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[NSFW] T2 Art Girls Ping-Yi 1/6 by Alphamax[NSFW] T2 Art Girls Ping-Yi 1/6 by AlphamaxReview

FF750FF7501年前
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Hello everyone and welcome to my second figure review! This time I'll be looking at Alphamax's rendition of Ping-Yi, based on an illustration by Tony Taka. Let's get it out of the way right off the bat that this will be a VERY NSFW review given the nature of this figure so stop now and hit that back button if you've accidentally come here instead of SmithsonianChannel.com.

If you've been collecting figures for any length of time and don't have a home address listed as 6565 Under A Rock Lane you've almost certainly heard of Tony Taka. He draws sexy girls for Sega's Shining franchise of video games, sexy girls for eroge, and yet more sexy girls for his own artbooks and doujinshi. You could make a very large figure collection just from the ones based on his work – MFC lists over 200 already and that total keeps expanding all the time. The man is absolutely prolific – he's like Leonardo Da Vinci, only he's Japanese instead of Italian, and he likes to draw boobs instead of classical paintings and inventions that are ahead of contemporary science.

One of the latest figures to come out based on his work (Tony's I mean, not Leonardo's) is Ping-Yi, crafted by Alphamax and released under their new Skytube Premium label. Who's Ping-Yi, you ask? Is she just an original character with no background story and simply distilled from a random wet dream Tony had while high on instant ramen and Lipovitan?

Actually, she's based on a character in a classic Chinese novel from the Ming Dynasty titled Jin Ping Mei, or The Plum In The Golden Flower – and Alphamax will also be releasing figures of her fellow characters Jing-Lian and Chun-Mei. Take syllables from all three ladies' names and you get the title of the book. Clever, huh?

Now why would Tony make a bunch of sexy girl illustrations based on a dusty old Chinese novel? Did I mention that the book, despite being considered a classic of Ming Dynasty literature, is pornographic as hell? Yup, it's like the Fifty Shades of Grey of ancient China.

Ping-Yi was a concubine by the way, in case you were wondering. Figured I'd let you know in case you thought she was a schoolteacher, or a nun, or a used rickshaw dealer, or something...

There ya go. Learned something new, didn't you? Now you can tell your friends that you're buying these figures for their educational value with a straight face.

So, how about that figure review? Like my first review, let's start off with a glamour shot.

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Pretty isn't she? Well, she's so pretty I had a hard time picking just one glamour shot so here's another one:

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I particularly like this one and put a lot of effort into trying to get it right. I just love how extremely sexy her silhouette looks and how the darkness makes you hunt for tantalizing details while your imagination fills in the blanks with naughtiness...oh crap, is my nose bleeding? Excuse me a moment...

Okay, pardon the interruption. Let's calm down by talking about the packaging.

As befits a product labeled “Premium” the packaging for Ping-Yi is a cut above normal figure boxes. It's a big, sturdy plastic box with an outer cardboard sleeve and inner cardboard liner. With the sleeve on you get a glimpse of Ping-Yi through the front window, while the sides and back just have some decorative designs. Note that these pics are after I had unboxed her once already so when you first receive her she's in her most safe-for-work configuration and a lot of her is still covered by plastic wrap.

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Take the sleeve off and you can see almost the whole box is see-through with lots of logos proclaiming the glory of Tony Taka and his T2 Art Girls (Gosh, that sounds like a band name). My favorite bit though is when you get to the back and see that there's a huge high-quality copy of the original illustration back there that was originally hidden by the outer sleeve.

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It's a very nice touch for a figure that's based on artwork and I wish more figure makers did the same. The whole package feels upscale and is very well-executed in my opinion.

Moving on to the figure itself, prepare yourself for lots of pictures because this little gem has several different configurations. She's cast-off so of course there's a “Safe Mode” and “Sexy Mode” but you can experiment with different variations of each due to her having two face pieces, two different chest sections, two lower halves, a couple of left arm pieces, two removable pieces of clothing, and of course her sexy little toy. Here's a shot of the pieces that come in the box. As you can see there's a plethora of them which makes for fun times experimenting with different setups but does make for a lot of parts to keep track of.

