Already having owned a great Corti figure by GSC I was hesitant to buy Orchid Seeds version, but despite that I closed my eyes and let the money magically vanish from my possession. Since pre-order I’ve been on the fence with Orchid’s Corti, many aspects of her seemed awkward, but obviously I didn’t cancel my order. (Updated)
I’m sure I told myself after purchasing my first Corti figure that I’d watch Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica but… I still haven’t. So I still can’t tell you if I even like Corti’s character, or the series, or much about the series other than what Wikipedia says. So I’ll move on, this particular Corti is modeled after some artwork by Kannatsuki Noboru whom I believe was also an illustrator for one of the light novel covers. Given the artwork that’s out there, it also appears to be perhaps the only time she wears these clothes. I have to admit, I much prefer the clothes in GSC’s Corti, they seem much cuter, I think it’s the garters, I must not be a fan of them.
Orchid has chosen to stick with their scheme of using 1/7th scale to increase the cash required to purchase their figures. An interesting scheme that seems to be working for them, despite the fact their figures really are closer to 1/8th than 1/7th. Comparing GSC’s Corti to Orchid’s they’re pretty much the same size in most respects and that’s a 1/8th scale figure. Yamato Sagami was the sculptor of this Corti and according to MyFigureCollection.net is the only figure they’ve sculpted, not a bad ‘first’ attempt I suppose. Corti was released last month, February 2010, for an MSRP of ¥7,800 / 90 CAD but I purchased her through Hobby Link Japan at a mild discount of ¥7,057 / $82 CAD.
In terms of matching the original artwork Orchid Seed has done a fairly competent job, matching most aspects even down to how she’s tied her corset. However as often is the case with figures they’ve managed to mess up her face. If you look at the original artwork she gives off a much more engaging and happy expression. Orchid’s rendition looks to have made her hesitant or only half-assedly acting happy, her eyes are also taller and don’t match the emotion. It really affects my enjoyment of the figure because I don’t get that happy emotion I’m looking for in her face. Additional screw ups, her arms and hands aren’t in the same positions, and I feel they’ve made her legs and torso slightly too long giving her maybe a more balanced appearance but still differing from the artwork, or at least the impression I get from it.
Not all is bad though, rotating her around, her boots are well done with enough detail, the bow in her hair and on her back are also pleasant. And keeping towards the back, her hair is quite well done, lots of strands going in slightly differing directions, and skillfully crafted in such a way that you don’t notice all the seams. I tried to count all the seams in her hair, but I’m not sure what are and are not actually seams, impressive.
Orchid’s choice of colours with comparison to the original artwork seems off as well. Corti’s hair seems much more pink than the red it should be, as are her eyes. Her dress seems to lack some red as well, which does have me wondering if the original artwork I’m looking at has the red turned up slightly higher than it should be. But over all this effect creates a more subdued tone for Corti and like her face gives off a different feel from the original.
If one is to ignore the comparisons to the original artwork Corti does look to be a pretty great figure albeit perhaps slightly awkward appearing. She has great sculpting and a solid (if wrong) paintwork that come together to make a pretty good figure. Soon however after holding her in one’s hand one will notice there’s still yet one more problem. Corti’s right leg doesn’t feel rigid like it should. Comparing her to other figure with one legged poses, they all have what feels like a different plastic, likely ABS. Orchid’s Corti though seems to have a PVC leg, and I suspect will be very prone to leaning as her weight distribution is already quite far forward. This is the first figure I’ve bought that I’m actually considering putting back into her box. Which is a shame, I much prefer having them on display.
Ever since placing my pre-order for Orchid’s Corti I’ve been feeling a little bit of buyers remorse, and after receiving her this hasn’t really gone away. In many ways I’m surprised with the figure, Corti is decently done no doubt, but just doesn’t have the feel of a $90 figure in enough ways to make her worth $90, or the $82 I spent. I feel kind of bad putting her down though, because it does feel like a lot of effort went into her, yet she still came out… off.
Corti, your legs seem so looong….
This looks a lot like leaning to me. And she’s doing it already?! I surely must have done something wrong.
- Impressive sculpt work in Corti’s hair
- Ignoring the differences between artwork and figure, Corti’s quite cute
- My Corti leaned within the first week of displaying her
- Differences between the artwork and figure, such as her face and torso length
- Like other Orchid Seed figures, the colours seem less vibrant than the artwork on which they’re based
- Too expensive