After being delayed for a bit, Good Smile Company’s Princess of the Crystal figure was finally released in June 2013. The Princess of the Crystal comes from the anime Mawaru Penguindrum, probably best known for leaving a lot of people scratching their heads. The figure is 1/8 scale, making it stand at about 19cm tall. It was sculpted by Iwanaga Sakurako and retails for 9800 yen.
The princess’s pose is based on the “seizon senraku” scene in Mawaru Penguindrum when she appears in a fruity display of colour and light.
She tends to have her arm outstretched when talking to people, which is what GSC has done here.
You’ve probably noticed that the Princess of the Crystal is a huge figure, and it’s all thanks to her dress. From the back it looks a bit like an oyster. Despite the size, the figure is actually rather light.
In terms of sculpting and design, I thought the Princess of the Crystal was perfect. I love her pose – it’s so characteristic of her, and I like the choice to go with the Princess of the Crystal rather than Himari because we get this awesome outfit.
One nicely sculpted area that probably gets missed by a lot of people is the princess’s back. You can clearly make out her spine and shoulder blades.
The only removable part of the figure is the bottom half of the dress. I think taking it off takes away the dominant feel of the figure, but for taking photos and looking at details I was happy that I could remove it.
With the entire dress on, the princess looks like she has a lot of volume, but in fact she is stick thin. While it makes me nervous that I might accidentally snap off an arm, if you pay attention to the anime, Himari is really thin so this keeps in line with the series.
The princess’s penguinhat and facial features are identical with the anime as far as I can tell. The only thing off is that her eyes aren’t a glowy neon pink, but there’s only so much you can do with paint.
Her hair is just the way I like it with lots of long strands and details where they come together. The way her hair is curved also makes it look like it’s blowing in the wind.
I was really impressed with how detailed the beads at the end of the penguinhat were. Normally you would find some colours accidentally getting onto where they don’t belong, but the pearl beads are pearl and the gold beads are gold.
When you look at the tie/scarf thing up close it looks a bit blobby, though from a distance it looks fine.
The princess’s vest shows just how fine some of the details and painting can get.
Unfortunately, her hand isn’t perfect. While this angle makes it worse than it actually is, her fingers are a bit shorter than they should be and suffer the problem of looking like sticks rather than fingers.
Continuing down the figure, when you have the bottom of the dress on, the princess’s other hand fits snugly into a little cove. The white portion of the dress looks marshmallow-like, but that’s probably because it’s made out of a rubbery plastic (probably to keep the weight of the figure down).
I would’ve thought that the princess wore regular white panties, but they actually have frills on the back.
More frills can be found along the trim of the vest. I’d also like to point out that the gold paint here was extremely smooth with no rough edges.
The princess wears black super-high heels that fit into pegs on the base. One of the awkward things about them is that they come in at the same angle as her legs so it doesn’t look like she’s actually standing on her feet.
The base is massive to accommodate the size of the dress and comes in an opaque lime green. I was a bit disappointed with the base; I was expecting the princess to be standing on top of two penguins or maybe have a base that looked like the platform in the seizon senryaku scene. This is definitely an area that GSC needs to work on.
Overall, I did not find any major problems with the Princess of the Crystal figure from GSC. The only gripe I have is with the price. When you take away the dress, the figure itself is actually rather small and it makes we wonder if GSC really needed an extra 2000 yen in order to accommodate a rubbery piece of plastic with few details on it. I’m still happy with the figure though and think she looks great.