Alter Takamachi Nanoha Swimsuit ver. - Lolis in bikinis are a staple of summer!

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver. Sup guys and gals! How are the hot summer days treating you all?

Everybody enjoying their summer breaks or the hot daily grind at work? Thanks to the opportunity given by the 4th of July holiday I was able to spend some time with my family at the pool and take a nice cool break from work.

Given that I have my priorities straight, I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the always delicious loli Takamachi Nanoha Swimsuit ver. by Alter by the poolside.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver. Don't you guys love your swimsuit figures? The staple of figure collecting, everyone from the high rollers like Good Smile Company and Alter to prize figures from Sega and Banpresto just loves to get their hands on the swimsuit figure pie.

Perhaps it is their readily availability but it seems to me people tend to look down on them a bit. A perfect example of that would be when I mentioned that I bought this figure on sale on Twitter. I was all happy that I paid less than half the original retail price, yet someone mentioned that it was just a swimsuit figure. Almost as if just by being a swimsuit figure that made it be worth less.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

That got me wondering, a swimsuit figure it might be but I don’t believe that necessarily translates to them being easier to manufacture or sculpt. All the steps should be the same regardless of figure or company. It’s usually how much manufacturers are willing to spend on things like quality control and attention to detail that makes a difference in my opinion.

What about you guys, what are your thoughts on the prolific category of swimsuit figures?

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

That aside, I’m a big Nanoha fanboy especially in her loli form, I really, really like her “blood knight” tendencies which seems to have mellowed out a bit as she grew older. I miss the days when Nanoha would go “befriending” people left and right. Hopefully that third original movie has more of that.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

My love for loli Nanoha is probably as a result of the big impact A’s, the second season, made on me when I watched it all in one day. So good!!! I’m so happy the second movie just turned everything about that season up to eleven especially when you compare the fights.

Amazing how much an animation studio can level up in about a decade!

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

After watching the second movie I was reminded how much I enjoy Nanoha and how much I love her character. Luckily for me it seems figure manufacturers also remembered how much people liked the franchise so they released a few figures to match up. This presented me with a nice opportunity to pick more Nanoha figures.

Around the same time both Gift and Alter released what is essentially the same figure with just a few scales of difference in between. For the sake of my own amusement I ended opting for Gift’s version, the idea of a giant 1/4th loli figure in a swimsuit sounded really silly and fun.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

However, as time went on the proportions of that figure kept bothering more and more and became a bit disinterested in it. The more I looked at it the more I keep thinking that Nanoha’s head is too big in proportion to the rest of her body.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Fast forward to a very opportunistic sale by good ol’ Hobby Link Japan and I ended acquiring Alter’s version for about 3500 yen or so. AmiAmi also had her for a sale for a couple hundred yen more but I ended up missing out on that. I’m guessing this Nanoha by Alter wasn’t all that popular?

That’s ok with me though, thanks to that I get to own both my giant loli and the smaller version.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

This is my second Nanoha in a swimsuit by way of Alter, a couple of years ago I got to take photos of the super sexy Nanoha Summer Holiday ver. I like adult Nanoha, amazing at how she ended up filling up in all the right places. Plus at her current official age she just happens to be the right age for me. ;D

With a pretty adult Nanoha wearing a very nice and attractive swimsuit already in my possession I thought that getting a cute loli Nanoha wearing a lovely swimsuit from Alter would make a for a nice complement.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Cute and lovely she is indeed. Just look at her! I like the pose that was chosen for the figure, Nanoha looks like she is having tons of fun frolicking about. Makes me a bit jealous, since I am fair skinned I just burn if I go to the pool or beach. Also, don’t forget… people don’t float…

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

One aspect that I find interesting is the color of her swimsuit, pink with red accents. I’m so used to seeing Nanoha in her signature colors of blue, white and pink that I found this very odd. Perhaps the color scheme is harking to Nanoha’s blood thirsty “White Devil” persona? Nah, probably not.

