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Kongiku and Momohime by Alter

Kongiku and Momohime by Alter

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The extravagant ladies of the Genroku era, Kongiku and Momohime, do have a few things in common. They both originate from the same fictional world and in this case they also share the same manufacturer in Alter and sculptor in Noritaka Fukumoto.
With the two figures’ release dates being reasonably close (January and February) I decided to shoot them in the same setting. Alas they are both sold separately.

“Kongiku” could be interpreted as “navy blue chrysanthemum”; a beautiful flower matching its beautiful owner holding a lantern that will hopefully guide her on her path.

With a well-endowned woman having an obi tightly wrapped around her waist things are bound to take flight. The generous bosom never bothered me, I think it adds to an already elegant character. Whether you look at the graceful face, the stylish hairdo or the orange and leaf-covered kimono your eyes will not be instantly drawn to other areas of the figure.

Being a fox diety does explain the addition of a tail as well as animal years, which are both beautifully sculpted with great attention to detail. Another thing I’m fond of is the use of a distinct yet minimalistic base. If not going all out with the base, why not keep things simple. A dull platter for a base is not only bothersome when shooting a figure but also makes for an unimpressive display altogether. Additional praise to Alter for using a similar kind of base for Momohime as well.
A final mention when it comes to Kongiku is the option to light the lantern she’s holding (two LR41 batteries are required but not included), which then shimmers with a soft blue light.

Momohime is by many described as one of the greatest figures ever made. Certainly a bold claim but also one that may just live up to its acclaim. Having longed for this figure since the end of 2010 Alter announced a re-release eventually scheduled for January of 2013, which initially caused the figure’s price to skyrocket on auction and used item sites.

The character, alongside the aforementioned fox lady, was originally and visually admired in the Nintendo Wii game Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Oboro Muramasa in Japanese) which was released back in 2009. Roughly a year after its release Alter decided to bring Momohime to the physical world, a choice that was to be embraced by the masses.

With the reception of the figure one would almost expect Alter to unleash the entire cast of Muramasa and seeing as how Kongiku was just released I sincerely hope that we will eventually see both Torahime and Yuzuruha as their artworks are equally impressive to the already molded ladies before them.

Bottom line is, Alter have made two exquisite character portrayals which are easily on par with some of the best figures I have ever laid my eyes upon.

SCALE

1/8

ART DIRECTION

Tradition

PHOTOGRAPHY SETUP

Flash, ambient light, diorama

Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Kongiku by Alter
Momohime by Alter
Momohime by Alter
Momohime by Alter
Momohime by Alter
Momohime by Alter
Momohime by Alter
Momohime by Alter

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    wieselhead
    May 16, 2013

    Thats always so scary in an fascinating way, you are not only fast with your reviews, you also make lovely probs for your shootings. This time again, the bridge with the tiny lights is just wow!

    Kongiku looks really good, the colors and sculping seem quite conving, the dress is so pretty. From behind she also looks good. The lantern is a funny gimmick, nice to add this ALTER.

    I have a liking for bigger anime boobs and while Kongiku is true to her illustration, as a personal opinion, the boobs appear to be placed a bit high, even when considering the arched back.

    Momohime is a lovely and great figure, I got her on first run and she is still as charming as before.
    She’s also a quite photogenic, I even picked her up for a second shooting after a few years.

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    Jenn
    May 28, 2013

    I’ve been waiting for someone to review Kongiku so I can feel bad about not getting her. Her sculpt and paint job are both amazing, especially around her head and hair. Her subdued, cautious expression is a real plus. I have a soft spot for characters with more delicate experessions. Her lanturn is an interesting addition. I must ask, what is the lanturn made of? It looks like paper, but I doubt Alter would risk using such delicate material.

    While I can tolerate bigger boobs, Kongiku’s goes a little over the deep end for me. They’re true to her character, and great on a flatscreen, but there’s something about the way they translate to 3D that bothers me. They’re too buoyant for my tastes.

    As usual, your set up and lighting is gorgeous. I have the grandest respect for photographers who can work in low-lighting.

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    G.K. Sil Kamina
    June 5, 2013

    I’ve owned Momohime since her original release years ago, and she remains one of the best in my collection. The hype surrounding her is well earned. Kongiku was a mixed one for me. On one hand, she’s absolutely beautiful. On the other hand, those breasts are comically huge. I imagine if Alter does a Yuzuruha, she’ll have a massive booty like in her artwork.

    Kongiku isn’t quite as visually striking as Momohime, but Alter still went all out. Love the glittery paint on her kimono, and the great amount of detail in her hair, ears and tail. Your pictures show just how amazing this figure is. Super glad I was able to snag one for a decent price.

    Also, that little bridge is adorable. Did you make it yourself?

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