|Packaging - ***
For a non-licensed package this pretty colourful and dynamic bearing
plenty pics of the character in her various modes of dress. It’s the
gatefold double box design, so we in effect have two trays. One is
shallow and holds her pistols, scopes, holsters,
sniper/assault/futuristic rifle, its large carry case and lastly the
The larger tray opposite holds the figure, her alternative ‘bust’, the
spare hands and her various pieces of armour. So a nice box that’s
completely collector friendly and does a great job of protecting the
figure, it’s not the most inspired bit of graphic design I’ve seen but
it’s very far from dull!
Sculpting - ***
This figure comes with a lot of
sculpted elements, but I shall cover her armour under outfit and the
weapons under accessories. The face is meant to be a generic attractive
woman, but I can see a fair amount of Angelina Jolie in there and I can
also see a little of Carol
Vorderman (this will mean nothing to most people outside the
UK). But suffice to say she’s an alluring brunette with a determined
expression, the kind of gal who’ll chain you to the radiator and have
you begging for mercy by the morning…this can obviously be a good or
bad thing depending on your preferences. It would be my guess, that
with a good re-paint she could make an excellent Jolie ‘Lara’, hell,
she makes a reasonably good one without a repaint!
From the front, the sculpting is
very strong, with well-observed full lips, and an elegant slim nose, it
all looks reasonably natural, but ZC Girls do have a slightly
‘stylised’ treatment. From the side her facial silhouette is again very
attractive with full ‘Joliesque’ lips and a gently curving nose with a
slight bob, all very nicely done. The only problem is in the physical
width of the head, it just feels a little too narrow. It’s a shame as
the ears are also beautifully realised and the hair is sculpted nicely
as well. It’s in a drawn back style tracing away tightly from her
hairline into a plaited
ponytail, the ponytail is real hair… well, real fake hair.
This part is beautifully carried out, it’s one area SS could have
improved on their Lara
as I always see her as having that long swaying plait, and here they
have done a great job in keeping the work tight, and through a good
matching of colour they’ve managed to keep the transition virtually
She also comes with four hands all wearing assault gloves, one right
pistol grip, one right rifle grip and two left hand in a general
gripping position for steadying the rifle. I found this strange as I
would have thought a right pistol grip would have made a lot of sense
for those Jon Woo’esqe’ two arms outstretched classic Lara giving it
both barrels look, as it is she can’t hold the left pistol convincingly
which is a shame, maybe mine was miss-packed with the same hand twice,
but I can only report on what I found in the box. I did manage to get
some pretty convincing poses however by using a blob of the
ever-faithful ‘Blu-Tak’ strategically placed on the pistol grip.
Paint - ***
As I said above, they have done a great job on matching the colour of
the ‘real’ hair, it’s dark brown, streaked with lighter chestnut
highlights. The lips are a full glossy pink that catch the light well,
with eyes that are also picked out quite accurately, there’s some super
fine work on the eyelashes and pupils, not up there with Hot Toys
finest work as they lack the glossy wet look, and on mine they are
looking in slightly different directions, but luckily it is pretty
slight and at least they haven’t used the accursed doll dot!
The armour and weapons also have
a few flourishes here and there, just some silver rivets on the
gunmetal armour, matte steel on the pistols and steel and gunmetal on
the base black rifle. This work is all carried well but there are a few
areas of minor slop on the rifle, but I had to really look for it, so
all in all a very impressive paint app for a young company.
Accessories - ***1/4
She comes packing 2 Desert Eagle pistols with scopes and torches, thigh
holsters, a sniper style ‘futuristic’ rifle with a scope and a
detachable magazine and a pair of protective glasses with small torches
attached, these fit pretty well for general poses but are not secure
enough for play. There’s also a large foam lined and hinged carry-case
for the rifle, a nice touch for those assassin customisations, but it
lacks any tight detail.
You’ll also find that the armour
is packed separately when you open her, so this could be considered an
accessory, if you do so, it should drive the score up further, but I’m
classing it as outfit. The only things missing that I would have really
liked, considering this is so ripe for kit-bashing is a pair of
un-gloved hands and some extra un-booted feet (there are feet in the
boots but getting them out would be a pain).
