There’s a limit to the amount of skin you can show on a figure and still classify it as non-ero, and Chrono Gate’s Mylene is just about at that limit. This is what initially drew me to the kit, and my appreciation of her original design and affinity for the 009-1 anime sealed the deal. Were these reasons enough to justify the purchase? I’m not entirely sure, but maybe you’ll have a more concrete opinion…

Original Design: Konno Naoyuki (from Ishinomori Shoutarou)
Sculptor: Kawasumi Toshiaki (Amiami search)
Source: 009-1 (anime)
Scale: 1/6 (18 cm tall)
Materials: PVC
Release Date: October 29th, 2007
Production: Chrono Gate
Price: 7,644 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HS] [TL] [AAA]
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Heisei Democracy figure review: Chrono Gate's Mylene Hoffman PVC from 009-1

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Heisei Democracy figure review: Chrono Gate's Mylene Hoffman PVC from 009-1

Heisei Democracy figure review: Chrono Gate's Mylene Hoffman PVC from 009-1

Heisei Democracy figure review: Chrono Gate's Mylene Hoffman PVC from 009-1

Mylene Hoffman is the eponymous agent 009-1 and star of the anime that bears her name. I’m not going to go into her character much here (Wikipedia sums things up nicely), instead choosing to focus on the salient aspects of the kit.

Sculpturally speaking I can’t really find fault with this rendition of Mylene. It’s sexy, confident, and stylistically noir in a way that fits her character perfectly. The lines and angles formed by her pose are aggressive in a classically erotic way, and the details of her abs, hips, thighs, and back look great. My only minor nitpick in terms of the sculpture would be that the straps holding the pouch to her right thigh don’t dig in more; I would’ve liked to see a bit more plump curvature in that area.

In terms of production, the box says Chrono Gate but the quality here screams Kotobukiya. The Chrono Gate project is a collaboration between them and Happinet, but I’d wager that the actual factory work and production supervision for the kit was handled entirely by Kotobukiya given the familiar paint job and feel of the cast.

Saying that the kit is typical Kotobukiya means that we’re saddled with decent production values all around, but nothing that really stands out. The cast is fine, no serious seams or jagged edges to complain about, but the paint job is decidedly mediocre. Her skin has essentially no shading whatsoever, which given the amount of exposed skin on this figure seems like a serious oversight. In fact there’s not much shading anywhere on the kit at all, and combined with the simple costume design and color scheme it presents this as a kit that rides almost exclusively on the quality of the sculpt.

Overall Chrono Gate’s Mylene is a bit of a disappointment; a great sculpt, but the meager (though not incompetent) production fails to live up to its potential. I was honestly hoping for a castoff here as well – she has machine guns in her breasts, for crying out loud. They could’ve at least given some contour to them beneath the shirt. This is a kit I’d recommend to die hard fans of 009-1 and Mylene’s design, but others might be better served by investing their figure budget elsewhere.

Overall Score: 7/10

+ dynamite, sultry sculpt really captures the feel of the character

o production value is competent, but not outstanding

– paint-by-number coloring job adds nothing to the kit

Those contemplating a purchase and who would like to support HD can find her at Play Asia, where for once she seems to be cheaper than at Hobby Search.