Figure Blog: Charlotte E. Yeager (1/8th Scale PVC)

Topic started by ShadowKnight508 on July 12, 2011. Last post by ShadowKnight508 3 years, 1 month ago.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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(This blog consists of two parts, with Part I being the story of how I got it, and Part II being the review of the figure, complete with pros, cons, and my final score)

Part One: Getting the Figure for My Collection

Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice users, to this my blog regarding the arrival of my newest anime figure that I purchased for my collection. So far, I own the following figures:

Figure Collection (Selvaria Bles, Alicia Melchoitt, and Hatsune Miku)
Figure Collection (Selvaria Bles, Alicia Melchoitt, and Hatsune Miku)
  • 1/7th Scale PVC VOCALOID Hatsune Miku figure (GoodSmile Company)
  • 1/7th Scale PVC Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles figure (ALTER Corporation)
  • 1/8th Scale PVC Valkyria Chronicles Alicia Melchiott figure (Craftsmanship by KOTOBUKIYA)

On Wednesday afternoon of last week, the UPS truck arrived out front of our house, and the driver handed me the Play-Asia box that he was carrying in his hands. After signing for the package, I went back to my bedroom and excitedly opened the box, for I had been waiting roughly a month for the day when the newest addition to my anime figure collection would arrive from Japan. I removed the bubble wrap, and came face to face with the blue and white case for the Strike Witches 1/8th Scale PVC Charlotte E. Yeager figure from the ALTER Corporation. Carefully, I removed the case from the cardboard box and put it down on my bed to take a photo of before heading off to spend the weekend at my cousin's house for his birthday. Other than some slight damage to the bottom left corner of the case, it had arrived mainly unaffected by it's cross-Pacific delivery.

Charlotte E. Yeager Figure (1/8th Scale PVC)
Charlotte E. Yeager Figure (1/8th Scale PVC)

When I returned from kicking it with my cousin during his epic weekend bash yesterday, I awaited until my folks had gone off to sleep just after 10:00 PM before carefully moving around the main coffee table in the living room and cleaning it off so that I could take images of my newest figure to upload onto AnimeVice. With great care, I took my figure out into the living room and opened the case to remove Charlotte along with her BAR rifle, swappable Striker Unit propellers, and her translucent blue base from it's plastic container. I put the base together, removed her detachable hand to attach it to the BAR rifle, reattaching it in place to her body before joining the figure and it's base together. Now completed, I set off and took the following photos with my Canon Rebel XSi D-SLR camera.

Part II: The Review (2011 ALTER CORPORATION 1/8th Scale PVC Strike Witches Charlotte E. Yeager)

First off, I must give ALTER Corporation a lot of credit with creating another amazing figure that exceeds my expectations in both the quality and details on this figure. I was impressed as to just how much detail that they had given this figure, from the shiny Striker Units on her legs to the BAR rifle she wields down to the overall outfit that she has for this figure. The base that the figure perches on is a translucent blue, containing statistics regarding Charlotte's overall stats along with information on her weapon and Striker Units. The figure has several swappable parts, for it can be posed with or without the BAR rifle, and the propellers can be swapped on her Striker Units with either spinning blades or stopped blades depending on what the collector wishes for the figure to have when out on display.

This is my second figure from the ALTER Corporation (the other being my 1/7th Scale Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles figure), and once again they have truly outdone themselves in terms of overall quality, appearance, and the amount of details that they have put into this wonderful figure. I highly recommend this figure to any figure collector that is seeking a high-quality addition to their collections and to any Strike Witches or Charlotte E. Yeager fans that would love to add another wonderful figure to their collection.

Pros: Amazing Details, High Quality, Very Attractive to Look At and will make a great addition to anyone's collection.

Cons: Somewhat hard to get the BAR rifle into her removable hand, but it was much easier to remove it compared to placing it in her hands.

Final Score: 4.75 out of 5 Stars

Charlotte E. Yeager Figure (1/8th Scale ALTER Corp)
Charlotte E. Yeager Figure (1/8th Scale ALTER Corp)

ShadowKnight508 is a regular member of AnimeVice, having been appointed to the rank of Forum Moderator by the AV Staff two weeks ago. He is active in the forums and can be usually found doing one of his several planned Wiki Projects for AV's massive Wiki database when he is not keeping the forums or site safe from spam/ad-bots and trolling. You can follow ShadowKnight508 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ShadowKnight508 and can also be found on on Giant Bomb as well.

