Takamachi Nanoha ~ 高町なのは ~ Exceed Mode
Posted by meronpan on February 7, 2010
Woo hoo! At long last we finally have the gal for whom the series is named after ^^ Looking back on Alter’s release history… looks like it’s been almost 2 years since they started StrikerS releases with rein! Guess I’d say it was worth it given the general trend of pvc improvements we’ve seen. Nanoha has some big shoes to fill not only as the main character but also coming right after feito-chan ^^;
I think by now with hayate and feito’s boxes having arrived, the shock of such a large package has finally worn off ^^;
For some reason I completely lost my sense of scale when viewing the promo shots and was totally surprised with how big she turned out. Yet another figure that barely fits in a detolf… and having done so, hogs a whole shelf ^^;
The downside to using a makeshift studio (read: cardboard boxes) appears in my pic above… blaster bits weren’t exactly level ^^;;;
I kinda felt like she seemed a little plain when looking at others’ review shots… but seeing her in person… with her impressive size and execution, those thoughts quickly left me.
I do think her pose could be little more energetic sometimes, though the blaster bits help add some flavor. Also for a firing pose I guess they’re likely keeping it close to the series’ canon.
Back to the space thing… jeez she needs a lot of space. With nanoha’s arrival, my short lived achievement of getting all my scaled figures into detolfs comes to an end. For the moment, miku, tama-nee and nida must brave the dust again ^^;
For nanoha alter went with clear attachments to attach her feet to the base – I think I like it better than the white blocks used for hayate, though I still wouldn’t say it looks good ^^;;
Each foot gets three wing attachments which fit in pretty easily.
One thing I’ve loved about these releases has been alter’s execution on the faces. Not that I have super high standards or anything, but personally the works delivered match up perfectly with my internal image of everyone ^^
Wouldn’t have minded some more definition in her bangs, though perhaps this way is closer to her anime portrayal?
A little closer look at the back of her head
Raising heart looks superb, decked out in its winged exceed mode… or as the back of the box states… “Exced Mode” ^^;;;; Strangely it’s spelled “exceed” everywhere else.
Sadly, “ace of ace” is everywhere… even making its way onto the base -_-
‘course engrish has sort been one of nanoha’s defining traits, no? ^^;;
Nanoha’s outfit is reproduced as it is in the anime, so no intricate designs or frills ^^;
Something about the size, shading and flow of the garment help it from turning out boring though, imo.
In fact it’s flapping up precariously in the back :P
You may have seen my strikers group shots in the past… had to take more now that nanoha had arrived ^^
Unfortunately… being an amateur photography with no training, I have absolutely no idea what goes into a good group shot orz Tried a bunch of things, so bear with me as I just post ’em all ^^;
While I’d love to just blame everything on lack of more expensive equipment, I’m pretty sure I could’ve done a lot better simply with better technique ^^;
With everyone spread out so much it was really hard when trying to get everyone in focus. Went all the way down to f/11 and things were still blurry. I think the math says I still only had a about a foot of depth of field so that would make sense…
If nothing else, at least I got everyone in the frame to give a comprehensive look at alter’s strikers lineup ^^;;
From a higher angle you can see the sort of depth I was dealing with.
Trying to get a better shot, started playing around with the lighting a little more… then some post processing.
Actually kinda like how the above turned out. Not super happy with it, but I think with the added contrast and highlights gave the shot a little more flavor.
Lots of possibilities for positioning the blaster bits. Actually put the ones on the taller stands in front for the group pic because the box I was using was lower ^^;
The rest of riot force 6 adds some bokeh ^^
Closer look at the blaster bits, which can be angled up or down.
Somehow this review ballooned up to almost 40 pics ^^;
For nanoha i’ll allow it though :P
Next up will be shamal i guess? Somewhat of a let down ^^;; Well, though I guess loli nanoha will actually be out before her…
Japan looms close, we’ll see if I can churn out mio & miyafuji reviews before then ^^;
More nanoha coverage all about teh web~
hmm that it? i’ll have to keep my eyes open.