Neliel is a character from the anime Bleach, Banpresto released an arcade figure of her, relatively cheap ($15-25), and this will be my review. There will be a LOAD more photos for you to view on the Flickr set page.
Photos taken using Canon Powershot SD400 for the parts, and Canon D100 for the lighter photos and Neliel-sama on my shelf.
You can click on the photos to go to the Flickr page of the respective photo.
What were I thinking? I got the figure for $24.50 on eBay, and I bid before checking her price. I was actually not counting on winning her… my eBay addiction got ahold of me. But I love Nel, so it’s ok.
Nel used to be the third strongest Espada, thus the number 3 is tattooed onto her back. Her dress is half-way glued on, it can be moved slightly, but it can’t be removed or moved too much. It’s from a somewhat soft plastic. Her skirt also has words written on it, the copyright/manufacture dates. An unfortunate design choice.
The figure requires truly minor assembly, with parts sliding in and out of their sockets. The base is not only very plain, but shows dust very well. It’s also extremely reflective.
But the socket-lock is far from perfect, and there are noticeable gaps between some limbs and the body where they are attached.
A noticeable gap in the left arm. Luckily, you don’t really notice it when Neliel is facing you.
Nel’s hair usually covers her “3” tattoo, so you need to get into the right position to get a glimpse of it. That poster in the background is a huge, paper/cardboard poster of “Gone with the Wind”. It’s pretty cool. My sister’s.
Neliel, on top of the world.
A view from above.
The hair, it’s far from perfect. The painting is darker in some places where it shouldn’t be. There’s one strand that begins in the middle of her head at the top, it has some seams, especially at the bottom, etc. But it does flow very nicely.
Looking badass, with the sword’s shadow falling over the markings on her cheeks.
I will cut you.
The sword, it certainly appears sharp.
Neliel-Sama casts a long shadow. And I guess the legs are ABS, they certainly feel tougher, and look at that sheen!
This is the spot Nel occupies on my shelf. And yes, these are Role-playing game books.
Again, these and many other photos on the Flickr Set!
Sculpt: Visible seams, strange dress, gaps in limbs. But must also remember the cast and ease of assembly, and how many of these things are not visible when the figure is on display: 3/5.
Pose (this category was edited in): The figure’s pose is a bit too static, but the static pose is pretty cool. And enables some nice shots. 3.4/5.
Painting: Ah, there wasn’t much to paint. The hair’s shadings are a tad off. The body is done rather well. 3.6/5.
Overall: Considering the price, the character, etc. a solid 3.5/5.
BTW, I hope the upcoming PVC Neliel is the classic Nel in her full-body armour. Getting her in this look but done with a slightly higher quality for triple the price? Not interested. Her in her full armour? Very interested.
P.S. (EDIT:) I took the time to make sure most photos were of the same size, so I’d have an easier time posting several together, without them looking out of order. Just like I’ve seen others do ;) It did take more time, since I cropped some rather than have the full picture show up. Hope you appreciate it!