When we first reported on this figure back in May I was excited by the prospect of getting my hands on a figure hitherto very hard to acquire. What would otherwise have lived on merely as a Replicant cover girl has been given renewed life in a version we all can enjoy, but how does Organic handle the resculpting required, as well as the large-scale reproduction of the paint job that made the original so distinctive? That’s what we’re here to find out…
Original Design: Yatake Yoshinori
Sculptor: Yatake Yoshinori (ACCEL)
Scale: Non. (21 cm tall)
Materials: PVC, ABS
Release Date: July 2007
Price: 3,990 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [JLIST]
When she arrived in the mail, my first thought was “ugh, gold helmet hair”. The original kit is gold as well, but it’s not nearly as pronounced; that, and the dislocation of the shellacked cord (it’s actual cord, not plastic) used to attach the “Reideen” unit to her belt pouch were the two items that I found irksome about the kit; otherwise it’s hard to find anything but praise for this rendition.
The aspect of the conversion I was most worried about was the resculpt required to shrink the kit down from its original 28 cm size. Fortunately the aesthetic spirit of the original seems retained for the most part, though the face is considerably different (mostly due to the paint job). Gone is much of the “weathered” look of the kit, though the finish on the metal parts and the clothing seams retains much of the air of the original; she generally comes across as younger here, which is not entirely a bad thing in my opinion.
A brief summary of the kit description from the back of the package:
- The character’s name “el.” is taken from the last two letters of “Accel”, Yatake Yoshinori’s Wonder Festival circle name
- She lives in a world where harmful insects are a hindrance to daily life if not exterminated, and is equipped with a miniature power generator called a “Reideen” and an electric rod which are used to dispatch said insects
- The suit she wears is for protection against the high voltage current given off by the device
- The sparks given off by the electric rod when an insect is destroyed are harmful when viewed with the naked eye, hence the goggles (they do something!)
- Originally a painter, Yatake sculpted el. as training as he didn’t have the confidence he could handle a parody version of a copyrighted character. However, the sculpting job went more smoothly and quickly than he anticipated
- At the outset he intended to sculpt the figure as male, but grew tired of the idea and switched to a female sculpt instead, adding some elements of sexiness to the costume
- Beyond the amount of detail needed to complete the sculpt Yatake has not fleshed out the world of el., and urges viewers to invent their own scenario in which she might exist
Overall Score: 8.5/10
For the price (Kid Nemo will have it for $19.19 USD if you’re willing to wait until Halloween) this figure is really hard to argue against; highly recommended for fans of the retro science fiction aesthetic and of well-crafted figures in general. I look forward to the possibility of similar endeavors from Organic in the future!