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PART 2 Queen's Blade Rebellion - Ymir - 1/8 - Megahouse - StaffPART 2 Queen's Blade Rebellion - Ymir - 1/8 - Megahouse - Staff

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This is part 2 of my review of Queen's Blade Rebellion's Ymir figure ITEM #18544 , as I hit the character limit in part one BLOG #42364 . Please read the first part of the review to understand this part!

The Points

Positive
- Nice and high quality packaging
- Lots of display options
- In general, very high quality sculpt and paint, especially for the figure's age.

Neutral
- Some slight let-downs in paint, for example in her hair and the skirt.
- Some slight let-downs in sculpt, for example her axe has one of the skulls with non-symmetrical eyes.

Negative
- The cast-off works dramatically bad (like with a lot of older cast-off figures).

The Scores

Sculpting 8/10
Amaing looking sculpt for her age, it would have been a 9/10 if it were not for the horrible cast-off fit.

Painting 8/10
Very nice paint, with only some small let-downs and bleeding when you look from very up-close. Some paint/shading might look a bit simplistic compared to figures that are made more recently.

Posing 10/10
It's not much that I give a 10/10 score on anything I review, but the posing of this figure is amazing and comes with so many display options! I never have seen a scaled figure before with so much hidden joints and they work amazing!

Base 7/10
A big transparant disc that holds her well, but is nothing special. If you like minimal bases or no bases to be seen, it's a good one.

Packaging 9/10
Really high quality feeling and looking packaging, big, but exactly the right size for everything inside. The uniquely shaped windows are very matching for the character.

Enjoyment 9/10
My enjoyment with this figure is very high. In general I love Ymir and her design and this figure is just amazingly designed and executed. The horrible fitting corset only give my enjoyment one minus point.

Conclusion

This figure really proves again the 'golden age of MegaHouse' with it's high quality Queen's Blade figures for good prices. Many display options, overall great quality, especially for it's age, really recommended to any Queen's Blade and Ymir fan! I would even recommend it to people in general into gothic lolita and similar styles.

Availability

A good copy of this figure seems to sell nowadays for about 5-6K yen, which is a bit lower than her release price. An alternative white version ITEM #25106 also exists and even though that one is Limited + Exclusive to 1500 pieces, she seems to be in stock a lot more and sell for lower prices than this one, around 4K yen. To be honest, I also really prefer the original color version, although the purple eyes on the white version are cool.

And to finish it!

I haven't unboxed my other Queen's Blade figures yet since after getting them out of storage, so enjoy Ymir on her solo spot displayed:

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I will display her later together with ITEM #2355 and some other Ymir goods! I also haven't 100% decided yet on my posing of this figure. I know I prefer the grumpy face, but moving those axes around is also a lot of fun!

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about this Hokuhou Seiki ITEM #314587 prize figure!

I hope you enjoyed this review, you could also check my other figure reviews when interested! Here are a few of my recent ones:

Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ - Z1 - SPM prize Figure by SEGA: BLOG #42166
Mini Review - Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ - Rensouhou-chan - Figma #214 - Chuuha Expression ver. (Max Factory): BLOG #42127
Strike Witches (2) - Gertrud Barkhorn - 1/8 (Alter): BLOG #42073
Strike Witches - Charlotte E Yeager - 1/8 (Alter): BLOG #42015
Strike Witches (2) - Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke - 1/8 (Alter): BLOG #41964
Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ - Fubuki - 1/8 (Kotobukiya): BLOG #41921
Strike Witches - Miyafuji Yoshika - 1/8 (Alter): BLOG #41904
Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) - Mewtwo & Giovanni Nendoroid Set #87: BLOG #41222
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters - Kaiba Seto - ARTFX J - 1/7 (Kotobukiya): BLOG #40334
POP Wonderland #2 Little Red Riding Hood trading figure set (System Service): BLOG #40292


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See you at my next review!
598 treff • 6 kommentarer

Scoring8/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

Kommentarer6

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Moro (4 måneder siden) #55283185I absolutely agree although I would push that starting date for the "Prepainted Golden Age" a little further back, to maybe 2004, because of figures like this one ITEM #945
Collecting Eva stuff means there's a lot of older figures to be had, too. I really agree that figures almost seem like... the direction has been for a single massive sculpt with little or no options for the kind of price that could've gotten you 2 or 3 figures 5, 6 years ago. It's really hard to justify considering that not a lot of time has passed in between (and all the price-jacking apologists aren't helping at all, honestly, just look at the comments for Alter's Jeanne Alter for a look at that in progress.)


Ooh, yeah! That one is also really nice! You made me check my collection and the oldest good looking ones I have in my collection are starting at 2006, but I do think price/quality wise in at least my own experience is 2007 (2006 was cheaper, but a lot lower quality in my observations). Do you have a specific one from 2004 (considering the one you linked is 2005) which could be the 'start' of good price/quality prepainted? In 2004 this classic was released ITEM #405 , although she looks rather simple if you see her right now. She could be a good milestone-point though. :) I personally also still have ITEM #19059 from 2004 on my wishlist, a very solid release. Eva-wise, I see mainly prize figures from 2004 on a roll from them. :)

It seems like both of us are quite 'lucky' that both of our most loved franchises have quite some more affordable things to collect. I did recently bit the bullet for ITEM #604888 , even though I know that 5/6 years ago I could have maybe bought 2 Tanya's with that price. :/

A lot of people specifically on this website seem to go through "Hope it won't be too expensive!" --> "Oh NO that price is way too expensive! How rude dfhdfskfdsk I remember when blablabla I won't buy it!" -->"OK, I bought her anyway lol, she's going to be worth it".

