Got an oldie for ya today from a time when I thought figure collecting was far too expensive a hobby to get in to, back when the Canadian dollar would get you ¥101 and a figure would cost a measly ¥4,750. What on earth was I thinking? Now I only get ¥86 to the Canadian Dollar and figures cost ¥9,800!
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get this post written for Monday like I usually do. I sat down Sunday night to watch some Formula 1 racing, fully intending to write the review afterwards as all the pictures were already taken. As the race finished, I loaded up my web browser and hit up my WordPress admin page. Just then my roommate walked in and asked my assisstance, his girlfriend had a flat tyre on the side of the highway. Skipping the details, we weren’t able to remove the spare tire from the bottom of her Caravan because the over complicated mechanism that would allow the tyre freedom, was seized. In the future I hope Chrysler and many minivan manufacturers learn that over complicating things is not a good idea when they’re exposed to the weather and salt of winter. Either make it a simple bolt/screw straight into the center of the wheel, or store it inside the car.
The second excuse as to why I wasn’t able to post earlier today is due to changing my brake fluid last night, and being overly tired from a 12 hour shift at work, after being up late with the car tyre thing. Uguu~!
On with the Review
Getting back to KOS-MOS and loving to blame people for my purchases, this figures blame goes on Tier from Tentacle Armada. So much time has passed however, I can’t entirely remember why he’s to blame, I know that it has something to do with his post on the 1/4th scale KOS-MOS Ver.4. Beyond that I can’t remember.
Back in December of 2005 when KOS-MOS was released I imagine some fans were a bit startled if they’d seen the original promotional shots of her. In these shots KOS-MOS had wonderful blue hair that one could in no way see anything through, quite opaque in nature. However the finished product that Alter shipped differed greatly in this regard. Not only was KOS-MOS’ hair translucent but much of the visible detail due to the contrast between the highlights and shadows were lost making for a much flatter appearance, dramatically changing the feel of the figure. I personally feel this was a poor choice as I liked this added contrast, however the translucent nature of her hair does leave some interesting play with lighting, if one were creative enough.
Takahashi Tsuyoshi, the sculptor of this figure is still active 5 years later working on figures such as Aozaki Touko from Kara no Kyoukai as well as the quite detailed Senhime from Hyakka Ryoran. It’s rather interesting to see the transition he’s made, along with Alter in detail and design over the past 5 years. What’s neat though for me is how KOS-MOS doesn’t feel dated like some other figures from the same era. While she doesn’t look the quality of your modern Alter, she does have a well sculpted appearance with very few flaws which I found very interesting when comparing to my 2007 Eri Sawachika figure. What happened to Alter in 2007? Eri’s not the only one.
Alter’s paintwork on KOS-MOS has held up remarkably well, the previous owner never removed her from her original box and must have stored her in quite decent conditions. Her skin is much more pale than the original shots by Alter, and while my shots make her a little more pale than the figure appears to my eye, she’s a much much nicer colour than the promoshots. The details are well painted with little overpaint, and a great deal of blending and shading throughout, a rather impressive 2005 figure if you ask me.
I prefer this KOS-MOS over Alter’s later attempts mostly due to the original characters design.Ver1 she has exposed skin in all the right places, while not appearing like an exhibitionist or a slut, but most of all she appears quite feminine with just enough badassness to make her a formidable opponent. The swimsuit KOS-MOS figures don’t feel very cannon to me, and seem to take only the womanly appearance and none of the badassness and thus losing all aspects of the character appearing rather bland and boring. Ver.4 KOS-MOS seems to take all the badassness and forget the feminine aspects of her. Sure she’s still got breasts and probably some upskirt shots (that’s a feminine character trait?), but she comes off as too masculine with such artillery and the legs to support it, it just turns me off. To me it seems the original character design had the right mix from the start.
Ver.1 KOS-MOS isn’t all win though, she does have a few little flaws that I’d love to point out to you. Down both of her legs there’s a not-so-wonderful visible seam line but this isn’t overly apparent for the most part. The worst issues seem to be on her right breast and her right leg. On her right breast there’s a paint smudge where some of the gold paint has rubbed off onto her breast creating a yellowy mark and can be seen in this photo in the top left. The right leg issue is gap where the two parts of her legs join together, mostly only visible from the back. Other issues are more seams, and some specks, most more or less minor. The specks may or may not be hard to find in pictures, as the sensor on my DSLR appears to have dust coating it in it’s entirety creating little dots that I’ve tried to remove in every single picture, but likely missed a bunch.
I think some of my favourite aspects of this figure are actually her back, she has this spinal column like object following up the middle of her back illustrating quite well her arched and twisted pose as well as drawing my eye up from the base of her back to her exposed shoulders, or vise versa. The exposed skin mentioned earlier is also pretty attractive giving only hints, we can see her hips but they hint towards ass and draw my eye down and even trying to look down through her skirt, and you can look down through it, assure you, front and back.
All in all, I’m quite happy Tier some how convinced me to purchase a KOS-MOS figure, and I’m happy that this is the one I chose. I think she’s managed to be the first figure I own who’s breasts are too large for my usual tastes, yet appear quite pleasant and attractive. Quite possibly because they’re not popping out of her clothes and are actually relatively subdued and conservative, a nice contrast to the rest of the costume. It’s too bad about her translucent hair, it really gives the feeling of lost detail, but I think only does so because of the original promoshots. When I first received her I thought she looked great, went to write this review and looked up the originals and was suddenly reminded that she looked better before. But as Tier would say “She’s got a dynamic pose that nails the trifecta; you can see her face, breasts, and ass all at once.” Ok maybe her ass isn’t entirely visible, but almost!
I can’t remember anything about Xenosaga, other than it was like watching a semi-playable movie.
- Great detail for the age of the figure, holds up well against modern figures
- Version 1 KOS-MOS is superior KOS-MOS
- Right amount of skin showing
- Pleasant skin tones
- Changes made to her hair from prototype to production differ too greatly
- Seam on her legs as well as a gap on her right leg
- Paint mark on her right breast