Figure Review: Aika S. Granzchesta – ARIA
After a long wait and watching many episodes of Top Gear, I finally have my SRDX Aika figure that I have been longing for. Plus I finally got around to taking better photos. WARNING: Picture intensive post.
To my knowledge, I’ve been meaning to get this figure for ages, probably about 6 months now. At the time of the original release of this figure I wasn’t a big ARIA fan and I had the chance to buy it when I was in Japan, but that’s how it is. Having searched the depth of hell that is eBay I didn’t have much luck thus only Yahoo Japan Auctions was my last chance. Luckily there was one and of course, it was marked up. Not that it mattered since I really wanted this Aika figure to complete the set. But how much did I pay? Well lets say I paid enough including fees.
Aika is one of my more favourite characters of ARIA. But then I find all the characters from ARIA lovable. But Aika is kind of unique in her own ways where she can be serious or rather childish. The senior to both Akari and Alice, although a bit competitive, she does help the both of them out when it comes to gondola practice. Her favourite line is “hazukashii serifu kinshi” which means “embarrassing lines are prohibited”.
Produced by: Yujin
Scale: 15 cm
Release Date: November-December 2006 (not exactly sure on this one)
Price: ¥2500 JPY (RRP)
Just like the Alice and Akari figures, Aika comes with a few accessories, mainly a red oar with the Himeya logo, a small Hime-shachou, an exchangable head which is the short haired version, and a crappy baby blue coloured base which has a C-shaped stand used to hold the figure upright. Unlike most figures which use the plug base, where the feet usually have holes underneath, this support stand type base are the ones I hate the most. Just with the slightest touch the figure can fall over. So when taking these photos, making Aika stand was quite a task. Now for pictures of Aika with the other head.
Personally I don’t find this Aika figure all that great compared to the Akari or Alice figure. Aika’s hair colour is a rather flat coloured blue and the face isn’t sculpted very well. But at least with the hat, it is attached to the head, unlike with Alice and Akari, where the hat was very difficult to place without it falling off. Aika’s right arm and wrist is movable, but only slightly, but I don’t see why you want to move it so. Also move it too much and the arm feels like it is going to fall off. Overall I don’t find it a very good figure. But with it being a Yujin product, and original cost is ¥2500 you can’t ask for something of higher quality. You get what you pay for. But because I’m an ARIA fan, had to buy it regardless as I already had Akari and Alice. So hopefully the 1/6 Toy’s Works version will turn out better.
Since Aika was the last one I needed, I even took the time to do a group photo of the 3 Undines.
Note: Originally I wanted to take these photos by the harbour, but a few things held me back from doing so. Too many people, gets rather windy making it difficult to stand the figure, I live an hour’s drive from the city. So finding locations is pretty difficult in itself. Also I’m planning on getting a macro lens set. These are just add-on lenses that go onto the standard lens of the camera allowing you to take macro photos. Pretty much its a cheap alternative to buying the actual lens which costs around $600 AU, and that kind of money isn’t easy to come by.
Also the above pictures were slightly edited with auto-contrasting as the originals turned out darker than I thought. The one main problem with a DSLR is that everytime you take a photo, the settings for aperture and shutter speed tend to reset themselves unless you specifically set it yourself. But various angles require different aperture sizes and shutter speeds. Still fiddling around with these settings but the picture seen on the LCD display isn’t what it will look like on the actual computer. Kind of makes me wish I had a laptop with me.