Regardless the swimsuit looks the part with its nice shade of pink and the red frills, nothing too outrageous or out of the norm. Aside from being a two piece showing a lot of skin perfect for a nice young girl like Nanoha.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Speaking of showing a lot of delicious loli soft looking skin Alter did their part to make sure that was as appealing as possible. Just look at that smooth tummy, kinda makes me want to play with it like in that one scene from Hentai Ouji.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

If you continue down you can see Nanoha’s supple thighs, they are so slim and appealing. Plus knowing how plump and soft they will become when she is older just makes it all that greater.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Once you go around the around Nanoha you can see her nice sexy back, Alter added just enough detail to make out her shoulder blades and show the curve of her body adding that bit of realism that makes figures pop.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

As you make your way down you of course encounter Nanoha’s irresistible tushie along with some nice plumpness from a nice bit of baby fat. The frills on the swimsuit bottoms help accentuated Nanoha’s hips nicely. I do wonder though, what goes through the sculptor’s head when they go about spending hours and hours working on areas like these.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Lastly you can’t forget the number one aspect of a loli, her delicious flat chest. Alter of course with all their figure making prowess made sure it is delicious indeed. The frills on Nanoha’s swimsuit top help to a nice bit of volume and detail.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

One detail I liked about this swimsuit top was the nice bow tying it in place at Nanoha’s neck. Usually things like this tend to look a bit rough due to their size, the same thing goes for Raising Heart she looks pretty good for the small size.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

An interesting tidbit about this figure has to be the floating ring that comes with Nanoha. Typically accessories like these tend to merely look the part and if you touch them they are merely pieces of plastic as one would expect. Not this time said Alter, the ring is actually made of a nice soft rubber, if you push it with a bit of force it flexes, really giving it that extra sense of realism to it.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Although it does feel a lot denser I suppose due to being filled with rubber rather than air. The floating ring does a good job of keeping in place as it has a few groves matching Nanohas’s accessories on her left wrist to help it keep in place and not roll about.

Accessories that stay in place are great if you ask me, especially if you take the figure outdoors like I did.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

I like this rendition of Nanoha quite a bit. I think it looks well and gives a nice pleasant energetic vibe. Together with Alter’s adult version I think I am set as far as having figures of Nanoha in a swimsuit.

Plus with this photo shoot of Nanoha I finally got to do something I always wanted, take some photos by the pool side of a swimsuit figure. Although I do admit they are quite simple but I do like them quite a bit. It’s nice not having to worry about making props or setting up lighting.

Alter Nanoha Swimsuti ver.

Well then peeps, I hope you enjoy what’s left of summer. I’m sure I will, if it’s not too hot anyways otherwise the indoor world of AC is enough for me. :P

Fate T. Harlaown - Summer Holiday Bikini Babe

Hey all. Although summer has been over for a couple of days now, it's still pretty damn hot here so to me it's still summer. So that means more swimsuits! I get the feeling I have way too many swimsuit figures now... I mean sure sexy bodies in skimpy outfits are nice but I kinda miss the flair of, you know, clothes.

Figure Info

Character Name
Fate T. Harlaown (Feito-chan)
Fate Testarossa Harlaown (Adult Fate is usually referred to this way)
Origins
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Manufacturer
Alter
Scale
1/7th
Price
7,000 JPY
Where I got her
Amiami Sold out at the moment

I've been wanting a figure of Fate when she's all grown up for a while, but I had not been happy with anything I saw. For a while I considered getting Good Smile's bikini Fate but I think her face there is kinda goofy. For some reason everyone seems to portray Fate as either pissed off or shying away in a corner, and that's just not how my image of her is.

This figure portrays fate as being more confident than many of the ones I've seen. The hand on the hip, the sunglasses and the smile make her come close to how I imagine her personality to be.

I was still not completely satisfied with her look, she looked kind of plain compared to her Nanoha figure counterpart. However, I have a good opinion of Alter and their Fate reproductions, loli Fate is probably still my favorite figure, so I went ahead and ordered this Fate.

I had low expectations to tell you the truth, it's probably because of this that I got blown away from my first impression with her.

In person she looks a lot better, you can appreciate all the curves and little dimples. I don't think the promo shots do it justice. Sadly, after the initial shock, I came to see some of the flaws in her. It seems I have really high expectations from Alter haha.

I have a couple of complaints about the hair. She has a couple of little extensions or something that seem to be kinda just be stuck on. It seems like they could have a better job to seamlessly integrate them. There's also a big seam line between her fringe and the rest of the hair which is a bit unsightly. And finally, she has a piece of hair on the right side of her bangs that is separated from the rest, this is very delicate, I almost tore the poor thing off.

Shading and sculpting on the hair is great however. It flows down and to the side with really nice movement. Alter figures usually have really nice hair and I can see where they were going with Fate, it just seems like they could have done a better job.

Her back has a really nice amount of detail.  you can see the grooves left by the muscles along all of her back aswell as the butt-cheek one,s peeking out slightly out of the top of the bikini. You'll also notice how the swimsuit slightly digs into her at both the bikini  top's string and the bottom's. You rarely get to see her back because of all the hair, but both are really nice.

This shot reminds me that in the original Illustration these figures are based off, fate was supposed to be bending down on a wall with her butt up in the air. I guess that pose would be a bit awkward for a figure. This photo and the one bellow were edited by Chag from Hobby Hovel.

This is the first time I shoot in RAW format, in direct sunlight and using a flash to do fill lighting. It was a big learning experience since I'm usually in a more controlled environment haha. First time I use editing software to tweak my pics as well, it works out much better with the RAW file! Jeez, Fate has great legs.

Her base is pretty simple but I think it works very well. No issues getting her on and off the base.

Those look kind of uncomfortable for the beach. Who cares! They're sexy and stylish!

This picture was taken by a friend I was with, this post seems to have a lot of collaboration heh. Anyway You can see the meticulous paint work along with some dust, I don't think you're meant to go this close.

A bit of the detail in the side ties.

She comes with the jacket from the illustration in one hand. I just noticed it's sleeveless.

Picture by my friend. Her stomach is not completely flat, she has a but of curves there as well I think is very nice and gives her a more womanly feel. You can see how the swimsuit floats a bit between her abs and her pelvic bones, and how it digs a bit into her, great moe points! You can also see how her left hand is actually fused with her hip, I don't really like that.

Navel fan service. Oh and the sunglasses are transparent.

Pic by my friend and if it seems like I picked the most perverted shots to borrow from him, you'd be right. You can see some really nice curves of the bust in this one, as well as a bit of her perkiness.

I took this shot for 2 purposes. To show that her boobs kind of overflow from the cups of the top (from both sides), and to pander to the armpit fetishist.

The top straps are slightly thicker than I would expect. Also nice cleavage in this one.

The good

  • Sculpt and shading are top-notch
  • Expression of face and body is great
  • Lots of fetish points
  • The big scale helps to appreciated the sculpting of the sexy body

The bad

  • Assembly quality a bit shoddy, especially because of a big seam line on her hair and extensions
  • Swimsuit is overpainted in some areas but it's almost negligible
  • I would have liked if her eyes were a bit more vivid

Who should buy this?

I'd recommend her to Fate fans for sure. She gives off an  aesthetic demeanor so if you're into that you'd probably like her. If you're a fan of blondes she's great if you can ignore the flaws.

 

Overall I'm pretty satisfied with Fate. I get the feeling that Alter was slacking off with her but the end product is pretty good but not perfect and she's probably my favorite rendition of grown-up fate.

Till next time~

Alter's Takamachi Nanoha Summer Holiday ver. - I love me some swimsuit white devil!!!

Don't you love it? When a character you love gets a figure wearing something you really like and in an appealing pose?

