I just reviewed Zero Suit Samus Aran, and sometimes life isn’t fair. On any given day, Samus could have been a great figure. Getting her on the same day as Elsa, however, is not a fair match.
Because Elsa is an exquisite figure from top to bottom, and a great example of how much expressiveness you can get from such a tiny model. Measuring roughly 13 centimeters, I can’t begin to tell you how much this isn’t a toy. Many of the rotating joints are less than a millimeter. The ends of her sleeves are separate pieces and super tiny. Then you pick up one of the three separate faces (normal amused, raised eyebrow, and singing) and realize that – holy crap – she comes with a little tool to adjust her eyes individually! This is a feature normally found on really expensive (and big) model dolls. Sure, Elsa has huge eyes, but this is still a remarkable achievement.
All this makes it very fun to find poses for Elsa. She isn’t quite posable enough to do everything from the ”Let it go” sequence, but with some finesse (and some special effects parts that are not included) you can get some really neat scenes. Her braid adjusts a bit and the dress is slightly soft to allow a leg to peek out. There’s also the gigantic dress trail, which is made from three transparent, hard parts with detailed printing. They don’t really pose that much more than fitting around her, but the dress provides enough stability that she doesn’t need a stand – not that one would fit with the trail on.
Aside from her faces and hands, Elsa comes with two different ice effects to put in some of her hands. But she also has an unexpected and very ambitious bonus: Olaf! Far from just a solid chunk of plastic, Olaf is a full Figma figure with posable arms, head, and indeed also eyes. I don’t really care enough about him to not put him back in the box, although if Anna is ever released in Figma form I might have to bring him out again.
It’s very hard to find fault with this figure. The sculpting, articulation and painting are all fantastic. The only slight problem is that it’s very hard to align the eyes and avoid giving her a derpy face, and obviously that a stiff breeze could break some of her limbs. The sequins on her dress help make her basically movie perfect, and puts the detail above that of the larger, static Figuarts Zero version of Elsa. She even compares rather well to the giant Medicom doll version, as there’s almost as much detail but the sculpted clothes look more accurate than cloth ones.
If you’re a fan of Frozen and not a child (and comfortable getting a $50 Disney Princess), get this figure immediately, as most popular Figmas tend to sell out. While it’s re-release material, that might take a while, and once Anna gets here you don’t want to be missing out.