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Figure Unboxing and Review: Dark Angel Olivia Regular version (Kotobukiya)

This figure has always been one which I wanted to get since the first time I saw it. I wasn't at all familiar with the source but the dynamics which made up this figure makes it something which I wanted to own. 

Sadly, her first release was in a bad month for me and by the time she was re-released, I had already known about the exorbitant shipping price that came with the figure and thus was too afraid to pre-order. Thankfully, I saw her in Suruga-ya's physical store in Japan when I was there and decided to bite the bullet and grab her. She was a pain to keep in the hotel and bring onto the plane but for scale figures of this caliber, I'll gladly do anything!

Now, let's take a look at her!

Packaging
Olivia's box is extremely huge as she has her wings that take up a lot of space. Likewise, she comes with some other accessories such as her swords and the crystals on the base which adds up to her weight as well.

She only has an exclusive version which has her hair in twintails and with a more pinkish gradient but I felt that this regular version matches my display more and hence I had always wanted the regular version more than the exclusive. Of course, this opinion might change if I knew the source material well... so I've steered clear of it ever since the exclusive version rose above 25k yen.
The sides of the box are more sturdy than most other Kotobukiya boxes, which is to be expected with the size and weight of this figure. The illustration printed on the side also helps to give a comparison to the source illustration which this figure was inspired from.
The back of the box has both the figure and the illustration side by side so you can compare them. Another purpose is for using the QR code on the box for the mobile game itself.
The other side of the box has the figure's mirrored view. I do find this strange and would personally prefer having the back view of the figure/illustration but I suppose that it might be difficult if this is from a card's art.
The top of the box also comes with a window.  But more importantly than that...
I love the inside of the box. The whole backdrop that they used for this figure really helps to increase the "fantasy" genre effect for this figure! It's very pretty if you ever do decide to display your figure with it too!
The figure is secured in quite a bit of plastic as well as blister packs. The whole thing is quite heavy so the blister might come loose during shipping, especially if your copy has been opened previously and the tape that holds the blister together is not as sticky as before.

Base
The base is both spectacular and yet missing something. I love how the crystals are positioned and help to add more dimensions to the base. However, the starry black base is taking the back seat as a result. If you look at the base from the front, the crystals really add to the figure. However, I feel that if you look at it from top down, like in the image above, you might feel that the base is lacking in some way.

Figure
The figure itself comes with a lot of difficult assembly work in the sense that the parts (like the wings) are heavy and you might have to move the parts a lot to get them into the right grooves.

I'll write a separate post about this and what to take note when assembling the figure.

Now, let's move on to reviewing the figure itself.
Olivia has a ton of intricate parts and I'll like to start from the top down. I'll like to bring attention to her bust armour and the tattoo on her right upper arm first. These parts have very intricate painting and the area which are painted are very small. Despite so, there are no paint spillage on my copy.
Another part which I really like about this figure is the flow of her hair when you see it from the back. It looks so neat and yet all the strands of hair actually have their own flow and movement. Given that this wasn't in the original illustration, Kotobukiya has really managed to get this down pat!

I also like how the shading is quite subtly done which brings out the ginger tones of her hair well. I would probably love it if a little more shading was made but with the sculpting done this way, the natural light actually brings out sufficient light and shadow to the figure.
The weapons which Olivia uses has a sophisticated yet Gothic look to them. The ends of the sword hilts are extremely sharp and it might be better to be wary of them rather than getting injured due to it.

The swords have different shades, shapes and textures especially at the hilt, making them breathtaking to admire on their own.
The sword blades are supposed to cross behind Olivia however there are no grooves for them to fit in. I tried placing them like they looked on the box however, as the swords are slightly flexible, not all copies might be able to match perfectly with the official pose.
Now, let's move on to the entirety of the figure itself, starting from top down. I love her horns but I'll have to admit that they look more like decoration pieces than actual horns. Despite that, I really like the regal look that they bring!

The dark pieces on her hair are really intricate as well and I wonder if they are actually painted on or are simply decals.
As I mentioned before, I do love her attire as well. The way in which the skin tight white piece flares out at the end adds a feminine touch to the figure, which is further enhanced by the lace patterns at the end of the white one piece.

The armour on her chest and around her neck also matches very well with her gauntlets which has a pattern from her elbow down to her wrists, as you can see from the image above.

This figure also has a lot of gold parts, which is contrasted with both black and reds. I especially love how her red belt  and beads around her waist seem to be floating, which makes it look like this figure captured her in mid-movement. 
Another point which I, as well as many others, love are her wings. Due to the wingspan, I will only focus on one wing for these few images. As you can see, it has a three-toned gradient from dark purple to amber. Despite purple and amber being quite different, this mix of colours actually do work very well in 3D.

Needless to say the translucency at the tip of the feathers is brilliant, as well as further enhanced due to the amber colour.
Her boots/stockings reach up to her thighs and have a cute effect at the very top of it. The gold plates around her knees are awesome to look at as well. I'll give a close-up later so we can take a closer look at the pattern on the plates.

Below, we will zoom in on several different views of the figure and I hope you can find something you love about this figure!


Her heels are really simple with a little bit of gold around the front and back. It adds a little detailing around the shoe area but isn't enough to take the attention away from the base and from the beautiful accessories around her torso.









Thank you for reading!

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