I have changed my photo-taking ways. No more will I use a crappy makeshift white paper background, a horrible yellow lamp and high ISO settings that resulted in abominable photos. I realised that natural light is so much easier. So I take my shots out on the balcony now, in the day and let destiny decide the lighting conditions. With the extra space, I can also use a tripod and hence low ISO settings, which clears the previously rampant grainy problem. Pity my Speed Grapher (erm that’s my camera) only comes with a mini-tripod so most of the time I am prone on the ground like a good soldier in the trenches of WW1.
These photos turned out much better than my old ones and I didn’t even use Photoshop to touch them up.
To start the review, let’s see how Evangeline looks like.
Not an official picture, but nice enough.
She’s the tsundere+loli vampire magess of the class and is also Negi’s Magic teacher. The figurine is produced by Konami and stands at 20 cm. I paid 3610 yen (S$50) for it, excluding shipping which was about 820 yen.
This is a terribly designed product. The balance is completely off and a slight touch topples her over. Don’t be tricked by the four plugs, they are too short to hold the figurine. Aesthetically, the pose looks very good but you have to stick a bit of blu-tac to hold it. DO NOT USE SCOTCH TAPE if you don’t want to leave a permanant mark. If you use tape, just get some alcohol wipes and wipe off the glue but this may remove some paint.
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Bad design but nice base
She looks alive. The pose is good.
She’s wearing a tiny black dress and a giant vampirish cloak.
70% of the time, this is her state of existence.
I really wonder what she’s reaching out for.
Her foot is not directly connected to the base but instead, an ABS piece so that should prevent warpage.
Her hair is subarashii.
Even more so from the back.
The oversized cloak is a cool contrast from her tiny frame.
And pert ass.
The cloak even wraps around the basal ABS piece.
There’s a bit of defect on her hair for my one. The face isn’t too nice, its a bit broad.
The fringes are too stubby too.
So while this figurine scores high in the aesthetics and pose department, its shocking inability to stand drags down its marks. The painting is decent but isn’t too smooth with a few grains here and there. The skin colour is slightly unnatural but I suppose the undead have dead skin. For a relatively cheap price, this is well-worth it. The Negima Konami series are all quite pretty but I purchased this one only since it was the only unique figurine compared to the rest’s boring seifuku.
The main draws are the wavy hair and swirling cape.
Score (Maximum is 10)
- Pose: 10
- Paintjob: 8
- Detail: 8
- Design: 5
- Originality: 8
- Excitement: 8 (I almost died when I placed this fig on the ledge of my balcony and it almost fell six storeys.)