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Strike Witches 2 - Gertrud Barkhorn - A.G.P. - Bandai (review)Strike Witches 2 - Gertrud Barkhorn - A.G.P. - Bandai (review)Review

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MaakieMaakie4個月前
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This is a review of a figure in an outfit that is NSFW as she is not wearing pants and has panties fully showing!

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Welcome to my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of Gertrud Barkhorn ENTRY #2021 from Strike Witches ENTRY #2 (this specific figure being from Strike Witches 2 ENTRY #20629 )! This is an action figure ITEM #109652 in the A.G.P. (Armor Girls Project) line ENTRY #32774 and is made by Bandai ENTRY #7624 . The A.G.P. line has the slogan of Armor x Girls and you will find a lot of figures in their line-up from either Mecha Musume franchises or from other franchises, but with armor and weapons added on. The line prides itself in delivering a lot of accessories and big weaponry and is with that a (mostly more expensive) competitor of Figma.

I will start off with telling some more about her background.

Background

Strike Witches is a manga, light novel and anime series with character designs from the famous artist Shimada Fumikane/Humikane ENTRY #21456 . The story line of the franchise takes place in an alternative WWII, where girls with magical powers, called Witches, represent famous pilots and the enemy to be beaten are aliens called Neuroi. Witches are the only people that can wear Striker Units, airplane-legs needed to get close to the Neuroi. The series may be a bit hard to get into as the concept can seem very strange at first, but it's easy to fall in love with the character designs that are a nice mix of cute and fierce.

Gertrud 'Trude' Barkhorn is form Karlsland, an area that can be seen similar to Germany in the World Witches universe. She volunteered for the military from a young age and climbed ranks fast. Generally she is a calm and serious person, but once she 'snaps', she can get really worked up and aggressive. This action figure offers display options for both of her sides.

The reason why and how I got her

She was heavily discounted on HLJ about 5-6 years ago, so I decided to add her into an order I was already placing. I don't have the invoice anymore, but I'm pretty sure that I paid around half of her original retail price of ¥4,500. She was my first A.G.P. figure so I did not have any other reference yet next to 'her probably being a Figma of lower quality, but with more accessories'.

Original art

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As this figure can be posed in a lot of different ways, there is no specific artwork it was modeled after. However with the figure it's overall look, we can assume it was modeled after her anime appearance rather than her artwork by Humikane Shimada.

Video

For people that prefer the box shots, first look and first shots of the figure as a video, please take a look at the inserted video below. For the people interested in pictures: keep on scrolling!



Parts of this video will also appear as gifs during this review!

The Box

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The box window already shows off the huge amount of parts this figure comes with!

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The box has a very flat design, making it easy to store.

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The back of the box shows different poses you can put the figure in and advertises that you should display her with others in the line. This specific figure also comes with a 'holding hands part' (similar to the one that came with Figma Eila ITEM #98903 , which I reviewed here: BLOG #40117 ).

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The front of the box has a licensing sticker from Kadokawa Production.

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The top of the box is sealed with one piece of square tape.

First Look

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The parts this figure comes with:
- Main body with attached faceplate (frowning) and two swappable hands
- Two alternative faceplates (blushing and shouting)
- Alternative hair piece with dog ears
- Dog tail
- Nine additional hands
- One 'holding hands' set
- Striker Units with attached spinning propellers
- Alternative upper leg pieces to use with the Striker Units
- Two alternative static propellers to attach to the Striker Units
- Two MG42 machine guns
- Square base
- Holding peg for into the base

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The instruction sheet shows how to safely swap faceplates, how to assemble and attach the Striker units, what the best hands are and weight distribution is for the machine guns and finally how to attach her to her base.

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While the blue base feel flimsier than the one from a Figma, the base peg actually feels sturdier.

Overview of the joints and movement

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Let's talk about the joints! The arm joints look and feel very similar to Figma, but the knee joints are nicely hidden in the front by the sculpt of her knees. If you display her without any leg bending they fit almost seamlessly together. Furthermore the head can be turned, the upper arms and lower legs swiveled around, the wrists can move freely as well, and there is a bit of movement possible at the ankles.

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There is also a torso joint. It can swivel around and make poses slightly more natural as her back can move a bit.

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Swapping parts around is similar as to other action figures.

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I was surprised at the size of the thigh joints.

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The basic position of the legs without the jacket to hide it, are a bit strange.

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The insertion of the alternative upper legs into the Striker Units feel very secure, because the long peg reaches very far into the legs.

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As I have no other A.G.P. figures currently unboxed (I do have ITEM #103158 in storage), so I could not try out the holding hands part. They are not compatible with Figma or other action figures I own.

It's interesting how the hands look a bit dirty in close-up, as I was newly unboxing this figure.

Pose 1: The grumpy wave

Testing out her stability and the basic faceplate.

