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Stocking Anarchy 1st April (Alter)Stocking Anarchy 1st April (Alter)Review

SazakoSazako7 vuotta sitten
Stocking Anarchy
1st of April Figure Review special!

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Hello and welcome to my special April 1st review of Alter’s 1/8 scale Stocking Anarchy. This keeps within the rich tradition of releasing a figure review on 1st of April BLOG #2461, (yeah right posted 3 days late due to non-working internets). To be honest Stocking is receiving the special privilege this year because I haven’t acquired anything else troll-worthy enough to review. Hence this review will focus on the reasons why Poor Stocking found herself in the bargain bin of several prominent online retailers in the most humorous way possible.

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Disclosure: This review has been written for a laugh in a satirical kind of way so it pokes fun at anything and everything if you feel strongly about crude humour, the character, the figure or figure collecting in general you may be offended if you read on however I hope that you aren’t.

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Initially Stocking had everything going for her to be a great figure, being a main character in an anime original from Studio Gainax: Panty and Stocking with Garter belt (PSG), it even had a catchy intro and credits song! According to the infinite wisdom of the internet she had a better character design then her sister Panty, (the Alter version of which is now a sort after item with a re-release on the way). She is sculpted by Yagyuu Toshiyuki and went on sale in October 2012 for 8800 yen. Production of Stocking was done by Alter, the leading company for production of 1/8 scale female figures, which means she effectively had “I am expensive you must buy me” written all over her in invisible ink to subconsciously infiltrate the minds of all fanboys and girls (of the figure collecting), like myself. The hype for her was so great that she appeared on MFC’s items on fire list on the front page (however never making it past the bottom row).

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Anyway I you can still take me seriously which I am most definitely taking myself as Stocking will be reviewed according to this BLOG #2410 and the scores are totally legit.

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Stocking is a Fallen angel who fights ghosts in a Magical Girl duo using the power to transform her Stockings, Stripe 1 and 2, into Swords.

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Photo section

Here is where Stocking s rotated 360 degrees, which would be most pleasant for your eyes!

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As you can see Stocking comes with no accessories.


Pose: 10/10

Stocking is set in her angelic costume, which she is rarely seen in on the show. She is posed on the movements in her transformation scene in PSG, which is the only time in she is displayed wearing her costume and being drawn in a style which resembles conventional anime the most from that show. Since the scene could only described “Stripperiffic” Stocking has been sculpted with a fitting pose.

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She is posed with her feet spread wide. Her head is turned to the in contrast with her body flinging her volumes hair outwards. Stocking’s butt and chest is pushed out which maximises her sex appeal and makes us happy, not that you can really see her butt behind all of her hair. Angelic green eyes are also focused in the direction which she is turning her head tempting you to come nearer. Her left hand is posed sexily on hip with elbow outstretched while right is held by her bust if she is deciding whether or not you are worthy enough to reach out and touch.

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All this makes the pose give off that she is a girl of extreme confidence yet one which is acting sweet at the same time or at least the trying to appear sweet. I believe that her pose is great success as it really brings to life her transformation scene.

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Now I try to link this figure’s pose to a thinly veiled criticism of the treatment given to Stocking’s characterisation in PSG under the disguise of furthering the main point of this article. Stocking is characterised as a snarky, sugar and torture/bondage loving Goth, who is slightly less crazy and more hard working than her sister. Now all this is fine but unfortunately besides from one episode and that time Gainax trolled Christmas 2011 Stocking’s character doesn’t really develop in contrast to Panty’s. More screen time in my opinion is given to developing the character of the African American priest *gasp*. I present the argument that due to this blatant use of character design over characterisation people may have consciously or unconsciously made the decision not to buy her.


Sculpt: 7/10

Being a figure produced by Alter they have not skimped on the precise detail from her concept/design. These include the ruffles of her corset, golden sandals and 2 layers of ruffles under her skirt. Her other impressive feature is her hair. To go along with the pose and unlike every other stocking figure her hair is sprayed out behind and to the sides of her as she turns her neck. This makes Stocking pretty unique among figures having dynamically sculpted long straight cut hair and bangs.

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Stocking’s face does compliment her pose and character. She It is there just looking cheekily at you from behind that pose. There has been careful consideration given to the design of her eye decals considering PSG’s unique art style.

