Arrived just today, is my brand new ‘flame-haze’ Shana figure from the anime Shakugan no Shana. She is a PVC 1/8 pre-painted scaled figure manufactured by Max Factory and distributed by Good Smile Company. Max Factory Shana has long been sold out (released November 2007) but I managed to come across a decently priced, local un-opened figure on ebay. I’ll kick-start this review with the highlight of the figure, which is her
removable skirt wicked fiery crimson hair. Her semi-translucent hair has been well crafted and used very appropriately, looking freakin’ awesome and giving it a real ‘flame-like’ appeal. It depicts her hair in the anime quite accurately and really allows the figure to stand out despite her minute size. She is highly detailed in her face, with her crimson eyes matching her hair and facial expression matching her anime personality.
Her shirt (with bow) and skirt are well crafted and detailed with ripples and such, both looking as if they’re alive. Her skirt, as you can see, is just a tad short and for some reason they made it so you can separate her torso from her upper half, allowing her skirt to be removed (don’t ask me why) which seems kinda pointless. Alastor (the pendant hanging from her neck) is also well detailed, attached with malleable wires so he can hang in mid air, looking just like a scene from the anime. Her stance is cool with a slightly bent casual posture, making her look animate, fitting in nicely with her clothes and Alastor. Her arm is also stretched out, seemingly pointing as if to say “you’re next, bitch”. Her Katana, Nietono no Shana was a pain in the freakin’ arse to attach and I swear the whole time I was attaching it, I thought it was going to break. It’s very curvy and goes through slots in her hair, and when it is actually connected it looks pretty sweet. That’s pretty much it for the main features of Shana. She does come with a base which is black and round, nothing exciting. She comes well packaged in a cool looking box that’s gold and shiny on the inside (which is pretty looking). Downsides would have to be her height as all my other 1/8 scale figures tower over her, making her look like a midget (she looks fine by herself though) her katana is also nuisance to put in. There are also a few scratches and marks, especially around her neck from the wires that Alastor is attached to. Her katana and parts of her hair are really bendy as well, but other than these few minor flaws, Max Factory Shana is definitely a nice looking figure and I am glad to have finally got my hands on one. If you’re desperate to see skirt-less shots of her, there are a few if you hitread more (below) along with a few other shots.
Rating wise, I’d give her 10/10 for overall appearance (her awesome hair in particular) 9/10 for stance 7/10 for paintwork 8/10 for detail and 8/10 for accessories/features - points lost for the almost impossible sword attachment, but points gained for her worthwhile appearance once it is attached. Detachable skirt is pointless unless you’re a creep and want to display her like that. Overall I’d give her about an 8/10. Hope you enjoyed my review! Click the pictures to enlarge.