This is Ciel Alencon from God Eater 2.
Before going into the review, I'd like to talk about aftermarket price for this figure. For you to purchase this figure now, the bare minimum price you are going to find is 25,000 yen which translates to about 240USD. Since the size of the box is also huge, add in extra 50 USD for EMS shipping. I suppose you can choose SAL but, when you are purchasing something that's over 200 bucks, I don't see the logic in chickening out on shipping and risk a possibility of delay or even lost shipment.In total, you are looking to spend 300USD.
And the original price for this figure was about 15,000 yen.
So, what happened?
When a figure is released, its popularity is decided within first few weeks. If sale number is good, some shops or individuals will start adding larger markup which drives up its price. Since a figure production is usually only one-run, there are only a limited amount available.
Due to high quality of this figure as well as a masterfully done bonus God arc, the aftermarket price of this figure shot up quickly in a month. It went from 15,000 yen to 20,000 yen in a month, I believe. Dwindling stock also meant its price went even higher.
3 years later its release on early 2015, the current - used - figure price of this is at 25,000 yen according to Mandrake. On Ebay, its price ranges from 350USD to 700USD.
Well, with that out of the way, let me begin the review.
This is Ciel Alencon. Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of her in God Eater 2. I didn't dislike her. It was just that her presence felt almost non-existent. I did like her outfit and overall character, but that was about it.
I certainly did not believe I liked her enough to shell out 250USD (shipping included) to obtain her. This makes Ciel Alencon figure the most expensive figure I've purchased, eclipsing the money I paid for God Eater Lindow (176USD). FYI, I did consider waiting for a re-run. However, I see only a very slim chance of that happening since Ciel was never a popular figure to begin with unlike Alisa. And with God Eater 3 coming, Ciel will be eclipsed soon into history.
The quality of this figure is absolutely outstanding. I didn't find a single fault. Quality wise, it's on par with Fate Stay Night Saber Triumphant Excalibur 1/7 scale. This is a top, top, quality figure from Good smile company.
Her pose is dynamic and the figure is sternly secured to its custom base. I am not joking here. The figure is secured by a single long metal stick as well as a shorter plastic stick. Once installed, this figure is not coming off on its own despite of the figure's pose.
The figure base is also fully custom and it has some weight to it which helps the figure's overall balance.
And, since this is a figure with a skirt, obviously upskirt shots were taken for your pleasure. Needless to say, it's done very well down there.
The figure comes with an alternative God arc for Ciel. This is a God arc in devour mode. This is where things get a little more interesting. This God arc is absolutely well done. The amount of detail that has been put into this piece of PVC is remarkable.
It is also very heavy. I'd wager that this God arc alone has more weight than Ciel figure herself which means that installing this God arc require a support beam. Actually, the box comes with several (3) support beams but only one is absolutely required. Without a support beam, the God arc part will simply wobble and fall off eventually due to its own weight.
Is this figure recommended? Yes. But do consider its staggering price. Additionally, Ciel isn't an absolutely required figure in God Eater collection.