Buying Maria was a test of SEGA’s quality and what could be had at such a low price point. At a cost of $17 CAD I was able to pick up this figure, but what was one to expect at this price?
Maria is from the Manga and Anime series titled Hayate no Gotoku, or Hayate the Combat Butler. She along side Ayasaki Hayate work to take care of Sanzenin Nagi, the only heir to the Sanzenin fortune. Maria has no last name in the series, due to her backstory and spoiler spoiler spoiler. Maria’s probably the most normal character in the series, or at least has the most common sense, she’s very intelligent and has a more womanly appearance than most characters, though she’s only 17 years old. She often acts like a surrogate older sister or mother to Nagi as her real mother passed away. But all that aside, Maria is my favourite character in the series.
SEGA has produced the 2nd only Maria PVC figure, after Jun Planning’s. This forced me into a bit of a corner, both companies aren’t great quality, but who’s do I buy, since I wanted a Maria figure. I recalled Rico from PolyVinyl Crush mentioning that SEGA wasn’t terrible but not to expect Alter or Good Smile Company quality of course. Given the price point of both I decided to gamble on SEGAs because she was cheaper, and I could throw her in with another shipment from Hobby Link Japan, saving additional money on shipping. Maria’s about 18cm tall which probably puts this in around the 1/9th scale, but she’s a non-scale figure.
I must say SEGA’s quality has surprised me, it’s surprisingly good. At first I was telling myself that it’s nearly Kotobukiya quality for 20% of the price, but that’s a bit much. She doesn’t have the fit and finish of Kotobukiya and not even the paint quality which I always find mediocre. But for the $17 she’s excellent quality.
The sculpt is fairly simple admittedly, but represents Maria quite well. I love the way her hips are thrown to her right exaggerating her figure and giving her a certain sexiness. Her hair is cutely sculpted with it clipped up at the back and the tilt of her head is quite cute. The detail is fairly uniform all around the figure, enough there to be happy with, but could of course use more. Her cat ears and tail are quite cute as well, but those are nearly always cute, no matter how they’re sculpted.
Having the price point she does, it’s fully expected she wont be perfect, but the list of faults is quite short really, all things considered. There’s some paint in areas where it really shouldn’t be, such as the right side of her apron on her hips, there’s a blue colour there that really shouldn’t be there. Same with the left side. She’s also got some shiny marks here and there, but they’re really not that noticeable. And lastly there’s what looks like a bristle from a brush under the paint on her left side in the tie hugging the apron around her.
All things considered I’m quite impressed with her. She’s sculpted enough to be Maria and painted well enough to be Maria, she’s cute enough to be Maria. And all at 20% of the cost of all the top Manufacturers. It’s really making me reconsider some items I’ve got on order and their costs. Are they really worth so much more than SEGAs efforts, or am I getting ripped off on them. But I think in the end what matters is more that I enjoy what I’m receiving, and if I can enjoy an item I spent $100 on or an item I spent $20 on, so be it.
- Extremely good value for money
- Simple but cute sculpt
- Some paint issues here and there
- Unfortunate that she’s a non-scale figure