Today, we'll be reviewing a rather ambitious 18+ figure, Frog's Queen Pharnelis.
Since this is an 18+ figure, I guess it goes without saying that many of the shots in this review will be NSFW...
About the character/figure: Queen Pharnelis is an original character designed by the illustrator Oda Non ENTRY #18430, and this figure realizes one of Oda Non's illustrations into 3D.
At first, I thought Pharnelis might have been a character who appeared in Oda Non's well-known Non-Virgin manga ITEM #366296, specifically the "Slave Fantasy" story therein, but a quick review of the manga shows that is not the case.
Pharnelis was first released in June of 2019 at a price of 16574 yen, and the goblin could be purchased separately ITEM #790128 for 6463 yen. I don't really care for the goblin or some of the implications there, so I purchased Pharnelis solo.
Frog goes with a relatively simple package design - a windowless box with the name of the character and a short description of her backstory.
The two side panels are identical. Note the faux-leather pattern. If you're wondering, there is no texture on the box; the pattern is simply printed on there.
The back of the box is filled with text. If there was any doubt, this figure is not an appropriate toy for anyone under the age of 3! Got that?
My main beef with the packaging is that Frog eschews the traditional top-opening package in favor of this weird side-opening design. Once you open up the blister, you may find that it is tricky to get the blister repacked and the box closed without dog-earing the flaps that keep the box secured. On the plus side, if you hunt this figure preowned, I'm guessing that some of these figures will show up with a modest discount because of some wear and tear on the box.
The blister has three layers - the base is packed in one layer, and Pharnelis herself is packed in a second layer...
...and all the various small accessories have their own compartments. A lid snaps on to keep everything in place.
Pharnelis takes a fair amount of effort to get set up, and so Frog includes a detailed instruction sheet.
During set up, you'll need to attach the chains to Pharnelis' shackles. The chains are made of metal, and as you can see Frog includes little S-hooks to keep them in place. The S-hooks are relatively easy to attach, but I might have preferred lobster clasps, as that would make her bondage look a little more secure and realistic.
The box is fairly heavy, and it measures 32 by 22 by 18 cm.
The base is...disappointing. It's just a plain black disc, which would just be dull, but Pharnelis does not seem particularly secure when attached to the base. You can see that one of her heels has a plastic wedge underneath, presumably to add some stability, but the wedge just doesn't fit into the base all that well. We'll see a photo or two later that shows that just moving her around to take photos caused this wedge to nearly work itself free of the base.
Pharnelis' pose does a pretty good job duplicating the source illustration. The little goblin bastard is supposed to be pulling on the lead of her collar, explaining her hunched-over pose, but the effect is not so extreme that she looks terribly awkward if, like me, you have opted to go goblin-less with this figure.
Let's have a look at her.
Overall, I'd say Frog did a fine job posing her.
All things considered, I would say this figure is just about average in terms of the quality of the paint and sculpt. As we will see, there are a couple of very obvious things that could have been done better.
Let's not mince any words; my biggest complaint with this figure is the sculpt of Pharnelis' face. I can't quite pinpoint it, but something about the sculpt just seems a little bit off when it's compared to the source illustration. Maybe it's her nose - call me crazy, but doesn't it seem like her nose is too round and stubby?
I think she actually looks better when equipped with her optional mask. To install the mask, you definitely want to follow the directions - place the mask around her mouth and then ever so gently slide the mask up her face. It should be noted that the mask relies on tension to hold in place, so I hope that over time the mask does not deform and lose its ability to stay in place...
The green and gold color scheme of the mask is quite distinctive.
One of my other main complaints is her hair ornaments. From the source illustration, it looks like she is wearing a gold hairband with holes in it, but in figure form, it looks like she is wearing a hairband made out of...her own hair.
Frog did, however, do a good job with the sculpt of Pharnelis' hair. All the texture is a nice detail.
Her dress is made of a fairly light material, and I like the way the material winds around her arms.
Note the fleur-de-lis pattern on her armlet.
Pharnelis is a queen, and so her outfit features all sorts of little gold accents. I'm conflicted on the paintwork here, as it seems like the finish on these parts should be shiny but it looks rather flat in person.
Also, you can see mold lines on some of the beadwork and some of the small beads seem to melt together.
Given the fantasy setting of this figure, presumably Pharnelis hails from a pre-industrial civilization, and so her shackles would be fashioned from iron as opposed to steel or some other more advanced alloy. The chips and the rough finish makes it appear as if the shackles were forged by hand.
Note that some paint transferred from the shackles onto the back of her dress.