In the end it's a luxury hobby, and for me, my income has not been increasing as much as these pirces are rising, so it's simple: I buy less. And the bit I buy is mostly secondhand stuff from older franchises which, luckily for me, also brings me more joy than most new series on the market nowadays.
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Maakie (4 måneder siden) #55282619I'm 100% serious whenever I talk about the 'Megahouse Golden Years' (2007-2012) and I think that maybe the general prepainted figure collecting golden years could be 2007-2012 too (with some exceptions of course). I recently also talked with someone else about how 'basic' most new figures seem to be nowadays. Yes, their quality is high, but the amount of fancy bases, figures coming with multiple display options etc., is getting lower and lower. :/ And if they come with something special it's advertised heavily instead of things being a surprise/bonus like with a figure as this.
*sighs* Well, luckily for me, I'm mainly into collecting from older franchises and characters, so I have affordable prices for most figures I still want and can be surprised like how I was with this figure with my 'new' buys. :)

I absolutely agree although I would push that starting date for the "Prepainted Golden Age" a little further back, to maybe 2004, because of figures like this one ITEM #945
Collecting Eva stuff means there's a lot of older figures to be had, too. I really agree that figures almost seem like... the direction has been for a single massive sculpt with little or no options for the kind of price that could've gotten you 2 or 3 figures 5, 6 years ago. It's really hard to justify considering that not a lot of time has passed in between (and all the price-jacking apologists aren't helping at all, honestly, just look at the comments for Alter's Jeanne Alter for a look at that in progress.)
4 måneder siden
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Moro (4 måneder siden) #55019477I miss when figure companies made figures like this with real display options and neat features. Nowadays you'd have to pay at least 15,000jpy for a figure like this if it got made at all.

I'm 100% serious whenever I talk about the 'Megahouse Golden Years' (2007-2012) and I think that maybe the general prepainted figure collecting golden years could be 2007-2012 too (with some exceptions of course). I recently also talked with someone else about how 'basic' most new figures seem to be nowadays. Yes, their quality is high, but the amount of fancy bases, figures coming with multiple display options etc., is getting lower and lower. :/ And if they come with something special it's advertised heavily instead of things being a surprise/bonus like with a figure as this.

*sighs* Well, luckily for me, I'm mainly into collecting from older franchises and characters, so I have affordable prices for most figures I still want and can be surprised like how I was with this figure with my 'new' buys. :)
4 måneder siden
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I miss when figure companies made figures like this with real display options and neat features. Nowadays you'd have to pay at least 15,000jpy for a figure like this if it got made at all.
4 måneder siden
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victorviper (4 måneder siden) #54805403It had never really registered with me that Ymir's arms had articulation points; Megahouse did the same thing with Mirim ITEM #9209 and that was a nice feature, as it added some posing options.
It's too bad that the pegs in Ymir's outfit don't quite want to close properly and many of these Megahouse QB figures were notorious for this kind of thing. There's a spot on my Mirim figure where the pegs only want to close part of the way, but fortunately her outfit is secure and it's not too noticeable. Then, there's Airi ITEM #152. When I bought that figure new, trying to get her dress removed and then put back on (to remove all the plastic sheeting) was probably the most difficult figure maneuver I've ever attempted!
It'll be interesting to see the Ymir cosplay project. This is an interesting outfit for cosplay since the chest area of this outfit is, for lack of a better term, very...open. It seems like it will be a challenge to realize this outfit in a way that everything that is supposed to be covered up stays covered up.


Heh, same for me! Until this comment I did not know ITEM #9209 had articulation points! I recently almost bought that figure by the way. Someone locally was selling her really cheap, but I decided to pass as that person had glued the clothes...the very same thing I'm contemplating on now doing on this figure myself. :/

I think we just had to go through this phase of 'bad cast offs' before manufacturers learned what the correct way would be. I think we talked before about ITEM #152 , mine has huge issues with her back ribbon not wanting to stay in place and when that back ribbon pops off, the rest of her outift also easily comes off too...and of course, trying to wiggle that outfit around her breasts (both when putting on and off) was ridiculous! I never casted her off again after unboxing her. I do really love that figure though, she has the sweetest face: PICTURE #255816 . I have been thinking of selling mine as I was thinking of focussing on Ymir only in my Queen's Blade collection, but I have a hard time letting her go. :')

Most cosplayers that did this outfit 'cheated' by making the corset actually cover their breasts instead of only the straps being on top of them. Most of them also had less of an open back and the black fabric of the skirt not being see-through. That really takes off most of the ecchiness of the design. However, I really want to go accurate. For my ITEM #162402 cosplay I made a fake chest, covered with skin colored fabric. I then had the possibility to attach the open sides of the shirt to the skin covered fabric, so the shirt would always be 'open', while nothing nude was to be seen. I'm thinking of similar tricks for this Ymir's top and probably also her skirt. Anyhow, it will be quite a challenge for sure! :)
4 måneder siden
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It had never really registered with me that Ymir's arms had articulation points; Megahouse did the same thing with Mirim ITEM #9209 and that was a nice feature, as it added some posing options.

It's too bad that the pegs in Ymir's outfit don't quite want to close properly and many of these Megahouse QB figures were notorious for this kind of thing. There's a spot on my Mirim figure where the pegs only want to close part of the way, but fortunately her outfit is secure and it's not too noticeable. Then, there's Airi ITEM #152. When I bought that figure new, trying to get her dress removed and then put back on (to remove all the plastic sheeting) was probably the most difficult figure maneuver I've ever attempted!

It'll be interesting to see the Ymir cosplay project. This is an interesting outfit for cosplay since the chest area of this outfit is, for lack of a better term, very...open. It seems like it will be a challenge to realize this outfit in a way that everything that is supposed to be covered up stays covered up.
4 måneder siden
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