What do you get when you pick the best Korean character designers and sculptors, Japan’s greatest production and quality control experts, and the cream of Chinese manufacturing craftsmanship, and have them combine forces on a single project? A figure the likes of which the world has rarely seen, and certainly among the most exquisite PVC items I’ve had the pleasure of handling. Read on for glowing accolades, effusive praise, superfluous adjectives, and pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.
Original Design: Jun Ho Chung, et al., color arrangement by Cerberus Project
Sculptor: G.O (Cerberus Project)
Source: Lineage II (online game)
Scale: 1/8 (22 cm tall)
Release Date: May 23rd, 2007
Price: 7,140 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: N/A (preorder limited)
Wielding a Sword of Miracles, with detachable cloak and original Cerberus Project color arrangement, this is a kit that stood out from the crowd from the moment it was revealed at Wonder Festival 2006 Summer. I’d been remarking on the pressing need for a Lineage II Dark Elf Female kit ever since Pleasant Angels’ Female Dwarf kit went on sale in October of 2005, but even after G.O’s masterfully sculpted resin came out last summer I didn’t seriously expect it to happen – thus the heady rush of excitement when it was revealed on February 17th of this year that Goodsmile would be producing a limited PVC run of the kit for sale via their official online shop. I manned the preorder button on March 5th, and after wading through the site ground nearly to a standstill by a rush of similarly inspired fans I managed to come away with one of the 2,000 copies available. Does it live up to nearly two years of expectations – nay, heartful yearnings? You bet. :3
Nearly everything about this kit is heartbreakingly exquisite. From the detailed paint job on the trim to the shading on the skin, the choice of gloss finish for the armor, the amazing face sculpt, the balance and contours of the lines – to quote a film that most are familiar with, she’s practically perfect in every way. It’s clear that Goodsmile kicked even their exacting quality standards up a notch in the supervision of production here, and everything just clicked; the combination of original design, dynamite sculpt, demanding production controls and the skill to meet that demand came through in a way that makes this an exceptional item indeed. There is nothing “average” about this kit.
That said, in the course of mass production a few blemishes will inevitably creep in; most notable are a couple of paint specks and a slight depression next to the armor near the waist on the kit’s right side (visible here). Mold lines are also very slightly visible in places, but are far less pronounced than on most other kits; from almost any angle the kit looks as if it was cast – or carved – from a single solid block of material, a remarkable feat for any PVC.
Overall Score: 10/10
I’ve just about exhausted my supply of superlatives here, so I’ll keep it simple: as I said in regard to the last kit that received a perfect ten, PVC doesn’t get much better than this. My hat goes off to Goodsmile for daring to challenge such a kit, and for succeeding so brilliantly; I can only hope to see such endeavors continue in the future on the part of all parties concerned. Well done, gentlemen.
Also, it seems a placard was up at the Goodsmile booth at Wonder Festival Winter 2007 to the effect that they’re planning the release of a Lineage II human female kit as well (thanks again to Moeyo for the scoop). I’m looking forward to this, though after the dark elf anything else feels like a bit of an anticlimax…