Maria Saotome is the love child of Japan and Russia, arriving in a giant box with “Sex Life” presented on it (one can only guess what customs are assuming). Inside there’s two medium-sized boxes and within one of them is an even smaller, yet very delicate box. The figure comes cased sitting on a large white cushion which counts as one of two versions of Maria in where the second alternative follows this illustration.
The first pick didn’t make much sense to me so I opted for the bathtub setup. You still get the fancy cushion, which still makes little sense, bundled with a floor and wall piece, a bathtub and a simple shower. While most parts are made out of plastic the shower hose is all metal and the bathtub is crafted in solid polystone. The latter material results in a heavy accessory, weighing in at a minimum of 1 kg (~35 oz). Polystone may resemble porcelain but I’m hesitant in thinking that it was a good choice on SkyTube’s part. Having used PVC instead would’ve made it both lighter on the wallet and its caretaker.
Our character is featured in the visual novel SEX LIFE released in 2010. Quickly glancing at the back and front cover leaves you with two most dire questions: Why are Maria’s body parts varying in size between scenes but more importantly, where can I get my hands on one of these elusive Pentium III processors?
SkyTube tend to follow a certain formula: thinner thighs, smaller waist, larger chest; an approach that has proven most successful for the company. Personally I don’t mind it that much, mostly due the bigger the bosom the richer the shadows. As long as it doesn’t look way out of proportion it’s usually all good.
Production wise there’s not much to fault other than the 1/6 bathtub weighing as much as a 1/1 one. Cast-off (bra and panties) is handled well, this is also one of those figures in where I prefer to go full nudity for photography as I question the idea behind lathering up while being (somewhat) dressed.
Is this yet another homerun for Alphamax’s alter ego? I’m a bit torn then it comes to critiquing this figure. Its biggest flaw is perhaps that it doesn’t really resemble the character Maria Saotome, which I guess isn’t a deal breaker for most when purchasing ero based figures. Whoever this lady is she does add up to the long line of good-looking figures from SkyTube and I’m already looking forward to cover more of their figures in the months ahead.