Alter’s Yuri Lowell -A Review

2 06 2011

Hello,
Today I will be reviewing Alters Yuri Lowell figure.

Well then, lets get started. Yuri Lowell is the first in the series of Tales of Vesperia figures being made by Alter, and is the 2nd figure in the ALTAiR series (which only features male characters). He goes with the newly released Flynn figure (also by alter) and was first released in Jan 2011 -which was when I got mine-

Packaging: Well then, lets start with the box first. When I first opened the shipping box and found this, I was really surprised and very happy. The large wraparound window covers 3 of the 4 sides, allowing for excellent viewing of the figure inside. Some nice designs are stamped right on the plastic as well, creating a lovely effect. The color scheme is also very well done and it helps to highlight the lovely coloring of the figure. Over all, I found this box to be one of the prettiest of all the figure boxes I have. I liked it so much in fact, that I didn’t even want to take him out.

Inside the box is the general plastic casings along with an instruction sheet. His arm needs to be removed for the sword to go in his hand and the instructions are included on that sheet.

Sculpting/ Painting/ Posing :Lets move on to the figure itself. First some photos:

And a close up of his face:

Alter really did a lovely job with this figure. His pose is rather simple but even so, it still showcases the fact that he is a swordsman. Even standing at ease, with his sword over his shoulder and his hand on his hip, one still has the sense that he’s ready and alert. The slight tilt of his head and long flowing hair only add to that fact. So the pose may seem simple, but even so it suits the over all look and feel of the figure very well.

His clothing and hair are especially well sculpted. All the wrinkles in the clothing, especially at the elbows- is exceptional and very realistic.

There could be, perhaps a bit more detailing on the back of his head but its not that big of a deal to me. A slight indent is also on the back of his head/hair allowing a place for the sword to rest securely.

Alter also did an amazing job painting this figure and, to me, it was the color scheme that attracted me to this figure in the first place. From the lovely purples of his hair and outfit to the shinny gold accents, it just all works very well and is very eyecatching. The shading is exceptional, as expected from alter, and the details are just superb.

I especially love how they painted his bracelet and sword. A rather simple design, but very elegantly done.

My eyes are also drawn to his boots, which are very detailed. From the lovely coloring to the detailed buttons(?) nothing is over looked. The boots are also done in a way that allows him to actually stand up fairly securely without the aid of the base. Which just goes to show how well balanced, designed, and sculpted this figure is.

Also included with this figure is a mini one of the same character. Its a lovely bonus and, as with the main figure, very detailed -its head even moves a bit! It has a simple clear base with two metal pegs and once on, the figure stays very securely on its base. I did have one unfortunate thing happen though, with this mini figure. Upon opening the box, I discovered that one of its little arms had detached itself from the rest of the figure -probably happened in shipping-. A bit of glue fixed it but it did bother me a touch. I haven’t heard of anything similar happening to other buyers… but I figured I’d mention it anyway.

Base: The base for this figure is another very unique feature. Made to look like cobble stones, its again well designed and it gets the job done well. Its hollow underneath though, but the plastic is strong and there are no worries about it breaking when you press the figure down onto it. -at least not for me-

Other: Nothing to much to say here. I’ll just post a few a picture of Yuri standing with some of my other figures -he looks great beside Alter’s Momohime by the way.

Enjoyment: Over all I was very pleased with this figure and I couldn’t be more happy with my purchase. Alter really is building a strong reputation for itself and this figure only helps increase its reputation for excellent well made figures. So if you have a chance to pic this figure up, I say go for it! You won’t be disappointed.

Well thank you for taking the time to look over my review. I dearly hope there aren’t to many spelling issues (since no matter what I do I still suck at it)and I hope my awful photography didn’t scare you away. So anyways thanks again for reading!

Thanks again,
-Keelerleah

Oh, and I will be appearing at this years Anime Blitz and Comic Spectacle on Saturday June 4th. I will be taking lots of pics and should have a new blog posed about it in the coming days.

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