I knew I had to get this! She’s my second
favorite Artoria (besides Castoria).
Her ‘OL just trying to get
by energy’ is too relatable.
Today on Bad Anime Decisions, we’ll be taking
a look at this 1/7 scale Mysterious Heroine XX
figure from KDcolle! At 17050 yen, was she
worth it? Let’s open her up and find out!
The pose is based on her third stage art by BUNBUN
and matches it pretty well though it deviates in a
few places. The most obvious area of difference
is right at the base. Instead of her left foot
being submerged in the water with the waves
passing by, it looks like she just landed at the
edge of the shore with all the water splashing
around. Though technically inaccurate, I think
this was a smart choice and gives her a bit more
dynamism and gives us a better look at her foot.
The sandals are fairly simple. The
insoles and soles are painted matte
brown with minimal shading. The straps
are painted in the darker shade too,
but are complimented by the green accents. The
splash of color really adds to the sense of
fun especially when you look closely
and see the color mixing going on.
Unfortunately there are some
imperfections along some of the strap edges.
What’s not imperfect, however, are her cute toes
which have been painted with a glossy finish.
Speaking of which her fingernails have
also been individually carved and given
the glossy treatment. The rest of her
hands and arms look pretty good too.
Her jacket thing has a nice level of
texture with lots of folds represented.
The zippers are tiny, but detailed and
the pattern is sharply painted all over,
though the lines don’t always follow
the etched countours exactly perfectly.
The pattern on her cap is similarly cleanly
applied though it and the rest of the hat
does not have much in the way of shading. The
major points of interest here are the ahoge and
ponytails jutting out which have a nice sharpness
in their shaping. Artoria’s face looks pretty cute
especially with the slightly rosy cheeks and
looks similar to the original illustration.
When it comes to the rest of her body, what
can I really say? The sculpting is great and
she hits that sweet spot between cute and
sexy. Her curves are well represented and
that arch of her back is to die for. I
especially like how you can see a bit of
definition on her tummy when the lighting
is just right. The only thing I wish was a
little different would be her skintone. I’m
not sure if it’s my screens or something,
but I swear her skin has a bit more color in the
drawing which I think would compliment her assets.
Speaking of assets, her biggest pair are of course
her…Rhongomyniad or should I say her Twinmyniad.
Their sheer size is quite imposing in person and
certainly feels grander than the in-game sprite.
The smaller details are definitely
here too. The lighter colored elements
of the lance are sharply etched and the
panel lines are shaded to bring them out.
In contrast the dark green elements don’t appear
to be shaded at all, but the combination of the
metallic sheen catching light and the
depth of the marks makes it unncessary.
Much of the rest of the lance features similarly
metallic finishes and sharp modeling throughout.
I’ve already mentioned a few areas of
improvement, but my biggest issue by far
relates to the base…or rather bases. Don’t get
me wrong, Rhongomyniad is huge and needs a bit
more support besides Artoria’s hand, but the key
point is why is it on its own stand rather than
being integrated into the main base. The support’s
base even has an indentation which is supposed to
go right up against the main base so it’s not
like it’s off in the distance supporting weight
far away from everything else. In addition,
the supplied rod feels like it’s too short
so Rhongomyniad sits low and thus Artoria’s hand
isn’t centered on the grip and gets uncomfortably
close to the lance’s flourishes. In fact,
this combined with how none of these parts
are fixed relative to each other meant that any
movement could sometimes cause her arm to touch
Rhongomyniad and rub some paint off. I was
able to clean off most of it, but before
she got anymore damaged I decided to make an
adaptor to join everything into 1 super base.
I was originally going to model and 3D print
the adaptor, but decided to do a rough handmade
prototype first. It’s really rough, but I kinda
like the look so I’ll definitely make a cleaner,
3D printed version later which
we will detail in a future video.
At 17050 yen, she is a bit pricy and for many
people it would haven been cheaper to have
rolled her in-game in the past instead. I know
I spent a lot of time talking about the bases,
but I feel like these sort of oversights on
a premium figure feel bigger when so many
other things are done so well. Artoria’s pose
and sculpting are beautiful and Rhongomyniad
looks great too so I’m certainly
happy to have her in our collection.
But what do you guys think of this MHXX
figure? Was I too harsh on the base? Does
anyone want to get this figure because
they couldn’t roll her during Summer 3?
Let us know in the comments below.
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