Figma has always had strong offerings when it comes to video-game figures. Metroid, Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, Fate/Grand Order, and Death Stranding are few of the games they have a license to make action figures from and for the most part, they really delivered.
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When Figma got the Overwatch license and produced a prototype, it didn’t elicit much reaction from me simply because I wasn’t a big fan of the game. Oh, I think the game’s fun and there had been many entertaining matches that I’ve seen during competitions and in You Tube. But I just have a love-hate relationship with first-person shooters in general and Overwatch interests me in the aesthetics department, but not so much in the actual gameplay.
When the D.Va Figma was announced, I immediately took a liking to it. It didn’t matter that it was a figure of a character I barely know, from I game I played little of, I was attracted to her design, the idea that she is some idol with sponsors. A quick look at her biography in the Overwatch Fandom Wiki, “she is a former professional gamer and a mech pilot who is participating in her country’s special force to combat a colossal Omnic’s devastating invasion.”
So let me get this straight: she’s a 19-year old former professional gamer who is a mech pilot? Doesn’t get any morr “Gundam” than that. So I signed in on a pre-order from Backstreet Toys, and got this baby.
The figure is standard Figma, with excellent details all through-out. This means that Figma D.VA is very articulate, and surprisingly easy to pose. One big reminder for collectors though, is that the figure has a lot of small parts that can easily get lost. Her bubble-gum piece in particular, almost got lost when I popped it out of the plastic case.
The sponsorship labels in her suit are surprisingly detailed, as is the sticker you can wrap around the soda can to serve as a “label”. Her facial expressions are very entertaining and can bring about varied and funny poses. Interesting point are the hands, there are hands that allow her to make a “heart” sign like an idol, a hand clutching a smart phone, a hand with the peace sign, and several other standard Figma hands that gives this figure a lot of personality.
As with any Figma, you can swap facial expressions and hair-pieces. My personal favorite is the one with a cap. The look just feels “clean” to me. You can have fun mix and matching faces to the hands to bring out D.Va’s personality. I even made her look like a celebrity with a bad-ass bodyguard.
If there is a downside to this figure, it’s probably due to the fact that some of its parts can be easily lost. When it does, it can affect your overall enjoyment of it since her myriad of expressions is what makes this figure work. And just like any Figma, it can be lost because of its size. Detail has its price.
All in all, I had fun with this figure. The many expressions really brings out D.Va’s charm, and if you’re careful, you can play her around with other Figma and SH Figuarts figures for sometimes hilarious results. If you are a fan of Overwatch, or just fancy collecting figures, then this one is for you.