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Alter 1/8 Perrine ClostermannAlter 1/8 Perrine ClostermannReview

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victorvipervictorviper6 years ago
Today, we'll be reviewing the latest figure of one of my very favorite anime characters, Alter's Perrine Clostermann. As a Strike Witch, she is of course pants-challenged, so there may be a few shots below that are a little bit NSFW.

About the character: Perrine Clostermann is one of the main characters from the Strike Witches anime. Perrine comes from a wealthy family, and she fancies herself as a very dignified and proper young lady. She has something of a haughty personality, but underneath this facade, Perrine is a very caring and kind person. In fact, during the second season of the anime, it is revealed that Perrine donates most of her salary (and has donated most of her family fortune) towards the rebuilding effort in her homeland of Gallia.

Like most of the characters in Strike Witches, Perrine is based on a well-known WWII-era figure and she has the features of a signature animal. Her character is based on French flying ace Pierre Henri Clostermann, and her signature animal is the Chartreux.

Perrine was delayed for what seemed like an eternity, and Alter sets a high bar for quality, so was she worth the wait? Well, let's find out!

Packaging----------8/10

The front of the box features a large window.

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The back of the box also has a large window, although all you really see is the back of Perrine's head...

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The sides of the box are consistent in design with the other Alter witches; one side features a large shot of the figure, and the other shows off some of the features of the figure.

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Like the rest of the Alter figures in this line, the box is large, measuring 28 by 27 by 20 cm and figure and box weigh in at almost 700 grams, so shipping on this figure won't be cheap.

Alter includes a huge sheet of instructions if you need help getting Perrine set up.

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If you had any doubt, the little plastic piece on the support arm indicates which end attaches to the base. Like the other Alter witches, the arm is made of metal.

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If you don't like the spinny propellers, they can be switched out with a different set. I think I like the alternate propellers better, but at this point, I'm not willing to go back and swap them out on *all* of my other witches...

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Her hand and her right arm can be removed to get the rifle in place.

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Ahhh, I'm falling!! Of course, she is not meant to be displayed this way, but I thought this was kind of a funny shot.

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Set up and ready to go!

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Posing----------9/10

Alter opts to give Perrine a pose which depicts her in flight, not completely unlike the pose used for Erica Hartmann ITEM #78647 . It's a pretty dynamic pose, but there is a cost involved, as we'll see in a moment.

Let's take a look at her.

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A downside is that it's virtually impossible to hide that lengthy support arm.

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The patch that came with the US DVD release of season one comes in handy! Of course, I was already using it to hide Erica's support arm...

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My one issue with her pose is her striker is aligned at a very shallow angle; I estimate the angle between her striker and the horizontal is less than 30 degrees. It does effectively convey the impression that she is in fact flying, but I would have preferred a slightly more upright pose, thereby allowing a better view of Perrine.

Sculpting----------9/10
Painting----------9.5/10


As you'd expect from an Alter figure, Perrine's overall finish is excellent. Alter made one very odd design choice, but this is more than compensated for by her many interesting features.

Perrine's face is very faithful to the character, and I like her amber eyes and the subtle color shading on her cheeks looks really nice. I don't know if I like the open mouth, though. After all, Perrine tries (admittedly with varying degrees of success) to be a very refined young lady, so she'd probably be really embarrassed if someone got a photo of her like that.

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Her jabot and the little brass buttons on her jacket are all done very well, and I like how the bottom of her jacket seems to be getting blown around a little bit.

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Her hair color is pretty uniform, but since she is blonde, I don't consider this to be a flaw. I was going to say that she has a little bit of a case of helmet-head, but many of the designs in Strike Witches look that way anyway. However, that seam in her hair is really pronounced.

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The reason that seam is there is that her bangs can be removed if you need to swap out her glasses. Interestingly, Alter includes three extra pairs! In case you were wondering, her glasses do not have lenses in them.

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Her hair is getting blown around a little bit.

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Perrine's signature animal is a Chartreux cat, and she sports that breed's distinctive wide, pointy ears. Her ears have little notches in them.

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Perrine's striker is based on the VG-39, developed by Arsenal de L'Aeronautique. Only one VG-39 was ever built, as France was overrun by the Nazis shortly after the prototype was built. Since Gallia (France) has just been taken by the Neurois shortly before the beginning of the anime's first season, this keeps the timeframe about right. Also, the grey-on-grey camo paint job on the striker is faithful to the design of the VG-39.

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The Cross of Lorraine on her striker is another nice historical nod, as this emblem was used by the Free French resistance forces in WWII. Perrine's crest is nicely replicated as well.

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I like the little rivets in the "wing" of her striker.

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Here, we see Perrine's gun, a Bren light machine gun. The Bren is actually a British weapon, but many of these were supplied to French resistance fighters in World War II. Since the first season of Strike Witches was based in Britannia, it makes sense that Perrine would be using this weapon.

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A distinctive feature of the Bren is its top-mounted clip.

