When I feel like playing some battle royale, I usually reach for Apex Legends. And as my friends would tell you, I almost exclusively play the medic class in every multiplayer game. If a teammate doesn’t steal Lifeline from me before the match, she’s my go-to Legend.

I was browsing around, wanting to update my action figure collection in late April 2021. Besides the Ellie statue from Last of Us 2 (review here), I also ordered this Lifeline Nendoroid figure.

I’ve been aware of Nendoroid figures for a few years now and they’re so cute! I helped my friend pick a Link Nendoroid and since he’s been really happy with it, I decided to pre-order this figure.

Apex Legends Lifeline Nendoroid Review

Overview

  • Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
  • Release date: June 2021
  • Product number: 1477
  • Ages: 15+
  • Height: 3.9 inches (~ 10 cm)
  • Width: 2.16 inches (~5.5 cm)
  • Weight (figure only): 2.32 ounces (~ 66 g)
  • Material: ABS, PVC
  • Box: 6.81 (h) x 5.31 (w) x 3.54 (d) inches (~17.3 x 13.5 x 9 cm)

While this figure was announced in November 2020 and pre-orders were available soon after, I only stumbled upon it in late April, so I didn’t have to wait as long as others. The figure arrived in the beginning of August 2021.

It seems that there are some delays for various markets and the Lifeline figure is set to be released in late August or September 2021 in some countries. You can either pre-order it or order it from overseas, which of course comes with extra shipping and possible customs costs.

What is a Nendoroid?

Nendoroid are figures created by the Good Smile Company and they have been around since 2006. The name comes from a Japanese word “Nendo” which means clay.

They are basically a really cute, kawaii/chibi style action figures with a lot of articulation and accessories. They are easily recognizable by their huge heads and smaller bodies. They are similar to Funko!POPs but they are much more customizable.

Packaging

The Lifeline Nendoroid figure comes in a cute white and red box. On the packaging you can find various examples on how you can style and position your Lifeline figure.

The figure and accessories are packed in a blister packaging inside the box. There are two compartments, one is for the figure and the spare parts and weapons, the other (bottom) compartment is mostly for the stand and supporting arms.

The accessories are fastened by a piece of tape so they don’t fall out. The figure itself is wrapped in plastic to make sure it’s not damaged in any way.

Sculpting and Paint

Despite its size, the figure is sculpted in high detail. The sculptor is Shichibee, who has been working on a lot of figures for the Good Smile Company.

The figure is partially painted by hand, so there may be some differences in each figure. However, the paintjob is really precise; I haven’t found any bleeding, sloppy or missing paint.

I love how versatile and modular Nendoroid figures are. You can even swap hair from another figure just for fun! They’re incredibly easy to assemble.

The figure has a nice weight to it at about 2.30 ounces.

Joints and Posing

The head and legs are on ball joints, the rest of the joints are on pegs.

I’ve never owned a Nendoroid but I do own a few action figures, so I’m used to slightly stiffer joints and smaller range of motion. Lifeline’s joints are definitely looser than the average action figure but not loose enough to be able to hold a pose. It’s a delight to pose it because you don’t have to use force.

Lifeline doesn’t stand on her own due to the large head but the added stand and supporting arm allow for a wider variety of poses than a regular action figure. The arm is attached to her backpack and the D.O.C. drone has its own supporting arm.

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One thing I found is that it’s better to pose the figure before you attach it to the stand. If you put it on the stand and start posing it, it usually twists to the side due to the size of the head. The peg from the arm seems to detach quite easily, so it’s stuck to Lifeline but it’s not a huge deal, it can be reattached or pulled out easily.

Accessories

As is typical of Nendoroid figures, Lifeline comes with a variety of accessories:

  • 8x hands (3 left, 4 right, 1 with a gun)
  • 4x arms
  • 4x legs
  • Alternator SMG weapon
  • 2x sticks
  • 1x syringe
  • D. O. C Heal Drone
  • 4x D. O. C. thruster effects
  • 2x D. O. C sensors
  • 1x shield
  • 1x stand
  • 2x support arms
  • 1x extra ball joint

Due to the size, some of the accessories are a bit fiddly since they are so small, expecially the thruster effects.

It takes a little bit of force to attach the accesories in her hands due to how small the peg and the holes are before first use. If you’re adding the shock sticks, make sure to apply 90° pressure, against the hand because the sticks can bend pretty easily.

The D. O. C. drone has two interchangable sensors, the bigger one has a hole for the shield.

Pros & Cons

Here are the pros & cons that I’ve found during unboxing and using this figure. The list of cons isn’t really a big issue for me or a deal-breaker, it’s just something to be mindful of before buying.

Pros

  • wide variety of poses
  • a lot of accessories
  • cute design
  • detailed sculpting
  • quality paintjob

Cons

  • accessories can be too fiddly
  • tricky posing on the stand
  • doesn’t stand on its own

Lifeline Nendoroid vs Funko Pop
Comparison between Nendoroid & Funko!POP

Unboxing video

Coming soon!

Conclusion

All in all, I’m very happy with my Lifeline Nendoroid! It’s been worth the wait and I’m much more likely to buy another Nendoroid figure.

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