Happy 245th Birthday, Beethoven! (Alter figure)

The genius composer’s music has lived on, if not prospered, for centuries where many people (including myself) up to this very day learn and play the works of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Indeed, there is much to say about the sonatas and symphonies, but what about the man behind the music? From what history records tell, there are a few key words that appear frequently: stubborn, competitive, intense, fierce, moe- Wait, WHAT?

This adorable Beethoven is from Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest, an SRPG by Mages Inc. The game was finally published last November by Fruitbat Factory for the U.S., so I plan on checking it out soon. The game features historic icons from around the world, with character designs by Oyari Ashito (a fellow Idolm@ster fan, but as a fair warning, dear reader, he can get a little hardcore, so careful browsing his homepage around the family). I love how they made the characters representing the USA complete scumbags. You have to admit, that’s putting it lightly, but hey, cute is righteous!

Back to Beethoven, or rather, the figure by Alter.

The design is the most interesting I’ve seen of a figure anywhere in a while. One of the first features you notice are the piano keys around the outfit and the sleeves. Throw some rhinestone on it and I bet Liberace would be green with envy. It’s a clever concept that also contrasts with the subdued grey tones that covers the rest of the body; a nod to the popular conscience of a moody Beethoven. The wild and wavy hair on the back of the head is also something I don’t see often on figures. It’s certainly cute and characteristic of the dude’s hairdo (I wonder if the real Beethoven would protest having his hair ruffled?).

A unique feature of the figure is the red velvet on top of the base. This is the first of its kind that I noticed velvet ever being used for a figure to stand on top of. While it adds to the classical nature of the character and look, dusting off velvet is a pain to say the least. I suppose rolling Scotch tape on it could help. Red velvet is classy and sticks out, and that goes double for the dust it collects.

Adding to the music motif, Beethoven is also donning her own brand of headphones, even having her own B symbol; “Hear the music the way Romantic classical composers intended.”Detail isn’t spared for the violin, either. While the shades of brown gives it an authentic appearance, it’s the fact they placed thin and bendable plastic for the strings that makes it come alive, especially when Beethoven’s grasp on the fingerboard is placed with her left hand. Alter could have taken the shortcut on these features, but I like to think they have the same respect for their craft just as the maestro did.

Alter’s take on Beethoven is a treat for those who appreciate subtle details by looking a little bit closer. So much so – and I only caught this bit from reading a description from an online shop – that if you look close into her adoring, blue eyes – and you might have to squint like how I had to – you can see an eighth note in the corner of her gleaming pupil. Now, that’s an eye for music! With her gentle, joyous smile, and liberated stance, this has become my favorite figure I’ve come across to date. Am I bias because I love the fuck out of Beethoven’s music? Maybe! But Alter’s Beethoven captures someone in a moment of passion and creativity, and being a huge lover of music, this is perfect to don on the top shelf above my favorite CDs.

Also, Beethoven wears pink panties.

Here’s to another two centuries of celebrating the music of a brilliant composer! Isn’t it amazing that there’s music so powerful that it can last several lifetimes and still move people the same way from the time when it was created? Even if you’re not much of a fan of classical music, definitely read up on Beethoven. Did you know he tried to get his nephew on his level? Maybe people don’t actually have one good song in them, I guess, even if your uncle is Beethoven.

To cap this post, here’s Schroeder performing my personal Beethoven piece: