Ordered a few things from HLJ recently, like this Beach Queens Palm Tree, from Wave, made to go with the rest of the Beach Queens line I guess? Because WHY NOT
So, it’s a tree! A palm tree, even! Unlike the rest of the Beach Queens line, which is all supposed to be 1/10 scale, the tree is non-scale. Seems to be smaller than 1/10 would be, at any rate, but making it bigger would probably just make it harder to photograph with other Beach Queens figures.
This picture turned out pretty terrible, though. I wanted to use my TV with a picture of a beach to be a background, but there was a lot of problems and nothing worked right and fuck this someone else is going to take far better pictures than I ever will.
This is actually the first Beach Queens figure I’ve ever gotten, although there were a few abandoned pre-orders before Nero. It’s…smaller than I was expecting, even after seeing some others in their packaging in person. But then, Saber is supposed to be pretty short, and it’s only 1/10 scale, so presumably this one is a bit smaller than some others might be. But, God damn, that upcoming one of Saber Alter that’s in a sitting pose is going to be tiny.
The base has a sand effect going on, just like the tree. Not much, but it’s better than the typical black circle, and at least gives the impression that the character is maybe actually standing on a beach. I believe these hexagon bases are standard for Beach Queen figures, which makes me want to come up with some sort of turn-based, hex-based tactics game that uses Beach Queens. It’s hard to see here, but Saber’s fingernails and toenails are painted.
The head is actually on a ball joint, which for some reason Wave calls an “H Joint”, which I’m guessing is some sort of standard size they use, which could lead to headswaps if I ever get another one of these. Saber’s ahoge is also on a sort of ball joint and can be moved around, but it’s also easy to pop out and I already almost lost it once.
The paint job is mostly okay, but it does suffer in a few places. Most prominently perhaps is Saber’s bracelet thing, which looks more like a congealed blob of candy than the bracelet it did in promo shots.
And then I just started taking random pictures. Some of them kind of duplicate each other, but there’s a bit less to take pictures of than what I had to work with for Sakyo, so I was just kinda like WHATEVER.
A comparison with my only other swimsuit figure, Banpresto’s prize figure of Menace. It’s an interesting comparison, with Menace being a cheaper figure and not quite as “sharp” as Saber, but also being ridiculously awesome for a prize figure and benefiting from Menace having an amazing physically-toned body while Saber is slimmer. I don’t think Banpresto’s Queen’s Blade prize figures were of any scale, but they are fairly close in size.
The figure’s not bad, and I like it. Though I think it was kind of pricey for what you get. Dunno if I’ll be getting any other Beach Queens anytime soon. I thought about getting the upcoming Nate with her GIGA DRILL HAIR, but it’s even more expensive and putting Horizon characters in swimsuits kind of defeats the purpose of their over-the-top Phantasy Star outfit designs.