Title: Chichinoe Plus Infinity Pin-Up Lady Hibiki
Source: Chichinoe Plus, Inoue Takuya artworks (recolor)
Designer: Inoue Takuya
Maker: Orchid Seed
Sculptor: Ishiyama Satoshi
Release: September 2010
Price: 12,400 JPY
Size: 31cm (H)
The first thing to mention before addressing the figure itself is that this review was shot over two parts, before and after the earthquake on March 11. The figure fell from where it had been resting after being taken out of the box, causing the ahoge to break off and the scuff marks visible on the back of the leg here. These blemishes weren’t part of the figure as originally shipped.
As someone who’s been following the Orchid Seed brand since its inception several years ago, the partnership of sculptor Ishiyama Satoshi and notable large chest illustrators has become enshrined in figure canon. His work based on Inoue Takuya’s illustrations began with the original Chichinoe+ cover girl, through a second pinup girl and now this third offering, which is bigger (and arguably better) than any of those that came before.
Improvements over past iterations in the series include plastics selection, color finishing and build quality. The skin tone is a level up from both prior Chichinoe figures, and the Inoue design allows for the easy, unobtrusive fitting of the replacement chest parts with no visible seams. The figure’s one drawback is derived from this as well, as the pose depicted in Inoue’s illustration is pretty bland.
Overall, though, with crisp definition on the contours and casting details, good finishing choices on the paint from the iridescent glossy chrome of the corset and gloves to the subtle shading on the chest parts, this is a figure that stands as a testament to the improvement in quality of both the Orchid Seed brand and Ishiyama Satoshi’s craftsmanship over the past three years.
As a footnote, this figure is a recolor of the original Pin-Up Lady released in December 2008. I missed that release at the time, but I prefer the coloration on this version.