Have you ever passed on pre-ordering a figure only to see its price go crazy on the aftermarket? Fortunately, sometimes fortune smiles and these items see a re-release and so today we'll be reviewing one of those figures (at least for me), Orchid Seed's Mammon from the Seven Deadly Sins. Mammon is a beautiful busty lady and this figure has a castoff feature, so many of the shots below will be NSFW...
About the character: Mammon ENTRY #34319 is a character from the Seven Deadly Sins ENTRY #34312 (Nanatsu No Taizai) media franchise. Like all the characters in that franchise, Mammon is a personification of one of the deadly sins, in this case, greed.
Mammon was originally a Latin term (mammona) for wealth, and eventually the term came to be used negatively to refer to excessive materialism and greed. During the Middle Ages, various authors used the name to personify the deadly sin of greed, making Mammon a demon who values earthly treasure above all else and seeks to taint the hearts of men with greed.
In the Seven Deadly Sins, Mammon is reimagined as a demon lord and single mother whose husband decided to leave her for his own inscrutable reasons. Because her ex-husband saddled Mammon with debts and left her to raise their 500,000 (!) children by herself, she is always seeking ways to make money (often by selling potions and elixirs) and she is therefore perceived as being greedy. Despite the fact that she is a demon lord, she can be kind and she sometimes acts as a mother figure to some of the other Sins, including Beelzebub ENTRY #34320 and Belphegor ENTRY #34318.
She is also the bustiest of the sins, with three sizes of 122/80/116 cm (48/31/45 inches).
About the figure: This figure was first released in July 2018, and before long it was fetching 1.5 to 2 times its original price on the secondhand markets. In late 2019, Orchid Seed announced a re-release of the figure slated for January 2020, and that re-release was delayed several times, finally releasing in June 2020.
Many Sins figures are based on illustrations by the series creator, the well-known Nishii/Niθ ENTRY #17708, but this figure was inspired by an illustration of the character by Takuya Inoue ENTRY #35256, possibly best known as the character designer for Chichinoe ENTRY #1120.
The front panel is quite simple. Just a large window, the Seven Sins logo, and the name of the character.
The side panels are both identical, featuring a little porthole window framed with the various sins.
The back of the box features a number of shots of Mammon-sama.
The top of the box features the Takuya Inoue illustration of Mammon that inspired the figure. Orchid Seed did an exclusive release of this figure with a wall scroll ITEM #872563 of this illustration.
The bottom flap of the box features a lot of text. I Google Translated some of it, and one paragraph points out that Mammon has the largest bust size of all the Sins.
Note that the bottom flap of the box is also sealed, so if you like the ol' "keep the seal intact by opening the bottom of the box" trick, you'll be out of luck here...
This is quite a large figure, but the box is very compact, measuring 19 by 19 by 26 cm. When this figure was re-released in June 2020, EMS shipping to many countries was suspended, but because of the relatively compact box, DHL was a reasonably-priced alternative. AmiAmi quoted me 4000 yen for EMS and DHL was only a couple hundred yen more, so DHL it was.
Orchid Seed provides an instruction sheet explaining how to set up Mammon's glasses and the cast off process. They also translate the instructions into English.
As you can see, her optional glasses are made out of metal, and they have to be cut out. I'm opting to keep the glasses pristine, so this review will feature a glasses-less Mammon.
Other than the glasses, Mammon requires almost no set up. Remove some plastic sheeting and she's good to go.
Well, they include one. The base is clear plastic, and it is lightly frosted with a pentagram and the names of the various sins. However, I just could not get either of these features to show up well in a photo.
Because of Mammon's kneeling pose, she doesn't really need the base, so I'm simply stashing it back in the box.
Mammon's kneeling pose seeks to realize the source illustration into 3D. Let's have a look at her.
It's a simple pose to be sure, but at the same time it does nicely realize the source illustration in 3D and Mammon's voluptuous body looks just fine from a number of vantage points, so I have no complaints here.
This is ultimately a very simple figure, and probably the most important consideration with a figure such as this one is the body sculpt, with which I have no real complaints. However, there are a number of small issues on the sculpting/finishing front; with a more elaborate figure, one might be inclined to overlook them, but on such a simple design, these little issues tend to stand out.
