10 September 2008
1/8 Max Factory Shana
It's not easy for me to find a Shana figure that suits my taste. I've always wanted a Shana in flaming hair with a cold tsuntsun look (before she meets the harem loser Sakai Yuuji).
After reading Valiant Ho's review and taking his recommendation I decided to go for the Max Factory one, but mine did not come in mint condition. Much thanks to the comments and suggestions I have been able to fix the arm successfully, and I am very pleased to see Shana holding the sword like that.
The 1/8 Max Factory Shakugan no Shana was released sometime in November 2007. It's pretty much sold out by early December so the only places left to search for are on online auctions, and they definitely don't come in cheap. The box size is normal for a figure, but it's already one of the biggest boxes I've owned so far! ^^;;
I haven't got any suitable backgrounds for this photoshoot, so for a change I've decided to give this Shana some sunlight instead.
Since I'm still new to figures, I didn't know that there's gonna be a lot of wrappings to remove when I first opened it. Is this due to the cast-off feature?
Her skirt is unbelievably short. So short that you don't really need to take much effort to "accidently" see her undergarment. This means that I took more effort than I've expected to try not to take an "accidental" shot. Quite ironic, isn't it?
The pendant is attached with malleable metal wires so you can position it in mid-air.
A very Shana look, as if she's saying "I'll cut you up into pieces in 3 seconds" o_o
While I know that there are people who prefer Shana with black hair, I like the flaming hair, and I personally think that the transparent hair is pretty well done.
That's some long and slim legs for an "o-chibi-chan".
The katana Nietono no Shana, where Shana gets her name from. I've made a comparison of it with that from Kotobukiya's Candy Bikini Shana (of the same scale). Max Factory one has silver accent on the grip and it's curvier, whereas Kotobukiya one has golden accent with a straighter, broader blade.
Last but not least, quite a lot of fans would know that this Shana figure is based on Noizi Itou's drawings from artbook KA-E-N, and Max Factory did make a very good job on this (including the fluttering skirt). I've used part of a wallscroll of the same image to try to imitate the scene. It's not too far off from the original art I hope?
Despite the scratches and flaws I got with my particular figure, it's still a worth the money as it's not easy to find one these days, and when I have the time I'll see whether there are ways to fix the scratches up (mainly on the hair).
Pictures are available via my photo album
For more pictures and reviews, check out Toys Workz and Exelica Meteor.