A few weeks ago I decided to buy some swimsuit figures because honestly, who doesn’t like swimsuit figures. The first of the three figures I got is Louise Valliere from Zero no Tsukaima. I decided to get the white swimsuit version instead of the black one because it’s a limited edition (I guess I’m a sucker for that kind of thing).
One of the first things I noticed about the figure was that it was screwed to the base. Normally, figures have these little holes on the bottom of their feet for the pegs from the base to go in, but I guess the people at Wave Corporation didn’t think a little peg would be strong enough to hold her up.
When you think about it though, Louise does have quite a bit of hair which would make the upper half a lot heavier, so I guess screweing the base to the figure is a good thing.
From the side you can see how skinny (and flat) Louise really is.
I like the sculpt of Louise’s body, but I think a better job could have been done with her hair. Most of it is just one big clump of pink PVC with some wavy lines in it.
Another side shot of Louise.
I didn’t know this until I looked at this piece of paper inside the box, but apparently Louise’s head is designed so that it can be moved from side to side (just like a figma or nendoroid). Unfortunately, since the hair is so close to the body and is present on both the front and back, you can actually move the head (unless you want to break off some of that hair).
Overall, I thought this figure was OK. Besides the big lump of hair, Louise looks pretty good in a bikini. I like the little things that they added, like the star on her top and the little ribbons. Her body proportions also seem to match the anime pretty well. This figure definitely won’t appeal to everyone, but I’m sure any Louise fan would like it.