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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? – Sword Oratoria: Aiz Wallenstein by Kotobukiya (Review)

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The “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? – Sword Oratoria” Aiz Wallenstein 1/7 scale figure by Kotobukiya comes in a rather narrow box, which is mostly blue and black–and printed with dark hues in general–tall and definitely thin, but perfectly fitting the item it contains. The box is quite simple, yet very stylish, and I like it a lot.

The figure is well packed and protected, with all the necessary blisters and plastic where it’s needed. Aiz comes with some pieces to assemble: her sword and sheath and the base, which is a lovely piece of art of its own.

Though required, assembly is a quick and easy process with this figure. Once we have Aiz as well as the other parts out of the box, we just need to place the sheath on one of her sides, where there is a little hole for the peg of the sheath to go in.

Then the sword, which detaches between the handle and the blade, has to go into Aiz’s hand. After that we can put her on the base, to which she is secured with a couple of pegs that go into one of her feet. This last part can be a little more difficult because the base part around the pegs is fragile and can be broken easily, so I suggest to pay particular attention while completing this last task.

The figure is now ready for display, and it makes a lovely piece without any doubt. Aiz is sculpted in a dynamic pose, and I always like it when they choose something not completely static for a figure. In this case we have a beautiful battle scene to enjoy when looking at this figure, and I appreciate it a lot.

This figure is well sculpted and painted, but surely it’s not perfect in my opinion, especially for what concerns the paintwork.

The sculpt is pretty good–quite impressive as a whole thanks to the dynamic pose even, but some details could have been executed better.

With this I don’t mean the prototype-making process, but something that badly affects Kotobukiya’s products from time to time: quality control.

I never expect a figure exactly the same as the prototype, unless it’s some well-known company I won’t name here and now but that you certainly could think of, but Kotobukiya has this bad habit of ruining great items when it’s time to mass produce.

This is not the case of a complete fail; on the contrary, this figure is far from ugly or badly executed, but it could have been a perfect piece if it wasn’t for those rough errors not being noticed during quality control. Aiz has some horrible air bubbles on the back of her head, and the overall paintwork totally lacks, well… shading, especially on the blue parts of Aiz’s armor and on her hair.

This gives the figure a sense of stillness that isn’t exactly a good match for such a dynamic sculpt, making the final result–although still very pleasing–a little lacking. In any case, I’m still giving this figure a mostly positive review because of the sculpt and because the overall look is quite impressive, with a positive note dedicated to the base which is sublimely executed and totally gorgeous.

Some things could have been better, but on overall this Aiz Wallenstein figure by Kotobukiya is a piece I’m glad I welcomed into my collection.

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