Back in 2012 one may have hastily assumed that the likes of Dragon TOY, Daiki Kougyou and Orchid Seed would tussle with Native for years to come, seeing who could undress and impress the most in the figure industry.
Instead, Alphamax’s SkyTube branch have spoiled figure owners in recent years by bringing not only more audacious creations but also by including and allowing for multiple interchangable figure parts such as limbs or faces.
With quality rising Alphamax also launched SkyTube Premium. As an owner of both SkyTube and SkyTube Premium figures I’d say the noticable difference is the added difficulty in obtaining these as an international buyer. Quality wise they are pretty much the same with the Premium products being given a bit more oomph to the base and clothing patterns.
One of the first figures shown off from the new premium line was Tony Taka’s Jin-Lian, an original character of Chinese origin. Donned in a high slit cheongsam the figure strikes a distinct pose with one hand resting on the musical instrument known as a pipa.
As striking as the gold and black combination is, the figure takes a different turn once you spin it around. A full cast-off option allows you to either maintain a somewhat modest approach or indulge in forbidden stimulation. Undergarments go on or off; exposing genitalia, breasts and two generous orifices for the double dildo accessory. Two different facial expressions and sets of arms can be mixed based on preference.
The figures under the SkyTube Premium name that have been released already, Jin-Lian included, do look excellent. It’s not clear to me as to why Alphamax felt the need to add another brand instead of just increasing the already very good quality seen in SkyTube products but as long as they keep producing figures such as Jin-Lian it gets harder to fault such decisions.