Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/7 Cryska Barchenowa

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For some reason, I am totally enamored with the Muv-Luv girls. It’s probably a combination of the cool color schemes, sleek plugsuits and pretty hair. So far they have taken on 4 of the girls from the franchise: Yui, who came out earlier this year, Cryska (who we are obviously taking a look at today!), Inia, who will be out at the end of summer, and Meiya, who is actually from a different Muv-Luv anime than the trio. Of the original threesome I think Cryska is my favorite, despite one big issue I have with her character design. What could that be, you ask? Well let’s hit the jump and dive on in!

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A box! Usually this is the part where I get all snarky about how much I hate box shots, but Cryska actually has a pretty awesome box. Sunset colors!

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When I opened Cryska’s box I let out a little squeak of sadness. So many pieces! Thankfully most of them are for putting the 3 gals together: Cryska herself could not be more simple. She doesn’t even have a peg! Just plop her down onto the base and slide the gun into her hand. In fact, you could skip those steps entirely and no one would ever know. That’s right, she doesn’t need a base! And you know how happy that makes me.

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Cryska’s pose is kind of unusual. She’s sitting, which usually makes for a compact figure, but her stretched out legs give her an almost luxurious air, as if she’s stretching out after a battle. Given her uneasy expression and the weapon in her hand it’s an easy story to buy into: like she’s victorious, but not so sure how long it will last, and lord knows I love a figure that tells a story.

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Her face is Alter-level pretty. It’s just… so perfect! Beautiful, expressive, full of sorrow and regret and maybe even fear. It’s kind of a melancholy expression, and a lot more sophisticated than what I am used to seeing in a figure. Koto has really been upping their game recently!

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Let’s get this out of the way early: Cryska’s boobs are just way too big for me. I just… they’re distractingly large, and not in an appealing way, in a “oh honey your back must be killing you” kind of way. Plus, you know, sock-boob to the max. She must be vacuumed into that suit. But hey, it’s part of her character design, and I like the rest of the figure enough to let it slide. Also, look at how muscular her abdomen is! I don’t even think her plugsuit is latex, that is definitely bodypaint.

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Like we saw with Asuna, Cryska’s hair has a nice layering effect. I think figure hair can be the hardest thing to get right: it’s often the first thing that shouts “hey, I’m made of plastic!” But with a nice layered effect like this and soft paint, it really doesn’t feel too stiff. Plus who doesn’t like purple hair!

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While the top half of her body is relatively upright, a lot of the focus is drawn to her legs. They create an interesting dichotomy: her face and abdomen seem very tense, while her hips and legs are quite relaxed. She’s got her handgun placed casually on her knee and doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to use it. So is this before the battle or after? I’d go with after, but of course the decision is up to the viewer. Or maybe she’s just hanging out in her rubble-decorated apartment.

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It wouldn’t be a review of a bodacious girl without a butt shot! Thankfully Cryska has a very nice rear end, which is accented by the odd, geometric design of her ensemble. As much as I love the Eva girls, I think Muv-Luv wins best plugsuits hands down.

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For the most part, Cryska’s quality control is really nice. The only place where it falters for a bit is the lines on her back which, thankfully, you are never really going to see and are pretty tiny even then! And the flaws are only visible with a macro lens. If you compare Cryska to, say, their older 1/6 Eva girls you can see a huge leap forward in quality.

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Here’s a shot of her base alone, and as you can tell you don’t really need it. However, it does prevent her from rubbing her paint all over whatever display you have her on (I hate seeing scratches on the underside of my sitting figures, it’s so tragic) and of course you can hook her up with the other 3 girls. Plus, rubble! Who doesn’t love a good old hunk of plastic rubble.

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I have to admit that I’ve been collecting figures for so long that I often wonder why I even do it. I mean, we have so many! And writing about them day in and day out does wear on you after a while. But then a figure comes along that just captures your attention: for me, that was Cryska! For some reason I just find her totally captivating. It’s the face, I think: I just can’t stop looking at her! So yes, I do think you should buy her. Right now. Unless, of course, you have a thing for brunettes–then they’ve got you covered with Yui!

This was another solo photoshoot for me, and much more of a hassle than Asuna. How is that possible, you ask, when Cryska didn’t have pieces falling all over the place? Well, Asuna had nice consistent lighting. For Cryska, the sun decided to alternate between blindingly bright and super dark cloudy death weather every 2 minutes. Thanks, sky, just what I needed. Please give me a break for shoot number 3!

Purchase at: KotoUS | Big Bad Toystore | AmiAmi

[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Plastikitty with this review sample]

 

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