Figure Review: Corticarte Apa Lagranges (GSC), a true beauty
Hoorah! Number 3 of the 7 figures over 7 days. This time is a figure that I’ve liked since seeing the promo pictures for it and have been meaning to open the box ever since it arrived. But you know me, get all excited and then meh, goes on the pile of loot. Well I’m glad to say that I finally got around to opening her and by far I would say that she is the best figure out of my purchases for 2008 (well out of the ones that I have opened so far). So hit the jump to check out more photos of GSC’s Corticarte Apa Lagranges.
Corticarte Apa Lagranges is the main heroine from the series Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica which is originally a visual novel, but there have been light novels, manga and even an anime adaptation was created. Unforuntately the quality of the anime was so bad that it ruined the entire series for me. But I still ended up watching it. Yes I enjoy watching crap anime series, and I don’t know why.
Corti has two forms, one which is her true form, and the other is a conservative form. This figure is the latter but there is nothing conservative about this Corti. One would say she looks cute in this form, but to me, she’s more than just cute. I would consider this form as a true beauty. Despite this form being a childish one, there’s something else that draws me into her beauty. As I mentioned in Aisaka Taiga’s review, a girl’s hair can define who she really is and I would say that Corti’s crimson hair is what puts her quite high in my collection of bishoujous.
One of the great things about this Corti is how she is posed leaping into the air with her body turning to face us. Her hair is slightly flowing making it like she is jumping into a wind which does seem to be a childish thing to do, but once again, it emits a great beauty about her. Of course the only thing about her leaping into the air is that she is held up but a rather thick metal peg. Personally I think it’s better than a plastic peg attached to the base as I’m sure it’ll snap without hesitation, but with a metal peg she can be positioned slightly higher than other figures.
In my entire collection, I don’t think I have that many recent GSC figures. When I mean “recent” I mean as far as I can remember, but knowing that this Corti was coming from GSC, I was more excited than usual about a figure’s arrival. I find that GSC figures tend to bring out the best of a character, and with this Corti, they brought out the more playful Corti rather than her usual selfish character. Oh just to note, her skirt is removable and that’s the easy part, it’s putting it back on. Besides, I’m sure Corti would transform into her true form and kill me if I did that, lol.
Product: Corticarte Apa Lagranges
Anime/Game: Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica
Produced by: Good Smile Company
Sculptor: Yasuyuki Arakawa
Release Date: January 2008
Available: HLJ (available), Play-Asia (out of stock)
Whenever I buy figures, most of the time it’s based on characters that I know and which ever company it comes from usually doesn’t bother me. But GSC is kind of an exception. There are only a few times that I would purchase an item produced by GSC as I consider them to be one of the greater gods of the gods of figure producers. Items such as the Manabi, or the Alice L. Malvin are great examples, even though Tohsaka Rin was a bit of a let down, you can say that GSC can essential grab the essence of a character. Once again they have shown this with Corti. Sculpting is superb as usual and the paintwork is clean and no visible flaws throughout. By far this is one of the best figures I bought for 2008, and looking at the pile of figures to still go through, it may stay like that.
Choosing a background with what I only have is difficult, and for this Corti it was quite difficult. Out of the coloured backgrounds I had, none worked out well so I opted for white, but even still it didn’t turn out as I hoped. I was aiming for white backgrounds but it shows that I still have yet to master white backgrounds. Then again, I did all the photo taking in a relatively short amount of time once I decided on the background colour. I’ll have to practice more once I get back from Japan.