Alter – 1/8 Mercedes PVC

Alter - 1/8 Mercedes PVC

  • Character: Mercedes
  • Series: Odin Sphere
  • Scale: 1/8
  • Height: 230 mm
  • Material: PVC
  • Company: Alter
  • Price: 7,800 yen
  • Date: Feb. 2010
  • Link 1: Official Site
  • Link 2: Hobby Search

Alter appears to have done an excellent job of rendering Odin Sphere’s unique, painterly style into 3D space with their new Mercedes figure.  I’ve never even played the game, but I’m tempted to pick up this figure after seeing the elaborate detail in the preview shots.  I did find the pose kind of odd at first, but I eventually realized that Mercedes is shown in flight with her crossbow acting as a cleverly-disguised support peg.  All in all, the design looks very smart and well executed.

Yamato – Non-scale Velvet PVC

Yamato - Non-scale Velvet PVC

  • Character: Velvet
  • Series: Odin Sphere
  • Scale: Non
  • Height: 250 mm
  • Material: PVC
  • Company: Yamato
  • Price: 9,800 yen
  • Date: Dec. 2009
  • Link 1: Official Site
  • Link 2: Hobby Search

Yamato recently announced their rumored PVC version of Dice Caramel’s Velvet garage kit.  I would much rather have seen Dice’s killer Kotona sculpt receive the PVC treatment, but this nicely-detailed Odin Sphere specimen will have to do.

I’m not sure how they decide a figure is “non-scale”, but I’m pleased to see that she’s in the large-scale range.  250 mm tall seems comparable to other 1/6 offerings.

My experience with Yamato is limited to their 1/8 Motoko Aoyama (Love Hina) figure, which was cheap in every sense, so I’ll be curious to see if this premium-priced figure can match the fit and finish of the top-tier manufacturers.