by: Peter Ong [ ]
North Star Models
54mm “Savior of the Galaxy (Female)”
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 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.
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.