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Stocking stands 200mm high which is about what I thought she would. Most of her proportions are great in displaying her angelic nature and curvy figure. Her bust may have been enlarged from her original design and this may turn off some but I find it Very Nice! Stocking’s absolute territory is also slightly chunkier than that of your typical anime girl but I don’t mind this either and think it fits her character.

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Unfortunately what I do mind and think breaks the figure is that Stocking has been sculpted with quite a large bulge in her panties. not that I would be ever indecent to look there. This deviation by Team Alter from what is traditional brings to mind a quote from a famous British Australian based video game critic: “Never stick your dick in a pudding. It might still be good pudding, and you can spend all day explaining that, but no one's going to eat it because YOU STUCK YOUR DICK IN IT!” (Yatzhee/Zero Punctuation).

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Now think what Stocking likes eating the most!


It’s unfortunate for those who did pre-order that
A decision was made like this as I believe that they would have been
Trap!ed into laying down their money without proper knowledge of all features of the figure.

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While avoiding the typical hair seam lines on other figures there are slight seam lines in the main body of her hair. The top of her corset just out a bit too much as well. Other than that it is quite hard to find a seam line on the figure.
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Painting: 8/10

Overall Stocking’s paint job is very nice in my opinion. Her angelic costume has its colours brought out by a mixture of matt and glossy paint. The glossy parts being the gold and the blue love hearts while matt is the mild blue and white. The blue paint around her chest is a bit faded oh well perhaps it is because the fabric stretched here. Likewise the bulk bluish purple and pink of her hair are painted well. It is also well applied in the minute details of her nails and corset ruffles.

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Unfortunately her panties are painted green and not with blue and white stripes as shown in the anime, I guess another negative for down there. Also there is some paint transfer on the boundary of her hair colours. The other thing which according to others the highlights in her bangs weren’t painted properly and precisely, as you know the face, and by extension the hair nears the face of a figure, is enough to make or break a figure. For mine it is barely tolerable I mean Unacceptable! for the sake of being angry hence more creditable!

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Box: 9/10

Stocking box has a box which matches that of her sisters Panty’s box. It is Alter’s typical design, which has a large front window which wraps round on either side, with a little window on top to let the light in. On each of its other sides there are slightly varying shots of Stocking. The box is finished with white and blue stripes and yellow, purple and red circles for some reason. I would have thought that it would have been better to decorate the box using the dance club like colours from her transformation scene, so basically replacing the white with a deep blue.

H: 260mm
D: 180mm
W: 210mm
Weight: 670 g

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Eating cake and sweets all day she is Stocking is a little heavier than your average 1/8 scale figure. In all seriousness this is due to the vast quantity of hair which she has which is well protected by the plastic blisters. The large window allows you to inspect Stocking. However Alter has compensated you with relatively efficient packaging dimensions.

Base: 7/10

Her base is nothing special it's just circular and white. With angle wings symbol on it representing Stocking’s angle origin. Her feet stay nice and firm so she won’t topple over due to her excess of hair.

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Enjoyment: 9/10

Overall I am quite unhappy with the amount of money which I paid for stocking from AmiAmi, this is because if I had bided my time risking the figure could go sold-out I could have payed 50% for her at Hobby Search. Hindsight and also the discovery of AmiAmi pre-owned store, where she pops up at below their current sale price of 28% off, is a wonderful thing. She has been on sale for quite a long time looking for potential masters perhaps for all the reasons listed above, this is probably contributed to why Good Smile Company never went forward with their 1/8 scale release of Panty and Stocking.

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In all serious I did enjoy adding her to my collection and would have been happy with the price which I payed for her in a vacuum/if she had gone sold out at time of her release. Her pose, sculpt and paint job work very well together. Plus I enjoy owning at least one figure with overly large boobs which are propped up by corset to make them look even larger. She gets 9/10.

