Review by JoshB
Dog Alma comes from the Tandem Twin animal girls series by master sculptor Kouichi Yamazaki. Each one of his creations feature a female with animal features. This figure is available at Yamato USA's on-line store.
First of all, this toy is for Mature Collectors only. You will see why in a little bit.
Dog Alma is packaged in an attractive wondow box, and the figure itself rests in a clear plastic tray. There are no twist-ties or anything to remove.
The figure stands about 12" tall and actually has some articulation, but it may be unintentional. You can move the head a bit, the arms where they connect to the clothing, and the wrists.
The sculpt and paint on this is amazing. By collecting mass-produced robots with articulation, you get used to a certain level of quality. Sometimes toys don't have as much detail as you would like because of manufacturing and tooling costs to make the toy move, or be playable. With these fixed-pose female figures, you get a whole new level of quality. Each paint application, every fold in the mold is perfect, and it has to be, to justify the price tag. If all it does is look good, it better look damn good.
Dog Alma also has a few additional things that make her more than just a statue. Included is a removable visor:
Removable neck and wrist spiked rings
Removable chest armor! :-0
Of course, we run a family show here on CDX so we're not going to show you the uncensored pictures, but rest assured, she's anatomically correct under that armor. This figure is definitely for mature collectors.
Yamato USA currently has a variant of Dog Alma up for preorder on their site called Dog Annerose. If you like Dog Alma then you should check it out. It's a little different, and it ships in May 2008.
|Posted 26 March, 2008 - 10:52 by JoshB|