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I'm sure you're raring to see her in Sexy Mode but lets start off with her default configuration and go from there cause it's my review and I'm a tease :)

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As you can see Safe Mode is a pretty good approximation of Tony's original art which is very sexy to begin with. The overall sculpt is very good but the pose isn't quite perfect. If you compare her to the original art you can see in the drawing her head is tilted further with her staring right at the viewer, and she's got this very obvious blush of embarrassment. It's clear she's flustered and trying to cover up in the original art and that adds to its sexiness especially when you consider her character design of a traditional-looking beauty with long black hair in a hime cut. The whole image makes you think she's been forced into this revealing dress and isn't sure what to do.

Alas the figure is missing that obvious blush and with her default face on she seems to just be staring off into space thinking “Oh my, was my appointment at Chun-Li's Hair Salon and Odango Emporium today or tomorrow?”

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I took the liberty of making a quick and dirty photoshop with her having a bit of a blush and I think it makes quite the difference.

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Just that little bit of color now makes her actually look like she's embarrassed at you staring at her with your lusty eyes. It's not perfect still but it's closer to Tony's original intent and it would have been such a minor thing to add that it boggles me Alphamax missed it. Now, lest you think they screwed up designing this figure it's important to keep in mind that the face is still pretty and the alternate face more than makes up for this one - but we'll get to that a bit later.

Let's check out the rest of her. Her body is wonderfully sculpted overall with glorious curves in all the right places. Her waist is nice and slim then tapers out to a beautiful, shapely butt that then joins her absolutely delicious long legs. The paint is obviously well-done with no signs of paint bleed anywhere.

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The flowers in her hair are a good example of the great paint-work with the contrasting colors of individual petals very distinct and clean.

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The pattern on her dress is also very clearly printed and the folds look well-sculpted and realistic. There's also a slight shine to the paint that's hard to capture in photos but makes it look more like expensive silk.

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In her right arm she's cradling a guqin – a traditional Chinese seven-stringed zither associated with well-known philosopher Confucius. I bet he'd be VERY confused at this example of what modern people do with their free time. (“You play with little dolls dressed in revealing clothes and that come with masturbational aids? Too weird, homes. I'll go chillax with my main man the Emperor and convince him to build up that there Great Wall even higher”) The guqin looks well-made enough for the purpose of display along with the figure. It has real wires for the strings instead of paint and nice decorative linework but close inspection reveals its texture is lacking and clearly very plasticky instead of the rich lacquered wood of a real one. The underside is also very simplified and lacking the shape of a real guqin which apparently has traditional symbolism even for the parts underneath.

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If you're looking from a low enough angle to see the bottom of her guqin though I doubt you're checking out her instrument lol.

Heading back to Ping-yi's chest area there are two things the eagle-eyed might notice. First, her breasts are quite a bit bigger than in the original art. For some that might be a bad thing but they're not outrageously oversized and to me seem just right. I personally love a good-sized pair of oppai myself so it's not a negative for me. I also love how they've sculpted her so that her nipples seem to be erect under her clothing - very hot!

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Second, there's a slight gap where the chest sections meet her neck and shoulder piece. You can see it in this pic if you look closely at the top of her right breast. No matter how tightly I tried to get the pieces to fit it didn't matter. The gap is there regardless of which section you use so it seems to be a fault in the design of the pieces. It's small and not readily seen from most angles but it does lose Alphamax some points despite an otherwise excellent sculpt.

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Another aspect of the sculpt where Alphamax loses points is with her panties. They're just a flimsy bit of plastic with nothing really to get them to stay in place. In order to get the shots of her in Safe Mode with her underwear on I actually had to use a bit of tape. Tape! What is this? The Dark Ages?

The panties seem like they were an afterthought in the design process and if you need to display her in her least scandalous version you need to be aware of that.

But who buys a figure like this to display her in a non-scandalous manner, right? ;)

Skipping the useless panties shows off her anatomically correct naughty bits. I would have liked a bit more shading but the shape and color are still pretty good nonetheless.

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Having gotten to her sensitive parts I guess it's time to see Sexy Mode in all its glory – oh, and it is glorious indeed! As I mentioned above, with all the different parts there are several variations to play with but this seems to be the default mode Alphamax intended. You can see that on her alternate face the expression is amazingly sexy.

