It’s now halftime of the England vs Paragray match. England has been playing so many long balls, I dedicate this figure review to them. Here, we see Nanoha with her ultra-long range weapon, the Raging Heart (Military version).
Mahou Shoujou Military Nanoha
Ok if you haven’t noticed by now, that isn’t actually her real weapon. It’s Burst Angels’ Meg’s anti-tank gun. But quite the perfect fit, isn’t it? I also tried AC Cloud’s Sword, Mabinogi’s Nao’s staff and ARIA’s gondola paddles. How is this possible? Nanoha’s hands are moulded with a different plastic, it’s very flexible and you can put anything in it and have it still look natural. Very interesting feature. With this, Nanoha can hold about anything and still look realistic. Genius.
From Danbooru: Anything fits.
These are all the parts. Besides the figurine and the base, there are two feet wings and Raging Heart (stick and head). The stick has a flattened tip so the head stays and won’t be displaced.
The wings have to be inserted into her boots and this could be a tricky process for those with pudgy fingers. The wings are very fragile so handle them with care. When moving Nanoha for the photos, I accidentally clipped the wings a few times though there was no damage. The wings are very crisply moulded, they look and feel sharp. The frosted look also goes very well with the clear base.
The clear bright blue ABS plastic base is one of Alter’s best ones so far. Alter always makes very plain bases but this one not only has a nice colour but has raised footing for a more dynamic pose.
The upgraded version of Raging Heart has a clear red central core. The golden parts are metallic painted. There is a lack of detail. I distinctly remember it having a lot more lines and mecha parts like vents etc. Alter just made the staff look too simplistic, when a large part of Nanoha’s beauty comes from the heavy arms of the Mahou Shoujou.
Nanoha’s face is decent and clean, nothing spectacular. I’m not too into the genre, so this isn’t particularly attractive to me. The twin tails are a bit strange since you would expect them to be pointing a little higher to flow with the rising wind effect of the figurine. Small issue though. Her white ribbons are nice and pointy. Pointy parts are always welcome.
Her clothes are a faithful replica of her suit from the second season, everything is beautifully and skillfully painted without a single defect. I scanned every square milimetre of her and did not find anything unsatisfactory. Alter definitely delivers the quality it promises in its promo pictures. There’s dark blue shading on the clothes, perfecting mimicking shadows.
WIth the number of lines on her clothes, it’s amazing how nothing is smudged or poorly masked.
- Maker: Alter
- Release Date: May 2006
- Material: PVC + ABS
- Price: 4342 yen
- Scale: 1/8
I like this figurine but it’s nothing to shout about. The highlights are the flexible fingers which can hold just about anything, the shoe wings and the flawless paintwork. The low points are the rather sedated facial expression and the lack of mecha detail on RH.
Score (Maximum is 10)
- Pose: 8
- Paintjob: 10
- Detail: 8
- Design: 9
- Originality: 8.5
- Excitement: 8