Figure Review: Athena Glory, Siren the Singing Water Fairy

January 2, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, ARIA The Natural, Figures, Merchandise, Photography

So far my holidays have been pretty average, but as I mentioned before, I do squeeze in time to do figure photography, and this one was definitely long overdue. Ever since this one figure arrived, I’ve been itching to go out and take photos of her, but alas my time is rather restricted during the weekends. With the help of good friend Roobar, I finally managed to what was going to be the largest photo shoot to date. And so I present to you, the last in the ARIA figures released by Solid Works, Athena Glory. Hit the jump to check out the rest of the photos.

Out of all the undines from ARIA, Athena would probably be ranked the lowest on my list of favourites, but that isn’t to say that she isn’t a very likable character. She may appear to be a clumsy person, but deep down she has quite a pure heart and personality, and with Alice as her kouhai, they are the perfect match. If there is one thing I like about Athena, it’s her ability to sooth people’s heart with her canzone. The first time I heard her canzones in ARIA, they washed away the stresses of work and it gave me a peace of mind.

Again, just like the other undines, Athena is wearing the summer uniform, but compared to the ARIA Company and Himeya uniform, there are some slight differences. First off is that the hat is different, but the shoes are different as well. Well to be precise, they’re more like ugg boots than shoes. And just like the others, she comes with a numbered oar as well. The way that she is posed is simple and upright, but she has her arms wrapped around the oar close to her heart. With Athena being a singer, I actually like this pose as it’s something you see often with singers who pose for cover albums and stuff.

Athena also comes with a Maa-kun, and in this version, she’s lying on her stomach. I really like this version of Maa-kun, as well as the one that came with Alice. She’s so small and cute, but in Alice’s one, she is wearing a hat. Although Athena is standing up straight, she is still screwed to the base. I’ve tried to make her stand without the base, but her legs are so close together, but also her feet aren’t flat on the base. So once again she’ll be going in the cabinet with the base attached.

Product: Athena Glory
Anime/Game: ARIA The Natural
Produced by: Solid Works
Sculptor: Shikanaru
Scale: 1/6
Material: PVC
Release Date: August 2007
Price: ¥6,980
Available: HLJ (out of stock)

Not as many photos for the one figure this time around as Athena is pretty much a straight forward figure. In fact I’m finding it pretty difficult to say anything else about this figure as there really is nothing to say. The paint work is just like previous figures and it’s about average. There are indeed some blemishes here and there but only upon closer inspection. However there is one noticeable flaw in Athena, and it’s mainly on her arms. The seam lines are easily visible under a strong light, hence why you see this slight reflection in the photos above. Another spot is on the left side of her neck which is more outstanding than the ones on her arms.

Overall it’s an average figure. I probably wouldn’t have bought this figure of Athena if I didn’t buy the entire cast. But does that mean I regret buying Athena? Not at all. Despite this figure not having any notable features, she is still unique on her own. But she is the last in the set of 6, and now I have all 6, and that’s all that matters. Though I wouldn’t recommend people this figure unless you are a HUGE Athena fan, or you want to collect all 6 undines like I have.

And now for a special treat. Since I have all 6 undines, I thought it would be as waste of a trip to the photo shoot location. So I employed the help of my friend Roobar to help me carry all 6 undines. Well check out the photos below:

Check out the other photos of the other Undines here:

I definitely look forward to the 3rd ARIA season that will be airing in a few days.
Photography Notes:

The moment I found out that an Athena figure was going to be released, I only had one location in my mind for this shoot. The Sydney Opera House. One of Sydney’s famous landmarks and home to some of the best musical performance, and I thought it was a befitting place for Athena. I was aiming to take these photos whilst the sun was still just above the buildings behind me, so it was a race against time. But time got the best of me and some of the group photos ended up having the foreground shadow. Not to mention people walking behind me added their shadows to it as well.

The actual location for this spot is the same spot I did the Aika photo shoot. So if I turned to my left, I would see the Harbour Bridge. Also this time, as I was shooting, one of the waiters from one of the restaurants behind me was asking about the figures and what I was doing. It’s always nice to see people curious in what I do. Also I’m getting fairly good at switching between the 60mm macro and 18-55mm lens really quickly.



15 Responses to Figure Review: Athena Glory, Siren the Singing Water Fairy

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ron~

January 2nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm

nice background! suits the aria figurine well :D

You need to do GSC Alicia on that bg too

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Fisherman Horizon

January 2nd, 2008 at 7:17 pm

The BEAT collection was average and I was so happy that Megahouse is releasing the punit collection this year!

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Alfisti

January 2nd, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Funny how things pan out; I’d just flicked on Barcarolle from the ARIA OST, decided to wander over to here and the first thing I see is Athena.

You really did leave us hanging for this one for a bit huh? Ah well, choice of location makes up for it.

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Bubby

January 2nd, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Great location and shots…maybe I should get up off my ass and go do something..
Just curious…how did you carry all those figures?? =/

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Choo

January 2nd, 2008 at 11:44 pm

nice collection. I don recall the things that they are holding. Kinda lazy to think now. However those things they are holding totally fit the background. Nice photo shooting =)

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M12

January 3rd, 2008 at 9:59 am

Opera House as the background is a good choice. I visit that place once in a while. Damn, it’d be cool if I catch you photo shooting someday!

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AS

January 3rd, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Wow, nice complete set you have there ^^. I have yet to buy an ARIA figure, I really want to though lol. Athena’s voice was heavenly and it matches with the opera house as the background.

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Adun

January 3rd, 2008 at 6:25 pm

ron~: That’s one that I’ll have to do soon, but ARIA figures are the hardest ones to take personally. Also I don’t usually visit the same place twice. Keeps the variety going.

Fisherman Horizon: Indeed, I already have the first two on preorder.

Alfisti: Yeah a few complicated things needed to be handled before this shoot was going to happen.

Bubby: With great otaku powers! Nah I just employed the help of Roobar to carry them in the green enviro bags.

Choo: Each of the undines had their respective oars.

M12: Well if you see an Asian guy taking photos of a figure in public, chances are that’s me.

AS: You should buy the GSC Alicia Florence figure, it is well worth the money.

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lanie-emon

January 3rd, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Kinda appropriate seeing Athena with such luscious background ^^.

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super rats

January 3rd, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Group shot wins.

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Hijiko

January 4th, 2008 at 3:56 am

Very nice, quite envious that you have the entire Aria cast. Groupshot was great =).

Alice~~~ ~(o__o~)

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Adun

January 4th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Group shots definitely are the best, but still, this was no easy task. Shame that I don’t have any figures that I could use for group shots.

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Windbell

January 4th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Hmm.. the background for some of the pictures are kinda distracting. One nice example would be the group pictures where the base of the Opera House and the waters meet. It kinda forms a horizontal line that ‘cuts’ though the figures. Hope you get what I mean ^^;

Alas sometimes it can’t be avoided. Great photos nevertheless!

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Katie-chan

July 2nd, 2008 at 2:07 am

I’ve been meaning to leave a comment for some time but I’m rather shy. >.< But I wanted to say thanks for place your lovely pictures up of your figures and doing an awasome review of there serise. Your photos have been a great help in me making my Akari cosplay and will help with my Alicia cosplay soon. I can’t afford the nice figure so tend to stick to trading figures. I seem to have the few items you don’t have, the gashapon figure and the first art poster book.

Thanks and great photos.

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