So although the accessories are
nice I feel she could have done with a couple of extras, perhaps some
grenades or more guns to have secured a top score, but still pretty
Articulation - ***1/2
Her body is identical to the one that came with Janice except
for her skin tone which is described as ‘tan’, so for an accurate
rundown on the articulation I’d advise reading that, suffice to say the
outfit and armour are well designed enough not to hamper her
articulation at all. And you’ll get a very good range of poses. The
only thing holding her back from perfection is the lack of double
elbows and the fact that the boots stop most of the ankle movement,
there’s still a few degrees there but the feet can’t stand flat for any
wide legged poses.
And here’s a hint for those wanting to swap the chest over, after
removing the head and arms (they just pull out) I found a few seconds
of hair-dryering made the job a whole lot easier.
One problem I did encounter was
that when I removed the tight top it had left some slight staining on
the chest. I tried sponging with soap and water and most of it came
off, but not all. There may be a way of removing it all, I’ve heard
hints like toothpaste and zit-cream can do the job but I haven’t tried
as mine will be keeping her top on! Plus if I wanted a more visible
upper half I’d use the alternate chest as the mid torso articulation is
covered for a more natural look… well I say natural, if she were real,
she’d be packing more silicone than Bill Gates warehouse.
Her base ‘Lara’ style outfit is pretty basic, consisting of a low cut
body suit that goes under the crotch, black belted hot-pants, leather
style gauntlets, a leather choker and black boots with straps. These
are all nicely tailored with no loose threads or sloppiness, but there
are no working pockets, so we’re not in the same area as some other 1/6
hi-end tailoring. However it all fits very well, with the skin-tight
body suit tracing her ample curves very closely.
I did find the boot straps had a tendency to come loose, and to be
honest I might slip them off for long term posing, but at least they
are there if you want them, and a small spot of glue would solve any
For the ‘ZC Borg’ mode you also get the armour in multiple pieces. The
hinged knee guards just slip on with elastic straps, as do the upper
arm, lower arm and wrist guards the armoured ‘trunks’ come apart by
unclipping the sides and the upper torso armour separates into four
pieces the front and back un-clip like the trunks and you can also clip
on a protective collar and an armoured back pack.
It’s all engineered well and surprisingly doesn’t seem to hamper the
articulation in the slightest. You can also just dress her in the
armour, but it’s a little revealing to say the least, however, I bet
there are a few kit-bashers who use it in this way... steady!
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Janice she’s a fem figure bashers dream come true (that sounds wrong on
so many levels), especially if you want to do a sci-fi babe. There’s
ample stuff for several alternatives, but don’t let that put you off
just getting her for her own sake. Though not based on any particular
franchise she would make a good background character to many other
lines, she’d even make a good Star Wars bounty hunter.
elements are fragile, but still strong enough for careful play, and
soon there’ll be another ZC Girl let loose, ‘Risa’ the Dragon Ninja,
who like the Carol figure has the moveable eyes, she’d make a great
starting point for a Machiko Noguchi bash.
So, all in all I’d say these figures are all about fun, and trying to
remind us 1/6 figs were actually meant to be played with!
Value - **1/2
around $80 you’re getting a nice figure, but it does seem a little
overpriced, and whilst the quality is good it’s not the hi-end of
But with many manufacturers asking $150+ perhaps I’m
being unfair, and comparing to say the SS Lara, then your getting a
similar amount of bang for your buck!
Overall - ***
good solid figure that’s well thought through, and nicely constructed,
the only factor keeping the score down is cost, considering this is
non-licensed the price seems a little high. If she had been nearer $60
then she’d have felt like a much better deal. However the general
quality was very good, and like I said last time this could hopefully
be a company to watch… from tiny acorns come mighty oaks!
must be tough as well keeping the unit price down when you’re
manufacturing smaller numbers, but sadly buyers don’t really want to
think about that, we just want a bargain.
Where to Buy -
So far I haven’t found any US stockists, but you can try the ZC Girl site direct or hit eBay where I’ve seen her in the $79 to $99 price range.