Every so often you come across one of those figures that so precisely reminds you of why you like to like to collect figures in the first place. Amazingly enough, I’ve got two such figures right here in this post, though their release dates were quite some time apart. Alter has really hit the mark with their two Odin Sphere figures: Gwendolyn and more recently Mercedes. I have decided to group these two figures together into a single, awesome-filled post ;) Read on for more details and pretty pics.
Odin Sphere is a RPG game that was released in 2007. What set the game apart is that it was released at a time when many companies were migrating to the newly released Playstation 3. Not only that but the developers went with 2D side-scrolling graphics, a throwback to earlier console games. But don’t let the 2D graphics fool you, the game sports some of the most impressive and intricately painted textures and backgrounds you will find on any system. The game itself is heavy on story-telling and action-oriented combat. The story/gameplay is divided into chapters, each of which gives the player control of a different character, beginning with Gwendolyn and later Mercedes. Although I didn’t finish the entire game myself (gotta do that!), I do recommend checking it out if you haven’t already ^^
As for the figures themselves, Alter has really hit the mark here. They are stunningly detailed in every aspect; the sculpting, the painting, the posing, and the bases are all top notch. The wings on both figures are highly detailed. Gwendolyn has dozens of tiny feathers sculpted on her two valkyrie wings while Mercedes’ fairy wings feature a textured and translucent material that gives her a light, floating feel. Both characters include their in-game weapons, Gwendolyn with her sharp Psypher spear and Mercedes with her magical Psypher crossbow. Oh, and let’s not forget the bases. Most figure bases are a necessary annoyance as they often clash with the figure. In fact, quite the contrary is true for both of these figures; the bases actually complement the figures themselves and indeed are part of the figure. The bases not only serve the required task of holding the figure, but they also blend seamlessly in with the figure and enhance the overall product. Strange day indeed when I think a base improves a figure’s value ^^;
Would you believe these are my first Alter figures? Rather strange considering they have a reputation of creating the highest quality figures but to be honest most of their figure characters don’t interest me ^^; Well, now I can finally confirm their figure quality for myself and I have to say I am impressed ;) Hopefully Alter will release more figures to my liking as I am eager to see more figures of this caliber.
Anyway, for this post, I wanted to do less rambling in between photos and simply let the photos speak for themselves. As always, you can click the images to get to a larger version. Please enjoy the photos! :)
And now we have Mercedes ^^
I’ve actually had Gwendolyn for over a year now, but had been holding off until I could do a worthy photo review for her ^^; Luckily, she was so positively received after her release last year that Alter has decided to re-release her this fall. Now all the folks that missed her the first time around (like I almost did) will be able to pick up this gorgeous figure. You definitely don’t want to miss out this time! Oh, and Mercedes who was just released in May is also getting a re-release in September so you should be able to get your hands on both of these lovely ladies ;)
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