There’s just something about Blanc Neige that really does it for me. Tony Taka did an excellent job designing her as a character and Kotobukiya did a reasonable job realizing her in 3-dimensions. I think I can even say this is my favourite Kotobukiya figure that I currently own and let me tell you why.
Blanc Neige is a character from an action role-playing game titled Shining Wind whose character designs are illustrated by Tony Taka. Shining Wind is apparently the 8th game in the ‘Shining’ series of games and was released for the PlayStation 2 May 17th, 2007. During the course of that week the game sold 78,000 units making it the top selling game in Japan for that week. Additionally the game shares the main characters from the previous iteration Shining Tears.
In April of 2007 both Shining Tears and Shining Wind was adapted into an anime called Shining Tears X Wind of which I never got around to watching but apparently didn’t fare too well. Out of 664 votes on AniDB.net, the series scores an unfortunate average of 5.7 out of 10. Some readers who might know a little french probably have noticed what her name translates as, Snow White. She’s definitely not the Snow White I remember…
The figure itself is of course produced by Kotobukiya at a scale in the 1/8th range. Her original MSRP was ¥5,800 / $67 CAD and was released in September of 2008. I purchased her for about $46 off eBay where she can be found quite easily.
There are many positive aspects to this figure that I’m really attracted to. Her red eyes for example, a fetish that’s been growing on me it seems are quite nice. I like how they’re not red red, they’re like a maroon or darker faded red that I feel contrasts well with her pale skin colour. Keeping with her facial features and expanding out a bit, I like the overall shape of her head and the proportions of it, making for a rather attractive face in my opinion.
The part of this figure that catches my eyes most however is her dress. I love how it hugs her hips and the wrinkles that form because of this. I love the frilly edges that run down the one side. But most of all, I love how it reveals her leg. I find this one aspect of the figure so sexy I can’t keep my eyes off her because of it, it’s not quite zettai ryouiki in the strictest definition, but damn it’s doing a good job trying. There I just looked again. I had to get her off my desk and into the display cabinet to allow myself to be productive again.
Other appealing aspects, if you remove her cape you can see the dress hugs her bottom as well as reveals what I might say to be a sexy back. You also get to see almost some bum this way, I say almost because it feels as if you can see it but really I think it might be an illusion of shadows, but it’s enticing none the less and very much a tease.
Some of the lesser qualities of Blanc Neige… She seems to lack shading entirely, any shading you think you see is almost certainly caused by a shadow. Her hair seems quite flat because of this because it also lacks sculpting detail in the upper portions. While I don’t think this ruins the figure it definitely takes away from it which is unfortunate. Some more minor issues, her wand doesn’t stay in her hand very well at all and constantly wants to slide further down. Her hair comes into heavy contact with her cape when you replace her head, I fear there’ll be some issues with paint here over time if one were to remove the cape often. You can even notice that the angle her head sits at with the cape on is slightly different than without. Lastly, the base, it honestly looks like they took the top of a Pringles can and screwed her onto it. It might be the most plain and ugliest base I have, at least it’s not something I bother to look at though.
You knew it was coming didn’t you, with headers like that. There’s one major issue with this figure and made it’s just major due to one of my many fetishes but that’s for you to decide, and one minor but still ugly issue as well. Lets start with the more minor issue of the two. From one specific angle viewing from the right side of her face and just in front a bit, her eyes look way too far apart, making her look quite off. But this is only an issue from this one point of view, as I can’t see it from anywhere else. I feel this point is worse than the cape issue just because when I saw it I thought to myself “oh my god, how did I not notice this in any other pictures before?!”
The last and worst aspect of this figure… her boots, or rather, her left boot. Why is it so much bigger than her right? her foot seems huge and elongated and ugly. Is this just an issue with perspective? like with her leg tilted like that it has to be long and ugly looking? Or is it just poor sculpting on Kotobukiyas part? I personally feel it’s Kotobukiya’s mistake. And honestly, neither boot is very detailed or appealing in the slightest. She’d have been better off in thighhighs without shoes standing on her tippy-toes. But that would just cater to that one fetish of mine and would look strange given her attire.
Despite the 2 bad sections to this review I really do love this figure. She’s just got this sexy pose and sexy dress and cute face and nicely sized bust, I can’t help it. I only wish they’d taken more care in various aspects of her, such as her hair, and maybe more detail in those boots along with some proper proportions. It’s strange, I don’t think she’ll score the highest of my Kotobukiya figures, but she’s more satisfying than the others I’ve reviewed so far (Horo aside).
Mmmm Blanc Neige’s legs… wish I could see more of them.