Lulu, the Fae Sorceress has very good skins available; as well as Pix. In fact, if you like the idea of not only changing the look of your champion but also that of your enemies, then you’ll find much to like in Lulu’s whimsical ways. If you want to glitter with the best looks that fae magic has to offer then her skins’ review has much to tell you.
|Concept:||Lulu dressed in a confectionery theme with a candy cane replacing her staff, sweets decorating her hat and Pix displaying lollipop wings. She also carries a bag of sweets, has heterochromatic eyes and heavily curled hair.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix’s wings and polymorphed enemies.|
|Particles:||No new particles.|
|Animations:||No new animations.|
|Sounds:||New sound for Whimsy.|
|Splash Art:||The splash art makes a good job at showing the confectionery theme in all aspects of the skin. Lulu’s new look takes centre stage with Pix flying nearby an enemy turned cupcake. The background is minimal, though a huge lollipop is visible to the left. The lighting is well used as well as the colours, yet for some reason the whole piece seems more bitter than sweet. Not a bad splash art, but overall it all looks a bit strange.|
|Conclusion:||Bittersweet Lulu is a skin that goes beyond changing the look of the champion and presents a whole concept. Lulu’s model is well done and Pix is modified to match the confectionery theme. The addition of cupcakes as polymorphed enemies is a nice extra touch that makes the skin stand out. Some people may not like the look as the concept may not be palatable for all. However, if you do like it Bittersweet Lulu is a great skin to get.|
|Concept:||Lulu dresses as a dark sorceress, Pix portrays her bat familiar and polymorphed enemies become cats.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix’s wings and head; in addition to polymorphed enemies.|
|Particles:||No new particles.|
|Animations:||No new animations.|
|Sounds:||New sound for Whimsy.|
|Splash Art:||This piece shows Lulu in action as she blasts polymorphed enemies away. The way the cats fly due to Lulu’s spell is a great way of displaying her power. Pix stance also matches Lulu’s just as their looks do. The background is simple but adequate. The reflections produced by the magical energy are present all over nearby surfaces. All in all, the whole piece comes together quite well. A great splash art that shows that what is displayed is just as important as how it’s portrayed.|
|Conclusion:||Wicked Lulu is a skin that will probably appeal to just about anybody. The dark sorceress theme is present all over the skin without being exaggerated. Pix has a nice new look just as polymorphed enemies do and both match the concept. In Lulu’s case, she looks more traditional without becoming a copy of her classic incarnation. In summary, a very good skin that shows that a good execution can make an old concept stay fresh.|
|Concept:||Lulu as a young human sorceress, dressed in elaborate clothes and partnered with a comical baby dragon.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix and polymorphed enemies.|
|Particles:||New particles for her abilities and auto-attacks.|
|Animations:||New animations for Pix when using emotes, Glitterlance, auto-attacks and death.|
|Sounds:||New sound for Whimsy and new Pix sounds for taunt and death.|
|Splash Art:||The background just shows some trees, rocks and grass. With some imagination one could picture an opening in the forest near hills or mountains but the unexplainable brightness behind Lulu keeps the setting as a suggestion. There are also a few dragon babies that have recently hatched and their expression of panic and desperate escape give some context to the action. Both Lulu and Pix are rather well depicted with attractive poses and good shading. However, Pix and Lulu’s clothes look a little too dark while the light over Lulu seems too bright. Regardless, the shading is very good: cloth folds, hair strands and reflections look great. All things considered, it’s good splash art that suffers from a peculiar choice of colours and contrast.|
|Conclusion:||Dragon Trainer Lulu isn’t that different, in essence, from Lulu’s classic self. In spite of her human look and golden attire, she still behaves as a playful yordle sorceress. This skin actually centres the changes on Pix which in turn makes them less evident and not as relevant. That is, both Lulu and Pix receive good looking models and the new particles are quite eye-catching; just like Whimsy’s hatching dragons. Nevertheless, most of the work was placed on animating Pix and even so, aside from emotes, there isn’t much for Pix to do as Lulu is the central character. Therefore, unless you have an especial interest in Lulu’s companion, many features will be too subtle to notice. In conclusion, Dragon Trainer Lulu is a skin dedicated to Pix fans that feels overpriced despite all the fine additions; especially if you just want a novel look for Lulu.|
|Concept:||Lulu as an ice sorceress and Pix as a poro.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix and polymorphed enemies.|
