Having started on the Alter Burst Angel series and purchased the beautiful Jo and Meg figurines released earlier, I have no choice (actually I do but I can’t) but to complete the set, that is, Sei and Amy. I have no expectations of them and they are merely "filler" used to augment the beauty of the first two. But man, Sei’s really bad. There’s another version of Sei that comes with two bodies, both on all fours, with alternate outfits.
It’s partially Alter’s fault since they were the ones who created the figurine. Btw Tanaka Touji is the sculptor for this. More blamable is, however, the character designers, Kamimoto Kanetoshi and Horiuchi Osamu (both of whom worked on great projects like Last Exile, Fumoffu and TSR), made Sei just particularly ugly in terms of dress sense, proportions and accessories. There wasn’t much Alter could do to beautify her if they wanted an accurate figurine.
But it’s not all that bad. There are several areas I found well-made and designed. This Sei figurine, priced at 4,571 yen, is 1/8 scale and stands at about 22 cm.
The base is the very typical Alter plain glossy uniform coloured ABS base. It’s alright aesthetically, nothing to praise at all though. What is upsetting is the poorly designed leg pegs. Even after much pushing, Sei’s feet wouldn’t plant firmly on the base and there was quite a bit of alarming creaks (plastic screams of agony) arising from the tight leg fit.
Sei’s pose is such a generic one but her cloak is blown to the side for some asymmetry. We all know asymmetry is cooler while symmetry is classy. She’s looking slightly left with her right hand clutching her opera mask and her left hand unnaturally clenched. What is the reason for the clenched fist? Weird. I have to say, in spite of the rather boring posture, her legs and hips are rather realistically postured with her right leg bearing most of the weight.
The biggest gripe about paintwork I have is this.
This is supposed to be flesh coloured as it’s her naked thigh. It however looks like Alter forgot to paint it blue.
How the hell do those massive boobies stay inside that tiny top? Especially when they aren’t supported from below. How does Sei run? And doesn’t she get abrasion? This is my first encounter of "reverse cleavage", where the cleavage’s seen from below. Creative, but just plain weird. The strap across her body’s pretty well done though.
Moving on, we see the best part of the figurine. The face, hair and mask.
What is striking about Sei’s face are her sharp oriental features. With a pointy chin, defined and elegant nose, elongated eyes and dark hair, she does remind me of women in the mold of Lucy Liu. Btw I think Lucy Liu is terribly UNHOT. But Sei from certain angles is quite. It’s quite strange her pupils are blue though but the Gatekeeperish ring effect’s outstanding.
If you look closely, Sei’s mouth is not just one pink pit as is the case for 90% of the other figures. She actually has a bit of white teeth. Alter goes for the details.
Below are some more photos for reference.