Post by Fat_Magnum (2,493 posts) See mini bio Level 16
omg omg omg omg I want them... stupid financial constraints grrrr *breathes* 
 
For some reason I love figures, even of characters I know nothing about, but especially of characters I do love. Oh god i need to know if there are any Dante/Vergil figures out there. I'll look it up later. 
 
I'll have to do some legit reading up on good places to find some at a price a hobo like me could afford. I'm just like a... well dressed hobo. All things in due time and in their natural order. Which means I need food on my table before I can get awesomeness like this. But I sooo will when I can.
 
also you said this " excels my expectations"  I'm probably just really drowsy otherwise I wouldn't care, I still don't really care, but 'protip' the common phrasemafication uses the word exceeds but meh, maybe I am too ignorant to see a clever word play or am just tired. Not tryin to be dick-ish just thought I could point it out if you didn't do it on purpose.   
 
So, my eyes hurt (urgh i always forget to keep my glasses on when im reading!) and maybe I will talk about this to some folks 'round dis site tomorrow cuz I need some sleep now.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@Rockingham: Thanks for pointing out that word fail that I had (I did mean to type "Exceeds", but I must have spaced out and put "Excels" instead).

As for figures, you can find some pretty sweet deals on them if you know where to look. This Charlotte E. Yeager figure was roughly $99.95 (ended up being $130.95 after slapping the Oversea Shipping & Handling charge from UPS). Of my collection, the most expensive figure happened to be the 1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles figure ($105.95 starting price, jumped to $145.95 with the FedEx Oversea S&H charge), the 1/7th Scale Hatsune Miku figure comes next price-wise ($100.95 starting price, jumped to $135.95 with UPS Oversea S&H) and the cheapest was the Alicia Melchoitt figure ($69.95 starting price, $99.95 after Oversea S&H charge from UPS). It may seem like I payed a ton of money, but I saved roughly between $15 to $45 on each figure compared to what the original price was.

Figure collections are not cheap, but I find them to be a worthy investment whenever I amass enough spare cash to purchase one. If you are on a budget, you can always look into the Nendoroid figures on the market (which tend to be cheaper in the long run).

If you are interested in seeing many various figures and nendoroids, take a look at my 5 Weekly Figure Preview Articles for AnimeVice that I wrote back in January and February below:

http://www.animevice.com/profile/shadowknight508/weekly-figure-preview-21011/107-7177/ (Weekly Figure Preview FINAL)

http://www.animevice.com/profile/shadowknight508/weekly-figure-preview-2311/107-7134/ (Weekly Figure Preview #4)

http://www.animevice.com/profile/shadowknight508/weekly-figure-preview-12711/107-7094/ (Weekly Figure Preview #3)

http://www.animevice.com/profile/shadowknight508/weekly-figure-preview-12011/107-7054/ (Weekly Figure Preview #2)

http://www.animevice.com/profile/shadowknight508/weekly-figure-preview-11311/107-6997/ (Weekly Figure Preview #1)

Post by Fat_Magnum (2,493 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@ShadowKnight508: Yeah, I will definitely be checking all those out as well as doing research on my own. The idea of figure collecting was what got me into Warhammer 40,000. Except you build and paint those yourself, some people are incredibly skilled and put serious artistic effort into their armies.  
 
The painting bit tried my patience too much, took me a good 3-4 hours (easily more if I was really trying at it.) to do a job, on a single model, I was satisfied with.  Even then I thought they looked terrible, so building an army of 2 or 3 dozen figures (low-balling as that is a pretty small army, depending on the faction you want to play.)  was a bit too daunting for me, too bad I didn't realize that until I had spent something like $600-$1000 to get everything I wanted (over a couple years). The tabletop game you play with those figures is a blast though and I don't mind playing it with a few buds every now and then, even with an unfinished army.  
 
There were a few I did that I thought were pretty cool except one day I had a bit of a temper fit and I think I put them all in some paint stripping stuff. I regret that quite a bit. Trying to jump into doing proper painting without ever having done anything else artistic was a bit too much of the 'deep end' of the pool for me at the time.
 
