There’s no getting away from the fact that licensed characters are
usually an easier sell, as they have an instant audience, but I really
like to see these ‘original’ figures released, ZC Girl, Da Joint
and Takara have all given us many original characters, hell, toy
manufacturers set the die years ago with everything from Johnny West
and GI Joe through to The Micronauts and He-Man, so now it’s cool to
see hi-end figures given a little more free rein, I guess it’s in
answer to us overindulged toy collectors growing up (note to self, do
‘grown up’ and ‘toy collector’ belong in the same sentence?).
So far there are 4 G4H figures available, Agent Crimson, Agent Indigo
recently reviewed by Michael then there’s the very cool Vanity and
lastly Lola who we have here. There is also a character called Tyrus due soon and he looks pretty darn cool as well, he’s just crying out to be bashed into a Wez from Mad Max 2. But back to this femme fatale, will she blow your mind or just your budget?
Packaging - **1/2
Lola’s packaging is a pretty ‘no frills’ affair, it’s your classic
5 panel flap fronted box, constructed of good quality thick laminated
card. It has no images at all, instead just being a bright bubblegum
pink background with black, red and white-out wording, this typography
is simple but nice, it’s obvious their ethos was to save money on the
packaging so they could invest more in the contents. For a relatively
young company this doesn’t bother me too much, but I still think some
more interesting design could have been utilised. Even with a limited
palette it is possible to convey a little more about the contents.
you open the flap you will see her accessories are in a shallow tray
attached to its inside. I found that the flap opened up pretty easily
on mine by lifting the inside edge and slipping the contents out. So it
should be relatively pain free to put it all back when you want to
without having to destroy everything. Inside the main box, Lola lies in
a clear plastic tray beside her teddy… yes teddy, a ‘cartoon’ style
bomb and a match.
So, it’s not going to win packaging of the year
(unless they enter the minimalist category), but it’s robust, uses no
twisties, has a lot of quirky charm and I’ll bet it’ll look cool if you
collect the whole range, providing of course they choose more primary
colours for the rest of the series.
Sculpting - ***1/2
really like this sculpt, she’s a generic character but has the feeling
of being loosely based on a ‘real’ person. The overall style appears to
be the result of sticking Britney Spears and young Madonna in a blender
with a little of Kate Nuata thrown in for good measure, and funnily enough her character in The Transporter 2 was called Lola, (rubs chin) Hmmmm…
who ever you think she does or doesn’t resemble, she is certainly a hot
looking minx, and the sculpting on her mouth, nose and eyes is all very
attractive, and whilst she’s not as hyper real as some of Hot Toys and
Enterbay’s recent offerings, she is still much more based on a real
world aesthetic than the ZC or Cy-girls for example. However, like many
of their figures, they have also gone for rooted hair. This seems to be
a big divider amongst collectors, I have to admit as long as it’s done
well I have no problem with it, and prefer it on many figures as it can
often add more interest to the final look. But some seem to think it
swerves too close to the ‘Barbie’ camp of ‘dolls’ hair, it’s not a
concern I share, and it looks pretty darn cute on this figure.
plastic the head, and indeed the whole body is cast in has a semi
translucent waxy quality to it, this make the flesh tones very
convincing for a woman sporting a clear complexion without the need for
too much paint. That said there is still some wonderfully subtle work
around the eyes and on the cheeks… but more on that later.
comes with her gun grip hands fitted, an extra right hand to hold the
bomb (or to cup something else should you choose!) and a left hand to
hold the match, or any other small accessory you may want to place
there. The overriding feel I got when I took her from the box for first
time was how ‘perfect’ she looked, so if you’re after a flawless foxy
hit woman for your shelf, you can not go wrong with Lola.
Paint - ***3/4
Because of the choice of base plastic this figure is sculpted in, the
use of paint is kept pretty minimal, but where it is used it’s
virtually faultless. I’m very impressed with the face, the eye brows
are flicked in beautifully as are the glossy lips, showing a lighter
body colour with a darker lip liner to give emphasis to their shape,
the line between the lips also has a deeper tone, giving good
definition to the look of the whole mouth.
eyes are also very accurately carried out. I’ve scrutinised them
closely with my linen tester and I think they must be done
mechanically, but the finish is fantastic, admittedly there is a hint
of the ‘accursed’ doll dot, but they are very small and the overall
effect does work very well for her style (that said, I’d rather they
dropped the dot and simply added another coat of varnish to the already
glossy eyes, for a more convincing final look).
Apart from her
face everything else is pretty straightforward. Her nipples have an
airbrushed blush of pink (yes you did read that right, so moving
swiftly along), the guns have some nice weathering, the bomb has a
skull and cross bones decal and the match is painted to look like it
has some scorching and singeing. All in all a very nice job for this
more stylised character, the only thing holding her back from
perfection is that hint of a doll dot, but it’s still a pretty
superfine job from a young company, and shows great promise for future
Articulaton - ***
Lola comes on the Otaku 1.0 base body that Michael has already reviewed here.
It’s a very, very good looking base figure and the joints are well
engineered to be as camouflaged as possible, and that base plastic I
mentioned earlier really helps with its flesh like aesthetic. She has
what can best be described as a centrefold physique and is as
anatomically correct as you can get before crossing too far into the
‘speciality’ figure arena.
So above her midriff everything is
pretty much good to go, we don’t have any movement at the waist or the
chest and the shoulders aren’t quite as flexible as the TT or RAH but
they are much more aesthetically pleasing, which is important for a
figure of this type. The only problems you may encounter are below the
waist, as Michael described in his breakdown of the body there is no
ability to twist the legs where they join the pelvis, this limits the
positions the leg can achieve quite a bit. However, don’t let all this
put you off too much, because as I said the figure does ‘look’ really
nice, just don’t go expecting to get any extreme deep poses with her.
