When this kit first appeared at Wonder Festival 2006 Summer it was one of the highlights of the show; the aggressive, dynamic pose totally blew the other Witchblade figures out of the water that had appeared to that point. I was pleasantly surprised to later learn that Toranoana would be releasing her in PVC form, though somewhat apprehensive – would the roulette wheel that has been Tora’s past production quality rake in the chips, or deposit a metal slug to the brain? The former was overwhelmingly the case, though the kit is not without a few flaws; read on for the nitty-gritty, and a comparison with Masanes gone before.

Original Design: Uno Makoto
Sculptor: YOSHI (Trepang), Uchijima Yasuhiro (essence.), Tomopiko
Source: Witchblade (anime)
Scale: 1/7 (~26 cm from head to toe)
Materials: PVC, ABS
Release Date: May 1st, 2007
Production: Toranoana
Price: 6,500 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [HLJ]


Toranoana's Amaha Masane PVC figure from Witchblade

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Toranoana's Amaha Masane PVC figure from Witchblade

Masane is the heroine of 2006’s Witchblade anime, an original Gonzo production based on the Top Cow American comic franchise by the same name. Her appeal as a subject for figures is due in large part to her sensuous Uno Makoto designs, fidelity to which is likely to be the deciding factor in their appraisal.

The Good

  • The pose, dear gods of PVC the pose of this thing. I shed tears of bliss at the pure dynamic range of this kit, and simultaneously wonder why other sculptors settle for anything less – it captures the ferocious, superheroic nature of the subject almost cinematically, looking great on display from almost every angle. A perfect 10.

The Adequate

  • The details of the sculpt beyond the basic pose are of good workmanlike quality, capturing the essence of Masane’s design well (with one notable exception, which we’ll get to later). That said, I don’t find her quite as sexy as Orchid Seed‘s offering – especially in the face, a bit too feral for my taste.
  • The paint job, while clean and tidy, lacks the life brought by extra shading. The skin tone could be improved slightly as well; a bit waxy and yellowish, I think.

The Ugly

  • Her posterior. The split is too pronounced, and it’s square. Note to all figure manufacturers: if you’re going to produce a bare-assed figure, don’t make the crack the site of one of the molding seams. And if you do, you’d better make darn sure it’s well hidden and not straight where it should be curved – there’s nothing that ruins the flowing aesthetic of the female form more than sticking a straight line where it doesn’t belong, and Masane’s ass is one of those places. Where it doesn’t belong.

Overall Score: 8/10

If that one line in her bum didn’t ruin it this kit would easily be a nine, and if they padded out the sculpt a bit and brushed up the paint job we’d have a serious contender for perfect tens all around. As it is, however, this is a kit with a phenomenal pose and decent though unexceptional everything else. Recommended for Witchblade fans, and for those who dig the pose as much as I do.

Shingo note: Another pair of Witchblade figures just came in tonight, so it looks like we’ll have review fodder for this series for a while yet to come… it’s tap water and ramen for me until payday. -_-;;