Figure Review: Shana (Flame Haze Ver.) – Shakugan no Shana
Another figure that arrived with the Arisu figure earlier this week. But this time with a different method of photography.
Now like alot of people, I am also a Shana fan. Originally I had preordered the Kotobukiya version which is the Shana sitting down with melon pan. But until I saw this release coming up, I cancelled that one and opted for this one instead.
And what kind of Shana figure would it be if you couldn’t remove the skirt.
Now of course I bought the Flame Haze version as I find it better looking than the Yukari version, plus this version has Shana wielding the Neitono no Shana. Similar to the Arisu figure this is indeed a well made figure except for where the stockings end of her legs. Upon closer inspection you can notice a bit of a smudge of what I think is glue. The pose is nice with Shana holding the Neitono no Shana and with her hair flowing from a breeze.
Also her necklace that carries Alastor, the chain is actually a wire which is attached to the back of the neck, so there is no chance of moving it around. The same with Arisu, Shana is screwed onto the base, but unlike the Arisu figure, you can’t twist her, so she is stuck there solidly. At first I was worried by the colouring of Shana’s hair when I saw the preview pictures. In the preview it is more orange than red, but now I am relieved to see that it is actually red. Overall I give this figure a 9 out of 10 rating. Mainly because of the wire necklace not being able to move and the slight blemish around the stockings.
This time I went with a coloured background as I wanted to use a dark type of theme for the Shana figure. I used some black cardboard that my brother and started experimenting. At first I tried the lighting setup from HappySoda (I linked the page in my last post) and found that I had too much light or not enough light and after trying to balance it all out, I ended up getting a lot of unwanted shadow effects and it brought out the reflectiveness of PVC.
Thus with daylight coming into my room (well a certain amount of it) I tried photographing without the extra lights. The results were better in some and bad in others. I’m getting the hang of taking photos but with these pictures it shows that I am better off using a macro lens for close up shots. The one picture I’m really happy with is the very first picture at the top of the page, yet I don’t remember how I set it up like that.
Well I have one more figure to take pictures of but I’m not sure if I’ll get that done by the weekend as there are many other things to do at the moment.