One area where Orchid Seed did just fine was the sculpt of Mammon's face. She is quite beautiful, and her turquoise eyes are very striking. I also like how her lips and mouth are sculpted; when you look around, you realize that is a feature that's often either overlooked or is badly done, but Mammon's lips look very soft. Orchid Seed did a good job with her skin tone, too. She is fair-skinned but not pasty looking, and I like how they made her skin slightly fairer than it appears in the source illustration (where she looks a little more tanned/bronzed).
I like the way her hair frames her face.
The gold and black hairband contrasts nicely with her fair skin and blonde hair, and the painting on the hairband is clean. I also like how her hairstyle has just a hint of that classic "intake" anime style. I am a little bit torn on her horns, though. I like all the texture on there, and the appearance of the horns is consistent with the source illustration, but I can't help thinking the color looks a little flat. I think a color gradient towards the tips of the horns would have given them a little more flair.
I like the drills in her hair. Usually, drill curls like this are seen on rich characters, and while Mammon chases wealth, the fact that her ex-husband left her in debt means she is not necessarily rich, so this is a subtle clever in-joke if you know both the character and your standard anime tropes.
Orchid Seed did a nice job sculpting her hair, the way it splays out around her body.
The tips of her hair are also nicely sculpted. This is an area where you sometimes see lazy sculpting, but the tips are quite neat and crisp.
The gold and black armlet matches her hairband.
Of course, one cannot ignore the focal point of this figure - Mammon's massive 122 cm/48 inch J-cup bust. Her breasts are nicely shaped; they are not just round and balloony, and you get a very real sense of mass there. I just hope she doesn't develop back problems...
One thing that could have been done better is this seam in her underboob area. It's pretty clear that Mammon's body was made in two pieces and the two pieces join at this point.
If you look very closely, you can also see a rough spot there between her breasts where a little more finishing would have been in order.
I like how there's some color variation on her white bikini top, and the material has just a little bit of a shine to it. As in the source illustration, you can see a clear suggestion of her nipples through the bikini top.
If you are a fan of Niθ's character designs, you know that he just loves to draw the Sins wearing very teeny-tiny bikini bottoms.
Her bikini bottom should be one continuous piece of material, so those gaps where the straps meet the front panel of her bikini kind of bug me.
On the other hand, I do like the way she's tugging on the straps. Very sexy.
Mammon's bikini has a thong back. I like how you can see the material bunching up a little bit :).
I like the design of her strappy sandals, like the silver cap on the heel and the heart shaped buckle. The gold straps match the other gold and black accents she's wearing, too. If you look close, you can see some excess material there on her toes, however.
Not surprisingly, Mammon's top can be removed, and casting off the top is a relatively simple matter. Just remove her head...
...and pop open the peg securing her top. Unfortunately, opening up the top might be much easier than you imagine. I found that the peg tends to pop open quite easily on its own, and properly securing it is a little bit of a challenge.
Below is a view of how the top is supposed to go together. There is definitely not much margin for error when it comes to getting the peg and the hole oriented with one another.
To get the top properly secured, I found that the strap of her bikini had to carefully held against her back so that the peg was at almost a right angle to the plane of her body. Then, the other strap with the bikini tie had to be pulled very tight against her body to seat the peg and secure the bikini top. At times it felt like I had to apply enough force to almost stretch the plastic, and I was saying to myself "please don't break". This piece just doesn't seem particularly well-designed, and it was much more difficult than I expected to get the top properly secured. Now, her huge chest pretty much keeps the bikini top where it needs to be even without the peg closed, but still Orchid Seed could have done better here...
With her hair out of the way, you get an unobstructed view of her beautiful backside!
Mammon in cast-off mode. Note the bikini bottom is not castoffable.
Cast off Mammon in profile.
Given the size of her breasts, not surprisingly her nipples and areolae are correspondingly large.
