|Character Design||Masami Kurumada|
Review by collectdx
Pandora marks the first female in the Saint Cloth Myth line and was a premium release in 2006. True to the myth of her namesake a great deal of trouble in the world is caused when she opens the box. She is a creepy, sad and dark, Goth chick that spent most of her life serving Hades – God of the Underworld and she is next up in my series of reviews of the Saint Cloth Myth line.
“Hades' sister in this life time, at a young age, she opened the box that was sealed by Athena and released Hypnos and Thanatos. She was told that Hades will become her brother and she must protect him until the final battle begins, if she would, they would grant her eternal life. She commands the first wave of Specters to attack the Sanctuary in the name of Hades in the final chapter.”
In the end Pandora realizes she was misled and aids our heroes by giving Phoenix Ikki the means to get from Hades to Elysium. She is struck down immediately by Thanatos for the betrayal against Hades.
Bandai will do several “premium” figures every year for the Saint Cloth Myth series. “Premiums” are mail-in figures (much the way Kenner/Hasbro did/does with Star Wars here in the states) in Japan. Collectors would gather Proofs of Purchases out of existing Saint Cloth Myth figures, Manga’s, and OST’s to get them. Premium characters tend to be non-armored characters as well as less popular so Bandai does smaller runs to get the characters to the die-hard collectors. Luckily those outside of Japan can often just buy the Premium figures from select retailers; Angolz.com is one such retailer.
While there is no diecast in this set (every accessory included is plastic), the stitching and design of the cloth outfit and detail in the sculpting is excellent. I’d say I am surprised at the level of detail but I am not, Bandai has been pretty consistent with the quality, fit and finish of the Saint Cloth Myth line. Being a mail in premium doesn’t mean they skipped on quality or appropriate accessories.
Pandora plays a harp in the series and of course Bandai includes one in the set as well as a stool for Pandora to sit on. The harp is plastic, features beautiful detail in the sculpting and individual strings for her to pluck.
Hades trident is another item used by Pandora in the series and of course one is included as well. Again the trident is plastic and not diecast metal, which was a bit of a disappointment as I have gotten pretty spoiled by the diecast items and weapons in previous releases.
Pandora was packed with a stand and accessories for three additional stands so should you want to display Pandora with the three Judges of Hell you can. Stands also include a sheet of stickers with the names of Pandora and the three Judges.
Like I mentioned earlier, sculpt detail is very good with no detail left undone. She features black finger nails and her ring/bracelet. Paint application is good with no slop or over spray.
Also included are the various neck adornments she wears throughout the series.
Pandora comes with two dresses. Technically one dress and one robe to put over the dress to replicate Pandora’s various looks from the OVA. Stitching detail is very nice and honestly this is one of the best cloth outfits I have seen on a figure of this size.
Basically I wanted to add Pandora to my collection to accessorize Hades on his throne and she does that well. She is an excellent representation of a good villainous and poses as well as she looks.
If you’re not watching the show and collecting the figures regularly available there is no reason to recommend this figure to you as there is probably no good reason you would want a little harp playing, trident wielding, pale, Goth, freaky gal in your collection.
If you are collecting the series and watch the show you don’t need me to tell you why you want her in your collection. I am here to tell you it is a nice figure with some nice accessories as well as some very nice detail in the cloth outfit and worth getting your hands on if you are a fan. I got my Pandora figure at Angolz.com where I get all of my Saint Cloth Myth.
|Posted 11 June, 2008 - 10:17 by collectdx|