It’s also worth noting it’s a very tightly jointed body, about as far
in the opposite direction from Sideshows Prometheus as you can get. So
don’t go forcing the limbs into any extreme poses, instead I’d
recommend an over all gentle hair dryering for a few minutes then
gently work the joints one at a time till they move more freely,
because as I say, she is pretty stiff when fresh from the box and I
fear any pulling and yanking could cause problems.
I still have very high hopes for the new Triad bodies coming out soon, the EVA
looks really nice, and from examining the proto pics it would seem they
have improved all the areas that are lacking on the Otaku. However this
original body is still damn fine for any figures you want to show semi
clothed, or even naked, so once the EVA is available they will have all
bases covered, well at least first, second and third, and third base is
really quite detailed!
Outfit - ****
get the feeling that Lola is a gal that knows how to turn heads, just
as easily as she can snap necks, she’s basically the kind of woman your
mother warned you about (and if you had any sense you would have
ignored her… your mother that is!).
Here she’s dressed as wanton
jail bait, in knee high lace-up boots, white silk stockings with lacy
elasticised hold ups, a pleated tartan mini-skirt that incorporates
some black briefs, a black bikini top and a cut off tie-fronted white
blouse, she’s basically a questionable fantasy made 1/6th reality.
these garments fit well and hug her curves in all the right places. I
love her boots, they’re soft silicone/rubber with metal eyelets that
lace up tight to her calf, the soles are solid and conceal a very
strong magnet in each, this means you can literally display her walking
up your fridge or if you have a sheet of metal, there’s no need for a
stand as you can position her however you want, even standing on one
leg or in an extreme ‘bullet time’ moment leaning as far back as you
like, as long as her feet, or a foot is squarely planted on the
The stockings fit well, but do have a tendency to
slip and need to be pulled up occasionally, the skirt is well tailored
and the pleats are all carried out perfectly, they have some sheer
black panties sewn in, to cover her modesty. Her bikini top is
basically two triangles of black material with an elastic thread, I
might leave this garment off as I worry about the black dye staining
the base figure over time, but for now she’s fine, and it does look
cool when just glimpsed under her clothes. The shirt is also very well
put together with good quality edging and seams, no loose threads at
all. So a relatively simple outfit, but very well executed, and it has
to be said, pretty eye-catching!
Accessories - ***1/2
Lola comes with-
2 ATAC Submachine Guns with aim-point, top and bottom rails, ammo clip, silencer, stock and flashpoint
1 Brown Dual SMG Leather Gun Holster
1 Pair Pistol Grip Hands
1 Pair Bomb and Match Holding Hands
1 Teddy Bear Backpack – features functional zipper, pouches, and removable Teddy Bear
1 Custom Bomb
1 Match Stick with Removable Flame
is a girl on a mission; she travels light, just carrying what she needs
to get the job done with the minimum fuss, but the maximum carnage.
her inventory she has a cute plush teddy bear (probably stuffed with
plastique or Semtex) two ATAC machine guns these have many articulated
elements with pull out shoulder rests, removable magazines and
removable bullets (I kid you not, this was a first for me, but the
magazines are spring loaded and you have to feed the rounds into them…
cool or what!). There’s a pleather shoulder harness for the
transportation of said weapons, these have pins that insert into the
sides of the guns rather than actual holsters, then there’s a comic
book style bomb with a fuse and a match. The match even has a small
removable flame, this is constructed of opaque orange plastic, its
pretty cute and is a good representation of a lit match for this scale.
The toy bear can also fit in the back of the openable plush rucksack
provided, adding even more to her ‘Lolita’ look.
So not a
bad selection and considering her competitive pricing I’m pretty happy.
But being a ‘hit woman’ you kind of expect a few knives and perhaps a
pistol… maybe even a bazooka, and being ‘Lola’ a small lollypop would
have been cute (I made the one in my photos by sticking a small bead on
a whittled match). However all these things are relatively easy to pick
up from your favourite 1/6 military supplier on line, so you can
consider this a starting point and arm her to the back teeth should you
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Hey, what did you expect from me, she’s a very hot looking scantily
clad femme fatale packing two huge weapons, there is very little not to
like here. In fact the only thing pulling her back from perfection is
the lack of articulation at the hip. You will still find a whole raft
of positions she looks great in though… the only problem will be
reining back your inner ‘perve’! I have a feeling she may find a
permanent position on my desk at work, can’t think why?
Value - ****Overall
For $74.99 this really strikes me a good deal, sure the body has
a few minor issues but for the price you’re getting a pretty ‘unique’
solid figure, she works great as a standalone or background character,
is ripe for any number of kit-bashes and it’s the first time I’ve had a
1/6th weapon where you have to actually feed bullets into the
magazines, its just a very cool looking figure, and for this price is
quite a steal!
For the reasons I went over above, I’m really liking this! I
love the finish of the translucent plastic on the body; it almost feels
like alabaster or fine china and has a very sturdy, weighty feel to it.
even though she’s an original character, with no licence to pay, the
price is still nearly half what we are getting used to paying for
hi-end figures. I shall be interested to see how Triad handle the
licensed Samurai Champloo figures, and having handled Lola… ahem! I’m
even more excited to see how Tyrus comes out, I’d say Triad is
definitely a company to watch.
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ***3/4
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ***1/2
Outfit - ****
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - ****
Overall - ***1/2
to buy -
The best place seems to be ordering direct from the Triad site, but you can also find her at Corner Store for $79.99 or you can try eBay.