I bought this doll out of mere curiosity. Anybody who sees her argues she's representing Fatima Clotho rather than Fatima Lachesis; truly, her appearance in the anime is quite different from what we have here. But Nagano Mamoru, the author of The Five Star Stories, knows better. She IS Lachesis in her future form:
The manufacturer of the doll is Volks, so I expected some derivation of Ultimate Figure Series, probably not jointed... until I received the BOX.
50cm long and very heavy, as if the Fatima was really made of metal. Well, maybe it's just the seller taking precautions and packing her in a box bigger than needed?
No, the doll box is just as big. The doll is 1/4, which, to my surprise, is definitely bigger than an UFS.
Oh my gawd, she's almost 40cm tall! And the body sculpt is different from any I've seen before, as well as the head mold.
Time hasn't been kind to her clothes: her belt flakes. Its covering imitates faux leather; my Free Pose Selection Card Captor Sakura has several outfits made of this stuff, and now it's impossible to put them on her because they almost fall apart.
The rear view reveals Lachesis's long hair.
Lachesis wears her dress over a white blouse.
The further examination led to an unexpected discovery. Sorry for some domestic nudity, but here are her thighs. From the first glance it's obvious that her legs aren't movable! I hastily changed her category in the database to "Limited Poseability".
However, her arms move and her head can turn.
The box contains a black doll stand and a pack of some suspicious "gems" together with a silver sheet. As well as a blue horn.
I really need to read the instruction.
Aww, that's not a horn, that's the memory crystal. Just like in the manga, I'll have to implant it in Lachesis's head. There's a red spot on her forehead marking the right place.
My poor Lachesis, I hoped this spot was actually a ready-made socket. Alas, I had to use scissors and dig a hole in her skull, because the stem of the crystal was too wide to be inserted easily.
Now on to the gems.
Hmm, it says these gems should be first stuck on foil stickers (aka the "silver sheet") and then glued onto the dress. There are markings that you should follow:
I'm not insane enough to use glue on old fabric - it'll burn it right away. I'll use bi-adhesive tape.
There's only one spare gem in the pack. I'd better be very careful.
First you stick the foil...
... and then you stick the tape...
... and at last you stick it to the dress. One done, 23 to go.
At first my cat watched the process, but after gem number 12 he lost interest.
I start suspecting that all this DIY is because Volks was a relatively small company then (although I don't know the year of making, it must be before the Dollfies appeared, maybe around 1990). This doll reminds me of a model kit that has to be finished by the buyer. Anyway, I hate you, Volks.
At last it's over! Front:
That's it, I'm putting her back into her box.
A couple of additional pictures just for pleasure: