As mentioned in my previous Global review, Global is a small outfit with only 4 production figures under their belt and more in the garage kit scene. This lack of experience really does show in a number of ways, the sculpting and painting really do leave much to be desired. However I admire the company for trying to enter the scene as it can’t be easy and they certainly aren’t taking on the easiest of sculpts either. Had they entered with a swimsuit figure in a boring pose, my opinion of them would suffer greatly.
Horo (A Rest in the Forest Ver.) was produced in limited quantities, only 100 were produced. The Horo I received is number 98 however the base is number 6, mix and matching I suppose. Horo’s sculpted in 1/7th scale and measures 22 cm tall with her rather interesting base. Horo also retailed for a considerable penny, ¥18,000 / $192 CAD, though with discount at AmiAmi she worked out to that price after shipping, still massively expensive. Being a cold cast figure Horo’s quite fragile, so much so AmiAmi felt it necessary to scare me by stating the following in an email.
“Please note that cold cast statues are so brittle in nature that some of them even arrive at our warehouse with broken parts. Obviously, there will be several parts that will break or be damaged during shipping to you. We ask that you keep this in mind when buying garage kits and repair them yourself during assembly. If you are worried in even the slightest terms and wish to cancel this order, please let us know.”
Luckily my copy did not suffer from this, and it seems a bit over the top for AmiAmi to say, it makes me wonder if there was some slight mistranslation on their part. I don’t think it should read that I would obviously receive a broken figure, perhaps “It’s likely” or “It’s possible” or similar, but they worded it as if it was 100% positive the figure I would receive would be broken. In any case, the figure came well wrapped in foam and bubble wrap, with shredded paper filling in the gaps in the box. A nice thing about the shredded paper, it was contained within plastic bags making for a very easy clean up as there was nothing to clean.
Globals sculpting job, as previously mentioned leaves something to be desired. You get what they’re trying to do with relation to the original picture, and they did a competent job. I can understand the changing of Horo’s face, while I like Ayakura Ju’s illustrations I doubt his drawings would work in 3-dimensions. I can also understand the change to a tree-like base as water never works with figures. However i’m not sure why they chose to change the angle and direction of Horo’s head as well as her tail. I would have liked Global to keep her pose more like the original illustration, I liked seeing Horo’s ponytail from the angle of the picture, and her tail also seemed more pleasant in the drawing. An additional complaint more related to a mild fetish of mine, Horo’s feet are pretty damn fugly, Global needs to work on this in the future, both their Horo figures lack in this respect.
One of the more impressive aspects of this figure is the base, it’s surprisingly well done and well detailed. For the outdoor shots I took, I felt it did a fairly good job at blending in and appearing at home with the surroundings. It is however rather unfortunate that it’s the base that’s the most remarkable aspect of this figure as it’s definitely not the intended focal point.
Other aspects of this figure, such as the paint job are pretty sub-standard in many ways, they really lack the finish of a PVC figure. She easily marked up just by touching her, when I took her off her base and wrapped her up for transport outside, somewhere in there I marked both her dress and vest. I didn’t have anything on my hands, or so I thought, however I believe paint came off the base on my fingers when separating her. Not having the same finish as a PVC figure I’m not really sure how to clean these marks off so I’ve left them, and it’s a bit of an annoyance.
I wish Global had again matched the illustration more with regards to their colour choices. The vest on my monitors in the original illustration appears to be a dark grey or black, however Global thought a green/blue was a good idea. Additionally her dress seems much more yellow than it should be. It also would have been nice if they could have recreated the transparent effect on Horo’s wet dress, however I think that’s another one of those things that often doesn’t work out well on a figure unless done really well. Would have been nice to see more of her legs that way.
All in all Global’s Horo (A Rest in the Forest Ver.) is pretty lacking in many respects all of which were obvious before hand. However I think it was an admirable attempt by Global to tackle one of my favourite images and even if they failed to really capture the essence of it they’re the only ones aside from Volks to really attempt something creative. So with that I’m happy, however after taking everything else into account she unfortunately scores quite poorly. I can’t help but wonder and wish, what would this figure have looked like if Alter/GSC/Max Factory/Kotobukiya had tackled the sculpt instead?
Moé ponytail is moé