After a tremendous delay by Alter on her release date plus a lengthened absence away from blogging, poor Erica’s review was pushed back further than it should. Anyhoos, here’s the Kaarsland Ace all here to make your day better! Sturm!
Hartmann’s box is HUGE and I mean it. Those aerial poses really takes up plenty of real estate so if you’re scarce on space, the Strike Witches might not be ideal.
Right outta the box you get Hartmann in action with her arms spread out and Striker Unit purring!
And despite a single rod supporting her, there aren’t any stability issues whatsoever.
The most important thing, the face! I’m glad to report that it all works out and even though Hartmann’s kinda a goofball on the ground, when she takes to the skies….=3
She has a really simple outfit..just a leather jacket and with believable creases sculpted here and there, it really brings the outfit to life. I do have a beef with her hair though..doesn’t it look abit too neat during flying?
You get an option to switch the propellors but I don’t really see the point. Since Hartmann is stuck in a flying pose..why would her propellors not be spinning? Still nice thought and I know it’s included with all the other Alter Witches.
However the most beautiful aspect of Hartmann gotta be her Striker Unit! Modelled after the Messercharf, the details on this are frigging sweet. Other than the gradient shading across the entire body, you get some wear marks near the exhaust and stuff like that.
The personal emblems together with the Kaarsland logo are also printed on the Striker unit and seriously if you get a chance to see one, just take your time and enjoy yourself.
Check out the Super small print near the exhaust! It’s in German and I’m guessing it’ something along the lines of ‘Stay away from the exhaust’
Accessories wise, there isn’t much but Alter generously provided for an alternate upper body!
On the default pose, you strap her machine gun onto her back and off she goes~
Hartmann seems to be going into her Strum attack in this pose~
The gun’s abit tricky to put in so refer to the instructions to save yourself some grief =3
The submachine gun has some pretty awesome weathering plus varying paint applications to make it another piece of art~ I really dig the silver rod in between the barrel of the gun =D
When you plug in the other body~
So you get 2 choices here, happy or serious Hartmann! That’s really nice and considering that you get an entirely new body (not just arm swaps), I can sorta forgive Alter for the delay.
I’ve always enjoyed the mischievous side of Hartmann more and this winking expression suits her to a tee! Just makes me happy seeing this =3
Not much changes with the other body..creases and stuff to give it a proper leather feel.
Her beret follows through on her simplicity and it complements instead of detracting from the overall picture.
I mean it’s Alter! Most of the time you get a perfectly done up figurine and it’s no different with Hartmann. The only bummer I had was the fact that the Beret couldn’t be removed for use with the other body but overall, you do get what you see. The Striker Units and machine gun are gorgeous and contrasts perfectly with Hartmann’s simplicity and overall despite the slightly higher pricetag, I’m satisfied. However satisfaction doesn’t neccessarily lead to overwhelmed and when all is done and dusted, I can’t fully recommend this release to everyone. Firstly it takes up an enormous amount of space (to display and keep the box) and secondly with a slightly higher price-tag, it will probably deter the casual collector. However if you already have the rest of the girls..this review is probably superfluous….?
And no..I’m not getting the rest of the girls in scale figure forms..=3