I sure do, that's why I was thrilled to bits when Alter showcased the unpainted version of this beauty at a figure event. I mean, my favorite character, from my favorite manufacturer is always a welcomed surprise.

This figure is based on an illustration featuring the happy Takamachi household enjoying a nice summer holiday thus the name of the figure. Alter has shown off the accompanying Fate, although with a different pose and will probably also release Vivio to complete the set.

A bit glad Exilehero is taking care of buying Fate and we'll see what happens if there is a Vivio figure. Yup, more money to throw at Alter for Nanoha figures.

I shouldn't be surprised since Alter sure loves milking the hell out of the Nanoha series.

Well, in my opinion that's a really good thing, after all Nanoha is the one character I love to bits so more of her is always welcomed.

As such I own more than one Nanoha figure, I own five scaled figures of her, two figmas and a dollfie.

Sadly, I been really bad at doing photo shoots for them. You wouldn't really know I'm into Nanoha so much from looking at this blog. So far I done GSC's Instructor Uniform ver. and Alter's School Uniform ver. leaving Alter's Exceed Mode and Stan By Ready Nanoha without being photographed.

At the very least I used the loli Nanoha figma for an idea I felt really happy with and I did snap a few things with her dollfie version.

I never did shoot those two Nanohas because of their size, at 1/7th they were too big for my little studio. In addition to that, Exceed Nanoha's Bits and Stand By Ready's Nanoha base made them too large to keep in frame properly.

I'm not so sure about Exceed Nanoha since she is a bit damaged but I do want to take pictures of the Stand By version for sure. After all now that I suffer little embarrassment when taking pictures outside in public that could solve the aforementioned problems.

While I love Nanoha, I don't really go about buying every single figure ever by any manufacturer. I am selective, after all I want only the best renditions that can be offered so just getting every figure is no good.

This is one reason Alter is at the top of my list of manufactures, they make a lot of Nanoha figures and so far I have zero complaints about any of them.  I think now it comes down to almost blindingly buying Alter Nanoha figures.

As for the rest of the manufacturers, I have to think about it for a bit even more so when I have yet to get anything from them.

Later this year I will go give Gift my second go when they release their giant 1/4th loli Nanoha swimsuit figure. I'm also waiting to see a colored version of FREEing's Nanoha featuring in her Mahou Senki Lyrical Nanoha Force manga iteration.

There is one other figure that I been keeping my eye on. The awesomely and fittingly named Zenryoku Zenkai version from Kotobukiya. I just love that name, best Nanoha phrase ever, plus I love how her barrier jacket is all torn and scorched. Heck, I went crazy when I saw even the hair ribbons included show battle damage.

Reminds me a lot of how Nanoha looked all beaten up, bloodied and tattered in the rendition of her battle with Fate in the manga adaptation of the movie.

Koto's Nanoha in reminds me so much of the idea of her white devil persona that arose from the fandom.

I must say I love the idea of a nice mild mannered magical girl beating people into submission so she they will listen to her and allow her to help. A much appreciated far cry from my experiences with magical girls up until the point I watched the first series.

Up until then all the magical girl shows I seen came down to using the power of love and friendship to solve all discords, to become friends, to save the world and beat the bad guys.

This is why Nanoha struck me as interesting. She uses force to solve things, stubborn people who don't want to listen? Let's see if they will have a word after they been blasted to oblivion with a Divine Buster. Don't want her help to solve your problems dark magical girl? Oh didn't notice too busy going for a TKO with a Starlight Breaker.

After all, Nanoha is the one who gave a special meaning to word befriend.

Another thing that I found interesting was how Nanoha was not infallible. She got taken out by Fate the first time they first met with little trouble and I will never forget how she was overwhelmed by Vita at the start of A's.

It's nice how she gets payback, let's see how well you fare taking the finishing move head on Fate. You think you are a at a safe distance Vita? Sorry not far enough. Nanoha sure comes back with a vengeance.

