In the meantime I got her and although I wanted to join the people who praise the figure, I was underwhelmed when seeing the first user photos. Has my opinion changed now?
From a distance her appearance is quite impressive! The sculptor did a great job creating a dynamic pose. For example, the way her muscles on her arms are sculpted gives you the illusion she's really in a movement.
Sculpt as well as the paint job of the amour has some clever added scuffs and shadings.
In fact, Flare totally fooled me as I was already writing a complain to amiami because I though I received a faulty figure. XD
So far so good, the problems starting on the close look. My figure had some flaws (I mean some not intend ones) on the armour and especially on the hair. Mostly paint defects which I could repair by myself but it must be said the QC of Alter and Flare is constantly getting worse.
Assembling: What I hate the most when I receive a new figure are flaws, but after that it's assembly. Flare didn't prevent me from either of that...but assembly was not that hard as I feared. It wasn't that much to assemble, the parts fit well together and the materials used are quite elastic, so I had no worries braking anything.
By far a better experience than the suffering I always have with GSC's figures.
Compared with Revolve's Jeanne ITEM #465005
the figure sseems a little bit taller to me, the sculpt is slightly more detailed and feels more crispy. Also the paint job feels a bit smoother in the shadings and the paint scheme overall feels like it has a bit more realistic color tones.
But for these features Flare charges 10.000 Yen more than Revolves's version. In my opinion you can't go wrong with any of them and both are sculpted by Master class artists (French Doll and Nobuta).
Price: I don't include the price in my rating. She's certainly not inexpensive compared to similar figures from other manufacturers but it's the buyer who decides what's an acceptable price.
The figure with its masterly made sculpt and color scheme looks exceptionally good. I had my doubts first but now I'm impressed and will definitely keep her.
The flaws aren't as worse like the crime Alter committed with their figure ITEM #464669
but there are several smaller visible flaws and giving a higher rating would be an insult to all the companies who are still able to delight us with flawless or at least almost flawless figures.