Batsu saw this figure back in December at the Volks shop in Akihabara – truly a beautiful sculpt. She goes by the name “Alice in Neverland” – and as far as I can tell, she is an original character sculpt (no pre-existing anime, game, etc.). Pre-orders opened in late January, but the figure won’t be released until late April.
Slender, broken body, part woman and part girl, dream and nightmare, innocence and corruption – simply captivating. According to the Questioners, LLC website, each eyelash is painstakingly affixed one at a time. Her crown doubles as a ring, and her little storage box is lined with luxuriant black velvet. (Watch the video on the link above.) The latch and detailing of the case is as almost as exquisite as the figure itself.
The artist, Sakarako Iwanaga is one of few recognized female shoujo sculptors. Reading an interview with her was like reading excepts of a feminist manifesto – not that she seemed overtly militant, but perhaps a bit weathered by sexism in the industry. This would seem to be coupled by the perception of a woman sculpting – let alone specializing in – female characters.
Of couse Iwanaga has done many other beautiful sculpts as well – apparently one I just missed of Kanako from Mouryou no Hako (click for more pics). It’s a raw “garage kit” – meaning just parts, no paint, perhaps even independantly produced – made for Wonder Festival Summer 2009. There may, perhaps, still be a way.