Figure Review: Corticarte Apa Lagranges (GSC), a true beauty

July 27, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Merchandise, Photography

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
Scale: 1/8
Material: PVC
Release Date: January 2008
Price: ¥6,000
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.

Photography Notes:

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.

13 Responses to Figure Review: Corticarte Apa Lagranges (GSC), a true beauty



July 27th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

What a beautiful figure. So the real thing looks as good as the promo pics I’ve seen months ago. The promo pics were the reason for me to start watching the anime, I never watched beyond episode 1 though.



July 28th, 2008 at 1:44 am


So you never watched passed episode one? Perhaps you should. Although the series is not great and the animations is not that great, the music is great and the series overall somehow is rather enjoyable. Anyway, the figure is awesome!



July 28th, 2008 at 3:01 am

The pictures and figure is great!!!!!!
The thing that worries me is that the figure is on 1 leg. I worry it’s going to break and stuff.
The base looks nice.
I might consider on getting it either way.
Good Smile Company makes good figures. My Tohsaka Rin figure (not the maid version) is pretty nice. Maybe you should check that out.

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July 28th, 2008 at 3:19 am

I LOVE HER!!!! Those are really fantastic photos….. much loves……
She is just so gorgeous isnt she?! The pose, the hair, the face, legs, outfit….everything…. she is my favourite purchase of the year. Even beats Chie Yoshioka. They stand next to each other in my room lol. Corti is just… so awesome… and for some reson, I think she has more cheekbone than most of my other figures. Her face has more, shape, definition, whatever you call it… She is just purple fantastic… I love just looking at her….

And I wouldn’t worry about watching crap anime. Everyones gotta have their guilty pleasures, I got up to ep 3, but had other things to watch so put it aside. I will resume watching it sometime soon probably. After I buy a figure(purely for its beauty)that I dont know much about, I research into it. Thats what I’ve done with alot of my figures.


super rats

July 28th, 2008 at 5:31 am

I’m the same way about getting all excited when I know it’s in transit and then I let the figure sit in the box for a couple of weeks. Especially happens when I get a whole bunch at the same time.

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July 28th, 2008 at 8:14 am

Wow she looks magnificent,her beauty mesmerizes me:) Love the hair and pose.I’ve noticed a spike in jumping characters recently,or on a peg this year.I’m loving it,the figure companies are really starting to get the dynamic poses done well,Anime figures have truly revolutionized since 2000.Anyways I like the outfit,the light tan clothes with the Gold zipper and brown boots really magnify her crimson flowing hair,awwee she is awesome,but in one pic I think I see a seam line,or is it just me meh:) still gotta add it to me want list:) beautiful figure Adun,can’t wait to see number 4*is it me or are the figures in your 7 day montage getting better and better each day;)*

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July 28th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

fabian: If you can look beyond the crappy animation of the anime series then it’s actually quite good. But crappy animation is hard to get past though.

Rin: This Corti won’t break despite being on a metal peg. That is unless you drop her on by accident. Also I’m sure there are a lot of figures that I can show you that you should buy in Akiba, lol.

Meimi132: Great to see another person who owns this Corti as it seems that most of the figure bloggers don’t have her just yet.

super rats: This year has been a huge slow down due to saving for EPIC trip. But still they all go straight onto the pile.

Blueplains: It’s your imagination that the figures get better each day. I have thrown in some not so good figures but you’ll have to wait and see which ones they are.



July 29th, 2008 at 10:30 am

she is really beautiful :) makes me want to buy her =\ but I’ll think over

yeah, it’s true that white bg is quite hard.. I took like hundreds (maybe thousand already.. ) of of white bgs, only recent ones are decent heheh ^^;

but this grey bg is nice :)

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August 1st, 2008 at 1:30 am

She has been in my ‘get’ ever since she was release but I still haven’t made the move to get her.
Its most likely the price why I’m holding back but if I do find her at the con. this year, it will be an instant buy. ^^
I like that custom base.

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August 1st, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I think it would be awesome if you had some Takuto x Meroko figures from Full Moon wo Sagashite. Paired figures, too.



October 9th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

This figure is on sale for 30$ USD at right now
I have never placed an order from that site though, so I can’t vouch for them

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