Volks: Suzuka Hime

Princess of the Shiki-Oni tribe that resides in Kagura Amahara, though she looks young, she’s believed to be over a hundred years old. And while her physique may be as flat as a billboard, she’s got legs and an ass that just won’t quit…

The following review contains photos that may be considered NSFW…

I was really debating with myself whether to get this figure or not. Suzuka was my least favourite of the three main female characters from the game Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier. In the end I gave in, mainly because Suzuka was the third figure in a 3-piece set. I hate an incomplete collection so I decided to get her just so she can stand with Aschen and Kaguya. I wasn’t all that interested in this figure from the pictures, but my attitude changed when I actually got the figure.

Suzuka may not have the upper body physique of Aschen and Kaguya, but she knows she’s got the lower body physique to compensate and she shows it off proudly. Her tribe is known for their summoning rituals, thus this disco dancing Princess summons a giant robot called Jyaki-GUN-Oh to fight for her. She controls the robot via her dancing (with two fans), though I can’t recall if there was mention of strings attached or not. While the insults between Suzuka and Aschen were hilarious, her character didn’t appeal to me all that much. Her voice and look actually scares me a little, truth be told, but there is no denying I think her figure was the best made out of the three.

The more I looked at this figure, the more I started to like the pose and sculpt. It felt more dynamic and natural than Aschen and Kaguya and the paint application appears to be of a better quality. For the most part, the figure is clean unlike Kaguya which had many small imperfections and dirt marks. The paint on Suzuka is also solid and not overly thick like that on Aschen which was also very glossy.

Suzuka’s head, like Aschen and Kaguya, is tilted and angled in a weird position which makes photographing her face a little difficult. It’ll also force you to think a bit to determine how you’ll want to display her. The face is pretty close to the original art work, although the cheeks seem a little bit chubbier. The figure also has some basic details in the hair, similar to Aschen and Kaguya. Her horn is attached to the face and feels pretty solid, there shouldn’t be any worry that it’ll break off.

Suzuka’s fans is also true to the artwork, although I wouldn’t have mind if they put some more details in the fan (such as the fold marks). The clear pink plastic, representing flames, is pretty cool though – it even has some shading details to it. You’ll want to be careful with handling the fans as the flames may break off pretty easily.

Close up of Suzuka’s billboard chest – you can probably use it as a landing strip! Detail in this area is minimal, but you may not notice it right away due to the other details surrounding her chest area. With the bells in her hair, her pose, the flame from the fan, and the detail in her torso, your eyes will have much to feast upon.

Suzuka’s abs is similar to Sora Kasugano’s, with slightly more detail. And surprisingly, it’s got good shading to the paint application too. This combo of detail and paint work just doesn’t seem like the typical Volks figures that I have reviewed earlier. What’s also interesting is the design of Suzuka’s belt, which is very similar to Kaguya’s rope thing on her sleeves.

The skirt design is great – it’s quite alluring with her hips and legs partially exposed. I guess this design is practical too, since she sways her hips quite a bit when she dances, the open areas should allow her to move with more finess. :-P

The finger nails are painted decently as well; I hate it when painters are careless and put a blob of paint on the entire finger rather than keeping the paint on the nails.

The footwear is a little crude, but it does the job. It doesn’t look very comfortable to wear – I don’t know how she can dance in those things! ^_^

There’s not much to see of Suzuka from behind, her hair covers her back and her skirt covers the rest. You can get a small glimpse of her theighs from between her hair though. The side view from the right is a little more exciting than the left as her face and body is angled towards the right. From the left, it’s pretty much the same as looking from behind, just hair and clothing, not much visual candy.

Suzuka comes with two faces, same as Aschen and Kaguya. And like those two, I think I prefer the alternate face. I think the alternate faces add more personality and makes the character look like it’s having fun. The alternate face is true to the original artwork as well, Suzuka does the little tongue thing when she performs her (special attack) disco dance. Removing her hair is a little more straight forward than Aschen and Kaguya. The front bangs come off and then the sides. You’ll have to pull the face off the hair before you can remove the “head” from the body.

The glossy coating on the tongue is nicely done, makes it look moist! The shading in the hair is nice too and not just a flat purple colour.

Like Kaguya, I was pretty surprised to find out that Suzuka has a cast off part – her skirt. I really didn’t pay much attention to this figure prior to the purchase so I wasn’t aware this was one of the features. Personally, I prefer Suzuka with her skirt on, with it off, it looks empty and boring. The underwear flat black and lack any details. Not only that, her torso isn’t aligned properly to her hips – which is a little surprising considering how well and advanced these figures have become now-a-days.

If you look at the enlarged pics, you can notice some blue paint transfer from her skirt around her waist. Booooo Volks, booooo! I haven’t tried cleaning it off yet, but it doesn’t look like an easy job.

More blue paint transfers on the back of the waist, and here you can see the mis-alignment of the upper and lower bodies more clearly. Suzuka appears to be plagued by the same “flat bottom” as with many other anime figures. I thought Volks did a decent job with Kaguya and Aschen, not sure why they gave Suzuka such a flat ass when it was suppose to be one of her defining features (in the game).

The legs are long and plain as well, lacks shading and detail. Suzuka doesn’t have the muscle detail as seen on Sora (by MegaHouse) and some other more detailed figures. The cast-off skirt seems more like a marketing gimmick than anything else. Clearly, Volks must have intended collectors to keep the skirt on… lol

If you’re going to display the three figures together with their bases combined, then get ready to find some room! The base is pretty huge already for one figure, when combined it forms a large circle with spikes protruding outwards. In my previous review of Aschen and Kaguya, I mentioned the base was horrible and the figures were positioned awkwardly. Little did I realize I actually flipped Aschen and Suzuka’s positions, thus everything looked like a mess. The below picture shows the incorrect positioning – I was too lazy to get them back out of the box to do a re-shoot. I probably won’t take them out again until I find a good location to put these figures.

I have no regrets getting her to complete the set even though I’m not a fan of the character. In fact, Suzuka came out to be a pretty good figure and is probably my favourite in terms of quality out of the three. But unless you’re like me who hates an incomplete set or a fan of the character, you can skip this figure and wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. I’m not sure how exclusive these figures are from Volks, but they were a limited release. Luckily, these don’t seem all that popular so there are still a bunch floating around for sale on the Internet and prices aren’t at a premium

I haven’t seen all that many reviews of Suzuka – actually, I’ve only seen the one from Wawawa Wasuremono. Guess there aren’t that many Suzuka Hime fans out there. :-P

Interestingly, Suzuka was the figure that spurred my creativity for more dynamic shots. I started to look at them as models that I have worked with rather than still life macros. It all started when I (accidentally) took a low-key exposure shot in B&W, it actually turned out pretty good! Subsequently, I began to try to do more artistic lighting and angles with the new figures. I’ll admit, it’s quite fun (until you run into a creativity-block).

More photos can be seen in the main gallery.

And the shot that started it all…