The preorder of this kit was a no-brainer back when it was announced in April, for reasons that were revealed a few weeks ago at AX. It was tough for me to talk about this Iris when she was announced without mentioning that Peach Princess had acquired the rights to produce an English version of Princess Waltz, the game from which she hails; needless to say a lot more will be known about her in the future, but for now we can examine at least the superficial aspects of this kit in an attempt to determine
why you should buy the game when it comes out what makes Iris so damn awesome.
Original Design: Takeya Masami
Sculptor: French Doll (Cerberus Project)
Source: Princess Waltz (eroge)
Scale: 1/7 (20 cm tall)
Materials: PVC, ABS
Release Date: July 2007
Production: Wafuudou Ganguten
Price: 6,980 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [JLIST] [TL] [AAA]
Iris is the most enigmatic of the participants in the Princess Waltz, a competition between the daughters of several kingdoms of the fantasy world of Eldelant to determine who will wed the prince of the largest kingdom, Seven Central. She is known as the Princess of Blades for obvious reasons but is otherwise a wild card in the Waltz, proving to be a thorn in the side of the other competitors (especially Angela, who is coincidentally coming in PVC from Wafuudou in September).
Iris in action
Despite the tie-in to a game property I’ll be becoming intimately familiar with over the coming months I was never incredibly enthusiastic about the figure itself, but after opening up the box and getting a chance to examine her more closely my opinion has been revised upwards. The facial features are more true to her original design than they appeared from photos, and the detail work in general (especially post cast-off) is quite nice.
The cast-off procedure is relatively straightforward and left minimal scarring (beyond the mark under her right arm). Mold lines are well placed and do not detract from her curvaceous profile, the pose is nice and dynamic and lends itself to pleasing contours. My biggest complaint about the kit is an issue of design; while Takeya Masami’s work is quite serviceable he’s not on my short list when it comes to eroge artists. Still, a nice figure all around and a fine addition to the collection of those pondering a game purchase. *cough*
Overall Score: 8/10