Here I am again with a toy review for a character I know nothing about. Maybe I should start titling these “Vault’s Clueless Reviews”. But do I really need to know anything more about this RAcasael Elenor figure other than that she’s a super cute robot girl? Nope. Besides, that’s what the review is for.
I’ve always been a fan of robot girls, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered a sever lack of them in my toy collection. It’s hard enough to get a good female action figure from US companies sometimes. When you narrow down the list to female robots, you’re pretty much just left with a few Transformers and EVE from WALL-E. I knew this, but it was never an idea I really thought about. There were just not fembot toys, and life went on.
Then I discovered the wonderful, and expensive, world of Japanese import toys. At first I was mostly distracted by all the nifty Kaiju figures that Revoltech was debuting. But, as I kept my eye on the upcoming pre-orders, I noticed figures of robot girls would pop up quite often. If you ever wondered why I started buying figures of characters I know nothing about, it all started right here. Figma revealed their Drossel figure and I realized what had been missing from my toy collection for all these years.
This brings me to my newest addition to my fembot collection, RAcaseal Elenor from Phantasy Star Online. A 1/12 scale “Full action plastic kit” produced by Kotobukiya, and sculpted by Masaki Apsy. What does that mean? This figure is actually a model kit. All her pieces come on sprues and you have to assemble her. But when finished, you’re left with a fully poseable figure instead of a static model. I’ve seen this done with Gundams before, but this is my first time seeing it applied to a non-Mecha.
I’ve never played the Phantasy Star Online, so I have no idea who Elenor Camuel is. Her English name is spelled Eleanor, but she doesn’t seem to have a Wikipedia entry and the majority of returns Google brought me were press releases and discussions about this figure. Even the image search mostly gave me the press release photos of this figure. It was a bit frustrating. The only bit of info I could find was one paragraph from a Phantasy Star Wiki:
“Elenor fights alongside you in two quests, “Magnitude of Metal” and “Doc’s Secret Plan.” She is the creation of the brilliant scientist Jean Carlo Montague. Though she is loyal to her creator, she seems to yearn for a normal life with real friends outside of Dr. Montague’s lab. She also has the abillity to talk to mags.”
So you Phantasy Star fans will have to fill us in on what we’re missing.
Like I said, this is the first time I’ve assembled one of these kits, so I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily for me, these kits are designed with the amateur in mind. Every sprue was designated by a letter, while the pieces on the sprue each had designated numbers. There was no confusion with what piece I should be working with. Also, almost all the pieces snap together or are held in place. The only real need for glue was on her holding hands, which are three pieces and need to be a little more secured to actually hold things.
It’s odd, because I just assumed that most things that come on sprues are designed by computer. But this figure was actually sculpted by Masaki Apsy, who did a fantastic job. From the few pictures I’ve seen, Elenor’s sculpt is pretty spot on. But beyond accuracy, the look of the figure is what sold me on her pre-order. She’s just got this cute yet still generic android design. Plus, since she’s a model kit, she actually looks like she’s assembled. Almost every line or joint is a separate piece and it brings an amount of realism to the figure. Continue to page 2…