After telling a couple of my friends that I'd started writing this blog, they visited it and after reading a few of the posts, became aware of my new interest in anime and game figures. So for my birthday a few months ago, I had a nice surprise, when they clubbed together to get me a birthday gift, and when I opened it, I found this Aerith Gainsborough action figure.
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Aerith, along with Tifa Lockhart, was a playable character and one of Cloud Strife's love interests in the first Final Fantasy VII game (in the original game, her name is spelled Aeris; in other FFVII titles such as Crisis Core, Before Crisis, Dirge of Cerberus, Dirge of Cerberous Lost Episode, and the movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children it is spelled Aerith).
Taken from Wikipedia:
In Final Fantasy VII, she is a 22-year-old woman who joins the eco-terrorist organization AVALANCHE. As the story progresses, AVALANCHE begin to pursue the game's antagonist Sephiroth, and the player learns that she is the last surviving Cetra, or "Ancient", one of the planet's oldest races.Final Fantasy VII was, for me and many others, the game that got me into the Final Fantasy series, and I've been a fan ever since. None since then, however, have quite been able to capture my imagination quite as much as that particular game. The story was intriguing and the characters engaging; I really felt at the time that I actually cared about them, what might happen to them, and that I wanted to see them through to the conclusion of their adventure. I seem to remember playing well over a hundred hours of that particular entry to the series, sometimes playing all through the night!
It's a fairly detailed figure, with a lot of nice touches, such as the stitching moulded into her boots, and some subtle creasing down the front of her dress. The hair is also quite nicely moulded with a large ponytail down her back.
On the box, it does say "Action Figure", but I would say that this isn't really a toy; one would probably just pose the figure, and then put it on display, rather than give it to a child to play with. As I said previously, posing the figure can be a little difficult, and also, it can be quite fiddly to get the hands to grip her staff.
In terms of mould lines, this figure is very good. On close inspection, some can be seen on the arms and legs, but they're barely visible at all. The legs are mostly covered up by her dress, and on the arms, the lines are aren't all that noticeable, unless you look very closely. The mould lines that are most visible appear on her hair.
The paintwork is good, with nice shading in her jacket and hair, although I would say that her eyes look a little blank and not particularly expressive.
All in all, I'd say this is a great looking figure; nicely detailed, and a good likeness to the character. One negative on this particular piece, however, is that both of her lower legs seem to be left legs. The mould for each calf/shin seems to be the same, bending very slightly one way. I don't know if this is the same on all of the Aerith figures, or if this is just an isolated case, but it's present on my figure. Again, this isn't really noticeable, except on close inspection, so I'm not worrying about it too much.
Like I said before, this is a great looking figure, and despite those few flaws, if you are in any way a fan of Final Fantasy VII or the Final Fantasy series, I would definitely recommend this.
Image Credits: Header - The Official Final Fantasy VII Facebook page, Concept art - Wikipedia, All photos by AZNPopCulture