I have to admit to feeling a bit weird with the figure I’ve chosen to review today. I mean, she has a razor cock fer christsake. But what weirds me out the most is that I’m totally cool with that and think it’s hilariously awesome. But where does one display a figure like this anyway?
Aludra (aka “Razor Cock”) is I believe the Queen in the series Queen’s Blade. I’m not really sure what the premise of the show is to be honest, but it seems to have to do with a battle tournament to become Queen. Each character in the series also appears to have been designed by a different artist, in Razor Cock’s case she was designed by Kantaka. Wikipedia claims him to be a popular artist but I can’t say I’ve heard of him before, and I do lurk on many image boards. Either way the series looked dreadfully bad, I’ve watched some bad anime in the past but this seemed pretty high on the list. But of course I can only base my opinion on some random scenes from the series and my general dislike of anime with enormous breasts, which Queen’s Blade has an abundance of.
The anime industry confuses me quite often with decisions they make, for example, why would this series get a second season? Why are well known voice actresses voicing this series? and why can’t they choose one spelling of a name? Aludra, Aldora, Aldra, Arudora? I suppose some answers could be, money and humor.
Moving right along, Megahouse has done 38 figures for this series most with multiple versions but still, thirty-eight! Between September 2006 and as of writing, January 2010. Razor Cock herself has 2 variations that came out just a month apart, the version I have in May 2009 and the “2P Color Ver.” that came out in June 2009. Both were sculpted by Kibayashi Norio in the usual 1/8th form-factor and could be had reasonably cheap by 2009 standards, ¥6,300 / $75 CAD. Fitting with the series quite well Razor Cock’s clothes are cast off, 2nd arm w/ weapon and has a second face with an angled neck that lets her look at her amazing razor cock. Seriously.
I prefer this release over the alternative that Megahouse produced, while I like the greys better on the “2P color ver.” I prefer normal Razor Cocks paler skin on this version. Probably too pale for any other figure but on Razor Cock seems to work well and not look like she’s a zombie. Overall the colours are well matched, there is a lack of shading to most of the figure but there’s lots of detail and shadows that form in most lighting situations that do make up for it.
Norio’s done a pretty fantastic job sculpting Razor Cock, she matches her character designs quite well in 3D. One issue I have though is with her alternate face, balance. When I put her alternate face on and keep her on her knees, she’s very prone to falling over. I realize that you’re probably supposed to lean her back as most reviews seem to. But I like the look of her kneeling and looking down at her … weapon.
The cast-off clothes that Razor Cock has worry me somewhat. Her half skirt for example is quite hard to remove and I feel if one where to do it too often would easily wear on the figure and cause damage to her hips. The only interchangable piece that I found easy to do is her face. I found the rest to require a good amount of care in their removal so as to not damage her. One thing I didn’t know before receiving Razor Cock was that her razor cock was poseable, it seemed like most of the reviews tended to keep it a certain way but upon closer inspection of them they all differed in their angles.
I’m still not sure what exactly convinced me to purchase her, I didn’t get her for any serious discount, I never watched the series, I don’t know who she is, and when I actually made the purchase I clicked the “Confirm Order” button with my eyes closed as if that would make it all ok. But whatever the reason, I’m surprisingly happy with Razor Cock, she’s sexy even with that weapon of hers. Though personally, I’d never want that thing anywhere near me, it looks terribly sharp, yet it’s awesomeness cannot be ignored.
Hope everyone didn’t mind me calling her Razor Cock through the entire review…
- Attractively pale skin
- Excellent sculpt and craftsmanship
- She has a poseable razor cock fer chrissakes!
- Cast-off that actually has nipples
- With her alternate face she becomes unstable
- Cast off clothes are difficult to remove and quite stiff and cause damage
- Perhaps a little difficult to put on display