|Particles:||New particles for Pix, her staff, abilities and auto-attacks.|
|Animations:||New flying animation for Pix and new recall.|
|Sounds:||New sounds for Glitterlance, Whimsy, Help, Pix! and recall.|
|Splash Art:||The monochromatic tones of this piece manage to present a fitting even if unsurprising setting. The background consists of a reunion of poros in a forest gathered around Lulu. The premise lacks depth just like the background but stands as an effective frame. Actually, the general tone of the piece is a bit cartoony but attractive nonetheless. Lulu’s magical display breathes some life into the piece along her bright eyes and clear smile. Her clothes are nice when they can be seen like the fur or the metallic decorations on her hat. However, the magic spectacle covers most of her coat. On top of that, her staff seems completely absent. Conversely, Pix can be wholly appreciated with sensible fur but a puzzling expression. In the end, it’s a splash art that successfully centres the attention on Lulu and Pix. Every element works towards that aim, even the colours, but it leaves a flat aftertaste of monotony.|
|Conclusion:||Winter Wonder Lulu is a very focused skin with a theme specifically spread over every aspect. From the clothes to the snow particles almost everything is linked to snow and ice. Some elements are more direct than others: for instance, the snowflake shield in contrast to a poro Pix. Nonetheless, it’s a very consistent skin even if unoriginal and a bit homogeneous in terms of colours. Still, when taken as the sum of its parts it’s a very satisfying and effective skin that not only communicates its idea well but is also attractive. In the end, this is a great skin for the Fae Sorceress but sadly too expensive for the features it provides. However, as it packs all of Lulu’s mischief with a different flavour it’s certainly recommended while on sale.|
|Concept:||Lulu disguised as a squid and Pix transformed into a pufferfish.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix and polymorphed enemies plus new bubbles for her staff.|
|Particles:||New particles for her abilities and auto-attack.|
|Animations:||New recall animation, opening staff for her auto-attack, bobbing eyes for her squid hat and swimming animation for Pix.|
|Sounds:||New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.|
|Splash Art:||A clear sky, fresh water and some palm trees make up the setting for this piece. There seems to be a strange fog as the trees don’t seem to be so far away. Regardless, there’s some context to the action. The champions all share the spotlight and, fortunately, they all have a place; even Pix. It could be said that some seem more important than others but the feeling of fun is easy to perceive. What isn’t so clear is how the personality of each champion is reflected in their actions. In fact, the actions performed seem to be rather pedestrian and lack the unique colour that is natural to each of them. Specifically, Zac is just standing, Lulu and Mundo merely float away and Rek’Sai and Draven perform a stunt. Therefore, none of them do something that is unequivocally identified as part of their personality.
This all doesn’t mean that the piece is bad: the idea is clearly exposed and as far as a pool or beach party is concerned the message is conveyed. It’s just a pity that Zac can’t be more elastic, Draven more egocentric, Rek’Sai more alien, Lulu more mischievous and Mundo more nutty. In the end, it’s a splash art that manages a balance between the champions and places them in context but without showing enough of what makes each of them unique.
|Conclusion:||If Pool Party Lulu had to be described with a single word it would surely be: charming. The water theme is adapted to Lulu’s fancy with a playful but believable style that seems custom made for her. As far as gear goes there’s nothing out of the ordinary: a swimsuit, inflatable armbands and a swim ring; at any rate it’s all expected and ordinary. Even Lulu doesn’t change much from her usual appearance except for a new bob haircut.
The skin gets interesting once we centre our attention on her large squid hat, her clam staff and inflated puffer fish Pix. These elements match her childish nature but also stand on their own with cute and colourful designs. In fact, Lulu doesn’t look far from a mischievous little girl wearing a costume and that familiarity, added to the appealing aspect, define a unique and attractive personality for the skin.
The water particles and sounds also help said identity even if the bubbles and clam patterns can feel a bit repetitive. Perhaps they aren’t impressive, strictly speaking, but the liquid feel of her magic is evident and the seal polymorph is a fittingly funny choice. The water on the abilities is complemented with references to the sea and the beach which are good touches that keep adding to the theme. The animations are few but they all contribute their bit to make the skin even more special. Specifically, the recall is a wonderful representation of Lulu that exposes her behaviour with warm eloquence.
