Finishing the Canaan TV series has conveniently inspired me to finish the review of Good Smile Company’s 1/8 scale Canaan that I started with my previous post on the matter. I’ve dusted off a few of the outdoor shots for this review as well as put Canaan in front of the camera again for some new material.
Canaan, the TV series, is a shoot ’em up on its face and a more introspective, psychological endeavor underneath. It’s hard to express the latter in PVC, so GSC wisely chose to emphasize the action-oriented nature of the show with a wonderfully dynamic pose capturing Canaan falling backwards, cape billowing outward, while exchanging gunfire with some unseen adversary–presumably Alphard, who has a figure of her own from GSC. It’s exactly the kind of pose you would expect from a show of this nature and Canaan’s body language seems appropriate for the situation, so no complaints there. The mid-air action freeze does necessitate a visible peg, which I typically find a bit annoying, but the peg is fairly short and gets lost easily enough amidst the rock formations of the detailed terrain base that GSC wisely provides with Canaan.
The paint work is similarly quite good, as we have come to expect from GSC in recent years. Detailed shading adds a nice degree of depth wherever creases and folds appear in Canaan’s clothing. Canaan’s pants–a veritable rarity in the fanservice-oriented figure industry–are a particular high point in this regard. The aforementioned display base is painted with rustic warm tones resembling a desert landscape similar to those seen frequently near the end of the TV series.
Up to now, everything sounds as it should be. Canaan should be another essential, must-have figure from one of the respected names in the industry, right? Not quite. Unfortunately, GSC cursed Canaan with bad hair. Seriously. This is the worst hair sculpt I’ve seen since Clayz’s original blue dress Saber way back in 2006 when I first started collecting figures. Where most figures these days have just one identifiable hair seam–where two pieces of PVC come together–Canaan has three, none of which are very well hidden; a fact that is most evident when viewed from above. To make matters worse, a number of small leftover mold imprints are visible in the strands of her hair. This level of effort might be expected from some of the other manufacturers within the figure industry, but it stands as a baffling and troubling oversight from the same company that delivered the lusciously detailed hair of Rin Tohsaka.
Despite the hair, I don’t hate GSC’s Canaan. I think she’s a good figure and one that I have no regrets in picking up, but I do believe she does fall short of essential status for one very significant lapse in execution. Those interested in Canaan’s particular brand of western gunslinger motif might be better served by looking at Alphard instead. She shares a number of significant design similarities to Canaan, but the respective ratings of both figures over at MyFigureCollection.net suggest that users are more satisfied with Alphard.
- Action-packed, mid-air, freeze frame pose
- Chicks with guns
- Iconic, TYPE-MOON character design
- Detailed paint and body sculpt work
- Three-dimensional, textured display base
- Truly dreadful hair sculpt
As usual, I’m not the first to review this figure, especially this far after release. Check out these other reviews for an alternate take:
Thoughts on the Anime
The Canaan TV series managed to exceed my initial expectations, if only slightly. I was initially draw to the series because of its TYPE-MOON roots, but I had tempered expectations based on a lack of significant buzz from the community. Canaan features lush visuals and plenty of action early on, but I was surprised by how quickly the show transitioned from gun fights to exploring the personal issues of all the major characters. I’m reminded of Evangelion in that respect. Overall, I found Canaan to be quite enjoyable and it held my interest better than most, but the writing is spotty at times and the ending ultimately feels unsatisfying.
- Purchased from: Hobby Search
- Order date: 5-Jan-2010
- Ship date: 8-Apr-2010
- Receive date: 12-Apr-2010
- Base price (JPY): ¥7,961
- Shipping cost (JPY): ¥2,800 (EMS)
- Discounts (JPY): ¥404, via Hobby Search points
- Total cost (JPY): ¥10,357
- Foreign transaction fee (USD): $3.37
- Total cost (USD): $112.42
- Package dimensions (width): 210 mm
- Package dimensions (height): 240 mm
- Package dimensions (depth): 160 mm
- Shipping weight (figure + base + accessories): 264 g
- Shipping weight (packaging): 311 g