Note the lettering on her pendant. The lettering is not quite legible in spots, and I *think* the language is meant to be a fictional one, but if you realllllly look close, you can make out a couple of English words on there. If you have better eyes than me or a super duper macro lens capable of blowing this up (the pendant is only about 1/6 inch/0.4 cm in diameter), feel free to mention in the comments any more text you can make out here...
Pharnelis' breasts fall into that large-but-not-gigantic size range.
She wears a cincher around her waist, and note the elaborate pattern on there. Presumably, it is made of metal, so I'm guessing that would be pretty uncomfortable! Note that the top pieces of her dress have little tabs that are meant to fit under the waist cincher, but it seems like they want to pop out easily.
The metal bands on the stocking tops make for an interesting look.
The positioning of Pharnelis' legs is interesting. The chain on her shackles is not so short to hobble her too much, but it definitely looks like it's restricting her movement, and this combined with the fact that her hands are cuffed behind her means that she might be shifting her weight forward like this.
Remember when I was complaining about the base? Well, in the photo below, you can see that while I was taking these photos, that plastic wedge on the base nearly worked itself completely loose.
What I was trying to capture in the photo below was a mold line on the back of Pharnelis' leg.
The design of her shoes is fairly elaborate.
Not surprisingly, Pharnelis has a number of castoff options. As you can see, depending on what configuration you choose, quite a bit of disassembly may be needed. It should be noted that the way she's got her legs positioned, the "loincloth" part of her dress can be very tricky to get removed or reinstalled; a combination of force and finesse was required.
Her necklace is held in place with a tab. You could display her without it, and her hair will cover up that slot on the back of her neck.
Let's have a look at Pharnelis in her castoff state.
Oda Non fans are probably aware that they like nipple rings. It's not clear to me if these rings would be made of a light and flexible metal that could be pinched around her nipples, or if these would be piercings.
She is fairly detailed down there. Her lady lips appear to be very soft.
Some additional flair can be added in the form of these nipple accents. Again, it's not quite clear if these would be piercings or clamps. Presumably, the green spheres would also have some weight to them as well.
Each nipple+ring is a single piece, and they lift out of her breasts. Those pieces are of course incredibly tiny, so be careful not to drop/lose them!
Pharnelis with the optional nipple parts swapped in.
With her slightly slouchy pose and taking into account the thickness of the base, Pharnelis spans about 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) at her tallest point. If she was standing upright, it looks like she would be about 11 inches (28 cm) tall. My eyes tell me she's at the large end of 1/6 scale.
Here is Pharnelis with one of my favorite figures, Q-Six's Rie Kawai ITEM #319503. Rie is 1/5 scale, and you can see how Pharnelis compares.
Here is Pharnelis with possibly the rarest figure in my collection, Real Art Project's "Disgraced Queen Mioko" ITEM #117365. In Mioko's case, "queen" refers to the fact that she was a former dominatrix turned submissive, while Pharnelis is ostensibly a royal, but these two figures make an interesting pair. Pharnelis seems to hail from a more medieval setting, while the elaborate bondage apparatus/sex machine gives ITEM #117365 a futuristic and industrial feel. Mioko is 1/6 scale.
I don't particularly care for the version of this figure with the little goblin bastard tugging at Pharnelis' collar, but something like this arrangement is much better. Orchid Seed's Mammon ITEM #453909 is a large 1/6 scale.
These two also make an interesting bondage pair. Native's Nana Chigusa ITEM #42096 is a small 1/6 scale for comparison.
I've always thought that this figure of Meiko Shiraki ITEM #396573 gives off quite a domme vibe. Meiko is also 1/6 scale.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------8/10
Arguments for: Fairly elaborate design, the figure duplicates the pose of the source illustration pretty well, lots of possible display options (mask or not, cast off or not, and the two sets of nipple parts).
Arguments against: The base is poorly designed, the weird (and prone to damage) side-opening box, the optional goblin bastard is not my cup of tea, and something about her face seems a little bit off.
Making a recommendation on this one is kind of tough. It's an ambitious figure that has a number of small issues that you don't really want to see on an item with a premium price point. However, if you are an Oda Non fan, or if you like the "queen in bondage" motif, this one might be worth adding to your 18+ figure shelf.
Availability (as of this writing)
Sporadically available pre-owned.
I see this figure every now and then when making the pre-owned rounds, although it seems like most Oda Non figures don't linger for sale for too long. The last time Mandarake sold one of these figures pre-owned, it looks like the price was 16000 yen.
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