In August 2015, Nintendo introduced our time-travelling heroine star as another sword fighter for the popular party brawler, Super Smash Bros 4.
At the time, I said to myself, “Gee, really? Another generic Fire Emblem sword character? Come on, Nintendo! You can do much better than that.”
I had no idea who Lucina was, much less even played the game she came from (Fire Emblem: Awakening.) But being a fan of Smash Bros, I decided to give her a shot. I mean, there’s so many characters in there and part of the fun is figuring out which characters are good and which aren’t.
Anyway, I’m getting a little off-topic. Long story short, I fell in the love with the character. And when I heard that there was a Figma figure of our blue-caped hero, I knew I had to get it immediately.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wanting this figure because you’re a Smash or Fire Emblem fan. And if that’s the case, I think you’ll be pleased by what you get from this (now pretty expensive) figure.
As you can see, her colors are good and you can adjust Lucina to do different poses for you. Her dark blue color matches beautifully with her outfit and hair. And her trademark sword, the Parallel Falchion, is included in this wonderfully packaged action figure. You can adjust her sword to make Lucina hold it, or keep it sheathed at her hilt.
Max Factory, the company that generally makes these Figma figures, usually have very high-quality in their figures. Lucina is no exception. The attention to detail is beyond ridiculous. Her sword strap feels like a real strap, as it’s loose and able to be moved. Her paint job is crisp and clear. You won’t see paint overlapping like a lot of other low-quality figures.
Max Factory provides some other goodies to customize Lucina. The package comes with two alternate faces for Lucina, one with a smiling/blushing face. The other, a masked head with shortened hair, just like when you first meet Lucina in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Another customization option that you could do is maintain the shortened hair, while using a different face plate. This can be useful if you like the look, or if you simply want to make it easier for her to get into a better pose (her long hair won’t be around to get in your way.) You also have the option to remove her cape, if you so choose.
Even though there are three faces to choose from, I don’t particular like either of them. For the default face, Lucina appears to be glaring at something, which doesn’t really make much sense to me. Her smiling/blushing face is alright, however, I find it a little awkward since we’re talking about a woman from a desolate future who goes around killing people. The mask face I’m not a fan of simply because I want to see Lucina, not have her hide behind a mask. I really think they should have included a face that would suit an angry pose. The default one doesn’t do it for me. I would have liked to see one with Lucina angrily shouting as she slices her enemies in half.
Some other stuff included are seven addition hands, the Parallel Falchion sword (the full sword and the hilt that attaches to her sheath), and a stand that holds Lucina in place.
In review, I find that Lucina’s Figma figure is a great addition for any fan of the series. One thing I hate about Figma, though, is that they are very easy to break if you’re too rough with them. Since you’ll be constantly messing with their joints to make poses, pieces might come apart. I advise you to heat up your figure before you start putting stuff together. To do this, you want to get a hair dryer and blow on the figure until its nice and warm. (WARNING: Do NOT hold your hair dryer near your figure for too long. It will MELT the plastic and ruin your figure. You only want your figure to be warm, NOT SCORCHING HOT!)
You can buy Lucina Figma action figure from Amazon using the link below:
One more thing I’d like to add is to BEWARE of FAKES! Lucina is an extremely popular character and forgers know it. To spot a fake, follow these helpful guidelines:
1.) If the price is too good (fakes usually sell her for under $30 USD), then it’s probably a fake. Due to the popularity of Lucina and that the company no longer has her in print, her figure price easily exceeds $100 at the moment.
2.) If the seller is shipping the product from CHINA, then its probably a fake (Although, I might add that Japan often have their figures made in China but you should still NEVER buy them if the product is shipped FROM China.)
3.) If the quality of the packaging is crap, it’s probably a fake. Figma generally has the figure coated with layers of thin plastic to keep the figure safe. A fake figure will have crappy packaging because they’re too cheap to use high-quality materials. Also, keep an eye out for trademarked logos on the box. Fake figures generally do NOT have logos because its a directly copyright infringement and they’ll get in trouble.
4.) If there’s a “putrid” plastic smell coming from the box/figure. It’s probably a fake. It’s hard to explain if you’ve never owned a figure before but it’s pretty obvious once you’ve smelled both a real and a fake.
5.) Lastly, and the most obvious way to tell if you’re buying a fake is the quality of the figure itself. If the parts don’t fit, the smell stinks, the figure is falling apart, or the paint job is awful, you know you have a fake in your hands.