I just like having something cool like these figures that I can put up on display around my hangout areas and these are much cheaper and require a lot less effort to make them have appeal. There is an innate satisfaction for something you made yourself, though, and I have much respect people who do work like sculpting figures like these and artists in general.  
Post by takashichea (11,879 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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When I returned from kicking it with my cousin during his epic weekend bash yesterday, I awaited until my folks had gone off to sleep just after 10:00 PM before carefully moving around the main coffee table in the living room and cleaning it off so that I could take images of my newest figure to upload onto AnimeVice.

I see you keep your hobby a secret from the family. I couldn't keep my wiki addiction a secret from my parents. It occurred this week. I should have worked it on Friday morning when I had no school. I told them it was a school project, but they are still suspicious. Yeah!

Your blog is so descriptive and full of enthusiasm. The zoom ins are clear and sharp which reminds me I need a new camera. You should get this on the front page.

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@takashichea: Well, I try to keep it out of their attention. They are very aware of my figures (or as they call them: Asian Dolls) and get irritated with me buying something that they think is "stupid and immature". I try my best to do anything anime or figure related when they are away or already in bed so that I do not catch any flak or negative comments from them.

Thanks for the comments...I got my Canon Rebel XSi D-SLR camera in 2009 at Best Buy. So far, it is the best $700 investment that I have ever made, for it takes stunning HD images with it's 12.1 Megapixel Chip and has allowed me to take wonderful photos.

Post by MrXD (643 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@ShadowKnight508 said:

As for figures, you can find some pretty sweet deals on them if you know where to look. This Charlotte E. Yeager figure was roughly $99.95 (ended up being $130.95 after slapping the Oversea Shipping & Handling charge from UPS). Of my collection, the most expensive figure happened to be the 1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles figure ($105.95 starting price, jumped to $145.95 with the FedEx Oversea S&H charge), the 1/7th Scale Hatsune Miku figure comes next price-wise ($100.95 starting price, jumped to $135.95 with UPS Oversea S&H) and the cheapest was the Alicia Melchoitt figure ($69.95 starting price, $99.95 after Oversea S&H charge from UPS). It may seem like I payed a ton of money, but I saved roughly between $15 to $45 on each figure compared to what the original price was.

damn, that's a lot of allowances xD
Post by takashichea (11,879 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@ShadowKnight508:

I don't think figurines are stupid. They are your collection. Everyone has a collection that defines them.

For example, I collect pens that have car logos on them. A bit nerdy. Still have my marble collection from my childhood.

Looking at the specs of the camera, I don't see a rechargeable plug. I see a 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery. How long does that last? For my Coolpix L1 camera, it eats the batteries in like 10 flashes or 50 snapshots.

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@MrXD said:

@ShadowKnight508 said:

As for figures, you can find some pretty sweet deals on them if you know where to look. This Charlotte E. Yeager figure was roughly $99.95 (ended up being $130.95 after slapping the Oversea Shipping & Handling charge from UPS). Of my collection, the most expensive figure happened to be the 1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles figure ($105.95 starting price, jumped to $145.95 with the FedEx Oversea S&H charge), the 1/7th Scale Hatsune Miku figure comes next price-wise ($100.95 starting price, jumped to $135.95 with UPS Oversea S&H) and the cheapest was the Alicia Melchoitt figure ($69.95 starting price, $99.95 after Oversea S&H charge from UPS). It may seem like I payed a ton of money, but I saved roughly between $15 to $45 on each figure compared to what the original price was.

damn, that's a lot of allowances xD

Well, to be honest, I had been saving up for roughly 9 months when I purchased my first figure (Hatsune Miku), and with the combined money from my 20th B-day and X-mas 2010, I managed to purchase the other three figures over a 8-month period (Selvaria in early November, Alicia in January, and Charlotte last week Wednesday) and still have $15 left over. As I said earlier, it can be a expensive hobby, but it is well worth every penny that I spent (and saved in the process).

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,319 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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@takashichea said:

@ShadowKnight508:

I don't think figurines are stupid. They are your collection. Everyone has a collection that defines them.

For example, I collect pens that have car logos on them. A bit nerdy. Still have my marble collection from my childhood.

Looking at the specs of the camera, I don't see a rechargeable plug. I see a 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery. How long does that last? For my Coolpix L1 camera, it eats the batteries in like 10 flashes or 50 snapshots.

My camera has done 450 non-flash photos on a single charge (roughly 200 with the flash) on average. I took roughly 300 images at FanimeCon 2011 this year and only used 60% of the battery in the 3-day period xD

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