Eighty-one years ago on this date, USS Baltimore was launched from her building yard in Massachusetts, and thus it’s an appopriate day to take a look at this figure of Baltimore from Azur Lane. Since her introduction she’s become one of the more popular Eagle Union characters, with five additional skins beyond her base design and at least four more figures in the pipeline. She’s one of my favorite characters, certainly amongst my top five – St. Louis, Enterprise, New Jersey, and Reno being the others, though the newly-introduced USS Kearsarge might make an argument to displace someone. That someone won’t be Baltimore, though; I’ve loved this character since she came out, and I’m ecstatic she’s getting so many figures.
Baltimore is portrayed in Azur Lane as an outwardly-confident tomboy, skilled in a variety of sports and possessing a strong sense of justice and righteousness. However, she’s easily flustered when teased and is embarrassed when showing off her feminine qualities. Gameplay-wise, she’s one of the better heavy cruisers in the game, but many gold-quality ships have since been power-crept by super-rare ships. That’s a bit unfortunate but most of Azur Lane’s content is easy enough that you can use almost any ship and expect to win.
This figure is manufactured by Alter and was released in January 2023. She’s sculpted in 1/7 scale and stands about 25 centimeters in height. She’s basically ready for display right out of the box with minimal needed setup time. Admittedly that’s mainly due to this being the Light Armed version, which lacks Baltimore’s “rigging” – that is, the array of ship hulls and turrets that flank most shipgirls.
Baltimore is depicted in her base design, where her confidence shows through in her pose and facial expression. She’s flashing a cocky smile with one gloved hand stretched out while her jacket billows out behind her.
Each of the factions that comprise Azur Lane’s world have seen their visual themes evolve since the game’s launch. Initially the Eagle Union characters simply had designs modeled after military uniforms. Recent Eagle Union characters have gone for a more contemporary look mixed with high-tech styling, and Baltimore is an early example of this design shift. She’s wearing a big jacket – a common article of clothing amongst Eagle Union characters, but somewhat unusually she’s wearing it normally, while many of her compatriots wear their jackets off of their shoulders.
She’s also wearing a revealing leotard that shows off her toned abdominal muscles and a fair amount of underboob. I have to admit I’m not as fond of the white flap hanging over her groin but otherwise I love her outfit.
Baltimore’s backside is hidden by her jacket under normal viewing conditions but we can see that her leotard has a thong back. There’s also a peculiar metallic contraption placed on her lower back, and one can only speculate as to what it’s for.
She’s wearing black thigh-highs with some fancy armored boots. The sid
As is expected for a figure from Alter, detailing is superb. Her clothing is emblazoned with her name and hull number, and also the “USS” ship prefix, although I don’t think the United States actually exists in the Azur Lane universe.
Being that St. Louis and Baltimore are two of my favorite characters in the game, and that I’ve been playing Azur Lane since the global server was released, I’m really happy that Alter chose to make figures of both. Baltimore looks amazing; it’s fantastic seeing her in three-dimensional form, and the fact that she’s getting at least four more superb figures is thrilling.