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54mm
Savior of the Galaxy (Female)
North Star Model's Savipr of the Galaxy (Female)
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by: Peter Ong [ TRISAW ]

North Star Models
54mm “Savior of the Galaxy (Female)”

Introduction:

North Star Models of Lativa, European Union, has produced some interesting and unique resin model kits and the “Savior of the Galaxy” series are some of them. Wearing full body armor and armed with futuristic high-tech devices and weapons, this series of figures depict most of the elements a Science-Fiction figure modeler wants and craves for. The options included in some of the kits give the modeler a choice of two heads and weapons to customize the figure with.

The Kit:

The kit contains the following parts:
• Resin body complete with legs, boots, body armor, arms, and straps molded on
• Two heads: One with a bun and one with short hair curved around the ears
• Helmeted head
• Curved rifle with right hand, Option #1
• Straight rifle with carrying handle and right hand, Option #2
• Pistol with no hands attached
• Wooden base

The “Savior of the Galaxy (Female)” kit comes in a stiff cardboard box with a line drawing of the figure on the box cover. The gray resin parts are in a sealable plastic bag with a black-painted wooden base wrapped in plastic wrap. The base is a nice addition as most resin figure kits do not come with any base.

The one-piece resin body has all the features of a futuristic Science-Fiction female warrior; it comes with segmented body armor reminiscent of the “lorica segmentata” body armor worn by the ancient Romans. The layering of the armored segments and the crisp molding of the buckles just looks awesome. No seam lines, flash, or air bubbles are detectable to detract from the smooth curves of the armored plates. The breast, abdomen, back, thigh, and armored boots conform well to the female anatomy. This figure has long shapely slender legs and arms and kind of has the appearance of a runway model, not too cartoonish and yet not ultra-realistic either but just the correct touch and mix of the two aspects. The left arm is molded bent with the molded-on left hand resting on the left hip whereas the right arm is more or less straight and devoid of a hand. The right hand is attached to either one of the two rifle options so the right arm should be holding a rifle. I really like the one-piece cast and found my piece devoid of any imperfections, which is a very good aspect considering how fine and smooth the segmented armor is. The body armor conforms very well, custom-designed and fits almost like a glove.

North Star Models gives the figure modeler an option of three heads, one with a helmet and two without. The helmetless heads come in either a tied bun or short neck-length hair that curves around the ears. Both heads have crisp details and fine lines for the hair. The facial features look excellent, soft, subtle, and distinctly feminine, mature and yet youthful. The helmet-head looks equally fine with a visor, mouthpiece, ear microphone devices, and segmented armor. Best of all, the heads are proportional to the body and the neck should fit right into the body socket.

The two weapons are casted extremely well. The straight rectangular rifle has the right hand attached to the trigger grip. The rifle is cast as one piece along with the armored gloved hand. Again, no visible seam lines or imperfections were detected on this amazingly thin piece of resin that is perfectly straight and full of indentations and surface detailing. Even with the grooves, the piece is substantially thick enough to not bend or be weakened by the grooving and channeling to depict the weapon’s design.

The arced rifle also follows the same design philosophy of having the right hand on the trigger grip and the left hand under the barrel. This rifle has a triangular buttstock, yet despite this, measures about the same length as the rectangular rifle.
The armored gloved hands on both rifles have cylinder pins on the wrist end for joining to the holes in the armored arms.

The line art on the box cover shows the buttstock of the second option rifle on the back of the figure. The pistol has no hands attached and therefore cannot be held in the right arm; however, he pistol could be placed on the rear waist on the back of the armored belt. Thus, this female warrior could carry three weapons, one in the right hand and two on the back. There are no attachment points on the body armor’s back so one could assume the secondary rifle and pistol attaches via some magnetic fasteners on the body armor.

Conclusion:

The proportions of this female figure look excellent, the engineering precise and well thought through. This figure lacks the seam lines and flash that could detract or mar the intricate and complex curved segmented body armor, giving the casting process a huge score of almost perfection. Very few scale Sci-Fi figures are produced outside of Anime and North Star Models has produced a series that appear exceptional, masterful, and futuristic.

Special Thanks to North Star Models for the review sample. Painted photos and photos with a blue background are from North Star Models's website and are used with permission.
SUMMARY
Highs: Exceptional-quality casting, crisp details, shapely feminine body and heads, and nicely detailed guns.
Lows: None detected.
Verdict: A true gem of a scale female Sci-Fi figure for the resin market.
Percentage Rating
97%
  Scale: 54mm
  Suggested Retail: $30 USD
  Related Link: Savior of the Galaxy--Female
  PUBLISHED: Jul 21, 2013
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.47%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.09%

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About Peter Ong (Trisaw)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I model modern topics, mainly post 1991 Gulf War onwards. My modeling interests include: * Science-fiction/ fantasy * 1/100 Gundam * 1/35 armor * Kitbashed projects * Special Forces * Resin or plastic modern figures * 1/24 Police, fire, medical, and Government vehicles * Rare, unique, ori...

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Comments

Nice figure, thanks for the review Pete. One thing though; Latvia is not a part of Russia for quite some time now. It is an independent country, a member of European Union. Mario
JUL 21, 2013 - 01:01 AM
thanks for the review, I have both the male and female figures on order so it's good to know that they are well cast
JUL 21, 2013 - 01:33 AM
Thanks for the FYI, Mario. I corrected this for both reviews. I mean "EU" was right on the box art...so why didn't I see that before?
JUL 21, 2013 - 01:46 PM
Cool! Some Mass Effect figures (ok, unlicensed but what the hell ). I hope the range expands to cover other characters.
JUL 21, 2013 - 02:04 PM
My two figures arrived today Very nice, although there is a bit of flash and a minor seam line to clean up but nothing serious. Now to wait for the 'vehicle' and other figures I have on order from elsewhere and then the dio can be started
JUL 22, 2013 - 04:54 PM
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