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One thing I really like about the Alter witches is the subtle weathering effects they give all of the girls' weapons. On Perrine's gun, you can see some wear in the bolt area. It really gives the impression that this weapon has seen some use! The grain of the wood on the butt of the gun is another nice subtle touch.

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The Bren, viewed from the other side.

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Perrine's hands are nicely sculpted, and her nails are painted.

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One of Perrine's key features is the tights that she wears. This gives her about the most modest design of all the witches.

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Maybe this is me being picky, but doesn't it seem like her hips are just a little too wide or maybe her lower stomach looks a little bit flat? Maybe it's just that horizontal seam on her tights playing tricks on my eyes, or I'm just trying too hard to find something to critique...

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Low-angle shot from behind. Oh wait, there's something missing...

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...there, that's better. I forgot to attach her tail! The attachment point for the tail is basically underneath her jacket, so it took a couple of minutes (and some cursing!) to get the tail attached. It **will** fall out if it's not securely attached, and I found the easiest way secure her tail was to attach the tail and then press down slightly on the bottom of her jacket.

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Yet another interesting feature of this figure is the fact that she has an alternate weapon. Perrine's rapier is a family heirloom, and in episode 9 of the second season, it is implied to be extremely valuable, since Perrine considers selling it in order to raise some funds to rebuild a bridge in Gallia.

An alternate arm is included to hold the rapier. On mine, the blade had come detached from the hilt. Fortunately, it wasn't broken; rather, it seems like someone at the factory simply forgot to glue it into the hilt. It's no big deal, but I didn't like seeing her rapier in two pieces when I looked through the front window of the box...

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The hilt of the sword is nicely detailed.

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Base----------9/10

The base is consistent in design with all the other Alter witches. It does its job, and having some character data on there is a nice touch. The base is necessarily large, measuring at just under 6 inches in diameter.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------10/10

Despite a couple of picky issues, Alter has produced yet another outstanding Strike Witch. If you're a fan of the show, there's absolutely no reason not to make this Perrine part of your own personal 501st Fighter Wing.

Let's wind down the review by looking at Perrine with some of the other witches.

Perrine with her favorite member of the 501st Wing. It's too bad Perrine doesn't have Mio's dual-wield feature. Maybe she finds the idea of wielding two weapons simultaneously to be un-ladylike...

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Perrine seems a little bit hostile towards Yoshika at times. The usual explanation is that she views Yoshika as a rival for Major Sakamoto's attention. Personally, I think she has a little bit of a crush on Yoshika that she just doesn't want to acknowledge...

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The creators of Strike Witches seem to actively encourage shipping of the characters, and these two make for kind of an interesting pairing. It's worth noting how much more detail there is on Perrine's striker compared to the Kotobukiya Lynette.

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No, Nana ITEM #42448 is not a second-generation Strike Witch, but I think with her futuristic jetpack, she doesn't look out of place displayed with the witches.

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Perrine and Retia ITEM #79114 have many physical similarities. In the world of Strike Witches, they would be allies, but in Retia's world, not so much.

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Availability (as of this writing)

Easy to find.

As I write this, the big three (AmiAmi, HLJ, and Hobby Search) all seem to have her in stock. MSRP is 8800 yen, but you should be able to get a new one for around 7200 yen, although be sure to factor in a nontrivial shipping cost. Most of the recent Alter witches (Hanna-Justina, Erica, and Sanya 2.0) have been showing up pretty regularly preowned as well at about a 30% discount, so if you want to roll the dice and try to get a discount that way, that's another option as well. Of course, some of the other witches (like Yoshika and Shirley) routinely sell for much more than their original retail, so that approach is a gamble.

THANKS FOR READING!

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Sega Prize FNC (Upotte!!) BLOG #13389

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Scores9/10

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Got a favorite Strike Witch?

6%Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen.
6%Erica Hartmann.
12%Francesca Lucchini.
6%Gertrud Barkhorn.
6%Hanna-Justina Marseille.
6%Lynette Bishop.
6%Minna Dietlinde-Wilcke.
6%Mio Sakamoto.
12%Perrine Clostermann.
12%Sanya Litvyak.
3%Shirley Yeager.
6%Yoshika Miyafuji.
6%Someone else.
9%How can I possibly choose just one?
34 votesVotes are public

Comments8

victorviper6 years ago#2197945I've often said that Strike Witches could have gotten a lot more popular appeal if they'd just toned down the fanservice by about 1%. Plus, the show prompted me to do much reading about WWII, allowing me to learn many things that really aren't commonly known about that period.
The smiling Lynette is starting to grow on me. She is the most gentle of all the witches, after all... :)

Yeah that's possible. In a way it kinda weeds out some idiots though. If you're watching it, you're either a creepy otaku type, or you're at least somewhat open-minded. It's easy to tell who's who when it comes to that. That's not to say all otaku are creepy, though.

As someone who's very interested in both World War periods, Strike Witches was always a series I wanted to try. I was a little afraid of what I had heard about it before I watched it, but since I have watched both seasons and the movie, it's pretty much my favorite series ever. All of the characters are so well fleshed-out; many, many series don't do as well developing their characters.

