This figure will be a first for our collection – a swimsuit figure! While I’m sure there are many of you out there that appreciate a girl in a swimsuit, we can find them a little dull next to our more elaborate figures and tend to steer away from purchasing them. So, what changed our minds and led to the purchase of this beauty? For one, she’s a character we like from a game we really enjoy and secondly.. well, let’s take a look at her and find out.
Selvaria is one of the antagonists from a great Playstation 3 game called Valkyria Chronicles which was released back in 2008. According to a Valkyria Chronicles wiki she also makes a cameo appearance in both Valkyria Chronicles 2 and 3. She served as one of the main antagonists, Maximilian Gaius Von Reginrave, commanders and, attractive as she is, she quite honestly scared the crap out of me every time I faced her. If you’d like to know more about Selvaria and the game, check out her page on the Encyclopedia Europa.
Manufactured by Alter and retailing for 8800 yen, this Selvaria stands rather tall at 290 mm and is classed as a 1/7 figure. Based off of RAITA’s design, she’s been sculpted by the talented Yagyuu Toshiyuki who has also been responsible for some of Alter’s most beautiful figures such as Dizzy and Chua Churam. She’s actually Alter’s second go at Selvaria which was a fully clothed version that was released back in 2010.
My love affair with this figure started back when I attended the 2011 Summer Wonder Festival and Alter had the unpainted prototype displayed. I didn’t get much a chance to look at it for long (Alter’s stand was really crowded) but what I saw piqued my interest enough to look forward to seeing her get a coat of paint. Of course, she turned out looking absolutely wonderful in the initial promo shots so we preordered as soon as we could.
Before I start talking about all the merits of this figure, I’ll get the negatives out of the way. I think one of the things that might turn people off potentially buying this figure is her elongated face with it’s long nose that sticks out pretty far. While I think Yagyuu has captured RAITA’s style almost perfectly, it does look slightly odd in figure form. Having said that.. I wouldn’t have her any other way and enjoy her stylized look but understand that it’s probably not to everyone’s taste.
The major draw of this figure is probably her boobs. Yes, they’re almost ridiculously large but hey.. look at them obeying gravity! We’re not at all fans of balloon breasts over here at Plastic Parfait so this pleases us greatly. Her tight swimsuit gives the appearance of cutting slightly into her flesh which leaves enough of an indent to make her breasts actually look slightly squishy (sorry – they’re not). Luth isn’t much of a fan of the ribs but I think they look fantastic along with her deliciously sculpted tummy.
Let’s move onto other assets such as her back and butt. They’re not easily viewable even after looking at the figure from a back angle due to her mass of hair but that hasn’t stopped Alter from putting in a lot of effort to make her as desirable as possible. Her bum is fully sculpted and features no flat parts where she leans up against the brick wall.. unlike their lovely but unfortunate Nanoha that was released recently. This makes me happy for I am no great fan of flat bottoms. She simply perches on the corner of the brick rubble and is secured by holding onto the shower pipe and by a peg in one of her feet.
Selvaria’s hair leans more towards grey in the game normally but I think I prefer the look of it with the blue tones of this figure, more like when she gets scary in the game. Her hair here is slightly translucent through some of the length of it, making it look slightly glowy in certain lighting. It features some slight shading but lets the sculpting do most of the work and also has a shiny, almost shimmery finish to top it all off. It’s gorgeously done and really sets off the rest of the figure.
Apparently ready for battle even while washing herself, she comes with a variety of weapons including a sword, two knives and a gun. All of the weapons are permanently attached to her apart from her sword, which slots into a hole on her hip. Unfortunately, none of the weapons come out of their sheaths but that’s probably asking for a little too much.
I’m a bit blown away by the detailing on her right down to the cracked shower handles, the ‘stitching’ on her leather straps, the wonderful gold details and the surprisingly precise painting applied to her fingernails. I know, I know.. it’s Alter, it’s to be expected.. but they deserve credit where credit is due and they have done a marvelous job on Selvaria. She’s a shining example of Alter’s almost unrivaled craftsmanship.
I love cute toes as well as cool looking boots and shoes on figures and hey, lucky me, Selvaria has both of these covered! Her toes do look a tad too long because of they way they have been sculpted but it’s hardly noticeable under regular lighting. The foot on the rock sits on a peg to stabilize her while the other foot sits comfortably against the brick wall. As to why she’s wearing heels while showering, maybe the ground is contaminated or something? Well, whatever.. they look good anyway. Trying to apply logic to this figure is clearly futile so I’ll just enjoy her for what she is.
The superb detailing doesn’t stop when it comes to the base with the brick wall and sand texturing being rather impressive themselves. The vines creeping up the wall, the loose bricks scattered around the back of the base and the seashell in the sand add interest to an already elaborate base. I think it’s the little things like this, along with the old rusty shower, that pull the whole thing together and stop it from becoming just another swimsuit figure.
Speaking of the shower, I didn’t get a lot of photos of it because it was hard to fit into some shots because of the way I was doing the shoot. The pipe comes apart just above the shower taps and you thread it through her hand then reconnect it and this’ll offer her the final bit of stability she needs to safely sit on her base. Apart from this, pegging her foot into the base and attaching her sword to her hip, there is no more assembly which makes her a pretty low fuss figure.
Selvaria’s box is of a decent size considering her large scale, I don’t think they could have made it much smaller without compromising her safely during shipment. If you’re into the boxes, the design is nice but nothing terribly fancy.
To wrap things up, I’m obviously quite impressed with her and both Luth and I are happy to welcome her to our collection. Selvaria is an Alter figure so you know how it goes – if you like the look of her then go ahead and place an order because what you see will most certainly be what you get. We purchased her from AmiAmi’s online store but it appears she’s sold out at the major online Japanese retailers as of writing so you might have to scour the internet for her or get lucky and find her at a local retailer.
I’ll finish up with a bit of photo spam now, I hope you enjoyed my review! I’m thinking of starting up loot posts again just so we have something happening in between figure reviews so keep an eye out for those and even request a review if you like. ‘Til next time and thanks for reading!
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