Utaha was a joy to unbox (until I hit a snag). As expected of Alter, everything is perfect (almost). I do wish they would price their figures cheaper though. Kotobukiya can do a similar level of quality with a much lower price tag.
As always with Saekano figures, they are based on illustrations by Kurehito Misaki.
As with all the previous figures in this line, this uses the plastic box. I prefer the cardboard boxes even though these plastic containers allow for a better view of the figure without unboxing.
Do forgive the reflecting RGBs in the pictures. I forgot to turn off the lighting on my display and it was too late when I realized they were reflecting in pictures of the box.
The unboxing went by without a hitch.
Off goes the box and the blister packaging. We start to see the great level of detail in the figure.
She looks even more stunning up close and without the blister packaging. And of course, Utaha wouldn’t be Utaha without her signature headband and this time around with a flower embellishment to complement her outfit.
A closer view shows a slight blush on her cheeks and we see some more details on the face. The base is a standard faux fur base. If you want to save space, you can fit your display case with faux fur. You can display more figures that don’t need their bases to stand. Faux fur is cheap and looks good on lingerie version figures like this one.
The side view of the figure shows her bountiful curves. It’s amazing how paint can make plastic look like soft skin. You can also see the great level of attention and detail that was put into painting the stockings.
And the view from behind shows ample buttocks with garterbelt and ribboned thong.
The view on the other side shows a bit of the corset she is wearing. It has white vertical stripes on brown cloth with brown sheer (what I assume would be lace) ruffles. Not easy to see when displayed since most of it is covered by her hair.
Looking closely at her head shows the flower ornaments on her headband. They look okay but up close, you can see a tad more refining on the details of the roses would have been nice.
Looking at the face, it took me a while to realize that that brown tinge of paint on her cheeks was actually a defect. I’ve compared it with other photos of the figure online and the face is clear of it. I cannot express in words the amount of dismay I am feeling right now especially considering I might not be able to get a replacement (if even possible) since this was released months ago and I only unboxed it recently.
I was just recovering from a bout of depression then this happens and it’s got me feeling down again.
Below we can get a closer look at the corset which you wouldn’t normally see when displayed.
Hard to Display the Trio Close Together
If you got the Saekano lingerie set of figures, it’s understandable you’d want to display them together and in close proximity to each other just like the source artwork. Aniplex says that’s not happening because their bases won’t allow for it. And you can’t exactly ditch the base since Eriri needs it to stay upright. I might try putting some kind of support on Eriri to see if I can get her to stay upright without her magnetic base. Yes, her bottom has actual magnets so she can stay upright. You can check my unboxing of Eriri here.
Here’s our summary of this figure of Utaha.
Details and Pose
I started the NekoFigs blog in January 2021, 5 years after I’ve started collecting anime figures. It all started with one humble prize figure of Saber Lily which was bought on a whim. Now, I face the big problem of how to deal with over 200 empty boxes.