoroughly mediocre. Viewers particularly disparaged its uneventful plot, one-note characters, and frequent recap episodes. I’d add that it appears to lack in fan service which could otherwise salvage a series, at least in my judgment.
Lacia is sculpted in 1/8 scale, standing about 21.5 centimeters in height. This figure came in two different versions, one with the Black Monolith and one without. My figure is of the latter variety, since it was a lot cheaper and takes up less space. However, without it, the figure loses quite a bit of impact, I think. We’ll talk a bit more about that down below.
It’s instinctive to think about Inori Yuzuriha when looking at Lacia; both characters were designed by the artist redjuice and serve as the lead heroines in dystopian science-fiction series. They are visually similar, with thematically analogous outfits and complementing color palettes. Their Good Smile Company figures, however, aren’t a very good match; this version of Lacia is considerably larger than Inori despite being nominally sculpted in the same scale size.
Lacia’s outfit comprises a black-and-white leotard with long sleeves and thighhighs. It’s not as provocative as Inori’s costume, though there is still a conspicuously-placed cleavage cutout revealing her modest chest. She has some kind of mechanical plating girding her hips; oddly, it’s detachable from the figure, though I’m not entirely sure why. It might have some type of interaction with the more expensive version of this figure, but I’m not sure about that.
Lacia’s design will be familiar to fans of redjuice’s work. She has a very pretty face, with a relatively neutral expression compared to the older figure. One odd aspect of this figure’s design is that her eyes are tinged with blue, giving them a strangely faded appearance, though admittedly this effect isn’t that noticeable from a normal viewing distance. Her hair fades from a pale blue-white to a more pronounced aqua color at the tips; I sometimes find hair gimmicks to be not quite to my liking (translucent hair in particular) but I think it looks really good here.
She’s posed in something of an action stance, one leg lifted and her arms angled out to her sides. She looks good but her pose looks a little odd without further context, and I think this is where the Black Monolith device would have enhanced the visual impact of the figure. Without it, Lacia’s pose looks a little awkward, like she is trying to run, jump and find her balance all at once.
None of this is to say that I wish that I had bought the deluxe version of this figure, however; I don’t have the shelf space nor the desire to spend nearly twice the price of this figure on an accessory.
I like this figure quite a bit; more than the original version of Lacia, I think. She has a very attractive design, revealing quite a bit of skin in the appropriate places. Her color scheme – pale blue hair and monochromatic clothing – is eye-catching despite not being overly flashy. The futuristic aspects of her costume, accentuated by its glossy, vinyl-like sheen – is also attractive. And while I usually don’t talk much about price – we all know this hobby is expensive – Lacia clocked in at just under 10,000 yen, a rare occurrence amongst figures these days. Pretty much the only thing I would have preferred to have been done differently would have been to make the figure larger – 1/8 scale is not that common these days, and seeing her next to some of her contemporary figure releases reinforces my preference for bigger figures. But that’s a relatively small concern, all in all.