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It really makes for a very erotic tableau with this gorgeous, demure-looking young lady in a traditional (albeit very short and sexy) cheongsam pleasuring herself with this huge dildo and an expression of sheer lust on her face. It raises all sorts of intriguing and naughty questions when you look at the setup: Why is she doing this while holding a guqin? Is this some sort of show for someone (or SOMEONES!)? Is she doing this on her own volition or is she being coerced? What comes next? What other erotic things is she capable of?

Crap, here come's another nosebleed...

Letting your imagination take hold leads to all sorts of interesting variations you can try. I personally prefer this one where she has her breasts covered and is trying to pull down her skirt but she has the vibe in.

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It's like she's been suddenly caught doing something naughty in secret but her embarrassment and her pleasure are waging a huge inner struggle and so she can't decide whether to stop or just keep going. Hotness.

One thing that I've seen commented on about this figure and the others to follow is that many have wondered why Ping-Yi only comes with one toy while Jing-Lian and Chun-Mei come with two for a bit of double penetration action. Apparently that's because the toys are based on additional illustrations that Tony has done of each character and it just so happens he gave Ping-Yi just the one toy while the others got two. Below you can see a drawing that Tony posted on his Twitter showing Ping-Yi with her toy.

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That pic brings up one disappointment for me with this figure – I have to say that crystal dildo in the art looks way more interesting than the generic pink one Alphamax designed. Interestingly the objects for Jing-Lian and Chun-Mei are closely based on the art Tony did for them so it makes me wonder why Ping-Yi was different. Honestly, at the risk of sounding like a raging pervert (yeah right, as if that weren't obvious enough from this review lol) I'm kind of in the camp that would have liked Ping-yi to have some anal action as well. Having said that, she's already very sexy as is. Speaking of her toy, here's a close-up shot of it plus the aforementioned useless panty:

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And here are some close-up pics of her alternate bottom half with the open naughty bits.

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The vibe fits nicely although a bit of a gap is left and interestingly Alphamax decided to add some anatomically correct folds of skin in her vag rather than just make a smooth tube - although they stopped short of giving her a cervix lol.

Getting back to far more mundane stuff let's look at her base. It's very ornate and is very fitting for the Chinese and floral themes of the figure. I think it's very nice except for one little detail. Unlike other kneeling figures Ping-Yi is very front-heavy and needs something to keep her from tipping over. Alphamax's solution was to add a little clear plastic hook for her right foot.

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It works but it's not a very elegant solution. Maybe they could have disguised it as something else, like an anklet or something, to make it less obvious. Perhaps they could have even weighted her better such as molding in some weights into her bottom half to lower her center of gravity and keep her from tipping over in the first place.

One little addition that does score Alphamax bonus points is the inclusion of a postcard with her original art inside the box. I wonder if anyone would seriously think of mailing such a rare and sexy postcard?

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Okay, time to summarize and score this lovely lady:

Sculpting: 9/10

I really wanted to knock the score down to an 8 for the average job they did on the main face sculpt, the gap in the breast section, and the pathetic design of her panty but I thought the alternate face sculpt made up for the main version and the overall design of her is extremely well done. Besides, how many people are going to use the panty anyway for display? Sure, it doesn't match Tony's art perfectly but to tell the truth there are anatomical issues with Tony's original drawing anyway and I think Alphamax did as good a job as they could converting her to 3D. It's a pretty good and very sexy representation in the end I thought.

Painting: 10/10
This was an easy rating. The paint is flawless as far as I can tell and looks very rich and detailed. Sure her guqin could look better but that's just an accessory that generally won't rate anything except a cursory glance as people look for the good stuff.

Posing: 9/10
It's a very sexy pose. Nuff said lol. Okay, okay, she does lose a point for not quite capturing Tony's art exactly but again it's close enough with the anatomical issues inherent in the original art.

Base: 8/10
The base is very ornate and well-matched to the overall themes of the character but that plastic hook just irks me with how it sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm sure with a bit more effort Alphamax could have found a more elegant and less visible solution.

Packaging: 9/10
I really like her packaging. It looks far better than your average figure box and I love the big copy of her original art on the back. I didn't give it a 10 though because its not the fanciest packaging I've seen – Native still takes the cake for coming up with elegant and unique figure boxes.

