I recently received one of my most anticipated Naruto Shippuden statues arriving this year, Jimei Palace Pain. This is also my first statue from Jimei Palace, so I was excited to finally see the quality of their statues firsthand.
This statue shows Pain performing the Chibaku Tensei (Planetary Devastation), which is one of my favorite moments in the entire series, so I had to have this one. There are some many statues of Pain out there, but in my opinion, this is the best statue to release of him so far. Learn more about why I think it is below!
As always with statue reviews, I'll be reviewing this statue in the following areas: Shipping and packaging, design and concept, and paint and sculpt.
Before I get into the review though, I've included a link to my YouTube channel below where I unbox and review this statue. If you want an all-around look of Jimei Palace's Pain and all of the details on this statue, including the light-up feature, definitely check out that video and be sure to stick around to the showcase at the end.
Jimei Palace Pain Unboxing
Shipping & Packaging
This statue came shipped in a total of one box. There was a cardboard box that the artbox came shipped in and within the artbox was a sturdy foam insert that was held together securely with velcro straps. The artbox featured photos of the statue as well as the Jimei Palace and Naruto Shippuden logos. All in all, the statue arrived safely and nothing came broken, so I was really impressed with the quality of their packaging and how they chose to package the pieces.
Concept & Design
Concept and design-wise, the way all the pieces key in together to form the overall setting of this scene is well-thought-out. With all of the rocky debris and all of the dust cloud pieces that go on this statue, this statue has a lot going on. But the way they added these pieces atop one another to further build upon the grandiosity of this moment makes this one of the most well-engineered statues we’ve assembled so far.
There were no fit issues while assembling this statue, so it is well-designed. But I will note that there are a lot of pieces that are somewhat similar looking, like the rocks and effect pieces, so this statue had a longer assembly time than the rest of the statues in my collection due to the number of pieces it has. Luckily, this statue came with assembly instructions that were super helpful.
One thing that some people may notice about this statue though is the fact that the sphere in the center, which is normally a black sphere, is clear here. I’m guessing they made this clear and transparent as an interpretation and maybe because a black sphere wouldn't easily let light shine through. I think they were just looking for a different effect here and made choices that would further enhance the look of the LEDs in the sphere here.
I personally don’t mind this because the transparent, clear sphere allows the light to really shine through on the statue and it looks great when lit and even has this opalescent effect as light moves through it. With that being said, it isn't accurate to this scene so I see why others might not be happy with this choice.
They also added clear resin effect pieces that look a lot like what we see on some Dragon Ball statues. These are interpretations that are meant to show the massive amount of energy that’s being expelled during this scene and they are all sculpted upward, which leads your eye from the base to the top of the sphere in its center. I don't mind these additions because they add more motion and color to this piece.
I really love how they were able to achieve the look as if these pieces of rocky Earth and rubble are floating and are actually being pulled in by the force of the sphere. It’s a really cool effect and how they engineered this to look as if it's forming around the sphere in the center and levitating there is incredible. This is an area in which Jimei Palace really excelled on this statue.
The concept here is just really well done. The pose they put him in looks powerful with his Akatsuki cloak half ripped down his body like it is when he is performing the Planetary Devastation. I also like that his hands are clasped far down enough that you are able to see all of the details on his face when you put it on. It's just a really powerful looking statue all-around.
From concept to fruition, Jimei Palace is a studio that always seems to set the bar and their Pain statue is a remarkable addition to their growing line of anime statues from the series.
Paint & Sculpt
First off, there are many different rocks that come with this statue and they all feature similar texturing and paint that make them look real. They are sculpted in a way that makes them look as if they have broken apart from the Earth, which is nice.
This statue also came with some rocky pieces that are sculpted with dust clouds around them. The dust clouds that are added add this illusion and shooting effect that makes them look as if they are being projected towards the sphere, which is really cool. They also have a more natural, subtle debris-filled look to them with the way they shaded and painted them.
As for the clear resin effect pieces, they transform from these deeper golds to brighter yellows and I really enjoy the colors they chose to paint these in.
Where they really impressed me the most though, is on Pain's body and head sculpts. He has his necklace around his neck and they painted his fingernails red and he has his Akatsuki ring on his right thumb, which are all accurate. Also, hands have to be incredibly hard to sculpt, especially when they are clasped together, but they did a great job here.
The subtle shading on his body adds more definition and the black receivers that resemble piercings are cleanly painted as well, which is also shown on head sculpts. The way they sculpted his cloak flying outwards from the force of all that is happening around him, makes him look that much more imposing in the wide-legged stance he’s in. The Akatsuki clouds on his cloak are painted with a bold white outline on them too that makes them pop even more.
As far as the head sculpts go, Jimei Palace's Pain has the best portraits I’ve ever seen of him. This is the most accurate I’ve seen from a studio in terms of likeness for Pain’s main face, Yahiko, with all of his features and his characteristic spiky orange hair.
The first head sculpt shows him with his headband on. All of those concentric circles of the Rinnegan in his eyes are perfectly spaced apart. The spikes in his hair look amazing and are incredibly sculpted. They even added in some touches of light orange against the darker shades to add some highlights in his hair. The furrow of his brows and the intense yet expressionless look they achieved also look awesome. All of the piercings on his face and ears have been recreated as well and the paintwork on these is clean and precise.
The second portrait shows him without his headband on and features the same high-level of detailing in the hair and on his face. He also has a slightly different expression on this one with the corners of his mouth turned down.
And finally, there's the base. The base has a minimal look to it, which I like, but it also has a lot of nice detailing. There's a badge in its center, which has this silver metallic finish and is made to look like the plate on his headband. It comes separately sculpted and keys into the center of the base with a magnet.
The rest of the base is painted in a matte black but there’s a band in the center that is painted in a deep red color and has a pattern of the Akatsuki clouds all around it. All of these details are painted on in a way that they appear raised or inset in the base by the way, which is nice.
Atop the base, you have this rocky ground which is protruding outwards over the edges as if it is split and more dust clouds which are sculpted atop it. This is built upon with more separately sculpted rock and cloud pieces. The only thing I will say is that some of the areas where the clouds meet the rock aren’t 100% flush, so you can see some small gaps between them on occasion, but that's just me being nit-picky.
To me, this is hands down the best statue of Pain that has released so far. While they may have taken some liberties on this statue, the head sculpts are the most accurate I've seen and the body sculpt is done really well also.
Pain’s sculpt is one of the biggest highlights of this statue, but the way they got all of the rocks around him to look as if they are really flying upwards is incredible. And the way they got all of those rocks to look as if they are actually being pulled in by the sphere is phenomenal as well.
This one has a powerful presence and you can feel the energy that’s radiating from this statue thanks to the pose they put him, the effect pieces they added, and all of these elements that are seemingly defying gravity.
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