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Shining Hearts - Melty de Granite (Alter)Shining Hearts - Melty de Granite (Alter)

MaakieMaakie4 years agoReview
! There is a wall of text in the beginning! If you want to see the figure + pictures and not the background information, you can scroll down a bit. ;) !

! There will be a few pantyshots in this review !

Keep in mind the following before reading this review: As some of you maybe remember from my earlier blog post, the pictures turned out quite blurry and I can't make any new ones because the figure will be in storage for a long time which means that it was either use these bad pictures or don't do this review at all! Thanks to a tip at that blog I decided to downsize the pictures so that they look more acceptable. I hope this works also for the readers! In the future I won't do any reviews like this anymore, because I can already let you guys know that upcoming reviews that I have planned have pictures that haven't failed! ;)

Now onto my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of Melty de Granite ENCYCLOPEDIA #26628 with her familiar spirit Sorbet ENCYCLOPEDIA #28952 from Shining Hearts ENCYCLOPEDIA #1198 ! This figure ITEM #113211 is made by Alter ENCYCLOPEDIA #7619 .

I will start off with telling some more about her background.

Background

Melty de Granite is an character in the PSP game Shining Hearts which was released only in Japan in 2010. Because of it never being released or translated in English, I have unfortunately not played the game myself, but I have read a lot about it and seen quite some videos. The game is known of having artwork by the popular artist Tony Taka ENCYCLOPEDIA #8344 . The game itself is an RPG about the swordsman Rick who finds a mysterious girl called Kaguya ENCYCLOPEDIA #7183 and has to help her find her emotions and memory back.

You can call Melty herself a "tsundere" type character. She is an ice witch and most of her spells in the game involce ice cream. Sorbet is her familiar spirit and he can absorb damage for her. Melty lives in a huge mansion and likes to stay indoors: she doesn't like sunlight...and people.

The reason why and how I got her

From the first time I saw artwork of Melty, I already really liked her for her looks. When later her first figure was announced ITEM #69041 I was really close to ordering it, but something was just a bit off to me to buy her for full price (probably her mouth/expression). I wasn't actively hunting this figure, but I saw her sometimes and never for the price I really wanted to pay. After not very long ITEM #113211 was announced and after I saw the amazing base and the fact that she would be made by Alter, I was sure to pre-order her!

Original art

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Above is the artwork this figure was directly based on. Most of these things we see quite accurately back, but the biggest difference is the positioning of Sorbet (it's understandable though, to be sure that the figure is one whole) and the usage of colors is a bit harsher than on the figure than the artwork. Also the positioning of her right hand is different, but more on that later on.

The Box

View spoilerHide spoilerBefore I start showing the box, I would like to share how Big in Japan send her to me:

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In a box where she just fit! I'm glad the box didn't get damaged!


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The box has one medium-sized window on the front, one small window on one side, on the other side the original artwork and the back shows multiple pictures of the figure. I think the box looks classy, but it's not special. It's quite a big box, but because this figure is also quite big (especially because of the base), this can be forgiven.

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Something interesting to point out is this small "licensed by SEGA" sticker, which you can see as a proof of authenticity. There seem to be bootlegs out of this figure (although I haven't seen one myself yet) and I think this is something bootleggers will easily forget to put on the box.

First Look

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All the pieces of Melty have their own seperate part in the blisters and are protected very well. It looks like much, but it's defenitely not overkill considering how heavy some of these parts are! (Especially her ice cream base and her hat were heavier than I expected!)

The Figure

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Melty comes with a small instruction sheet to tell you were every part is supposed to go. Something that is especially important to pay attention to is how you have to insert the spoon with Sorbet into the ice cream!

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We have this platter, which is actually the base for the base. I already loved this detail when I saw the prototypes! It looks exactly like the platters you get in restaurants when you order ice cream! A nice detail is this small print of Sorbet on it and the characters' name and series.

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And now with the ice cream cone on the platter! Maybe Alter could have come up with something to make the two bases seem a bit more connected to eachother, but nevertheless I think this base is impressive!

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The ice cream itself has some very realistic details! It almost looks edible!

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Around the place where Melty is going to sit, there is this detailing that makes it look like the ice cream melted a bit, because of warmth! An amazing detail I didn't expect at all!

Now let's put Melty herself on the ice cream!