Now, enough ranting about Nanoha. Let's get to the meat of the matter here, I want to talk about why I like this figure.

Adult Nanoha has something that I find a bit rare, a nice curvy but modest body. I really like her bosom, it's not ridiculously big which is a turn off for me, but a nice size that falls in the middle. This swimsuit makes a nice showcase of that, I like the nice cleavage it gives her while still being reasonable.

Take a look at her hip, do you see how the swimsuit digs into them? It's not a, this swimsuit is a few sizes too small, digging in either. It's a nice natural showcase of how a normal girl has a bit of fat here and there even if they have a slim body. I really like nice details like that.

Ditto for her thighs, they have a nice volume to them. A little plumpness is nice here and there after all, at least for me it is.

Nanoha sure has nice long legs. I'm pretty sure everyone likes nice slim legs on a girl right?

Oddly enough, Nanoha always keeps them covered since she wears long dresses as part of her barrier jacket. Although StrikerS does give you a nice look at them with the mini skirt uniforms and zettai ryouki she wears.

I'm quite happy with the sculpting of this figure, it makes Nanoha justice in all her attractiveness.

There is one issue though, I was bothered so much by it that I did not even considered taking a picture.

Yup, it's the nice flat butt that Alter made so Nanoha could sit nicely in her base. So bothersome since their resent Selvaria takes the opposite approach, the base conforms to her behind not the other way around.

I like the changes that were done to Nanoha's pose, I think adds a bit more dynamism to the figure. The way she holds her arm against her hair really does a lot for me, I can definitely imagine the sea side breeze.

Painting is for all intents perfect.

I don't think I ever had any issues at all with any Alter figures even though I own so many of them. Just for being mass produce goods there should be something off here and there, if only everyone was as good with their quality control as Alter.

I think this might just be my favorite swimsuit figure in my collection. Mind you, I don't particularly have a lot of them in my collection.

This statement makes me a bit uneasy though. For the longest time I personally claimed Alter's swimsuit Kos-Mos as my favorite figure but if I like this more as a swimsuit figure than my favorite where does this leave me?

This figure makes me happy, lately Alter has really been tickling my fancy with their figures.

I think that this Nanoha and their earlier Aigis are my favorite scaled figures so far this year. Then again I don't buy that many figures from the other manufacturers besides figmas from Max Factory.

Anyways, this figure is great, buy it if you like swimsuits, Nanoha or Alter.

I didn't see many people talk about this figure, only seen a few pictures on MFC and one review which is quite a shame. Good thing I went and rectified that by taking these pictures and making this post. :)

 

One last thing I want to mention. Right now there is a giveaway taking place where the prizes are nendos, if you are into that take a look at the giveaway post, you got until July 13th to participate.

Cecilia Alcott - Swimsuit Beach Queen

It's summer and it's damn hot here! To keep with the summer theme I'm gonna talk about another swimsuit figure: Wave's Cecilia Alcott of the Beach Queens line.

Cecilia is from the light novel and anime series Infinite Stratos, think mechas and harem. At first I was disappointed with the anime because I expected something like sky girls, but then suddenly a guy shows up. Thankfully the cast of female characters are so quirky and fun that I soon came to love it.

This is actually the first Beach Queens figure I've ever gotten and I gotta say I'm impressed, then again I wasn't really expecting much.

First off her face is actually really nicely modeled, her eyes have pretty good detail, her cheeks have really cute blush and she even has a bit of gloss on her lips, which fits her ojou-sama vibe well. One thing to note on her head is that her headband feels like it's sorta just pasted on top of her fringe. You can see how it's just slightly too small to fill the valley that forms on her front hair, there's a bit of hair peeking out on either side of it.

Cecilia wears a very simple 2 piece bikini with a towel or something over her waist, a little too simple for a high-class lady like herself, I'd say. Where are the frills, the lace?! I guess the headband has a bit of that.

