Yamato’s Creators’ Labo line, reputedly the most technically sophisticated series of figurines that Yamato are doing, are the producers of this mass-produced PVC version of Mb #10, who doesn’t seem to have an actual name. I’ll call her Mb from now. If you’re wondering, the original sculpt was done by Sunny Day of Cerberus Project TM, hence the brilliant standards. Her tag line is "On a white scooter, the girl in a blue swimsuit heads towards the sea." And so, we all headed to the sea for this photoshoot.
The location was Sentosa, the only place you could call a beach here in Singapore. Other locations, the term "Swamp" would be far more appropriate. Anyway, Sentosa is supposed to have fine white sand (imported from Indonesia! This island is not geographically ancient enough for real sand) but thanks to a sudden rain, the fine whit sand turned into beige muck. Not cool. Backtracking to the train station, a backup spot was found.
Upon opening the box, I found that the prototype was much better. It being mass-produced clearly created some niggly artifacts which I’ll go into later. The rear-view mirror, a bunch of keys and her hat are separate parts. Mb is also removable from her seat but you’ll have to pull her hand off the scooter handle. There is no attachment between the bum and her seat, which is nice because there really isn’t a need for it.
The design is fantastic. I could go on all day about how the blues and whits blend for simple elegance but take a hard look at the pictures first.
Figures in swimsuits are great – that I realised. People may whine about how swimsuits are easy to make, with little fancy parts or painting needed, but judging from all the hot figures I possess, the best ones are mostly in bathing suits. Just look at that HJ Bikini Rider, Bikini Yurika etc. Mb’s in a very nice blue bikini with a halter strap. The boobs are so enormous, you would think she’s Australian. Lol. Yamato shows off their rubbishness despite this being one of the premier lineups, you can see areas of bad moulding, seam lines and other nonsense. Remember, a camera in sunlight beautifies the figure.
Complementing her blue bikini is a large white hat, white ribbons on her hand, an orange watch and some cool blue shoes. The inappropriate combination of bikini with shoes is quite interesting, much like how some people love to have sex with clothes on. The shoes are really well-detailed though, pity about the lack of sharpness with the complicated paint patterns.
Her petite frame and naturally sculpted shoulder blades make for a very attractive backview. The tits are quite the excessive really. Her skintone is perfect – nice and fair without being too pale. Some figures tend to be tinted yellow, particularly the Konami ones and these make for horrible photography. I like to saturate my pictures for more powerful colours and doing so with yellow-skinned figures makes them very very jaundiced. I’ll show you an example when I do my next review of the Goth loli Kanu.
The large white hat is a great touch, also featuring wind-swept ribbons on top that match her arms’ for a great sense of driving. Her swept-back hair plays a part in this sense of movement too. Mb’s hair is great – simple and true to the artist’s style.
Mb’s face is one area of concern. She looks like Big Bird of Sesame Street, particularly from the front. The side view is quite alright. The problem lies with her nose, a bit too sharp for her own good which combined with the gaping mouth, forms a huge beak. But once you get used to it, she’s unique. An interesting facial unique of Mb are her eyes – extremely large and actually sunken in. Her nose bridge is pretty far forward as are her cheeks and to make her eyes still look 3D, the sculptor pushed them back into her head. This makes her look a bit odd from some angles. Mb has blushes too, which are always bonus points in any case.
And then we have the bike. I’m not sure if this is an actual model or just a fictional one, but it rocks. The amount of detail is very high, which lends a strong flavour of contrast to the simple and no-frills rider girl. With speedometers, brake cables, suspensions and all that, it looks super good doesn’t it? A few areas of possible improvement are: the tires could be made of real rubber instead of PVC; the painting could’ve been done more accurately and with less sloppiness; and real mirrors could have been used for the headlights and rear view mirror.
No doubt Mahoro’s sports bike would be far better than this one (it’s being shipped to me right now) though the girly cuteness of this scooter isn’t bad at all. Oh, Cerberus Project stuck their logo onto the front of the bike.
The bike can’t stand on its own and needs a base. But following Max’s Ignis, the new trend these days is "Mirror base". That’s so gay. I now have three figures with mirror bases. I felt a plainer base or a diorama one would far suited Mb more, than this voyeuristic device. I don’t think there’ll be any leaning really, since the scooter is attached to the base via a large and sturdy plug on each wheel.
This figure is expensive at 7100 yen. The rising figurine quality these days gives the manufacturers a reason to push prices even higher, but this is one case where every single yen has been rather worth it. It takes a special figurine to make people fork out such cash without knowing or liking the character in the first place, and Mb has done just that, and this is the hallmark of a good figurine. Good buy! Someone needs to remove those ghastly shoulder seam lines though.