15 April 2009

Yagami Hayate - Alter

Yagami Hayate.

While everyone already doing their review on Haruhi Gekisou version, I'm still stuck on editing Hayate's photos which already stacked in the last March. I've done this photo session in March, but I'm too busy just for editing the photos and doing this post, so i pushed myself to find a spare time for editing and writing.

Anyway, this is Yagami Hayate, from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (eveyone should know her), manufactured by Alter. This is so far... the most expensive figure i have in my collection.

Manufactured by Alter.

Alter sure is amazing for this past months, starting from May 2008. And in this year 2009, Alter never cease to amaze us with their masterpieces, like Fate Sonic form, Nanoha with her ultimate form (forgot the name), etc. And i, as Alter fan, will keep collecting figures from Alter. Hayate is one example of Alter's masterpiece, and i think this figure was the first great move Alter did in figure world.

Meister des nachthimmels.

In Nanoha StrikerS, Hayate has a small number of action scene, and she's stuck on her office work most of the time. While she has the lowest battle scene compared to Fate and Nanoha, her battle jacket, skills, rank, power, devices, and whatever power she has are beyond amazing, even more than Fate and Nanoha IMO (please... no offense to Fate and Nanoha fans). This figure gives Hayate a chance to show up in community, and makes us realize how great she is.

Sorry, only normal form here.... no unison form and no Rein.

This figure has some noticeable features like: Hayate in normal form, Hayate in unison form, Reinforce with her own base, and Reinforce sitting on her wing. I'm sorry to tell you that in this photo session, you'll only see Hayate in normal form. Well.. it's just i was too carried away taking pictures of her, and i forgot to change her form, and also forgot to take a picture of Reinforce.

Her face skin is just too pale, but you won't see it here.

I like her face and those blue eyes. Her face is just so pretty, yet so cool. Notice that these photos have gone through 3 steps: camera settings, DPP editing, and Photoshop editing. As i said before, Alter's figures skin tones are pale, while in this photos, her skin looks livelier than the real one. That's because I've done color manipulation using RAW, picture style setting, and white balance. I don't know why Alter keeps doing that pale skin tone on their figures.

Very cool indeed...

Talk about her eyes, well... yes... her eyes need a highlight, so i did this on her eyes. Wow.. her eyes just look soooo cool in this photo. I wonder how a figure sculptor and painter, make her eyes look so beautiful like this. Eyes are very small parts and need high patience and skills to make parts like that.

Her favorite hairpin.

Hayate's signature hairpin. I wouldn't want to miss this in the photo session. Even in her office getup, she still wears that hairpin. I don't know if it has a special meaning on it, but i guess it's just an official standard accessories like Haruhi's hairband.

Hayate's battle jacket's hat.

Hayate's hat, one of her battle jacket equipment. I've tried taking of her hat after she was arrived, but i notice something was lacking, so yes... she's better with her hat on. Anyway, I've already watched StrikerS, but i never notice those ribbons behind her hat, and now i know Hayate's hat has those ribbons.

Hayate's battle jacket.

Can you count, how many episodes Hayate wore this battle jacket? Or just count how many minutes she wore that? If you really count it, i think you'll end up with small number. So yeah, Hayate in her battle jacket need more highlight. Her inner jacket has the similar design as Rein's, except they have different colors. And She has a outer vest similar to Nanoha's, complete with long sleeve, white color, and blue edges.

Great quality, great sculpt, great paintjob.

I never knew Hayate's battle jacket has so much details, and many thanks goes to Alter for bringing that details alive in this figure. Her paintjob is also awesome, with that folds and shading around the jackets. I found a very small and unnoticed flaw in this figure, other than that, everything looks so perfect!

Nice chest... but well... just to let you know.

Hmm... nice chest, but not too big to brag about. Well... her chest (here) has a so-so size. Well... the main reason you bought this figure isn't to find sexiness, but coolness. That's why i never bought a flat chested bikini character figure, because you're buying bikini figure because you need sexiness, and you buy an action themed figure because you need coolness.

Hey... it's painted fingernail! Kinda invincible because it's pale pink colored.

After Reinforce's floating book, and now Hayate's floating book. Looks like it was floating in the promotional photos, but yeah... the secret lies on her wrist, left wrist to be exact. The photo above explains it all. And also, notice that her nails are painted. Yes... painted fingernails! I'm pretty sure that some of you Hayate owner haven't notice this until you saw this photo. That's because some figure collectors often skip on examining the whole figure from different angles and just put it on their rack or desk or whatever place. Please... don't let that habit prevents you from discovering how great a figure is.

Writings inside Buch Der Nachthimmel.

