Queen’s Blade Cattleya by Taki – NSFW
NOTE: This post contains content that is NSFW.
Cattleya is one of the characters from the ‘ visual combat books ‘, video game and anime called Queen’s Blade, she’s a heavy sword wielder and fights with a two handed sword called the ‘Giant-Killer’. This figure is cast from Polyresin, comes with a PVC cast offable part, and an embroidered cloth to place the figure on.
The packaging consists of a cardboard box and Styrofoam with cutouts for the figure and accessories. The box has images of the figure taken from various angles and an explanation about the figure on the back. Styrofoam protects Cattleya and her accessories from any potential damage during shipping to her final destination. Almost everything is wrapped in plastic sheeting to prevent any paint damage caused by vibration during transport.
Once removed from the styrofoam additional plastic sheeting between Cattleya and the upper part of her outfit protects her breasts from any potential paint damage.
To complete the assembly of the figure the separate ponytail hair section will need to put into the L shaped hole in the back of Cattleya’s head.
The embroidered cloth to place Cattleya will need to be ironed to remove the crinkles caused by the folding up for packaging. Cattleya is embroidered in the bottom right corner and the copyright from HobbyJAPAN on the back.
Sculpting by HEMMP shows an appreciation for the character and is accurately detailed based on the pictures from her Queen’s Blade book. There are some inconsistencies in the amount of detail in the ponytail hair section when compared to the main figures hair. Ken doll describes the amount of detail in the crotch and buttocks area when in cast-off mode; this may be good or bad depending on how anatomically correct a figure must be. Most collectors of Cattleya figures are probably more concerned about the breasts which are nicely done on this figure.
Her outfit is nicely detailed and an accurate representation based on images from her Queen’s Blade book. The resting kneeling pose displays her assets in a nice way. Painting is good overall with some shading where needed, though the skin tone is rather plain. Some extra shading could have gone into the hair. Casting is good with some pitting and bumps around the front shoulder and bottom breast areas, there’s an unevenness in the back of the legs and buttocks that looks like cellulite.
The facial expression is appropriate based on the book and is nicely detailed in the eyes nose and mouth, with a nice patient smile. Glasses add to the appeal of the face. The wind swept hair adds a nice sense of movement to Cattleya’s pose.
Being a ‘Giant-Killer’ sword wielder Cattleya has a decent set of abdominal muscles not that having a pair of rather large breasts helps too.
The boots are plain but accurate based on the book and are nicely shaded and detailed with the wrinkles.
Part of the Cattleya’s outfit consists of a PVC section that is removable or ‘cast off’ able. This piece goes from beneath her breasts around the back and up through the front crotch area. To attach this piece you need to:
- remove the ponytail hair section
- lower the PVC section onto Cattleya’s shoulders
- match the extruded section on the breast section of the PVC section to the matching holes at the bottom of the breasts in the figure and gently push in
- match the pins that are below the bow in the PVC section into the matching holes in the back of the figure and gently push in
- the final part goes through the legs and the pins of the PVC section go into the matching holes in the figures crotch area
- if needed push with your thumb in the area where the last section was attached to Cattleya to prevent popping out
Removal is done in the opposite sequence, always be gentle and don’t force anything to fit to avoid potentially damaging the figure.
I was unable to get the left breast of the PVC section to fit snugly with out any gap between the cast off part and the figure. Looking at the images from the box it is not supposed to fit snugly. Based on Cattleya’s wind swept hair it must be fairly windy out and the wind is probably catching on the outfit and moving it away from the left breast. Another realistic/accidental feature added to this figure.
This figure is HUGE, as you probably also noticed the breasts are too. Cattleya is a 1/2.5 scale figure, the largest figures I had before this one where 1/4 scale. As you can see when compared to the 1/4 scale figures of Haruhi and Sanae, Cattleya towers over them.
- Nice pose
- unique figure
- cast offable
- some casting and painting flaws
- lack of detail in the ponytail hair section
- too large if you do not have room to display her
I spent some time deciding if I should pre-order this figure and finally decided to. This unique figure is head and shoulders above most figures, though not for everyone this figure will stand out in any collection. Now a 1/2.5 Menace needs to be made.
1/2.5 Polyresin Figure
Designed by Kaneko Hiraku
Modeled by HEMMP
Presented by Taki Corporation
Purchase Price: 23560 Yen
More info about Cattleya from Queensblade.net.
Height : 175 cm – 68.9”
B: one hundred and twenty cm – 47.24”
W: sixty-eight cm – 26.77”
H: ninety-nine cm – 38.98”
Occupation: Weapon Shop
Weapons: Big Sword “Giant killing”, universal Javelin
Hobbies: Making a flower bed