I’ve been wasting a lot of time playing gacha games and watching gacha game streamers, and being that Azur Lane was the first gacha game I played, a review of an Azur Lane shipgirl is long overdue. There’s a long-anticipated Royal Navy event going on now and thus it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at Duke of York, the personification of the King George V-class battleship that served in the real Royal Navy during World War II. This particular figure is by Mimeyoi, and it’s the first figure from them that I’ve ever owned, which is another good reason to have a look at her.
The warship HMS Duke of York spent much of her service fighting the German Kriegsmarine and operating as a fleet flagship in the Atlantic. The characters in Azur Lane typically reflect some aspect of the design or histories of their namesakes but for some reason, Duke of York is depicted as a vampire. I’m not really sure what the relevance might be of this trait but it’s the way she is presented.
This figure was released in August of 2021 by Mimeyoi. Duke of York is sculpted in 1/4 scale and measures right around 31 centimeters in height, not including her base. She’s relatively simple in design and, aside from her chair, doesn’t come with anything in the way of accessories.
One of the things I notice first about Duke of York is that she has a rather exuberant look on her face, almost disturbingly so. I don’t use her in Azur Lane but I don’t recall that she’s all that crazy, unlike a number of other characters in the game. Her demeanor doesn’t necessarily look insane, but I can’t shake the feeling that you can detect something unhinged in her grin if you’re looking for it.
Aside from her expression, one of the most eye-catching aspects of her design is her outfit. She’s dressed in a race queen outfit, the main element being a leotard with a strategically-placed cutout that reveals her cleavage. It’s a very attractive outfit that shows a good deal of her figure – though it’s not even close to being one of the more revealing outfits available in Azur Lane.
Her thigh-highs are attached to her leotard via garter straps …
… though strangely, she doesn’t have any straps on the back of her legs.
Another conspicuous element of Duke of York’s design is the prodigious size of her bust. I don’t recall that Duke of York was considered one of the more massively-endowed characters in Azur Lane, but she’s apparently received a major upgrade to her chest in this figure.
Duke of York’s lone accessory is this stylized chair, which looks attractive without being too obtrusive. I may have not placed her correctly on it but I found her to not fit too well on it.
I’m not sure if there is any relationship between FREEing and Mimeyoi but being that both are producing 1/4 scale figures of Azur Lane characters, it’s impossible not to compare their products. I think the comparison is anticlimactic, though; I think they’re roughly similar in terms of overall quality. If a figure collector knew nothing about this figure and were told that it was made by FREEing, I don’t think they’d have any problem believing that.
And that’s certainly fine by me; while I think that both companies might be able to take better advantage of the finer detailing that might be possible when working with a larger product, I think Duke of York looks great, even though I think her Cheshire grin can be a little off-putting. I like her race queen ensemble and I’m happy that Mimeyoi created her at such a large size. She also makes for a very impressive display when paired with Prince of Wales, whom I plan to photograph sometime in the near future.