Every few months or so a manufacturer may decide to be ever so bold, introducing a figure that exudes the very essence of being sexy without relying on tried and tired gimmicks. One of those is Max Factory’s Sallya (Tharja for the non-Japanese), released back in March of 2014.
Having explored the 3DS game Fire Emblem: Kakusei (Awakening in English), the origin of this character, is not necessarily a requirement in order to fully appreciate this 1/7 scaled figure of Sallya. You may admire that derriere until your jaw locks up but let’s not dismiss a trait such as the amount of attitude and playfulness being fired your direction. The way the character gazes at the observer, leans forward, positioning her elbows, hands and fingers with the thumb gently pressing against the lips makes for an engrossed moment.
The cape may be removed, fully exposing Sallya’s arched back. It’s on the thin side, possibly a result from giving the optional clothing a snug fit. Two pieces are not shown in the review; a red skull that looks a bit out of place and a peg-less plastic/felt base, leaving the character and her stack in jeopardy.
Flaws do include thickened thumbs, non-aligned heels and the bulky portion of the loincloth design that separates yin and yang.
I mentioned my affection for this figure in a previous post and that statement remains unchanged. In my eyes few figures will rival this one with Native being the main contender come summer. It’s not one that will scream for your attention while sitting in a collection but in suitable light and angle it does look spectacular.