Ok so it seems there is a lot of hate for this figure. When compared to Freeing’s 1/5 release of Kenshin the latest Rance pre-order does seem to come up short.
So what are the major draw backs of this figure that I can pick up on? Well the three main issues i can see from the proto photo are:
1. Rough looking sculpt (based on proto photo) and bland colour scheme
2. A distinct lack of accessories…not even a rice bun?!
3. The cost factor. Like it’s predecessor the 1/5 scale dictates a sell price of over $135-$145 USD base.
Now the question is, are all of these factors valid or is it the case of a poor proto shoot? From collecting Wargaming miniatures from various random companies, there have always been incidents where I have ordered something based on a poor photo and had it turn out quite nice. At $140 USD am I willing to take the risk?
Perhaps the one redeeming factor that this figure has at this stage is tha fact that its castable (I only now realise the wave of disgust I probably just created with that comment…) while not a major draw as you can get far nicer figures that are also castable/cheaper/more accessories/all of the above, the point is at least its an option.
Joking aside, I think there are probably a lot more accessories then we the buyers will realise. As mentioned (I need to redo the photo-shoot to show this) Kenshin had a lot of cool little accessories such as the rice bun, removable armour plates and helmet etc which made for great photography, while Senhime here seems to be a bit of a plain Jane.
I do actually like the sculpt, perhaps mainly for the figure pose and a fetish for strong female characters, who knows and whilst I will be the first to admit that from initial shots it does not seem great, I think there will be more to this figure when I unbox it.
Just need to wait for six months now to find out…
Senhime is available for pre-order now from your usual on-line retailers. Those willing to take the plunge should not be hard pushed for time as the communities initial response is one of “Meh”. Although as per usual this is not to say that it won’t sell out.
Thanks for reading