Overall

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Stocking receives 8.3 overall and 8.5 for the average of the important categories of Pose, Sculpt, Paint Job and Enjoyment. Let us review the reasons why she didn’t sell as well as expected: Flat character development in the anime, Unsightly bulge on no stripes pantsu, the fiasco some experienced with her bangs, set in a costume which has very limited screen time in anime, chest is too large for some. The good things: Toshiyuki have set her in a great pose to reflect her character and have carried the unique style of the anime over to her face while not making it appear outlandish. I suppose the reasons above are why Stocking found her self-discounted. Anyway if you like what you see I would say go get her before her stock eventually runs out.
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Pisteet8/10

Posing
Sculpting
Painting
Enjoyment
Packaging
Base

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Iasu6 vuotta sitten#2183927XD, Thanks for the review, I really enjoyed it, it was really funny
Man... When I've looked to that Stocking, I really fall in love with her (Even that she's my third favorite character from PSG, but okay), I think Alter did a really great job to fans, just like, when people look at this figure, I personally think they get really amazed with it, cuz she's really beautiful, I hope have her sooner as possible


Glad you liked the Review Iasu and also more glad that you found it funny as that what I intended it to be, which I tried to do once a year. Yeah I agree with you she is really pretty because of the nature of the review i think i may have given her a bit of a hard time. Good Luck on your quest to Find her.
6 vuotta sitten
XD, Thanks for the review, I really enjoyed it, it was really funny
Man... When I've looked to that Stocking, I really fall in love with her (Even that she's my third favorite character from PSG, but okay), I think Alter did a really great job to fans, just like, when people look at this figure, I personally think they get really amazed with it, cuz she's really beautiful, I hope have her sooner as possible
6 vuotta sitten
Haha so it's not just me who noticed her bulge, lol. That wasn't as shocking though, but why no shimapan ? Anyway i'm pretty happy about the purchase. Nice and very insightfull review ! Looking forward to more.
7 vuotta sitten
Raithos Stagnant
Sazako7 vuotta sitten#1443174Hi Raithos
I would have to refute that as mine has few minor ones, but I can turn a blind eye.
Alter painting and QC did a really bad job with yours.
Air Bubbles and paint transfer near the face is never good, much more noticeable than anywhere else.
Yeah I was talking about the private area as most other figures don't have that.
At Everyone else, thanks for not hurling abuse at me and this late review.
Anyway yeah I am with chunky Stocking all the way too. As her different body proportions make her standout from other typical figures while being no where too chunky to be detractive!


Don't get me wrong she's a great figure, I just exoected the finishing touches to be more sharp
7 vuotta sitten
Raithos7 vuotta sitten#1442471You're lucky your stocking had no paint issues mine looked like this:
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wtf is that shit, lol.
I think she's talking about the bulge in stockings panties.


Hi Raithos
I would have to refute that as mine has few minor ones, but I can turn a blind eye.

Alter painting and QC did a really bad job with yours.
Air Bubbles and paint transfer near the face is never good, much more noticeable than anywhere else.

Yeah I was talking about the private area as most other figures don't have that.

At Everyone else, thanks for not hurling abuse at me and this late review.

Anyway yeah I am with chunky Stocking all the way too. As her different body proportions make her standout from other typical figures while being no where too chunky to be detractive!
7 vuotta sitten
ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
Raithos7 vuotta sitten#1442471You're lucky your stocking had no paint issues mine looked like this:
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wtf is that shit, lol.
I think she's talking about the bulge in stockings panties.

I have a devoted fan's luck :3
Still, I do not see anything abnormal about her private area, really..
7 vuotta sitten
Raithos Stagnant
ponnie7 vuotta sitten#1442341I feel really lucky to have no paint issues with my Stocking. Her hair is very accurate.
But I feel betrayed by getting plain green panties instead of somewhat expected shimapan.
Don't really understand what underskirt bulge you're talking about. I do not see any on mine.


You're lucky your stocking had no paint issues mine looked like this:

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wtf is that shit, lol.

I think she's talking about the bulge in stockings panties.
7 vuotta sitten
ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
I feel really lucky to have no paint issues with my Stocking. Her hair is very accurate.
But I feel betrayed by getting plain green panties instead of somewhat expected shimapan.

Don't really understand what underskirt bulge you're talking about. I do not see any on mine.
7 vuotta sitten
Chunky Stocking is best Stocking. I've been wanting to order her for a while now but with that fringe I'm going to have to wait on a sale with clear pictures.
7 vuotta sitten
Nice review. My only qualm with this figure is the poor paint job.
7 vuotta sitten
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