Buch Der Nachthimmel, her book device. Once again, you'll miss this writing if you just put your figure and just keep watching her from the front. It's a small book, so the writings are also small, it's unreadable, but at least you can see the drawing there.

Magic book.

The sculpt on her book cover is just too amazing! The details are just to amazing, especially on the front cover. Moreover, the shading on the book is also awesome! This book has so many magic in the anime, and Alter make this book in this figure also like magic!

Her right hand with Schwert-Kreuz.

With book on her left hand, she has her wand, Schwert-Kreuz, on her right hand. Although her hand looks pretty firm on grabbing the wand, it's also easy to take her wand off. So watch out when you grab her around the wand.

Violet pearl, anyone ever notice this in the anime?

I never knew that there's a beautiful violet pearl on her back edge of her wand in the anime. So yeah... i just knew after I've done this photo session. Anyway, you can take off this blue part to insert the wand on Hayate's hand.

Schwert-Kreuz, as cool as it sounds.

I like this wand, it's cool and i think has a cooler shape than Bardiche and Raging Heart IMO. This wand also has a part where it was wrapped with bandage. Usually that's where i put Hayate's hand.

Parts around her hip.

Around her hip, there's these armor parts. I'm not really interested with these parts. But one thing you should know that, in the anime, these parts are made of metal, and Alter didn't forget to put glossy paint on it to make a metal feeling on it.

Why Alter keep making figure with pale skin tone?

Usually, legs are parts where i bragged about the skin. Well... yes... Alter's skin tone is just too pale as always. I don't know if this has already become Alter's characteristic on making figure or they already tried to fix it. But yeah... the only thing i don't like in Alter's figure is just this pale skin, that's all.

Her big cape which made the box also big.

This is the part which made the box big, just like Fate Burst version's cape. If i can remove it, i think I'll remove it. Yeah... because i don't really like this big cape. But oh well, what can we do? It's her equipment anyway.

Mandatory pantie shot.

Oopss... i wouldn't forget to do this pantie shot. It's black, so it blends perfectly with the shadow, makes it kinda unseen. But yeah... it's just a service from me. XD

The 6 black wings, i've said 1.5 year ago.

My otaku friend asked me 1.5 year ago, "Dude, is there any Hayate figure exist?", and i answered "No... Fate and Nanoha are more popular and no love for Hayate, so there's no Hayate figure around.", and i continued "But that would be cool if Hayate figure was exist, with the battle jacket and those 6 black wings, it must be COOL!!". I never expected that there will be Hayate figure like this at that time, and now i've seen it and have it on my collection.

Cool... really cool!

Those 6 black wings are the coolest parts in this figure. One and a half year ago i imagined Hayate figure with her 6 black wings, and now my imagination became reality. Her 6 black wings look really cool, especially with that transparent effect on it.

Watch out of breaking the wings.

Alter's really did a very good job on this figure. The wings are attached on certain places and make them look really floating. Just like what they did on Rein's book and Hayate's book. The sculpt on her wings are also great. The only thing i'm afraid is, breaking her wings, because the wings is somewhat thin, and it could break easily.

POI: Hayate herself!

POI? well... Hayate (character) herself is the POI! Hayate never got enough love, and she doesn't get much screen time, especially her action. This figure gives Hayate the chance to show the world how great she is (i think i've said that before XD). Eventhough you're not Hayate's fans, i think most of you would want to get this figure.

That's pretty long! Well... that's it for now. Expect more anime review and Nyx's photo session in the coming posts. So.... see you at the next post!


  1. I really love your photos. Nice macro pictures you took in there. What camera did you used?

  2. Thanks! I used Canon EOS 400D, mounted with EF-S 18-55mm lens (a standard lens).

  3. wow!!!! u actually bought her :D cool... since her prices is really really expensive :D

    nice review and good lighting :D

  4. Yeah... i actually bought it, i know it's expensive, but my instinct told me to go for it.

  5. Despite not having the space to place her, I still really really want here everytime I see a review from here and there.
    The biggest hold back was here shipping cost given the sere size of her. More than $50AUD to get her here is just ridiculous and I don't know if u know, I HATE paying for shipping cost and if there was a figure shop here, I would literally go out and grab her myself. T_T

    Good shoot as always. I kinda find ur shoots are not getting the appreciation as the others or is it just me?

  6. Wow, AUD 50? That's just too much. And yeah... this figure's problem is the size. But that's mean you won't get the next Alter's Fate Sonic and Nanoha (ultimate form), because those 2 figures will be bigger than Hayate.

  7. Alter Nanoha I will make an exception considering I'm such a big Nanoha fanboy. xD

  8. nice hayate yagami figure... the detail's are awesome.