Kotobukiya AUV Amaterasu Regalia
Well, here she is, the goddess herself. For a while, thanks to Kotobukiya reissuing Ninetails, I was seriously considering getting that over Amaterasu. And then the BAIT version of Tamamo no Mae was announced and I was considering that, too. In the end I didn't order any of them until one day I came upon an overseas listing of Amaterasu discounted well below her asking price... so why not?
From my experiences the AUV body seems to be a descendant of things that went into the Bullet Knights Ex girls and Megami Device Baselard (of which I did Magical Baselard). The body core seems to be a successor of what was in Baselard and the leg armor solution was something that made more sense to me than Exorcist Widow's did (in fact previously I had a huge rant about how stupid it was done on Bullet Knights to the point I swore off them). AUV Amaterasu does one of the logical things and gives an entirely different lower leg part.
Amaterasu, fully built, has a really imposing presence to her. One of the things that made me wary about Ninetales and Tamamo no Mae was how messy their armor pieces looked on them, while AUV Regalia series the giant armor was effectively one whole piece with sturdy arm attachments (basically the same as was done with the Bullet Knights). As you can see from the pictures I was debating on whether to go with stock or go 'Susanowo' style and decided I liked how they were configured on Susanowo Regalia more.
The water slides went on fine for the skirt parts, but the long red pieces on the armor pieces were a pain in the rear. I shredded one of them, but managed to get it oriented in the right place, and another one ended up on the piece crooked, and yet another went on like a parabola. So basically, there's no 'perfect' looking armor piece, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
Now, Amaterasu Regalia isn't all sunshine and rainbows, because she's got flaws, too. For one, her shoulders... for whatever reason Kotobukiya still hands out ABS shoulder joints on this thing even though they give out POM joints in the Tops sets. The thing is... the stock shoulders didn't want to go into the socket at all, which confused the heck out of me. What I ended up doing, and for sanity's sake, I took the POM shoulders from a Tops set and used them on her. The POM shoulders fit exactly as they should, and not only that, I don't have to worry about her shoulder armor weighing her arms down like a mofo (something I would consider a design flaw; for instance, Exorcist Widow has enough mounting parts to stick something like that on her mounting bracket and that's what's done to mount her Grave arms. Amaterasu they expect you to mount the thing on her arms, and those things are a little on the heavy side + gravity will win)
The second thing is her staff. I don't really understand why this thing is designed with two handles hanging off the shaft unless that's to help with the fact that you could easily snap the staff in half in her hands if you put it on directly, but that itself is a design flaw, too. That's beside the fact it's just another comically oversized weapon like Magical Baselard's staff (which she has trouble holding at all because of how top-heavy and modular it is). I guess I should be glad Amaterasu can in fact hold it herself, but it still looks VERY strange.
Before I forget, there's a weird quirk about her hair. The side bangs are only held by a friction slot on each side with nothing really holding them in place. One of them kept sliding off until I actually attached the front hair piece onto Amaterasu's face... after which the side bangs are firmly held in place because they're apparently held on the other side by Amaterasu's face plate.
I don't know if I'd say I was 'wowed' by this kit, really. The engineering that went into the body is generally better than what I expected for Megami Device (even the shoulder sockets take after the Tops set and you don't have to glue the lousy shoulder blades on anymore), but I think it's clear whoever is working on this line needs someone to hang around them and help them through some of the design flaws. I don't expect the upcoming Buster Dolls to be flawless, either, and I'm mostly sitting those out because I don't like the way they look (on the other hand, I am thinking about getting the Chaos & Pretty face plate sets and possibly Queen of Hearts, but we'll see. I mean, I did skip Alice because I couldn't get over how stupid the Rabbit looked)
I would rate my experience building AUV Amaterasu Regalia about on par with Asra Archer Aoi. Nothing really bad happened and it looks good.
Fun note, though. Although most of the parts are in fact used, there are a few leftovers, some of which are useable: another set of arms, another set of feet, Susanowo's head core, and two of Susanowo's boobs (although you can't complete one of them). Amaterasu's lower legs I stuck on SST Madoka Summer version's 3/4 second body to complete her since her second set of legs ended at just below the knees, so now she's a complete girl (already had a spare set of arms on her).
(yes, I did put one of her knees on upside down. I don't even know which one is upside down. Functionally, it doesn't really matter)
Ended up getting 30 Minutes Sisters Siana and Lirinel on sale (Laranel I bought full price). I wasn't going to get either of them until this happened; Lirinel was pretty much a crime of opportunity. Siana I was eyeing for a time, but didn't want to pay full price for her since there's really not a lot you can do with a shark girl (or, at least, I can't think of much to do with her).
Siana-Amarica at the very least I like a lot more than Luluce, not just because of the shark limbs, but her faceplates are more... well, pleasant to look at. Her hair is kind of garbage as it's entirely stiff with no articulation like Lirinel or Neverlia's hair, so it does limit her head movement quite a bit. In the pic she's mostly stock except for her thighs, which are from a swimsuit set. It wasn't all bad, though, since she's basically building a 30 Minutes Mission set with a girl body attached to it instead (but I still think she's overpriced for what you get; Far-Farina still remains my favorite of the 'deluxe' original girls, but that's probably a 'me' thing).
Lirinel I think she's garbage. Her faceplates and hair are not good (heck it's almost entirely the reason why Laranel's head is in the picture instead). Some people might like that sort of thing, but I don't and why I passed her over the first time. The skirt piece is one whole piece which limits her leg articulation. She comes with another skirt piece that allows her to do a 'sitting' pose (for whatever that's worth) which I'm not using for anything. The only real positive thing I can say about it is she comes iwth a second set of arms.
Between the two rabbit twins Laranel is a lot better, particularly since she's supposed to emphasize her legs you can get her into interesting kicking poses (not only does she come with two sets of legs, she comes with two sets of hair). I've gotten her to stand on one leg with the armored legs, as weird as that sounds.
Ritsuka, meet Ritsuka
Snow White Winter version meets my custom'd Noble Rose Summer version. I was really under the impression that Snow White's skirt was a good deep blue, but under certain lighting it looks purple and nearly matches what I did with the Summer version skirt (basically how C&P Witch Darkness's dark blue seems to be really purple). Frankly if hindsight were a thing I could've saved myself some trouble, but I don't regret doing it (because I really didn't care for Noble Rose's wine red coloration).
I've posted these before, but they've changed since then. Basically decided on a Heavy Melee theme for the first one and a long range sniper for the second. And yeah, I did in fact buy a second Chaser costume set on sale... basically for the mask and the parts to complete the bodysuit look (you can guess what happened with the other body. I'm not showing).
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