Figure Review: Alicia Melchiott (1/8th Scale PVC Figure)

Topic started by ShadowKnight508 on Jan. 10, 2011. Last post by Eelcire 3 years, 11 months ago.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice members, to this my third and final anime figure review for AnimeVice. In this latest figure review, I will be reviewing the 1/8th Scale PVC Valkyria Chronicles Alicia Melchiott figure, the newest addition to my humble anime figure collection from Play-Asia this past December. 

1/8th Scale Alicia Melchiott (In Box)
1/8th Scale Alicia Melchiott (In Box)

Some Quick Background Information

Produced by KOTOBUKIYA Corporation and licensed by SEGA as part of their "Project Valkyria" product lineup, the 1/8th Scale PVC Valkyria Chronicles Alicia Melchiott figure was released in Japan and was made available for sale in late December 2010 for roughly 7,120 Yen (excluding taxes). It was crafted by the famed figure sculptors at KOTOBUKIYA for KOTOBUKIYA Corporation, LTD.

Analysis of Figure

Standing roughly 21 Cm tall, Alicia Melchiott comes with her trademark rifle and her winged pig Hans on a special base modeled after the hatch-plate of the tank Edelweiss. The fine details that KOTOBUKIYA Co. and their prized sculptors have put into this figure is simply amazing, from the stark colors of her military uniform down to the bright, cheerful expression on her face. Unlike my other two figures that I own, Alicia Melchiott is mounted to her base and does not have any removable/switchable parts as in the case of my 1/7th Scale Selvaria Bles figure other than the rifle that can be placed in her hands. 

Alicia Melchiott (on base with rifle and her pig Hans)
Alicia Melchiott (on base with rifle and her pig Hans)

My Opinions

As a fan of the Valkyria Chronicles franchise, I was thrilled to discover that Play-Asia was releasing a new Alicia Melchiott figure in late December. Having just purchased the 1/7th Scale Valkyria Chronicles Selvaria Bles figure only a month earlier, I decided to look into purchasing her as a Christmas gift for myself and to add to my humble anime figure. I pre-ordered her in early December and was able to secure one of the first batch of figures that Play-Asia had on hand before they sold out their stock for several days. The order shipped from Play-Asia on the 28th of December and arrived to my house on the late afternoon of January 3rd. Of the three anime figures that I own, she is easily my second favorite of the group behind the Selvaria Bles figure that I own. The only issue that I have with this figure is a rough line or two on both of her hands by the thumbs, perhaps artifacts from the production process. But in the end, I am very pleased with this purchase. 

Alicia Melchiott (Close-up from waist-up with Rifle)
Alicia Melchiott (Close-up from waist-up with Rifle)

Final Scores

1/8th Scale Valkyria Chronicles PVC Alicia Melchiott Figure (KOTOBUKIYA Co., LTD)

Price: 7,120 Yen (roughly $84.95 USD)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently available on Play-Asia as of 30 minutes ago)
Detail: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Would I Recommend it to Others?: Yes (especially to fans of the Valkyria Chronicles)

 (Edit: From now on, I will be doing a weekly feature of the anime figures currently on special promotion or newest releases on Play-Asia for Playfire and AnimeVice. Look for it later in the week!)
Post by EquitasInvictus (332 posts) See mini bio Level 15
You, sir, purchase some of the finest figures I've ever seen. I love this one, and I also I love the character - I think Alicia is awesome! This figure definitely brings out her best. 
How do you manage to get figures that look so great? Are you careful about where/who you purchase from?  
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
I look up each company that the figure is made by. Then I see what Play-Asia and NekoMagic's sites have to say about it, and then I decide if I wish to invest my limited budget into it. Also, I have a Canon Rebel XSi that I take images of each figure with for this website. xD 
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@EquitasInvictus: By the you own any figures, EquitasInvictus? And if so, where do you purchase them from? (I purchase from Play-Asia)
Post by EquitasInvictus (332 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@ShadowKnight508: I 'm the proud owner of three nendoroids, which I'd say count as figures! They all were ordered from Amazon (I know, I'm pretty rudimentary) and more specifically from the Good Smile Company. 
The three nendoroids I've purchased include Black Rock Shooter, Churuya (A Chibi-fied Tsuruya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) and my personal favorite: Mio Akiyama!

I own a Nikon D80 myself and used it to capture the above picture - I apologize for the bit of noise, the D80 is a little old and doesn't perform as well under low lighting. 
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@EquitasInvictus: Cool stuff...not a fan of Nendoroids, but they are apart of the figure family, so they do count. So I guess that you are a fan of K-On? xD
Post by EquitasInvictus (332 posts) See mini bio Level 15
I do love the girls and the music, and I enjoyed the anime enough to see both seasons to completion. So I guess you could say, yes! 
I also just especially love Mio. 'xD
Post by metalsnakezero (680 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Very nice figure. Will you be doing Figma figures as well?
Post by Sonata (35,688 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@ShadowKnight508:  Thats a good one, makes me want to start collecting figures.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@metalsnakezero: Perhaps...I only own 3 figures, but I might start doing a weekly figure feature for AnimeVice that features the upcoming figures and hot buys on Play-Asia. It would feature new Figures, Figmas, and even Nendoroids. 
@Sonata: Thanks. You should look into some of the figures on sale at Play-Asia...they have some great Strike Witches, Guilty Gear XX, Fate/Stay Night, and others at great prices.
Post by ethan (887 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Nice post. PM me the link to your next post like this and I might be able to promo it on the homepage.
Post by Eelcire (74 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Great collection so far. Love Valkyria Chronicles and the figures you got from it are very nice.  While Alter so far is my favorite company, Kotobukiya does offer some nice designs and quality as well.
Nice write-up. It's interesting to see the collections from other people and what they think about them. Once I get a camera I'd like to get some pictures of my collection.
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