As I’m sure many other collectors out there will attest, Alter’s rendition of warrior princess Momohime is one fine piece of PVC. I see that the coalition of bloggers behind the Best Figure Awards voted Momohime as the winner for 2011 (?), and I certainly can’t fault their judgement in this case. The character design, pose, and colors all come together nicely to make a very compelling package that stands out among other figures–even the motley assortment living on my shelves–while Alter continues to deliver the near-flawless execution we’ve come to expect from them.
The only imperfection I could note on my Momohime was a very small blotch of black paint on the left thigh, slightly above where her leg wraps end. It’s a very minor paint issue and not something that will be lessening my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent figure.
- Muramasa’s unique, stylized artwork translated into PVC
- Dynamic pose with few bad angles
- Appealing gamut of colors
- Alter fit and finish
- Not your typical, plain plastic base
- One very minor paint issue
- Slight gap between shoulder and left arm of Momohime’s kimono
Momohime was one of two figures I purchased last year from HobbyFan–the other being Alter’s equally lovely Clalaclan. Other than the usual 1-2 month delay when buying from an American shop rather than direct from Japan, I can’t report any issues with buying through them.
This is the first review where I’ve done any substantial amount of post-processing to the photos. Previously, my adjustments in post were largely limited to crop/resize and using the clone tool to remove really obvious dust & debris.
I bought Aperture on impulse when the price dropped to $80 with the Mac App Store launch. I found the interface daunting at first, but after working through a full review’s worth of photos I feel like I’m starting to see the value in a dedicated photo post-proc app. The ability to fine tune a particular photo via non-destructive adjustments and then copy/paste all those adjustments to a group of similar photos is just pure gold.
- Purchased from: HobbyFan
- Order date: 27-Mar-2010
- Receive date: 21-Sep-2010
- Base price (USD): $86.99
- Shipping cost (USD): $5.75
- Total (USD): $92.74
6 thoughts on “Review: Alter 1/8 Momohime”
I’m glad to see you blogging again!
Excellent photography work. You’re getting to be a pro!
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Momohime is one figure I regret not getting when it was released, it’s one of the best scales I’ve seen from Alter.
Thanks for a great write-up with good shots along with it.
Momohime is definitely among Alter’s best work that I’ve seen, which is impressive when you consider that their norm is also pretty good. I’m glad I picked her up when I did, but I do know that feeling of non-buyer’s remorse well from other figures.
It seems to me like Alter would do well to re-release Momohime within the next year, but I still haven’t figured out a pattern for which figures do and don’t get re-released, so you might want to look for more reliable information before making plans toward that end. 😉
Thanks for dropping by!
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