Enjoyment: 10/10
Could you tell I've had a ton of fun with this figure before and during the process of making this review? She's SO sexy and her accessories and extra pieces allow for different takes on her. She's definitely a favorite of mine now.

And that's another review done and dusted. I know it was another lengthy one but I hope you all found it as informative and entertaining as the last one on Michael. Now if only Rightstuf would hurry up and ship me my Jing-Lian so I can molest...err, I mean...REVIEW her too. Mata ne until the next time we trip the plastic fantastic!
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Criscokid1年前#39657114Enjoyable and informative review. Good work! I own both versions of Ping-Yi and the original Jin-Lian and I am very pleased to have them in my collection. I'm kinda miffed at the short notice there was for ordering the red version of Jin-Lian, and then they went and made it a lottery. I might have to pay a high price to get that version. I have Chun-Mei on PO and I am very much looking forward to her release.

Thanks for the kind words! You're very lucky to have both versions of Ping-yi and the regular Jing-Lian already! I thought about trying to get the special color variants but I prefer the regulars anyway. I think the white suits the innocent look of Ping-Yi while a black dress is simply sexy in Jing-Lian's case (and red is not my favorite color anyway lol.) I'm wondering what they'll do for Chun-Mei because her regular pink dress just looks okay to me so maybe I'd prefer an alternate color version for her.
1年前
Enjoyable and informative review. Good work! I own both versions of Ping-Yi and the original Jin-Lian and I am very pleased to have them in my collection. I'm kinda miffed at the short notice there was for ordering the red version of Jin-Lian, and then they went and made it a lottery. I might have to pay a high price to get that version. I have Chun-Mei on PO and I am very much looking forward to her release.
1年前
Heavenly_Otaku1年前#39618765Enjoyed reading this well written review with pics. You chose the right variant of her.
Interesting fact I liked is Jin Ping Mei. Now, all three beauties are a must have for me.
The tease from the safe mode is higher, she showing enough skin with that dress and pose.
Thank you for this. :)


Glad you enjoyed the review! I was just interested in Ping-Yi and Jing-Lian myself at first but after seeing how well Ping-Yi turned out I knew I had to have all three :) You have a good point - Safe Mode is pretty sexy as is lol!

Dakate1年前#39635276As always, a beautiful review for a sexy figure XD. I enjoyed the history lesson too Haha

Thanks Dom! You should buy her for your collection too lol.

talentlesstroll1年前#39635261I had no idea there was a hook for her leg. I hope I still have it and didn't throw it away thinking it was a useless piece of plastic. Her base is too large, so I don't have her on the base in my display, so I have her near the side of my cabinet, and the guqin pushes against the wall which allows her to stay upright.
Ping-yi is probably my favorite figure right now, followed by Jin-Lian. Can't wait for Chun Mei, but February is so far away.
Nice review. You hit pretty much everything head on.
Now to see if I can still find that hook.


I hope you find that hook! I can see how it would be easy to miss since it was kind of tucked away in a pocket in the second tray of parts and since it's clear it and under some tape it's kind of hard to see. I personally can't wait for Jing-Lian - her character design appeals to me even more than Ping-Yi's - but sadly Rightstuf pushed back their shipment :(

Oh well, got other figures to occupy my time and possibly review anyway :)
1年前
As always, a beautiful review for a sexy figure XD. I enjoyed the history lesson too Haha
1年前
I had no idea there was a hook for her leg. I hope I still have it and didn't throw it away thinking it was a useless piece of plastic. Her base is too large, so I don't have her on the base in my display, so I have her near the side of my cabinet, and the guqin pushes against the wall which allows her to stay upright.

Ping-yi is probably my favorite figure right now, followed by Jin-Lian. Can't wait for Chun Mei, but February is so far away.

Nice review. You hit pretty much everything head on.

Now to see if I can still find that hook.
1年前
Enjoyed reading this well written review with pics. You chose the right variant of her.
Interesting fact I liked is Jin Ping Mei. Now, all three beauties are a must have for me.
The tease from the safe mode is higher, she showing enough skin with that dress and pose.

Thank you for this. :)
1年前