After a bit of a disconnect between Toyslogic’s inventory system and their actual stock, I wondered if I’d ever be able to find this figure for a reasonable price. A while passes without much result and I start to lose hope. Then, out of no where I receive a message “… still trying to get a Narika? If so I’ll sell ya mine.”
Thanks!<– Big Thanks.
I hope that was big enough.
Narika is from Beat Blades Haruka and is my 6th Alter figure. Beat Blades Haruka is as you may have guessed, an h-game. I’ve not played it, as happens to be the case with nearly all h-games, but it has been made into a series of OVAs, which are pretty terrible. I’m guessing the game is far superior, it has to be, the artwork is at the very least. Like most hentai the reason for sexual encounters in Beat Blades Haruka is pretty shallow, give me power by having sex with me. By having sex with the protagonist they increase their powers and upgrade their abilities. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. For those whose interests are piqued when tentacles are mentioned, there are also some tentacle scenes in the game, as well as a (poorly) made figure that I wish would get some proper attention. It should be obvious, but that link is very much not safe for work.
Alter had Aketegawa Noboru sculpt Narika for them, and he looks to have based it off this image from the game. Noboru also sculpted Alter’s Haruka figure from the same series. I wonder if Alter will do a 3rd Beat Blades Haruka figure given how well these two seemed to have sold. Narika’s sculpted in 1/8th form factor around 20cm tall and is constructed with both PVC and I assume ABS plastics, ABS for her supporting leg of course. She was originally released back in August of 2009 with an MSRP ¥7,800 / $88 CAD.
Narika has a very cute character design thanks to “Onigirikun”, though she does have a strange costume here. I mean, do we really need to see her tiny pantsu so easily? Maybe we do, maybe, but I think we could have done with a more reserved costume. Then again, it’s from a porn game, what do I really expect?
Alter’s done a great job bringing her to the 3rd dimension, every aspect of her is well sculpted and matches up quite well with the official artwork. Lots of detail work in this sculpt, little things all over the place. From cameltoe to ribbon to her weapon whatever it may be. While I wish her hair had more detail in some aspects of it around the rear and twintails, it matches up too well with the art to really complain. Even in my macro shots of Narika she’s high quality, normally you’d notice bumps and imperfections but really there’s not much of that at all. My one concern with the sculpt is how she’s supported, after my little issue with Corti leaning, I do have some fear but really, she’s an Alter figure she wont lean for years! *fingers crossed*
Alter’s managed to get their usual depth of colour on Narika despite the original artwork being quite limited. Most of the depth comes from her costume, the deep reds blending nicely into lighter reds. There’s depth to the white but it’s harder to notice than the attention stealing red. Narika’s skin tone is also quite pleasant, uniform colour across all the exposed bits. The detail work with the paint is excellent with all those little lines and strange costume bits. Much of it looks as though you should be able to read it if you could just focus your eyes close enough but of course it’s just an illusion. There’s but one fault with regards to the paint work on Narika, there’s a tiny brown mark on the left side of her head next to the seam in her hair. That’s it really, excellent job as usual for Alter.
I don’t think there’s much else I can say about Narika, she’s well done and I can see why she sold out everywhere. I can also see why some people might think they can charge nearly $500 for her, ok no, that’s a lie, that person is crazy. But I can see why she demands a higher price than she sold for for sure. It seems the more I collect Alter figures, the more I appreciate their work and price point. They’re not that much more expensive than other manufacturers but always deliver. I’ve only ever been mildly disappointed by them once, and that’s with a figure from 2005. So if you’re interested in this figure and manage to find her somewhere, you can buy without hesitation.
I’m vaguely reminded of parachute pants and M.C. Hammer…
- Action pose
- Well produced
- Oversized weapon
- Too easily visible panties
- Boring square base
- Posibility that she’ll lean
- Minor paint mark in her hair