Of course like any good ojou-sama she has hair drills! Ah the allure of those golden spirals, symbols of wealth and status, though that's probably not why I like her. The reason probably has to be that she is voiced by Yukana, which plays the ditzy sheltered girl to a T.

One thing that's interesting about this figure is that she can stand fairly easily without the use of a base. Also notice the nicely sculpted abs and navel.

Her sash thing can be cast off to reveal a very skimpy string bikini bottom. Hmm... her boobs can look a bit unnatural, almost floaty, from a couple of angles.

One great thing about her tiny swimsuit is the way it digs into her, must be uncomfortable haha. I also like the way they sculpted her butt, as it shows a little Y forming between the cheeks, quite sexy.

Her head swivels and can be taken off. 

Her hair is surprisingly crisp with little to no excess plastic left from the molding.

Detail of her earring. Incidentally that right there is also the mecha she uses.

Overall I'm pretty satisfied with wave's Cecilia. She was pretty cheap, quality is good and she wasn't as tiny as I expected her to be for a 1/10th scale figure. I'd definitively get another Beach Queen's figure if it was a character I like.

I'd go as far as saying that Beach Queen's might be a very good starting point for anyone interested in getting into the figure collecting hobby. They have pretty accessible prices and the variety of characters available is pretty big, perfect for someone who's not ready to commit a good chuck of money for a pair of plastic tits.

 

Till next time~

Summer = Girls and Swimsuits - Alter's Kos-Mos Swimwear ver.

It's summer in my corner of the world and when I think of summer two things come to mind, the beach and girls in swimsuits.

Sadly for me, there is no beach near me and I don't have a cute female companion to take with me.

I will settle for the next best thing, my favorite fictional girl in a swimsuit, Kos-Mos.

I have to mention that this is my favorite figure in my collection even though it's been almost a year and half since I acquired her.

This 1/6th swimsuit version of Kos-Mos was released last year in January for hefty price, at least at the time to me, of 8,800 yen.

This particular figure introduced to me to a facet of figure collecting, delays. She was originally scheduled for release in the late summer of 2008.

I'm an avid fan of Kos-Mos, she was the first fictional girl to really get my adoration way back in 2003 when I played Xenosaga Episdoe I on the PS2.

I happily played through the trilogy of games, with the last one being released in 2006.

However, I did not get into figure collecting until summer of 2008 meaning I missed on several figure releases of Kos-Mos.

That's why when this version went up for pre-order I didn't miss a beat and she went to become my first pre-ordered figure and at the time the most expensive one as well.

This is an Alter release and it lives up to the expectations one expects from them. The sculpture and painting are spot on, nothing much to say about it.

One thing I love about this figure is the nice curve Kos-Mos body follows in this pose.

The face sculpture is accurate with what Kos-Mos looks like in the games and other media. One detail I loved is the eyes have that camera lens look fitting well with Kos-Mos being an android.

A complaint I have about the face is that due to the length of the hair bangs it's mostly obscured unless looked at from a little bellow her face level.

Much like Alter's first Kos-Mos release her hair is a translucent soft blue and in this case made of soft PVC allowing some degree of movement for it.

I have to mention that in a couple spots, a hair strand in the back and in the ahoge, the paint has chipped leaving a colorless mark on the hair.

Kos-Mos came with only two accessories, a couple of knifes, one that with a an anklet that can be attached to her leg and another stand alone knife.

I actually have no idea where the second should go but it fits nicely in her hands.

I didn't mention it earlier but Kos-Mos is sporting her swimsuit from Xenosaga Episode 3 which is one of the several alternate costumes you can get her in the game.

The details on the swimsuit are pretty nice, so is the design following an Asian motif.

As you can probably agree with me when looking at these pictures Kos-Mos wears it quite well with her body having the right curves for the swimsuit.

I love this figure, like I said before my favorite in my collection. I see no reason why to pass this one, even less for a Kos-Mos or Xenosaga fan.

I took a bunch of more of pictures you can find them all in the flickr set.

Until next time.

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