Today’s review is a bit of a special one. This happens to be my very first scaled figure and has basically traveled across the Pacific twice to finally end up on here. Rizfis Luttiva Mente or Rize for short is part of a collaboration between Good Smile Company and Red Entertainment and is the 5th of a series of figures known as Shuraki Trinity. The unique thing about Shuraki Trinity is that each figure came with an ‘artbook’, drama CD, and the figure (hence the Trinity part) to flesh out that character and her story. For such old figures, they still stand out in collections today due to their striking colors, sculpts, and dynamic poses although they are not without their problems.
First I’ll start off with a little story about how I got my start in figure collecting. I was living in California at the time and had gone to Anime Expo and the San Diego Comic-Con for several years so I had seen figures before but had never been too impressed with them. But in the summer of 2008 while I was wandering through the AAA Anime booth at Comic-Con, I saw her: Rize. I think it was the blue that caught my eye at first and the superior sculpt, the giant dress, and that badass halberd that won me over. I literally did a double take on her. I was with a friend at the time and he was marveling over Nida, another Shuraki done by the legendary Shunya Yamashita. While Nida was really awesome, especially with that giant sniper rifle, she didn’t quite stand out to me as much as Rize did. A few weeks later, I ordered Rize off of Amazon and she was at my doorstep. I’ll admit, I was a bit embarrassed about her at first since she had such a short skirt as well as a cast-off option; I’d put her away when friends or family came to visit but after time, I stopped doing so. I was deathly afraid of her falling in an earthquake and breaking so I’d either set her on the floor or put a pillow under the shelf when I went to work; keep in mind that I was used to rock solid Transformers, Revoltech, and HG Gundams before this.
The funny thing is even after all this care, she ended up breaking on her own. The culprit? That big beautiful dress weighs a ton in figure standards. And with only 4 shallow, flimsy pegs to hold her feet, one or two of them were bound to snap. This is a problem with all Shuraki Rizes, basically everyone’s breaks at one point unless measures are taken beforehand. I used poster putty to hold her up for awhile but one day, when I was packing to move, some more pegs broke and there was no soft pillow to break her fall this time and the halberd suffered some breaks as well. After bringing her to Australia, I figured that its time for some super glue since she won’t be moving anytime soon and from the pictures, you really can’t tell shes broken. Unfortunately, the big dress also causes her to lean backwards and my figure is a victim of that to a small degree. So these days, I have a figma stand helping to hold her dress up and with a few creative props, you can’t even really see it. I’ll take a picture of that someday when we eventually do a post about our display setup.
As you can see, that dress is BIG. Rize’s box is the biggest out of all the Shurakis because of it. It’s made of a thick plastic, I think ABS, but still way too heavy. But damn, it looks too good, I can’t bear to take it off. The blue in the dress is slightly translucent.
As far as Rize’s story goes, I can’t really understand the artbook or the drama CD but from a nice little pamphlet that AAA Anime included she’s apparently an Italian Shuraki who provides light-heartedness in the normally grim White Raven organization who sound like they’re the bad guys. However she has a ‘secret’ side to her and guessing from pictures in the artbook its some badass berserk thing. Whatever, it sounds pretty confusing and without listening to the drama CDs included with each figure, probably not worth digging into. The CD is pretty much useless to me, it does have 1 song by Rize’s voice actress that’s pretty mediocre but thats about it. The artbook is a small pamphlet that has various illustrations of Rize done by her character designer, Yano Takumi.
Here you can see the fantastic details that have gone into Rize’s outfit. I love all the laces and buckles and the gold etchings in her corset are really nicely done. Paint application is fantastic, the laces on the bust and sleeves even have designs printed on them!
Another part of the ‘Trinity’ name is the fact that all Shuraki figures have 3 forms: the normal outfit, a battle damaged version of the outfit, and completely cast off is them in their underwear. Here is Rize in her battle damaged outfit, you can take her head and torso off to swap out the skirt/dress, corset, collar, and one of her blue sleeve puffs. They did a really good job in showing a tattered outfit here.
Also the base is really well done. Its soft PVC and transparent with little crystals and a cracked ground plus its blue fits nicely with Rize’s vibrant blue. Now if only it could hold the figure properly, it would be perfect.
With her skirt tattered, you can get a better look at those delicious thigh-highs. While the battle damaged outfit is pretty neat, it is a shame that that beautiful dress had to be all but obliterated although it is understandable due to the extra bulk and costs that would have added. You can see here that Rize has an interesting pose, if you stuck a microphone instead of a halberd into that right fist, she would look like an idol! Apparently that was intentionally done by Yano-san, good on him.
You can see here how well Rize is endowed. Lets talk about the halberd. It comes in 3 parts, you’re supposed to slide the rod in her hand and then attach the axe head and that sharp bit at the end but unfortunately both ends snapped in her latest fall so I’ve had to super glue both ends on and wrestle the staff into her hand so its pretty much permanently there now.
And now Rize’s taken it all off for us! This is actually my least favorite incarnation, something looks off about the proportion and her large breasts being squished like that looks unnatural without a corset to contain them. Her underwear is done pretty nicely and I was really impressed with the shading on the skin, it looks better than a lot of swimsuit figures out there.
Highlighted in this shot is the one irk I have about the character design: the shoes. I understand that they’re kind of like Magical Girl boots but especially in this cast-off, it looks kinda ridiculous and unsexy. Give me some heels though, and I’ll be a happy boy.
And her back. Unfortunately Rize doesn’t have much of an ass but at least her underwear is pretty nice. You can see here her back and shoulder blades are nicely sculpted helped by a little bit of shading. A note about the hair, it’s decent even by today’s standards and does a good job of conveying the motion.
All in all, Rize was a fantastic first figure and is still one of my most loved figures due to a combination of sentimental value and fantastic sculpt. Beware though that due to the heavy dress, this figure is pretty heavily flawed and unless propped or modified, will break. I think I bought her off Amazon.com at the time for around $70, which is a very good price for something as elaborate as this. Nowadays, if you’re interested the best places would be all the secondhand shops like Mandarake, Amazon Japan Auctions, and MFC/Figure.fm sales. If you’ve noticed, I didn’t take pictures of the box due to it being pretty damaged in transit and the extras were omitted since I left the CD in America, hence I got to be lazy and call it a Flash Review, haHA! If you want a proper review, visit Heisei Democracy or wxcloudkumo
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