I ordered Lynne because of that face. I like her focused aiming pose too, but the other option captures her character really well. Plus it's just darn adorable. She's probably my third favorite witch, mostly because of her soft-spoken demeanor and her overall cuddliness :)
6 years ago
spasepeepole0266 years ago#2195020I've said that so many times. People write it off because of how it looks at first glance, but there's a lot of value to the series for those who aren't dumb enough to discount it as soon as they lay eyes on it.
I'm very excited for the new Lynette figure. I really like that smiling face she comes with. It's a spot-on representation of her character.


I've often said that Strike Witches could have gotten a lot more popular appeal if they'd just toned down the fanservice by about 1%. Plus, the show prompted me to do much reading about WWII, allowing me to learn many things that really aren't commonly known about that period.

The smiling Lynette is starting to grow on me. She is the most gentle of all the witches, after all... :)
6 years ago
This review is excellent! Perrine is on her way right now, and after reading what you've said about her, I'm even more excited for her arrival. I won't see her until September though, since I'll be in Europe until then, but when I get home, she and a few others will be waiting for me! :)

victorviper6 years ago#2146572Thanks for the comment!
It is a shame that many people can't really get past all of the fanservice and the otaku-baiting in Strike Witches, because like you said the historical details are well-researched and are quite interesting.
Lynette is another one of my favorite witches, but I'm a little conflicted about her upcoming Alter figure. The Koto Lynette ITEM #19914 is just fine, and for all the other witches, I've gotten either the Alter or the Koto release, but not both. I'll probably end up getting her anyway, but it's too bad that Alter pushed her all the way to the end of the queue...


I've said that so many times. People write it off because of how it looks at first glance, but there's a lot of value to the series for those who aren't dumb enough to discount it as soon as they lay eyes on it.

I'm very excited for the new Lynette figure. I really like that smiling face she comes with. It's a spot-on representation of her character.

It's a shame she doesn't get much attention too. She's not my top favorite, but I do like her more than a lot of the other characters. That's not to say I dislike anyone (Eila), but Lynne deserves a lot more love from fans.
6 years ago
iPe7eR6 years ago#2146279Very nice review! Still have to watch strike witches but she looks very nice!

Thanks for the comment!

secretly-otaku6 years ago#2146307No love for Lynette T___T? But she's the cutest... Ok, ok, in fact Yoshika is, but Lynette is 2nd in line.
I just love all the details Strike Witches have, from the references of historical characters, weapons and planes in real life to the kemonomimi :D. It is a shame I can't have figures of girls without pants in odd positions at home (due to little kids), because these figures represent much more than just a character.
Really looking forward for the day you'll review ITEM #78644, and faithful to Alter's tradition, it surely will take a while for her to be released. I insist, so little love for Lynette T___T.


It is a shame that many people can't really get past all of the fanservice and the otaku-baiting in Strike Witches, because like you said the historical details are well-researched and are quite interesting.

Lynette is another one of my favorite witches, but I'm a little conflicted about her upcoming Alter figure. The Koto Lynette ITEM #19914 is just fine, and for all the other witches, I've gotten either the Alter or the Koto release, but not both. I'll probably end up getting her anyway, but it's too bad that Alter pushed her all the way to the end of the queue...
6 years ago
No love for Lynette T___T? But she's the cutest... Ok, ok, in fact Yoshika is, but Lynette is 2nd in line.

I just love all the details Strike Witches have, from the references of historical characters, weapons and planes in real life to the kemonomimi :D. It is a shame I can't have figures of girls without pants in odd positions at home (due to little kids), because these figures represent much more than just a character.

Really looking forward for the day you'll review ITEM #78644, and faithful to Alter's tradition, it surely will take a while for her to be released. I insist, so little love for Lynette T___T.
6 years ago
Very nice review! Still have to watch strike witches but she looks very nice!
6 years ago
Maakie6 years ago#2145962Nice review again! Looks like she was worth the wait! I personally like her glasses the most. I have multiple figures that come with glasses and mostly they look blotchy or too metallic! :P
And seeing your picture of ITEM #42448 sparked me wanting her again. xD I never have been really actively looking for her, but I'm sure I want her in the future for my collection!
And the poll... *breathes heavily* I voted for the bottom option. :P


For her glasses, they are made of wire so they definitely look more realistic than a big chunky pair of plastic ones.

ITEM #42448 is a pretty interesting figure in her own right; her jetpack in particular is pretty neat. If you decide to get her someday, be prepared to spend at least an hour or so assembling that jetpack, as it comes in a million pieces!
6 years ago
Nice review again! Looks like she was worth the wait! I personally like her glasses the most. I have multiple figures that come with glasses and mostly they look blotchy or too metallic! :P

And seeing your picture of ITEM #42448 sparked me wanting her again. xD I never have been really actively looking for her, but I'm sure I want her in the future for my collection!

And the poll... *breathes heavily* I voted for the bottom option. :P
6 years ago
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