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Well, I couldn't help but think this faceplate looks a bit silly, maybe it's the lack of shading or maybe the proportions are a bit off, I can't really pin down what my issue is with it.

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While the holding peg is very long, it does help with proper balancing.

Pose 2: The grumpy fall

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Well, let's start again with this faceplate that I really dislike. I just don't know what's up with it and after this review it was put in the box to never be taken out again.

The hair bangs are sculpted a bit clunky, but overall decent looking.

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The hair sculpt at the back is nicer than the front. I like how the hair gets pulled into the twin tails. The sculpt and paint of the black ribbons is so-so.

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The sculpt and paint of the uniform is decent, but not much special. Specific for each copy there will be small defects, like most of the silver buttons on mine not being painted super even.

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I like the sculpt of the jacket pockets and the open front part. The paint however, could have been done better. On my copy specifically the white parts are very messy.

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The shoes have a nice sculpt as well. I especially like how the upper part looks.

Pose 3: Blushing face and 'walking' in Striker Units

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You'll notice that Gertrud gets a lot taller when wearing the Striker Units, so more of that long arm peg is used now.

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This faceplate just also feels really off. I appreciate the use of blush (something that gets forgotten on a lot of figures), but I think the combination of the very low eyebrows and the very dropped down mouth just make it look weird.

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However, the Striker Units are looking incredible. Most of the paint is very well applied and all the details are there in the sculpt.

Pose 4: Attack mode!

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This pose is what I've been wanting to do since unboxing this piece! Now this action figure is making full use of her accessories and posability options!

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The straps on the machine guns are made from actual ribbon fabric.

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The sculpt of the machine gun is nice as well, the painting basic, but does it's work. I especially like the front parts of the gun.

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This faceplate is the only faceplate I find good looking on the figure. Although it still feels a bit 'flat', the proportions seem more right. The sculptors at Bandai are definitely more experienced with machine parts and weapons rather than human characters.

Gertrud's' dog ears have a big seamline, which is unfortunate to show at the front (rather than the manufacturer hiding it at the bottom or sanding these better).

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My specific copy of this figure has a very random white scuff at the end of one of the machine guns.

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I like how the base mentions her name and unit, together with the logo of the figure line.

Size comparison

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Gertrud scales well with Figma, but some parts are a bit off. The Striker Units look bigger on Eila even though Gertrud's body is bigger. Furthermore, Gertrud her face is definitely smaller. It feels like Eila has more anime-proportions and Gertrud more human. Depending on how you display the figure, the difference between the two types of action figures can be barely noticeable.

For me the biggest gripe when displaying the two together is the difference in quality of the faces rather than the sizes.

The Points

Positive
- Comes with a huge amount of parts to play with!
- A very nice compact box that is easy to store.
- Can be displayed together with other 1/12 action figures, such as Figma.

Neutral
- In my opinion, only one of the three faceplates was actually nice enough looking to use for displaying (don't know if that is just a personal gripe, or other people also dislike these faceplates).

Negative
- More paint letdowns than expected.
- Lower quality overall compared to other action figures in similar sizes, such as Figma.

The Scores

Sculpting 7/10
Definitely not top-notch, decent enough for the expectations I had for this figure.

Painting 6/10
More letdowns than expected, some shading and more precision on smaller details would have been nice.

Posability 8/10
The way the joints can move, give you a lot of display options. It's also impressive how they managed to make movable legs with Striker Units attached. The high amount of parts also gives for many display options.

Base 8/10
The look is a bit simple, but I like the addition of the names and logo's and the movement of the peg is very nice.

Packaging 8/10
I like how flat and compact the packaging is, even though the figure comes with a lot of parts.

Enjoyment 8/10
As there is no other action figure counterpart of Gertrud (except for the Nendoroid), I think this figure is a nice addition to my Strike Witches collection.

Conclusion

If you like Gertrud and like action figures, this figure is basically your only choice. She definitely does not reach the quality of an Figma or other higher-end action figure, but she is decent for the price you pay. I would only recommend her for Gertrud-fans and people heavily into collecting Strike Witches merchandise. If you would like a Gertrud figure in general, I rather recommend to look at her scale figures, especially this one ITEM #78365 from Alter which sells for only ¥6K-¥7K on average.

Availability

This Gertrud originally released for ¥4,500 and now is commonly in stock at second hand stores for ¥3K-¥4K. I say you get about the quality expected with that price.

And to finish it!

Currently all my collection is boxed away because of my emigration, but here is how she was displayed:

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On a busy Strike Witches shelf while I was re-arranging other shelves to fit them better. I'm still thinking for my new displays to go for character-specific shelves as I've acquired so much merchandise from all the girls over the years.

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about this older MegaHouse figure from Ymir ITEM #2355 , who I think needs some special attention with MegaHouse being so much in a negative light lately.