Mammon is established to be a very tall lady, standing 5'11"/180 cm in height. With the kneeling pose, this figure measures about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) at its tallest point, and if she were standing, I estimate she would be (heels not included) about 11.75 inches (30 cm) in height, meaning the listed 1/6 scale is just about spot on. However, because she is so tall, Mammon will look more like a 1/5 scale figure sitting on the shelf.
These two are both blonde, buxom, and lovely. Vertex's Pochaco ITEM #235623 is listed as 1/6 scale, but she might be closer to 1/5.5, and you can see how Mammon looks even larger.
These two obviously have many features in common. Union Creative's Tearju Lunatique ITEM #781911 is 1/6 scale, and you can see how Mammon compares.
Because of her height, even with the kneeling pose, Mammon will be nearly as tall as many 1/7 and 1/8 scale standing figures. Here she is with one of my favorite figures and fellow Sin, Orchid Seed's Leviathan ITEM #195472 who is 1/7 scale.
Mammon and Beelzebub are at the extreme ends of the Seven Sins oppai continuum. Amakuni's Beelzebub ITEM #349076 is a large 1/7 scale.
The photo below could be titled "single mother and little sister" :). FREEing's Mikan Yuuki ITEM #543899 is 1/4 scale, and you see how Mammon compares.
Here is Mammon with a Takuya Inoue original character ITEM #3565. Comparing these two and the figure's source illustration, Mammon's overall appearance is much closer to Niθ's illustrations of the character compared to Takuya Inoue's imagining of her. I'm a huge fan of Niθ, so I have no problem with that.
Here is Mammon with a Niθ character from a different franchise, Hyakka Ryouran's Naoe Kanetsugu ITEM #96896. You can see that Niθ loves these super-tiny bikini bottoms, and you also get a sense of Mammon's scale. Naoe is 1/8 scale for comparison.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10
Arguments for: Excellent body sculpt, her face is very pretty, the figure's large scale means that Mammon will look quite impressive sitting on the shelf, and the compact packaging means that she will not cost a fortune to ship if you have to use a shipping service that uses dimensional weight.
Arguments against: The design of the figure is admittedly quite simple, a few sculpting flaws that are mildly disappointing given the simple design, the peg on the bikini top is surprisingly difficult to properly secure, and I suppose the "breasts the size of her head" feature may not be to everyone's taste.
I regretted not preordering this figure when it was first released, so when orders opened up for the re-release, I was mashing the "add to cart" button pretty quickly. Despite some of the issues with the figure, I like her a lot, and if you are a fan of the Seven Deadly Sins franchise or if your collection could simply use a sexy mature busty blonde diabolic goddess, I'd recommend this figure, little flaws and all.
Availability (as of this writing)
Mammon seems to be sold out everywhere I looked, but I could see some supply reappearing intermittently as people bail out on preorders because of pandemic-related shipping delays. After Mammon's original release, there was considerable demand for the figure, and it was not uncommon to see secondhand markups of 50 or even 100 percent. I guess time will tell if the second run of the figure means aftermarket prices will relax, but Mammon's wished to owned ratio here on MFC is pretty high, so I could see secondhand prices remaining high for this figure.
THANKS FOR READING!
If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:
Hobby Japan/Alter 1/8 Naoe Kanetsugu (Hyakka Ryouran) BLOG #13555
Amakuni 1/7 Beelzebub (Seven Deadly Sins) BLOG #43266
Orchid Seed 1/7 Belphegor (Seven Deadly Sins) BLOG #40067
Orchid Seed 1/7 Leviathan (Seven Deadly Sins) BLOG #27688
Amakuni 1/7 Lucifer (Seven Deadly Sins) BLOG #17632
Amakuni 1/7 Asmodeus (Seven Deadly Sins) BLOG #25188
FREEing 1/4 Mikan Yuuki (To Love Ru) BLOG #39926
Union Creative 1/6 Tearju Lunatique (To Love Ru) BLOG #42798
Vertex 1/6 Super Pochaco "Condensed Milk Photo Shoot" BLOG #26216
Amakuni 1/7 Lilith Aensland (Darkstalkers) BLOG #41374
As I mentioned in the introduction, I did not pre-order Mammon when she was first released, only to see her pre-owned price go crazy, but fortunately she got a re-release. So the question is...