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Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku - Alucard - Dramatic fig

Hey all. Happy Halloween to all of you! Even for those who do not celebrate this holiday, I send my wishes for you to have a fun and enjoyable day. For the occasion, I decided to review a figure that fits the theme of Halloween to some extent. Being half-vampire, I thought it fitting to take a look at Konami’s Alucard.

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While he first appeared in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Alucard is mostly known for his main character role in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. He is the son of Dracula, with his mother being a human. Due to this, Alucard is half-vampire. He goes against his father to protect the human race, remembering the last words of his mother. This figure is based off his Symphony of the Night appearance.

Since this figure of Alucard is rather difficult to come by, I had to make do with buying a previously owned one. Many thanks to timelord_science for helping me by using a proxy to get him for me! Because of the used status, the box is a bit roughed up, and there is the possibility that the figure might have flaws that came from the previous owner’s handling. But after careful examination, I believe the previous owner took very good care of Alucard and that any defects he has were there to start with.

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The front of the box shows Alucard clearly, along with his sword. In the bottom right corner is a drawing of him and another important character from Symphony of the Night, Maria. Maria was meant to come in a set with Alucard; unfortunately, I could only find Alucard. I hope to get Maria later.

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The full versions of the artwork that the figures are based on are on the sides of the box. My assumption is that Maria’s box looks similar, if not identical on the outside. The artwork is nicely done and fitting for Symphony of the Night’s style.

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The back displays how Alucard and Maria are meant to link together by their bases. It also shows how both figures look. They look so nice together… I hope I can find Maria someday.

The color scheme for the box, black and yellow, is a great one. Its tones fit the series well. The 2 you can see is part of the phrase ‘Dramatic Figure Volume 2’, which is the line Alucard and Maria are part of.

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The inside packaging keeps Alucard secure. Whoever used to own him left all of the plastic wrappings inside, so I get the impression Alucard had been carefully kept in thin, plastic sheets until being released. Unfortunately, the inside of the box itself looks bland. Only cardboard is there. It is the only flaw I could find in the otherwise beautiful box.

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I always appreciate a base that is not a simple plastic circle. Alucard’s base looks like sandy ground, perhaps from one of the lower regions of his father’s castle. It has two footprints that clearly show where his shoes are supposed to be inserted. The base’s curve allows Maria’s to be joined with it. It looks wonderful, yet…

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In practice, it does not work well. Neither of the pegs in Alucard’s feet will go in properly. Because of this, he does not stay as stable as desired. I might try filing down the pegs later to see if that helps. As it is, he can use the base, but it looks like he is hovering over it due to the pegs being too long/the holes not being deep enough.

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When I first saw his sword in the box, I was afraid that the previous owner had lost the top half of the hilt. Thankfully this was not the case. Alucard always has the top half in his grip. The blade and the rest of the hilt can be slid into his grasp with ease. Once it is inserted, the sword gets held tightly. There is no danger of it falling out by accident.

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With his sword in hand, Alucard has an awesome pose. Fitting with his cool nature, Alucard looks ready to fight if needed but not eager to get started. I especially like how he holds his cape with his left hand. It makes for a nice touch. In general, I have always been a huge fan of Alucard’s outfit, so I am glad it got replicated so well in this figure.

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The one problem is that Alucard looks like he is tilted from the side. But I think that is because of the pegs not going into the base well. If the base connected smoothly, he would probably look just as good from the sides.

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The tilt is not as noticeable from this side. It is mostly irrelevant due to wanting to see him from the front, but when paired with Maria, this leaning would look tacky. Hopefully fixing the pegs will cure this problem.

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The sculpting is mostly good. His hair has a noticeable line from the back, which hopefully will not be seen much anyway. If the pegs count under sculpting, those are flawed, but that was already covered above. Otherwise, he is smooth and well-made.

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I noticed some flaws in the paint job. A few specks of white were visible on his back, and some of his cape and shirt parts could have been more neatly colored. For the most part, he has good painting, but careful examination makes those errors pretty clear. From a distance, they do not stand out much.

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It thrilled me to discover that a nice figure of Alucard had been made. He was one of my most anticipated figures due to loving his character. Because of this, my enjoyment for him is high. I have to dock some points for his frustrating base and lack of polish in a few areas. Despite that, I love having Alucard in my collection.

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I guess I’m not the only one who thinks he looks good…

If you are a Castlevania fan, or want to collect more male figures, or simply think he looks awesome, Alucard is a great addition to make to your collection. He can be tricky to find, but his price is actually not that high; I got mine for 1200 yen (not counting proxy services and shipment from timelord_science). While he has some problems, the positives greatly outweigh them and make Alucard a wonderful figure to have.

In closing, have a happy Halloween, and make sure you don’t get your blood sucked!
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Scores8/10

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Commentaires6 commentaires

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Zetsubo-sanAs the owner of the Trashy NECA "action figure," I am totally jealous of this fine treasure from Konami.
Congratulations and thank you for this fine review. :)


Poor you! NECA really didn't put much into the Castlevania line from the looks of it. ^_^;;; Best of luck to finding this one. Thanks for the compliment!

Thanks for reading!
Il y a 7 ans
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Zetsubo-san I LOVE HUMANS!!! (or do I? XD)
As the owner of the Trashy NECA "action figure," I am totally jealous of this fine treasure from Konami.
Congratulations and thank you for this fine review. :)
Il y a 7 ans
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TrishlerThank you for your review! This is a great figure I wish to buy someday. Plus, I love Alucard's true name "Adrian Tepes" <3<3<3

I'm glad you found it helpful! Good luck with finding him! And yes, his true name is very nice. =)

Thanks for reading!
Il y a 7 ans
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Thank you for your review! This is a great figure I wish to buy someday. Plus, I love Alucard's true name "Adrian Tepes" <3<3<3
Il y a 7 ans
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rabbitpsychologyWonderful review! It's unfortunate that Alucard and Maria are hard to come by, but you're very lucky to get your own. I own the Judgment Simon and Maria set, and they're pretty well made. Konami should make some more prize figures like this.

And awww, Alu and Remi. Don't make me ship them now... *bricked*


Thanks for the compliment! And yes, I am quite lucky. =D I want Simon and Maria at some point as well, it's just that I have more love for Symphony of the Night than Judgment. I'd be thrilled if Konami made more Castlevania figures like this, or rereleased them...

XD I totally didn't intend to make shipping happen with that but I couldn't resist the idea of a picture like that!

Thanks for reading!
Il y a 7 ans
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Wonderful review! It's unfortunate that Alucard and Maria are hard to come by, but you're very lucky to get your own. I own the Judgment Simon and Maria set, and they're pretty well made. Konami should make some more prize figures like this.

And awww, Alu and Remi. Don't make me ship them now... *bricked*
Il y a 7 ans