Buddy – Voice From Har Megiddo – ALTER


Hi people after a break of nearly two weeks Im back with a new figure named Buddy on review.

Buddy is a 1/8 scaled figure  manufactured by ALTER, she was released in November 2010.
The origin of Buddy is a visual novel and a 3D rpg  game called “VOICE FROM HAR MEGIDDO” developed by Leaf and published by Aquaplus for the PC in 2008.
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QK2jpFEpX8&NR=1

Surprisingly Buddy is one of the bad guys in this game, she is described as a timid and emotionless person. In the game she is teamed up with a guy named Swen whose commands she obeys unconditionally. Judging from my little research in gameplay videos and CG pictures Buddy isn’t that bad at all, she just met the wrong persons in life. Later she even helps the good party members, after they treated her in a friendly manner.

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As Buddy was announced I was very interested in her, but in the end I became unsure about ordering her and didn’t do it on the release date. After looking at Tier’s review and shortly after that at Visiual Fanfare’s review of Buddy I got the feeling that I really missed a figure I should have in my collection. Nowadays preordering a figure soon enough is essential when you want a copy and don’t want to pay horrendous prices afterwards on ebay or local online shops.

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

Well there are exceptions where nice figures also can be found in the bargain bin, its very unpredictable nowadays. After I searched for remaining Buddy figures on the net, the popular shops said Sold out sold out sold out. Local online shops from my region wanted up to 110€ for her, but I wanted her for a better price, in march 2011 I discovered an auction of her at ebay in new condition with unopened box for something around 84€ *Yeah*.
Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

Now lets start with Buddy’s review, in comparison with anime related figures Buddy shows a rather serious than cute face expression, my personal highlights are her slanted eyes and the detailed sculpted lips of her, from different angles you can interpret her face with feelings of uneasyness, sadness or coldhearthness. Her detailed sculpted long hair is painted in a pale pink colortone and two of her strands are styled in a funny looking corkscrew shape.

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

Buddy wears a beautiful navy blue dress with jags in different lenghts, on the four longer outer jags there are placed transparent blue gemstones on metallic painted straps. The dress has a simple yet elegant look, the fine white ornaments and outer lines are painted very accurate and clean ALTER did an impressive job here. I like the sleeves with the big collars a lot, the lower part of her dress is two layered the layer below is black. Under her dress Buddy wears plain black panties and dark blue stockings which reach very high. At her hands she wears fingerless gloves and a big black ribbon is attached at the back of her head. The whole dress from the collar to the shoes, has a very matching style, all these wrinkles, shading and the flow give her dress have a very dynamic look and feel.

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER
Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

To me the legs of this figure appear rather short, well maybe its because Buddy is still a young girl or the the stockings let appear her legs short, I don’t really know. Her stance and especially the position of her right arm shows that the scythe she’s using as her main weapon is a bit heavy and hard to handle for a small personal like Buddy, but in the discription its said that she is very skilled in using the scythe.

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER

On first look Buddy’s appearance is mainly menacing, her upfront dress with the visibly belly and panties as well as her bare back and shoulders add sexyness to this figure, additional to this her corksrew hairstyle and the big ribbon behind her head also shows traces of cuteness.

This figure is a nice one, the dress has a creative and well made design. Buddy shows an very expressive face expression beautiful eyes. I have to admit that the pose of Buddy isn’t the most creative one, she just stands her holding her scythe, but in terms of sculpting and proportions its very well executed. The also very well executed paintjob is done without any big flaws, so far I couldn’t find one. The base is a round and made of pink clear plastic, the cogwheel pattern on it looks really nice, maybe with a second non transparent colortone on it I would like it more.

Buddy ALTER

Buddy ALTER
Not that I care much about it, but Buddy is a nonfamous character of a not so popular PC game, I would like to know how ALTER came to the idea to make a figure of her, maybe the boss came in and said “I played a game recently, lets make a figure of my favorite character!” XD

Special thanks to Sutekiii and his friend ariel_newworld for translating the few character informations about Buddy for me from the official website.

Two other reviews can be found at tentaclearmada and visualfanfare

See you next time, thx for your interest 😉

45 Responses

  1. Mirta Pfleuger

    I wish more people would write blogs like this that are really fun to read. With all the fluff floating around on the net, it is rare to read a blog like this instead.

    • wieselhead

      Ah thank you very much
      Im glad you like my stuff here ^-^

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  3. Kyle

    I am not familiar with the PC game nor the character at all, but I always loved how this figure looked. I am glad you got your hands on one.

    Your pictures are amazing! I can definitely see her change of emotions with the different pictures angles. Nice work!

    • wieselhead

      Hi Kyle
      thx I’m glad as well that I got her in the end ^^
      Im also glad you’ve noticed the different emotions in the different angles, thx a lot 🙂

  4. duqs

    despite being oh so not so famous, i still appreciate the character design =D

    This scantily clad lady looks kuudere, and i think the figure was able to bring that to life. I’m pretty sure the series has a following and it’ll be animated sooner than we all think XD (its leaf and aquaplus after all)

    • wieselhead

      Yeah looks quite pretty…dont get me wrong it doesn’t bother me that she’s not so famous ^^.
      Well there are people that need to know the origin of a figure before they’ll buy her, but
      I’m mainly interested in the overall look.

      Oh you think so, that would be really cool if this game would get animated =)

  5. Miette-chan

    So that’s where she is from, I remember seeing her when she was released but never did actually look up her source material. I like that Alter will do somewhat obscure characters every now and then.

    Anyways, I like the face looks pretty cool. Pretty neat with the different backdrops on your pictures too.

    • wieselhead

      I guess It’s nice to see figures you’ve never seen before ^_^.
      thank you

  6. samejima

    wow.. after watching the opening movie, I wish this game will be animated just like h-games from the same company of Toheart, Utawarerumono, ComiPa, or Tears to Tiara. The characters are really cute.
    And again, your photos got nice lighting. I should write photoreviews again soon. :O

    • wieselhead

      Hi samejima, ywah an anime adaption of this game would be nice 😉
      thx for your praise yeah you should do that if you
      can find the time.

  7. BluRay

    Great review. I think this figure well deserves the praise. Also her base is pretty awesome when looked at through the light.
    Ah yeah. Her release was kind of hidden by other bigger releases. On top of that, being from a relatively obscure title, not a lot of people were that interested in her.

    • wieselhead

      Thx for your visit Im glad you like the review =)
      The base is nice but imo a bit plain.
      She’s a great figure even though a bit unpopular.

  8. Nopy

    I don’t recall seeing the release info for this figure, but it might have been because I didn’t know the character. It sounds like her facial expression fits her perfectly, and I love how nicely her skirt and legs were sculpted.

    • wieselhead

      She wasn’t advertised that much and I guess her character isn’t well known out there, I would still like to know how she cameinto Alters lineup.
      Even though she isn’t well known, she looks great 🙂

  9. MkMiku

    Wow, she’s beautiful! I really liked the weapon and expression on her face. I normally don’t like girls with red hair, but she has a really interesting design.

    • wieselhead

      Oh a new face, thanks for visiting =)
      Yep she’s a really nice and cool looking figure.
      glad that you like her as well

  10. anonymous_object

    Mmmm, Alter continues to keep the quality standard high. This is a lovely figure indeed and your photos are great as usual ^^. Although I know nothing of her character or the game, it’s a very appealing figure. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • wieselhead

      thx for stopping by 🙂
      Yep she’s a high quality figure
      oh domo domo =)

    • wieselhead

      Hi Aya, hehe yeah the CG looks really nice there =) Yep she’s so pretty, thx a lot

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