Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Hestia

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Hestia is, undoubtedly, this year’s It Girl. It seems like every company is making a figure of her, and the market is already kind of over-saturated with Bestia Hestia. But Kotobukiya was the first to get theirs out on the market, and to be honest, it’s the only figure of her I’ve come close to liking. The Hestia hype has definitely gone a bit over my head, and I find almost all of her figures kind of silly. Probably because the boob physics + ribbon.

But everyone knows I have a huge weakness for kneeling figures, especially slightly larger ones like Hestia who is 1/7 scale, so I was cautiously optimistic to get my hands on her. So hit the jump and check her out!

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Her box is pretty standard, but it’s so tiny! It seems like boxes get bigger every year, but leaning figures always have tiny packaging.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Surprisingly, Hestia is base-free! I always display leaning or sitting figures without their base anyway, because let’s be honest: they just take up space. She does have a few accessories (the apple in her hand has to be placed there, and the apples in the crate have to be arranged) but it’s pretty hassle-free assembly.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Hestia’s design seems to be the basis of her mass appeal. Okay, that’s totally an obvious statement, usually popularity is based more on what a character looks like than their personality. Hestia comes off as somehow both elaborately designed but also kind of basic: a simple white dress, pale skin, twintails, the ribbon, and (of course) boobs. But there’s lots of cute details that keep her from being plain, like the ruffled edge of her dress and the gloves. It’s definitely charming!

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Her face is quite true to the anime, which has a pretty unique eye design. She’s got a rather placid expression, and combined with the apple it’s like she’s all, “is this fruit? Am I really supposed to eat this?” There’s also an exclusive version with a super happy/goofy expression, which is really adorable.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya seems to have varying levels of quality. Not inconsistently from figure to figure, but they go from simpler, cheaper figures (like the Bishoujo line, for example) to super-detailed and more expensive ones like Olivia. Hestia definitely falls toward the detailed end of the spectrum: her sculpt has a ton of intricacies I wasn’t expecting, like the gathered hair between her twintails and the muscle & bone on her back. She’s also incredibly well priced in a market where it seems like even the most simple 1/8 scale figures are over 10k.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Let’s talk about the ribbon, shall me? I think this is the thing that keeps me from really loving Hestia as a character. Which is funny, because as we know I have a thing for ribbons. But this one is just so impractical! It restricts her movement so much! Thankfully, it’s pretty tame in this version of her (unlike some Hestia figures that shall remain nameless which cut into her breasts so much I wince looking at them). But for real, what guy thinks this is practical? Cause we know it was a dude.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Of course the “practical” application of the ribbon is to keep her boobs nice and lifted. Which, I will give it to them, is a lot better than magic floating anime boobs. Though you have to feel bad for all these poor bra-less girls, no wonder they all run in slow-mo. Probably hurts less.

While, for most of Hestia’s figures, the anti-gravity boobs have been an issue for me, I think they’re well executed here. Sure, they’re ginormous, but they seem to have a sense of weight and an almost-realistic shape. The cutesy frills of her top and the ribbon detail really keep what could be a totally tacky design from being too “out there.” It’s actually pretty adorable!

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Hestia’s design is definitely boob-focused, but you can’t neglect the booty! #buttsarepeopletoo. Thankfully, while Hestia doesn’t have a totally bodacious backside they definitely didn’t give her the dreaded flat butt. She has nice, soft curves and thighs that are at least marginally proportional to her bust. Her pose really shows off her body lines well!

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Figure feet are not usually something I care about, but she sure does have cute toes! Adorbz.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

I’m even digging the thinner twintails (my preference is usually for floofy, thick ones). I really went into this figure expecting to be like “eh, she’s cute” but the more I look at Hestia the more she grows on me. Sure, I still find the ribbon kind of weird, but I love basically everything else. Especially the totally random apples.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Awww yeah check out dat sweet sweet fruit.

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

Kotobukiya’s Hestia

I’ll admit it: I am smitten with this Hestia! Considering how anti-Hestia I’ve been from the very beginning, this is a truly shocking turn of events. I mean, except for the fact that she hits so many of my moe points (twintails, pale skin, ribbons, kneeling pose). I’d actually like to see more figures from the series, especially Liliruca. I know everyone is just gonna do Hestia over and over in variations I probably won’t like, but a girl can dream right?

Thanks as always to Stephen for these shots! Hestia was definitely fun to shoot, especially because somehow in the middle of December we’re still having very warm weather and there are beautiful fall leaves all over the place. Still. I mean, it’s nice, but where’s the snow?!

Purchase At: KotoUS (w/ special face) | AmiAmi | Big Bad Toystore

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

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