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.

Maria Saotome by SkyTube
Maria Saotome by SkyTube

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?

Maria Saotome by SkyTube
Maria Saotome by SkyTube
Maria Saotome by SkyTube

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.

Maria Saotome by SkyTube
Maria Saotome by SkyTube

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.

Maria Saotome by SkyTube
Maria Saotome by SkyTube
Maria Saotome by SkyTube

4 Responses

  1. Wieselhead

    That all appears like the box was soooo big.

    I would have prefered her face show the sharpness of the character design, she really looks a bit different here. Still she looks nicely done. The pose of her being laid back is very good, I like how her belly has been sculpted with the subtle hill below.

    You had a nice idea with the “morning light” it manages to create the right atmosphere. As you said it’s probably better to have her. without clothes ^^

    Maria Saotome is a pretty character, I’m putting my hopes on Orchid Seeds figure in 4 years XD

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    • Nightmare

      The box is 44 x 31 x 26 cm (17.3 x 12.2 x 10 in), conveniently housing two medium-sized figure boxes.

      I’m starting to worry that SkyTube may be falling into the Orchid Seed trap in where you consistently use the same style for the facial features. This version of Maria is quite good but at the same time doesn’t resemble the character in the most crucial area which I find a bit sloppy.

      Orchid Seed used to be one of my favorite companies but in recent years they’ve become a bit complacent with their work and the never-ending delays don’t help in that regard.

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  2. Probably Not My Real Name

    Nice review. That bathtub is big and heavy, but it looks amazing!

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    • Nightmare

      It does look great and I appreciate when the manufacturer puts in the extra effort to create some kind of scenery for a figure without skyrocketing the price. If you exclude the additional shipping cost, that is.

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