Momohime of Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Alter)

November 5th, 2010 29 Commented

It definitely feels great to be the proud owner of this beautiful figure called Momohime, brought to us by Alter. I’ll start of by providing some brief background introduction about her.


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Momohime, a.k.a. 百姫 (in Japanese), is a game character originated from an action role-playing game developed by Vanillaware for Wii console, entitled Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

Being a young and introverted princess of Narukami, she is described to be as beautiful as a flower with a heart as pure as the snow by her subjects.

Unfortunately, her idyllic life changed forever when she was possessed by a dark spirit of a foul swordsman. Against her will, she set out in a quest for the cursed demon swords…


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Once again, Alter has proven to be one of the best figure manufacturers with this utmost quality figure. Momohime stands approximately 210mm in height (including base), costing about 8,190 Yen (including tax).


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Just like most of the kunoichis (a term for female ninjas), Momohime is lightly armored, having two spaulders (one on each side of her arm), two arm guards and a tasset to protect her thighs. Her speed and agility can be witnessed from the game trailer. Her movement and attacks are so fast that her enemies couldn’t even react to her incoming.

Her spaulders are made up of several layers of metal slabs. They are indeed very well sculpted. If you take a closer look at the spaulders, you’ll notice that there are small details on the slabs depicting how the slabs are tied together with ropes. Also, Alter has painted the metal slabs realistically, with rough matted surfaces and minimum reflection.


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Momohime’s yukata (in my opinion it’s a short yukata, not a kimono) is secured by a tsuke obi, a sash that is wrapped around the waist and is fastened in place by ribbons. The sash is painted in jungle green with matching fine prints of little flower on it. The vibrant colors of her yukata and tsuke obi have successfully manifested the youthfulness in her, as a very young princess. The creases on the ribbon were sculpted flawlessly, looking exactly like the bow tie.


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From her action, we can get the impression that Momohime is moving forward fast and going to draw her katana (a Japanase sword) from the saya (a wooden scabbard) anytime to slash her enemy. If you observe carefully, her hair and clothing (sleeves, ribbon and armor) behind are carefully sculpted to appear flowing naturally depicting her sense of movement.


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The following photo made me realized that her short yukata looks very nice from behind, exposing her little cute ass cheeks. Don’t you wish that you could see more of this young princess’s lovely rear assets huh. :)


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Now, we have a better view of her clothing sculpted in flowing manner.


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Whoops. I forgot to snap a close-up photo of the saya and the katana. However, from the photo(s), I hope you can see that the it is very well sculpted too. The sculpt includes the well-detailed sageo (the cord that is used to tie scabbard to the belt/obi when worn), tsuka (the hilt) and tsuba (the sword guard). Go ahead and see clearly at the larger version of the photos, you’ll be impressed by the amount of details that Alter has put in.


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Now, you can see the two arm guards that she is wearing. There are lines and tiny dots added to the surface of the arm guard to improve the realistic feel. Indeed, it looks exactly like those worn by ninja or swordsmen.


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Ah… her hands and slender fingers are nicely sculpted too.


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If you notice, there is a visible seam line on her left sleeve as it is a swappable part. I’m not sure if I should consider that as a flaw. Probably, Alter should have figured out a way to hide the line, or perhaps, just abandon the idea of incorporating swappable parts. I don’t mind having a static figure as long as there are no ugly visible lines. Since it’s just some minor discomfort to my eyes, I’ll just accept it. Other than that, I dont have any complaints. :)


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Wallpaper: [1680×1050]


I’ve got to admit that Alter has again kept their promise and manifested its impeccable quality in sculpting and painting of this figure. It’s a top-notch production, I must admit.


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Here is another photo to give you to have a better look of her lovely little ass cheeks. Also, notice that her legs and thighs are nicely sculpted too. The proportion of the thighs and calves are simply perfect for a young beautiful princess like her.


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The following few photos show off her waraji (the sandals made from straw rope), tabi (the traditional Japanese socks), and the leg-wraps, which I can’t find the correct Japanese term for it.


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Look at the waraji! Even the sole of the waraji is sculpted to be like the real knitted straw rope. All these minor details that Alter has put in really make me like this figure more.


The leg-wraps are sculpted exceptionally well too. It can be seen from they way they are being wrapped from her ankles up to her knees. Having the vibrant purple and the shading painted at all the right places, is one of Alter’s expertise.


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Although I mentioned before that I fancy figures with moderately large breasts, I’m totally delighted that Momohime has a washboard chest. Well she is young, very young indeed. So, I don’t expect her to be running around slashing her enemies with two huge melons (like those in Queen’s Blade), that would totally spoil her elegance and loveliness as a princess.


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You’ve gotta love this base. Its not one of those usual transparent plastic pieces. Momohime stands of one of the three rocks with water flowing within them. The lines on the rocks make them look very nice.


The following photos show Momohime with her other swappable parts. Now, she is ready for some hack and slash actions. I hope the subsequent three photos are able to provide you with the impression of her running towards you with her deadly katana. :)


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Like I’ve said it before, Alter has really done a wonderful job in sculpting and painting Momohime. She looks awesome even with her alternative action.

Can you see how her eye lids are painted for both eyes? If you’ve not noticed, click on the photo and have a clearer view. Even though her fringe covers her left eye brow, Alter didn’t miss out the minor detail — her eye lid.


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Wallpaper: [1680×1050]



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Wallpaper: [1680×1050]



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Lastly, the comb and flowery hair brooches on Momohime’s head holds her hair up prettily and neatly. The comb is painted with fine prints of flower and the spaces between the teeth are sculpted so precisely. Her hair brooches… see it for yourself! The details of the petals on each little flowers are can be seen clearly. And shadows are painted in between the petals too. The amount of details are magnificent.


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Alter has successfully delivered Momohime based on the promotional photos. It is indeed an awesome figure. I personally think that it is a must own figure!


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I hope you like the presentation and wallpapers (I’ve only included the wide-screen version though) that I’ve provided here. I wish the photos could be better but I was in a rush (I had to prepare myself for the trip to Newcastle, U.K.).



Added on 7th July 2013
This is an extra section added specially for Elisa based on her request.
Here are the detailed images for the sageo and tsuba. I hope they could be of good help for you.


Official Muramasa: The Demon Blade website
http://www.muramasathedemonblade.com/

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29 responses to “Momohime of Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Alter)”

  1. Fabienne says:

    Oh cool you found the time to review her.
    That are very nice outdoor pictures youre very good at this

    Momohime is indeed a very beautiful figure,
    I really like her traditional twintail hairstyle
    I also like the metal finish of her armor plates
    and these other fine details.
    Ah…yes and the hands of course =)

    I agree with you about the size of her chest, bigger ones wouldn’t look good at her petite body, well most of my figures have a smaller chest ;D

    • softz says:

      Thank you Fabienne. :)
      Fortunately, I bought her. I’m always hesitating when buying a figure. But, since she’s from Alter. I believed in their promo photos.

  2. Leonia says:

    Ooh ! Really nice shopping, this is a good idea the background. Momohime is probably one of best 2010 figure. Alter realized an amazing sculpture, with great colors (I love her kimono).

  3. Yi says:

    I love love love her colors! So vibrant and so gorgeous. She also has a really pretty face. Lovely figure all around, and lovely photos!!

    • softz says:

      Thank you, Yi.
      She really caught my eyes. I had her on my working desk for weeks before putting her into the glass cupboard to avoid getting dusted.

  4. h4mster says:

    the details are insane..it’s a really beautiful figure!
    btw, I added you to my blogroll, I’m gonna be a frequent visitor from now ^^

  5. rockleelotus says:

    after seeing your shots, this figure is a lot more detailed than i though! great sculpt and painting on top of that. and yes, i wish i could see more of her lovely rear assets lol :P

    great photos softz and quite an awesome location, the background looks very fitting ^^

  6. BioToxic says:

    I’m with rocklee on this one, I didn’t fully realise just how detailed Momohime was. She looks fantastic from her flowing outfit to her knitted footwear.

    My favourite part has to be her face with her sharp yet tiny nose and nicely set and detailed eyes. The way her hair flows back really helps bring out how beautiful her face really is.

    “I wish the photos could be better” I wish I could take such brilliant photos in a rush :P.

    • softz says:

      Thank you BioToxic.

      Alter really makes great figures. That includes GSC and MegaHouse too and not forgetting Max Factory (I’ve gotta agree with you).

  7. Aya says:

    Nice very detailed, so her sword can be be sheathed ? :D

  8. Nopy says:

    She looks really good. My favourite parts are her armour and katana, they’re so detailed. I especially like the squiggly lines (I can’t remember what they’re called) on the blade of the katana.

  9. Tier says:

    Momohime’s a gorgeous figure … man I really, really, really hope Alter doesn’t branch out into other stuff like Max Factory and GSC have done, because this sort of quality would be wasted on an action figure. I really like your pictures, the setting looks perfect for an east Asian princess.

    • softz says:

      Thanks :) I’m glad you like the photos. I was fortunate to find a great place for a great figure like her.

      Also, I totally agree with you. Alter has been doing a great job and I hope they continue with the PVC figure line. I’ve bought a few figmas. They are fragile, and I’ve great difficulty in posing them… really cumbersome stuff. *sigh*

  10. AS says:

    Nice background ^^. The more I see this figure on blogs the more I wished I had pre-ordered her :(. It was tempting but I was running low on money at the time so I decided not to get her. Maybe I can find her in Japan when I go again ^^;;.

  11. heathorn says:

    this figure is awesome…
    detailed explanation with japanese terms and beautiful hi res photos ^^

    thx for bringing this enjoyable review!

  12. Catherine Meyers says:

    H Softz,

    My name is Catherine Meyers, I’m the admin of a web blog directory, while reading your blog and it’s reviews and articles about figures, (this one is great, very detailed, look at those sandals, sword and shoulder pads), I was wondering if you might be interested in a link exchange (no money involved), I would add your blog in my directory so my visitors will also visit your site and in exchange you add my website to your blogroll or links. Please let me know if you are interested and the best of luck with Softwerkz.

    Cheers!
    Cathy

  13. alucard13mm says:

    any new anime figures? ^.^ or gave up on that hobby?

    • softz says:

      Yep, I did have a few new ones but I’m too busy with work and life after my wifey went to U.K. Taking photos and finding the right background or locations are equally time consuming. Hence, I’ve not posted about any figures at all. However, I do cut down on my purchase lately. I simply can’t find the space to put them. The boxes are so big…:(

  14. Elisa says:

    Hi! Thank you for your great review and also for the amazing pics!
    I’m sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you could send me one detailed picture of the sageo knot and one of the tsuba, as I’m doing my best trying to reproduce them for a cosplay and at the moment unfortunately I can’t afford buying this awesome figure.
    In both cases, thank you again!
    Have a nice day :)

    • softz says:

      Hi Eliza, thank you for dropping by. Sorry for being late. I’ve uploaded some more detailed pictures for you. Let me know if you need anymore. Also good luck in your cosplay.

      • Elisa says:

        Hi Softz,
        Thank you so much for the extremely detailed picture!
        They are more than I hoped, and they will be amazingly helpful.
        Thank you very much again for your kindness and patience! :)

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