So this statue and this post both require a bit of explanation. I hadn’t intended to review it but it looks pretty good, even if it does take certain liberties with 2B’s design, and I thought it might make for an interesting review. The principal thing here is that this statue is in no way an officially licensed product and I’m generally a little reluctant to review such things unless they are doujin products whose production is largely motivated by a desire to display artistic creativity and to express an affinity for the originating material, and being that this statue is the product of some enterprising individuals in China, I’m inclined to think that its existence owes more to its potential commercial viability rather than aesthetic concerns. But like I said, it looks pretty good and hey, its producers may very well have an appreciation for both the character and for the female form, as we’ll see. Also, there actually is a licensed 1/4 scale statue of the Nier: Automata characters, produced by Prime 1 Studio. However, they’ve made the somewhat shady move of requiring consumers to buy the very expensive full set of all three characters if one wishes to display 2B without her skirt; the standalone statue doesn’t have that feature (though I imagine a brave collector could remedy that with some hand tools). Given that situation, and combined with my lingering resentment towards Square – undiminished even after a quarter of a century – for helping Sony destroy Sega in the game console business, my qualms regarding the unlicensed nature of this statue are largely mitigated.
So I’m going to put up some pictures of this statue – this is going to be a brief review, without as many pictures as usual and a great deal more explanatory text, since some people might be curious about this statue and others like it. This statue comes with a ton of optional parts, including her sword, another head, and different arms. The configuration I have her in here is the way I wanted to display her, so the other parts are back in the box.
But first, some background information. As any enthusiast of geopolitical affairs would note, China has in recent times become a major player in international diplomacy and the global economy. A conspicuous consequence of this ascent is that Chinese companies have transitioned from simply manufacturing the designs of overseas corporations to developing and fabricating their own commodities for export. This doesn’t generally yet include things like cars and aircraft, but it does include computers, smartphones – and figures. There’s a surprisingly active industry involved in designing and manufacturing finished figures and statues, often of characters from popular Japanese video games and anime, which are then sold on websites of varying repute. I bought this statue from FNC, and I’ve since bought and received another statue (this Tifa Lockhart statue if anyone is curious) from them, so I think they are reliable, but caveat emptor is absolutely the rule when it comes to products of this provenance.
This statue is produced by a group called Moonlight Studio and is designated MLS-002 (their first product was a large statue of the elf character from the old MMO Lineage II). I am not sure if this sculpt – and it’s certain that this statue was digitally sculpted – is original or if it’s based off of fan artwork that was adapted through ZBrush or something. Regardless, it’s produced in 1/4 scale and stands about 51 centimeters in height, including the base. As mentioned, it comes with a large number of optional parts, most of which stayed right in the box.
Flare’s official PVC figure of 2B wasn’t particularly faithful to her canonical design, and neither is this statue, though this version has the excuse of being designed to appeal to certain sensibilities in a way that might not have passed muster with a more mainstream product. Namely, 2B is posed leaning forward in a way that highlights her backside – and well it should, since clearly a great deal of attention was lavished on making this part of her body the focal point of her entire design. Her ass, accentuated by her iconic thong leotard, is large and shapely in a way that the Flare figure neglected.
Her backside does distract somewhat from the rest of her body, which is appealing but also stylized in a way that is perhaps not immediately obvious. Her legs are very long, unnaturally so; they are aesthetically pleasing but they start to look odd the longer one studies them. Similarly, her torso is a little short for her height, and one might wonder how her feet actually fit into her boots.
The design of this statue is certainly geared to maximize sex appeal but other aspects of its look were not neglected. 2B has a very lovely face, with a surprising amount of detail featured in her eyes, eyebrows, and lips. I own a fair number of 1/4 scale figures and statues and very few can equal this level of facial detail. Given that this statue is not produced by a major manufacturer and was priced relatively cheaply for a 1/4 scale statue, this level of attention is certainly both surprising and gratifying.
The design of the costume doesnt suffer, either. The feathers sprouting from her sleeves are particularly detailed.
The base of the statue also looks quite good, with this head resembling one of the characters from the original Nier and Nier: Automata (and the mask that series creator Yoko Taro likes to wear during press events). There are some additional details such as 2B’s sword that can be placed in the base but since they take up additional space, I didn’t include them here.
Moonlight Studio has taken a fancy to this character as they have two more 2B statues in the pipeline: one in sort of a wedding dress and another with 2B dressed in Kaine’s outfit from the original game. They both look pretty good and I might look to pick them up.
Despite a great deal of trepidation regarding trying to acquire this statue (and some lost money), I’m really happy to have this statue. This rendition of 2B looks sexy, detailed, and superb overall. I’m being judicious as to which statues of this type I’m interested in but this one is one that I don’t regret pursuing.