GSC’s Alice was released in May 2007 for the price of 5800 yen. She’s 1/8 in scale and hence the price is pretty expensive. GSC actually did justify the price tag, thanks to the great sculpt by Kawasaki Kazushi, superb quality and diorama-ish base.
The base is excellent in terms of detail. Resembling a cracked, rubble-strewn asphalt floor, it is also shaped into what seems to be an emblem, possibly the Malvin family one. One issue is the difficulty in getting Alice onto the base. I had to try several times before getting it right. She seems to be pretty sturdy if placed right but leaning could be an issue since her CG is a bit forward.
Alice is in a powerful position, with a steady pre-Mahne swinging stance. This figure exudes manliness, nobility and power, so no regular fanservice here. The paintwork on her uniform is very neat, even with all those wavy lines, I see no flaw. Her turning stance creates lots of creases on the uniform which are sculpted really well.
The hair seems close to the original Alice too, as is the face. Oooh she’s so noble. I’m a huge fan.
Mahne is a calvary weapon which overcomes the alleged weak spot of riders – their unarmed side. Alice uses it to mindblowing effect in episode 17 of PS, in conjuction with the funky iron boots. In this figure, she comes with two different right forearms, one for the Mahne and the other for her Malvin family dagger. The Mahne is moulded extremely well and probably sharp enough to pierce skin. It has a metallic shine to it as well, which makes it one of the better figure weapons I’ve seen. The simplistic elegance and sharp moulding is far superior to most of Saber’s weaponry, which are intricate but not as cleanly made. The dagger consists of two parts – the blade and the hilt. To give the appearance of a sheathed dagger, the hilt is attached directly to the sheath and the blade is removed. The blade is even sharper than the Mahne. Alice can grasp the dagger either forward or reverse, as seen in the pictures.
Overall, the pose and weapons are the main draw of the figure. This is probably one of my favourite anime-based figurines of 2007, and worth the 5800 yen. I got her from Treasureland who are the official GSC retailers here in Singapore. Go get her now if you want some nobility in the house!
18 Cross Street, #01-25/26
China Square Central