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評分7/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posability
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

留言8

victorviper4個月前#76906781Doubtful. I have only a handful of Figmas - I'm just not a big fan of the teeny-tiny scale.

Yeah even though I like the posability and accessories of most, they are indeed very small. Most of mine were bought on sale, I think I have only one smaller scaled action figure where I paid more than $50 for.

Cloudberry4個月前#76907468Ah, Strike Witches, one of the first anime that introduced us to the combination of cute girls and weapons~
I really like the attack mode the most. I think she looks great in that pose. Her blushing and regular face plate reminds me of grumpy cat though...
And the grumpy fall gif made me laugh haha...


They certainly weren't the first, but I think they do are one of the first with such a big main cast of girls with the weapons combination!

Haha it's the ':C' mouth, right? Those faceplates are so awkward...I just had to make jokes about them, because they were shoved back into the box directly after this review.
4個月前
Ah, Strike Witches, one of the first anime that introduced us to the combination of cute girls and weapons~

I really like the attack mode the most. I think she looks great in that pose. Her blushing and regular face plate reminds me of grumpy cat though...

And the grumpy fall gif made me laugh haha...
4個月前
Maakie
Do you think you might ever get this figure (on sale) for your SW collection?


Doubtful. I have only a handful of Figmas - I'm just not a big fan of the teeny-tiny scale.
4個月前
ZoidsFanatic24個月前#76863974Well none of the faces I have a major issue with except the first one’s blushing face seems a bit dirty to me. But that could also just be me and loving to play with my figures. That said the construction of my two are completely different. The first one fells looser and the tail was a pain to insert. Second one felt tighter and the tail was much easier to plug in. Plus second one was easier to pose and held the posers tighter. Could just be the first one was second-handed and displayed or played with before while the second was new in box.
I still have all the pictures, so maybe I should rewrite some of those old blogs.


Hrmm, interesting. So that is something that might happen to my copy if I change poses and parts a lot. The tail on mine went fine, it was actually something I was a bit scared about because on my SW Figma, their tails like to fall out at any moment.

I think quite some people would be interested in that, if you feel motivated to do so. :) I had this 'other way around'-thing happening to me a couple of months back: Lost all my image hosting (text still there). I'm slowly fixing up those blogs but it's really demotivating when something like that happens...

victorviper4個月前#76864387Interesting that this Barkhorn has lots of display options, but I agree that the face parts could have been better done. The only one that truly looks Barkhorn-like is the open mouth one; with the others, her face looks too...I don't know...round?

It's hard to pinpoint for me as well, because her face is actually smaller than the Figma counterparts, but still it feels too...wide for me I guess. Luckily at least one face plate is good, so I'll permanently leave that one on.

Do you think you might ever get this figure (on sale) for your SW collection?
4個月前
Interesting that this Barkhorn has lots of display options, but I agree that the face parts could have been better done. The only one that truly looks Barkhorn-like is the open mouth one; with the others, her face looks too...I don't know...round?
4個月前
Maakie4個月前#76861877Hehe, I remember pictures showing up from her in your blogs! Maybe you have at least the pictures stored somewhere on your computer if the blogs don't exist anymore?
My scoring also takes into consideration her price: Which back then was around the same for a Figma, but this A.G.P. throws a lot more parts and display options at you.
Well, see this as a moment to add your gripes about this figure! Do you also have the same issue as me with finding 2/3 of her faceplates awkward?
Thanks for liking the review! :)


Well none of the faces I have a major issue with except the first one’s blushing face seems a bit dirty to me. But that could also just be me and loving to play with my figures. That said the construction of my two are completely different. The first one fells looser and the tail was a pain to insert. Second one felt tighter and the tail was much easier to plug in. Plus second one was easier to pose and held the posers tighter. Could just be the first one was second-handed and displayed or played with before while the second was new in box.

I still have all the pictures, so maybe I should rewrite some of those old blogs.
4個月前
ZoidsFanatic24個月前#76844115Ah, my first ever figure. Even had a few articles just about her back in the day (really should have saved those). I’ve got to admit, that’s a lot more positive than I would say about her. Which is even more ironic as I have two, the second I bought specifically for display purposes.
Great review!


Hehe, I remember pictures showing up from her in your blogs! Maybe you have at least the pictures stored somewhere on your computer if the blogs don't exist anymore?

My scoring also takes into consideration her price: Which back then was around the same for a Figma, but this A.G.P. throws a lot more parts and display options at you.

Well, see this as a moment to add your gripes about this figure! Do you also have the same issue as me with finding 2/3 of her faceplates awkward?

Thanks for liking the review! :)
4個月前
Ah, my first ever figure. Even had a few articles just about her back in the day (really should have saved those). I’ve got to admit, that’s a lot more positive than I would say about her. Which is even more ironic as I have two, the second I bought specifically for display purposes.

Great review!
4個月前
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