Looking back to this kit’s announcement in June I can’t quite recall what attracted me to her – wait, it’s coming. Oh yeah, it was the yellow KEEP OUT tape. I just can’t stay away from that stuff… I’m not much of a Masamune Shirow connoisseur beyond Ghost in the Shell and I don’t own any of his Intron artbooks, but toss a figure like this in my direction and you’ll get my attention every time. Read on for a look at a nice, unpretentious ero kit:

Original Design: Masamune Shirow
Sculptor: Unknown
Source: Intron Depot #4 (artbook)
Scale: 1/8 (19.5 cm tall)
Materials: PVC
Release Date: October 27th, 2007
Production: Beagle, Goodsmile
Price: 6,090 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL] [AAA]
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Heisei Democracy figure review: Beagle's Space Pirate PVC from Intron Depot #4

Heisei Democracy figure review: Beagle's Space Pirate PVC from Intron Depot #4

Heisei Democracy figure review: Beagle's Space Pirate PVC from Intron Depot #4

Heisei Democracy figure review: Beagle's Space Pirate PVC from Intron Depot #4

Without access to the artbook I was sadly unable to dig up the original illustration this figure is based on, but the sculptor has done a great job of conveying what seems to be a sufficiently Shirow-esque vibe (said from the perspective of one not too familiar with his recent work, admittedly). The pose isn’t particularly dynamic, but presumably this is a reflection of the original illustration and not the sculptor’s choice; I’m upset that neither the figure box nor official site description lists the name of the sculptor so we could understand where this fits in with his or her body of work. Shame on you Beagle!

My initial impression of the production work on the kit was that it felt cheap, but as I examined her further I realized that she has a lot of subtle elements worth appreciating. Cast-wise the kit is very nicely composed, with no visible seam lines beyond the bangs and no offset parts (though the torso might be a bit askew). Details such as hair, creases and folds of the costume, and rivets are nicely preserved.

The paint job is surprisingly intricate as well. The skin of her hips, thighs, back, and breasts is covered by a faint metallic sheen, reminiscent of the armor worn by pilots in Muv Luv; this contrasts with the skin of her shoulders and face, which is obviously bare. A semigloss black finish is used for the bulk of the leather of her costume, while a metallic gloss is used for her shin guards and belt, and a black matte for the strap hanging from her back.

Detail work is superb where present, with realistically painted rivets and decals on her gun and shoulder. Shading is absent on her clothing, but is subtle and effective across her skin. The nipples are rather abstract due to the film covering them, but I don’t find it to be an unpleasant effect.

In hindsight what probably gave me the impression of cheapness was the base, which looks and feels like a piece of cheap plastic (which it is). Overall this is a nice kit however, and while it doesn’t stand out from the crowd I’d say it’s worth the purchase for Shirow fans or fans of sexy science fiction-themed figures in general.

Overall Score: 8/10

+ decent sculpt faithfully recreates Shirow sexiness
+ wide variety of paint finishes and accurate detail work bring depth to the kit

o rather boring pose
o smallish scale reduces the impact of the kit

– gun at her breast can’t be removed from holster
– base looks and feels cheap
– sculptor uncredited

If you’re interested in picking her up and you’d like to support HD, the space pirate (arr) is currently available at Play Asia. For the budget-minded she’s also still in stock at both HLJ and Hobby Search.