This figure definitely has the worst name of any figure I’ve ever purchased. Either it’s PSE Product*01 or CDB Chair, neither of which mean much of anything to me. The only thing that really matters here though is Range Murata the artist behind this figure (though likely not the sculptor).
CDB Chair doesn’t have much back-story or character, so I guess there’s not much I can be wrong about in this paragraph. The figure comes from an illustration by Range Murata in one of his art books titled “Form Code”, his 3rd art book. The art book it self is somewhat unique in design, just like most of Range’s works, it’s more a binder full of illustrations and pull out posters than it is a book. While I would love to grab a copy of this gorgeous looking art binder, the prices I’ve seen on eBay make it prohibitively expensive, so for once buying the figure was the cheaper route. I wont go any further into Range’s works than this, but he definitely has a unique style all his own. If you’d like more info Wikipedia is always helpful though limited in this case, more ‘help’ can be found at moe.imouto and danbooru, though beware, those sites are not safe for work.
The details on this little figure are few, but here they are. CDB Chair is a 1/10th scale figure which like most scales always slips my mind as I seem to assume 1/8th with everything. When she arrived I was surprised to find she was the size of a figma, perhaps slightly smaller even. Her original MSRP was ¥6,800 / $65 CAD though I picked her up for $63 CAD for an open box. I thought I’d ordered an unopened box, but after receiving it was obvious she’d been opened before as there was cut tape everywhere with new tape applied over top. I re-checked the listing and no where did it mention it was unopened, so it was a poor assumption on my part. CDB Chair was released back in June of 2008, and she has an alternate paint scheme limited edition as well. Both are about 10 cm tall and about 13cm in length.
My reason for purchasing CDB Chair… ok from here on out she will be referred to as Becky for no other reason than CDB Chair is a terrible name. Moving on, my reason for purchasing Becky can be wholy attributed to one ‘super rats’ from Happy Soda. Before seeing the pictures of Becky on his site I’m not even sure I knew this little figure existed let alone any thoughts of purchase. So I send my thanks to ‘super rats’ because Becky really is quite fun to photograph. Had I more time I think I would have tried to do something more interesting than I did.
Overall Becky’s a fairly well done figure. Her paintwork is above average with quite few flaws in it’s workmanship. A little over-paint here and maybe a speck there, it’s quite acceptably done given the various small places one’s required to paint. Becky’s skin tones give a nice lively feel to her, though from some angles it’s fairly obvious that her tummy differs from the rest of her. Lets just say she hasn’t tanned in a bikini.
Becky’s sculpt is pretty well done but I do have some issues. All down her side there’s a visible seam, while not apparent in the photos nor at a casual glance, it was visible during the photo-shoot and kind of disappointed me as I’d thought she was very good up to that point. The other issues I have has to do with some design choices made for the sculpt. The first of which is Beagle’s choice to re-design Becky’s head and re-angle it vs the original artwork, perhaps she would have looked strange in 3 dimensions with Range Murata’s original work, I’m not sure but it is an annoyance. The second has to do with Becky’s head, Beagle has decided to flatten the back of it and add a ridge so that her head fits the corner in the chair. This caused issue during the photo-shoot as when I moved her, she would rise up on to it, and you’d have this terrible look as if the back of her head was cut clean off, it was disturbing.
The chair on which Becky is situated is actually quite a neat little base. You can throw this chair into a number of different situations and it fits in just fine. I think it’s the only base I have that works well with other figures and figmas, yet it’s so simple in appearance. Taking a closer look you can see there are a few details that really add to the realism of it, such as the legs, the tiny screws, and it’s metallic finish. Pretty superb little base I really like it.
Before concluding the review I’d like to point out a few flaws on the figure that I feel can be attributed to the previous persons wear rather than production of the figure originally. If you look in this picture of the front side of the chair, you can see some scuff marking in the bottom left on the orange. Additionally in that picture you can see some marking or scratches on the silver metallic area near Becky’s arm. There are also some very very minor lines through Becky’s face that maybe could be due to production, though I’m unsure. They’re totally invisible though unless using the macro lens.
While I wish Becky was in the usual 1/8th scale form factor, it’s pretty neat that she’s nearly the exact size of a figma thus making her chair a useful prop for potential future ideas. Overall I’m quite happy with the figure, though mildly disappointed in some ways as well. Becky seems to fit in nicely (despite her size) with the rest of my unique base figures, and I look forward to more figures that make use of props or diorama like bases. Disks are getting old real fast these days.
That’s not really a chair is it… bench? couch? Whatever…