Body Chan

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My long-awaited Body Chan figure from Bandai finally arrived. She’s meant to be an artist’s model, or as the packaging proclaims “Pursuing Character Expression through Humanoid Action.” I had hoped to use her as a modern miniatures set figure, alongside Stormy and Zilly, or maybe to even replace them. She’s incredibly posable with like 30  points of articulation (some incomprehensible), several sets of hands, and essential modern accessories: smartphone, tablet, flip phone?, laptop, gun, katana. I so wanted to love her.

But. For my purposes, she’s too distracting: very naked (although she is sculpted with underpants on), and too slight (and anorexic) — in some areas — with thighs narrower than her lower legs, and five inches tall. Too anime. (Although this is Bandai’s express intention: “By design that commitment pulled, and reproduce the optimal head and body balance in anime characters.”)

Still. Very expressive and well-made. There is a male figure available, as well — I hope assume he has his underpants on, too. Both come in two colors: pale orange (pictured) and gray, which I thought looked like the sad shadow of death.

I know I tried to use this model outside its intended purpose, and really, it’s beautifully made, and I got it on sale at half-price, and she’ll be fun to pose in unexpected locations, so I’m not totally disappointed. Maybe tomorrow, there could be a Bandai meetup with the aforementioned characters… unless it’s just too dissonant to post.

8 thoughts on “Body Chan

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Yes, and the slightly-too-large head. She is meant to be a posing model, so perhaps the lack of facial features is intentional, to give the artist free expression. And she is *very* posable :)
      Or maybe she’s an fugitive from the Many-Faced God.

  1. Sheila says:

    It looks like an alien with no face and no hair.

    It needs some clothes or something. You don’t want to scare Stormy and Zilly

    • Nancy Enge says:

      I know what you mean, Sheila :) Alas, she’s a misunderstood anime posing model. “By limiting the range of motion, unnatural pose has become a mechanism that can not be taken.”
      Somehow, I think adding anything to her would make the disconnect more disturbing.
      *hums Born This Way*

  2. Barbara W. says:

    Funny how Zilly can get away without wearing clothes. Miss Chan would be helpful as a model for figure drawing.

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