Hi again, MFC!
I’m so happy to be reviewing these 1/8 scale Remu and Ramu figures by Revolve and Emontoys, because I’ve wanted them since they were first announced. I missed my opportunity early on to pre-order the limited edition set that included the Roswaal Mansion base and Rem’s Morning Star, but thankfully I noticed Nippon-Yasan featuring the set on their front-page as I was scrolling by a week ago. I fail to recall the price of them when they were initially listed, but N-Y had them available for 21,900¥ (before shipping) and so I placed an order straight away.
This has been my 3rd pre-order with N-Y and all but this one instance have I received a box stuffed with thin brown shipping paper. To my surprise, my figure boxes were protected by crunched up Japanese newspaper and advertisement posters. Does this have any significance if you're deciding to purchase from them, fellow MFC users? I thought it was somewhat neat, nevertheless. Shipping BoxShipping Box
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The Standard Edition Boxes:
The limited edition "set" was simply the standard edition Remu and Ramu boxes alongside the bonus brown one, which contained the marble base and Morning Star. On the brightside, I can now review these figures as if I had ordered the standard editions, as the boxes and contents should be the same. There isn't much to be said about the figure boxes, as they're quite unspectacular. That's alright. I bought the figures, not their boxes.
Speaking of which, Remu and Ramu came with their own bases! This sole concern was what kept me from ordering them after I had missed the chance to get the limited edition base. I did not know whether they would come with something, because the photos on MFC showed them without, with a square base, with a circular base, and with a clear base. For those that ordered Remu and Ramu separately, you’re in luck!
The bases are pure black plastic (not painted) — one circular, the other oval — and feature a very light matte texture on the top, which removes the issues of fingerprints but still maintains a bit of luster for effect.
The Standard Edition Figures:
I tried my very best to capture the pastel nature of Revolve’s and Emontoys’ work, despite my lackluster camera, for this is what I adored most about these figures: their color palette. I chose not to pre-order GSC’s variants because I was worried that Rem and Ram’s outfit was too simple to be faithfully painted yet also beautiful. Boy, was I right? GSC released two figures that were painted with a flat black and white color scheme — not exactly what I would call exciting. Conversely, Revolve and Emontoys exihibited excellent creativity by painting their outfits with a white gradient throughout as if they had been worn-in, which I can appreciate. White paint blends with what would should be a solid black maid's outfit (as if the fabric's color had faded) and their hair is too a bleached shade of standard pink and blue. I must admit these photos are only somewhat color-accurate; for those that are keen to see a truer color, please direct your attention to the photo beneath the 'closing thoughts' paragraph.
The Limited Edition Extras:
The marble base is phenomenal. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out, all things considered. In the 3rd photo you might be able to tell that the surface has a slight texture to it (detectable by fingernail). The Morning Star — which is the second of two items unique to the limited edition set and which is constructed from metal chain links — rests within a pre-smashed portion of the marble floor base (don’t worry, it’s not damaged). There are two slots for the tips of whichever points you’d like to place there to cradle the weapon and hold it somewhat securely.
The Limited Edition Figure Set:
I'm captivated! Remu and Ramu are worth writing home about. The rose petals on their headband are clearly sculpted. There is an appropriately fine amount of sculpting in the strands of their hair. Their maid outfits are painted a washed-out black, with lots of shading throughout. The stockings have sculpted creases consistent with reality and they are painted in such a way that it resembles the translucent quality of thin fabric when it is stretched enough (Rem and Ram's skin color is mixed with the flat white of the stockings). The fine details, such as the white trim that borders each end of their outfits and the small bows in the front, are adequately detailed for a 1/8 scale figure. Their poses are cute as heck, not lacking in originality. As a nice touch, their fingernails are painted with a gloss clear coat Even their maid shoes are well done: glossy finish, fading on the toes to indicate wear, and an superbly painted buckle/strap. Despite Remu and Ramu’s rather simple character design, Revolve and Emontoys managed to produce a visually interesting and beautiful set.
To tell you the truth, I really admire the set because of Ram’s pose and facial expression. GSC’s version showcased Ram in a way in which I didn’t want to remember her: meanspirited. I feel that Revolve uniquely captured a more feminine side of both Rem and Ram. Truly, this is a rare set that many of the “Rem best girl” fans won’t have, and I’d recommend it over the alternatives.