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She can be easily and pretty firmly be pressed into the ice cream. At first I thought I posed her wrong because of her "floating hand", but this is how she's supposed to be according to the prototype pictures. A small downside though, especially because of Tony's artwork showing her hand pressed against the ice cream.

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Adding the other parts was pretty easy, especially with the manual right next to me!

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And here we have her! Fully put together! When I saw her for the first time like this I was actually still most impressed with the base. Actually, I thought the base was looking so good and realistic that Melty herself was looking quite...simple?

Looking at all the details!

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Melty wears a very big hat. I like the wrinkle details, especially in the pink ribbon.

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A small silver heart has been tied to the point of her hat. The heart itself is very simple in sculpt, but I like the tying details!

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The ruffles underneath her hat are bit thick, I'm not sure if I like them or not. The painting on the hat in general is done very well, but no shading was used.

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Without her hat, we can get a better look at her face! The first thing that stands out a lot is how shiny her eyes are! This looks really nice, but can be a bit weird when she's photographed or viewed from certain angles (such as the previous picture).

The sculpting on Melty's tongue is very simple, but looks good. Her eyebrows are nicely put on decals. The bangs hanging in her face are a bit rough at the sides, but in the middle they look okay. Her hair has been painted with this slight shiny paint, I think it looks very good!

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Melty's ears show some nice detail and you can see a bit of her earring coming from under her hair. The earrings are the same type of heart that is also hanging from her hat. The sculpting of the hair around her ear is a bit rough and we can see a pretty big seamline that is in the middle of her hair...

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This seamline you can especially see from the top and could be another reason to keep her hat on. (Personally I just like her more with her hat, so I will be displaying her with it anyways.)

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Melty has a lot of curly hair and I think the sculpting of it looks amazing! There are a few rough edges here and there, but they are very small.

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Especially from the sides you can see how thick her hair is! It must be super heavy to have an hairdo like this! View spoilerHide spoilerThis is way I keep my own hair short most of the times! :P

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The ribbon and cape around her neck are simple, but good looking! Moving onto her chest, I really like how the shape of her breasts looks in the dress she is wearing. The top of the dress also shows some ruffles as details, but with my copy they weren't painted very evenly.

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Her dress shows a lot of wrinkle details, which is very nice! The middle of her dress is open to show her belly button. Above her belly button you see a few crossed ropes that end in the ribbon at the top. I think the ropes look a bit too thick, but still good enough.

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The bottom of her dress shows quite some ruffles, I like how the parts look like they are getting moved. About the sculpting on the ruffles themselves, I have the same here as I had with her hat. I'm not sure what to think about it. For some reason I have the idea these could have looked a lot better, but I can't put my finger on it why or how. I think in general my expectations were also higher for this.

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The white straps on her gloves have been sculpted slightly, but most of the detail is in the painting. Unfortunately, but this could also be specific to my copy, the paint is not that great. Were lines cross there are these parts with thicker paint. Also in general the lines look a bit thin (looks like it could have needed a second layer of paint, because the black underneath is shining through it) and at some parts the lines are also crooked. I think this is pretty disappointing considering it's such a recent and pricey figure from Alter.

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On Melty's upper legs we can see a bit of the garters she is wearing. There are quite a lot of small details and they are nicely painted. Interesting here is that the straps have been painted and sculpted a lot better than on her arms!

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At the bottom of her legs the straps connect to her shoes. The shoes themselves are quite simple in design and they are looking good.

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Underneath her dress the garters have also been fully sculpted and painted. They completely move up until her panties, which are a simple white type.

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On the panties you can see a bit the shape of her behind, it doesn't show any of her "details" at the front. This is not something I expected/wanted, but it's a detail you see a lot on figures wearing tight-fitting underwear.

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And now to look at some more smaller parts she has, such as the ice cream cone she is holding! Here there is also a bit of messy paint going on and a few small leftover/scratches. It's a small detail, but I would have hoped it to look better. The posing of Melty's hand though, I quite like! It looks very refined!

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The ice cream on the cone also shows some structure, although not as detailed as her base, but that was to be expected of a part so small.

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The spoon in the ice cream is one color of silver. The design is pretty simple, but it looks nice. If the spoon itself was painted in a bit more realistic silver, this would have been perfect!

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At the end of the spoon, we have her familiar spirit Sorbet! The paint on him is very clean (except for a bit white of his tooth) and I like how they made the small glimmer in his eye. He is just so cute!

