If you haven’t seen Gargantia on the Verduous Planet, I highly recommend giving it a watch, especially since it’s easily accessible on Crunchyroll. At only 13 episodes it’s relatively short and yet oh, so good. It’s sort of hails from the giant mech genre only with a rather unique spin. You don’t get to see a lot of traditional mech on alien combat, but then watching a super advanced battle suit take out a fleet of relatively primitive pirates was pure bliss. The series also does a splendid job with character motivations and portraying the interaction of two different cultures. Alas, despite being a year old and having a great cast of characters, the anime hasn’t spawned a lot of figures or statues, and what has come out has been almost entirely centered around the energetic inter-fleet delivery girl, Amy. Amy’s great and all, but I’d like to have seen Ledo, Bellows, or Pinion immortalized in plastic as well. An articulated Machine Caliber would have been nice too. But I like Amy a lot, so at least that’s something.
The last time I purchased a MegaHouse product it was a Nami statue from One Piece and it turned out to be a bootleg, so Amy here will still hold the honor of being the first official MegaHouse piece in my collection. The statue comes in a colorful box with a large window on the front panel and smaller ones on the side and top panels. There are lots of pictures of the statue, but not much in the way of artwork from the anime. The statue itself comes between two clear plastic trays and it includes several pieces to round out the display.
I should take this opportunity to point out that I pre-ordered Amy without a lot of information about the statue. In fact, apart from a teaser of the portrait, I didn’t even see any photos, so when the final composition of this piece was revealed it was a little surprising to me. Nonetheless, there aren’t a lot of other options to put Amy in my collection, so I let the pre-order ride and decided to judge the final results when I had it in hand. The obvious way to go would have been to have her running with her satchel on her arm, or possibly clutching the grab bar of her kite. Instead, we get her reclining with her messenger bag to her side and resting her tootsies, with one foot in the air, no doubt after putting in a long day of deliveries. It almost looks like she’s meant to be kicking up water with her right foot. It’s was a decidedly odd way to go, maybe even borderline fetishistic, although I suppose it’s not without its charms and in the end I think it still manages to capture the essence of the character.
Unconventional pose or not, both the detail and coloring on this piece are absolutely fantastic. They did an amazing job with her outfit, particularly with the rumpling of her skirt and top and her little half-jacket is crafted in soft plastic and is removable. Even the skirt is crafted as a separate piece and laid onto the figure, albeit it isn’t removable. The belts and buckles are very neatly painted as are the aboriginal patterns decorating her clothing. The soft nature of the paintwork on the outfit along with the lightly tanned skin tones gives the statue a warm and pleasing look that replicates the tropical nature of the anime artwork quite well.
I’ve seen mixed reactions to the portrait, but I don’t have any issues with it at all. Amy’s sporting a playful expression that certainly fits the whimsical nature of the pose. The paintwork on the eyes is flawless and I’m very happy with all the little detail work that went into her hair, particularly the two small braids.
Amy comes with a clear, square plastic base with the series logo etched on the front in white. There’s a small contoured bump on the base, which is designed to fit in a… um, strategic place and allow her to recline. It can be a bit tricky getting it right and it’s not a secure connection, so if you bump the shelf she’s displayed on, the figure is likely to slide or reposition itself.
As for the extra parts, you get Amy’s satchel, her sandals, and her little buddy, Grace. There are no instructions on how to place these pieces, so you’re left to your own imagination or else you can consult the bevy of official product photos that are now available online. The official look has the satchel looped around her right elbow and resting beside her with Grace poised on top of it or scampering onto Amy’s lap. Her right sandal can be dangled on the extended fingers of her right hand and the other one can be placed on the base. They really went all out with the detail on these extra pieces. The messenger bag is a very vibrant shade of blue and has the straps and buckles as well as the large ornamental feather on the clasp. Grace is also just adorable and looks great when sitting on the satchel.
At about 1/8 Scale, Amy fits in quite nicely with my ever expanding collection of Kotobukiya ladies, although tipping the scales at just over $100, that same sense of fantastic value that I get with Koto isn’t there. I know, MegaHouse stuff tends to run more and I can’t deny the workmanship that went into this piece, so I can’t say I have any regrets. Yes, I would have preferred a more conventional pose, but when I admire this piece on my shelf, it’s hard to argue with the end result. It’s probably unlikely that we’ll be seeing a lot more merchandising from Gargantia coming down the pipes, but Amy did get the Figma treatment, and I can definitely see myself picking up that figure in the not too distant future.