After reviewing six Nendoroids (I actually have eight, with two left to review), I finally dipped my toes into collecting their larger siblings, Max Factory figmas. By this point, I hope there’s no explanation necessary as to why I love Atlus’ Persona series and why I got this particular figure. If you’re interested though, here’s a chronological list of all of my Persona-related posts:
- Persona 4’s Friendships Defined Its Story – Part 1
- Finding the Villain in Persona 4 with Deduction
- Persona 4’s Friendships Defined Its Story – Part 2
- Review: #238 Yukiko Amagi Nendoroid
- Persona 3 and Persona 4 – A Comparison
- Persona Q’s Best Relationship is Meaningful but Bittersweet
- A Complete List of Good Smile Company Distributed Persona Figures (Updated 12/27/18)
- Analyzing the Mythology Behind the Persona 3/4/5 Antagonists
- I Cry Every Time: Persona 3 – A and S
That said, I wanted something from the Persona 4 Arena duology that I finished last year and Labrys was the perfect figure since she is unique to the storyline. At $55, the figure was also pretty affordable (it’s not uncommon for figmas to resell over $100, a price level that most Nendoroids do not reach), which made sense because pretty much all of the figures I saw on eBay were used/open box, since the figure was released nearly six years ago in April 2013.
As you can see above, figma Labrys came in a standard-size two-layer figma box with many interchangeable parts, including:
- Three faces: neutral, mouth open, Shadow Labrys (darkened face and yellow eyes)
- Two sets of “front hair”: normal and with mask attached
- Five pairs (10 total) of hands: open, straight palm, holding, holding with unarticulated wrist, and closed fist
- Two “chains” for Labrys’ hand/weapon shooting effects: one plastic stiff, one metallic loose
- Effect markers for Labrys’ hand/weapon shooting effects
- Large detailed battle axe
- A second stand for easier posing with Labrys’ various large armaments
- Plastic cut-outs of Asterius and explosion effects that pin into the second stand
I had always heard that figmas (even older ones like these) were very well articulated, and I was not wrong. Labrys’ joints are pretty much fully articulated, including: shoulders, elbows, wrists, neck, hairpiece, hair, legs, knees, and feet. The battle axe was also flexible in that the two blades could open and close to varying degrees. In fact, the only notable joint that wasn’t articulated was her waist, which was fine since a joint there would have downgraded the realistic look of the figure. Overall, the articulations felt very natural since Labrys as a character is an android, so there’s no need to be concerned about the joints looking unrealistic.
Posing the Labrys figma was pretty straightforward and made easier by the fact that Labrys’ feet are “nubs” (easier to balance) since she is an android. The extra stand included in the set also allowed for some pretty dynamic poses with her giant battle axe and chain attachments. The only thing that was a little annoying was the blue wires that are a part of her battle axe. For some reason, Max Factory allows you to remove these wires (the axe is flexible enough due to the existence of said wires, even without removing them), but this caused them to fall out easily when posing. Otherwise, I was surprised at how easily I was able to use the tools provided in the box to deal with such a heavy melee weapon that would normally be a pain to pose with such a slender figure.
Please enjoy the photos below!
- Product height: 5.46 inches
- Materials: ABS, PVC
- Price: 4,571 yen ($46.63 at the time), currently $69.00 on eBay
- Release date: April 2013