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On one of the ice cream sticks he is holding there is some Japanese text. Although I'm not sure where this translates too, my guess is that it's one if the "winner" messages, which means you can get another free ice cream if you hand in this stick at the store. This would also explain Sorbet looking so happy and proudly holding the stick up! If someone does translate it to something else, let me know in the comments! Confirmed by RIRINGO , thanks!

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How Sorbet is attached to the spoon looks a bit weird from the back. It looks like he is supposed to be further pushed in the peg, but this is the furthest I could push him. Luckily, from the front you can't see anything from his attachment to the spoon and he looks like he is flying!

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It looks like he's even rushing to Melty! "Look, look! Look, I won!"

Summary or tl;dr

Positive
- The base! Just everything about the base is amazing!
- Love the shiny effect/paint they put on her eyes!
- Her hair!
- Sorbet is so cute!

Neutral
- Classy box design, but not really special.
- Melty herself looks a bit simple compared to the overly detailed and realistic base.

Negative
- "Floating" right hand in the posing.
- My copy of this figure has quite a lot of small flaws in the painting.
- I had a lot higher expectations of such a recent and expensive figure from Alter.

The Scores

Sculpting 8/10
The sculpting is very nice, i'm especially impressed with the base, but I think they could have done a bit more detailing on Melty. It's overall very good looking nonetheless.

Painting 7/10
I'm sorry, but it's a 7. For a figure with such a huge price tag from an manufacturer with such a good name, I would expect a lot less flaws in the paint. The flaws that are there though, are mainly small errors in the painting.

Posing 8/10
The posing is quite accurate to the original artwork and in general a very original pose with a nice expression on her face. If it wasn't for her "floating hand" this would have been a 9.

Base 10/10
I can't give the base anything else but a 10. The sculpting and painting on the ice cream is incredibly realistic. The platter underneath the ice cream completely fits the style of the base and figure. I love it. This is probably my most favorite base on a figure I own!

Packaging 7/10
Not really special, but protects the figure well. I would have liked to see something more original or more windows.

Enjoyment 7/10
Unfortunately my enjoyment with this figure is not as high as I hoped. When I just opened her I was in awe of the base, but after that found Melty herself to be a bit disappointing. Because of that I had been thinking of selling her, but after displaying her for a while I got quite fond of her. I think I overpayed though, by paying her retail price and high shipping.

Conclusion

The theme of this figure is quite unique and she has the most amazing base. If you can find her for a good price and it's the type of character/figure you like, I would recommend to get her, even if it's only for her looks and uniqueness! Do keep in mind that although she is an Alter figure, she is paint-wise maybe not completely up to the expectations most people have with this manufacturer.

Availability

After her release Melty dropped quite a bit in price. You can still find herin stock at multiple stores for quite a big discount. For example at AmiAmi she is in stock for 6K yen www.amiami.com/... Do keep in mind that because of her size she needs to be shipped EMS! So you will get very high shipping costs on top of that! On second hand on sites like Mandarake she seems to go for around the 6K yen too, for both the regular and the Christmas version ITEM #176819 .

And to finish it!

Currently I have my figures in storage, but here is how I used to display her in my collection!

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I had a shelf with a lot of characters in pastel and light colors, so I thought she was very fitting there! I think when I will display her next I will display her together with Mordina ITEM #61484 and Stella ITEM #144408 and not sure which others yet!

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about Nida Schuetlich ITEM #157 from the Shuraki ENCYCLOPEDIA #295 series!

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Scores7/10

Sculpting
Painting
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Base
Packaging
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secretly-otaku (4 years ago) #2380037Thinking about it, if Koto's Melty didn't had her lower teeth exposed, she would look A LOT better and not like she's related to Domo-kun XP.

Lol!

My guess is that they wanted to stay true to the artwork. For some reason the teeth look less creepy in 2D than 3D! :P
4 years ago
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Maakie (4 years ago) #2374421The base is amazing! And I was also surprised at her quality! Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty good figure, but not the god-tier as people always make it seem like Alter figures are...
And hrmmm that's a hard question...for me Melty's smile on the Kotobukiya figure is a bit off-putting PICTURE #1090318 and I'm not wow-ed by the details I see on pictures, but she is defenitely not bad. If you think about it you buy secondhand Koto Melty + shipping (she's about 3-4K yen and SAL shippable so) you probably end up paying half of what this Melty (second hand or bargain bin) + shipping would have costed you. So if it's just for the sake of owning a figure from Melty, the Kotobukiya one is maybe not even that bad of a choice! ;) But personally I just can't accept the face, which is sad because I love the rest of the posing and I think it's cute how she pulls her hat and Sorbet pops out!
Thinking about it, if Koto's Melty didn't had her lower teeth exposed, she would look A LOT better and not like she's related to Domo-kun XP.
4 years ago
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secretly-otaku (4 years ago) #2372167Whoa! That base looks too realistic 0o0! But too bad Melty herself wasn't as great as the base. It is strange to read about Alter doing an average job with their figures. Do you think Koto's Melty would have been a better option?

The base is amazing! And I was also surprised at her quality! Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty good figure, but not the god-tier as people always make it seem like Alter figures are...

And hrmmm that's a hard question...for me Melty's smile on the Kotobukiya figure is a bit off-putting PICTURE #1090318 and I'm not wow-ed by the details I see on pictures, but she is defenitely not bad. If you think about it you buy secondhand Koto Melty + shipping (she's about 3-4K yen and SAL shippable so) you probably end up paying half of what this Melty (second hand or bargain bin) + shipping would have costed you. So if it's just for the sake of owning a figure from Melty, the Kotobukiya one is maybe not even that bad of a choice! ;) But personally I just can't accept the face, which is sad because I love the rest of the posing and I think it's cute how she pulls her hat and Sorbet pops out!
4 years ago
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Whoa! That base looks too realistic 0o0! But too bad Melty herself wasn't as great as the base. It is strange to read about Alter doing an average job with their figures. Do you think Koto's Melty would have been a better option?
4 years ago
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candichanchan (4 years ago) #2371240I wish i could take pictures as well as you !!

I think something went wrong with quoting? Anyway, thank you! ^^ I'm not good at all, but practice is key! I still use the same camera as when I started with reviewing and I think I can see slight improvement with every review. xD
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victorviper (4 years ago) #2370081I was browsing AmiAmi the other day and I was surprised to see her in the sale section. Maybe that ice cream cone base is a little too over the top for some people...

I guess it's the combination of high shipping and the huge delays that this figure got when she was going to be released. Quite a lot of people cancelled their order because of long waiting time and people that saw the figure for the first time, weren't that interested because of the high shipping (or cancelled the order when they saw the shipping amount :P).

mezitcheeseit (4 years ago) #2370318Downsizing the pictures was definitely a smart suggestion; it really helped fix some of the blurriness. Also I'm a little surprised this figure is still available and in the bargain bin no less.
Anyway, you did a great job with the review! Thanks for sharing.


Yeah, this is going to be a one-time thing! My next review will have big pictures again! ;) It just felt like a bit of a waste to not write this review after I spend so much time on it.

Thank you for liking it! :D

GodYagami (4 years ago) #2370634I'm the only one who's still upset regarding this figure?
http://i.imgur.com/CLskwqj.png
Never forget.


I...I don't remember this? Were Melty's delays causing Levi delays too or something???

The only thing I remember was the bad move from Alter to announce the Christmas version later, but to push the release of the Christmas version then sooner than the regular version, because they wanted to be sure the Christmas version was released before the other. This angered quite some people that bought the original one a lot earlier.
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I'm the only one who's still upset regarding this figure?

http://i.imgur.com/CLskwqj.png
Never forget.
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Downsizing the pictures was definitely a smart suggestion; it really helped fix some of the blurriness. Also I'm a little surprised this figure is still available and in the bargain bin no less.
Anyway, you did a great job with the review! Thanks for sharing.
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I was browsing AmiAmi the other day and I was surprised to see her in the sale section. Maybe that ice cream cone base is a little too over the top for some people...
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RJSerenity (4 years ago) #2369975Thanks for sharing your post!
I picked her up a few months ago and she now sits proudly amongst my collection. She surely is a beautiful figure and the details are excellent, including the texture of the ice-cream, as you noted! It certainly looks like you can take a bite out of it!
I love my Shining series figures and at the end of each month my loot haul arrives and the collection seems to grow just that little bit bigger every time!


No problem, glad you liked it! I'm also completely in love with the way the ice cream was made and her base in general! ^^

And haha, I think for everyone in their first few years into the figure-hobby their collection grows the fastest! I wish you lots of fun with it! :D
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