All things considered, Pool Party Lulu is a wonderful skin with a pleasing personality that is defined through multiple additions that all work together to create a consistent whole. It’s not a perfect product and the price isn’t low but the result oozes appeal and captures part of that childish delight in enjoying a passion for the sea.
|Concept:||Lulu as a magical girl wielding the magic of the stars.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix and polymorphed enemies plus new glow for her staff and Pix.|
|Particles:||New particles for her abilities, auto-attack, high-speed run and recall.|
|Animations:||New high-speed run, recall and flying animation for Pix.|
|Sounds:||New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack, high-speed run and recall.|
|Splash Art:||With a subtle pencilled look the piece is a direct presentation of Lulu accompanied by Pix . Both surrounded by stars, sparkles and polymorphed enemies the background is more an explosion of colour than anything concrete. It’s an acceptable frame but lacking relevance.
Without much else to pay attention to Lulu reaches for a falling star and Pix stares merrily at the bright lights. Lulu’s eyes reflect the star with an inspiring face of childish delight at something amazing. Pix’s depiction is less bright than the surroundings but still fuzzy and cute enough. Lulu’s staff is also dim and dull despite the star in its head and the abundance of lights. The hair on her back appears a bit too diffuse and the forelock shows obvious pencil strokes. The face has a plastic quality and great shading which make for a captivating visage. The clothes, despite the effort of the pose, are well displayed but the colours are too saturated and so don’t shine as the surroundings do.
Even though many areas appear unnecessarily mute the overall feel is satisfying with a toy-like aesthetic of strong colours with delicate shading and a touch of the pencil for style. It’s not what the background suggests of the portrayal and the profusion of sparkles certainly doesn’t mesh that well with the more solid depiction of the Star Guardians. Nevertheless, the result is interesting and attractive.
In the end, it’s a charming piece with a nice depiction of Lulu, Pix and polymorphed enemies. The background is little more than a frame to set the action against. Fortunately, the portrayal manages to make up for it with its unique toy-like personality.
|Conclusion:||Embracing the innocence at the heart of each magical girl team Star Guardian Lulu is an adaptation that turns her mischief into a weapon. Her clothes follow the conventions of a sailor uniform almost to the letter. There’s a star-finished ribbon on the neck and a feathered, star-topped tiara to present the star concept. Lulu’s physiognomy is that of a blonde girl with pointy ears and a big, curious face; nothing groundbreaking. Pix is transformed into a sort of mix between Mew and Vanillite with large wings. The cute familiar idea is clear but what is difficult to determine is whether Pix carries a golden orb or he simply has a bulbous belly. Together, they make a good couple for administering star-based justice; albeit a somewhat conventional one.
The particles rely on colourful swirls and a multitude of stars to convey their nature. Even though they are appealing they appear frugal and even sparse within the confines of each ability’s reach. They are effective yet they leave the feeling that they could aim much higher. The new polymorphed enemies share the same problem: they look different but it’s not clear what sort of winged creature they turn to; so, the transformation lacks meaning. The sounds use chirping and bell chiming to support the visuals. The bells make the recognisable base but the chirping stands out and sets the skin apart from the other Star Guardians with a unique aural landscape.
The recall almost treads on Tinkerbell’s classic animation but with a trail of stars instead of pixie dust. It’s an evocative recall that matches the theme and also takes advantage of a well known and loved display of magic.
When all is added together, Star Guardian Lulu is more functional than impressive. There’s an evident charm in the adaptation as the little magical girl stands firm against evil. However, the transformation never takes advantage of Lulu’s mischievous whims, it conceals them, and doesn’t permeate her actions with a new identity to fill the void. The result, while full of appeal, ends up being superficial. Thus, while the skin can enchant, it can also leave a feeling of missed fulfilment.
|Concept:||Lulu as a cosmic sorceress.|
|Model:||New model for Lulu, her staff, Pix and polymorphed enemies plus new glow for her hair, staff and Pix.|
|Particles:||New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.|
|Animations:||New recall animation.|
|Sounds:||New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall plus processed voice-over.|
|Splash Art:||With the feel of a quality comic book cover the first impression given by this piece is quite good. The background doesn’t have much to show except for empty space but the composition is appealing. Lulu seems to be cooking her latest concoction in the whirlwind of a galaxy, which is an effective and attractive combination of her sorcery and cosmic personas.
In terms of the specific depiction of Lulu, colours are quite dark and subdued unlike her in-game counterpart. An idea of her general look can be got but most of her body is buried in the pervasive darkness of space; it makes sense but is, nonetheless, a problem. Golden decorations are dim as dull bronze and it’s difficult to appreciate specifics about the clothes. Her hair, like Pix’s body is translucent and seems to be made of space which is another aspect that isn’t present in-game. Speaking of Pix his appearance seems cartoony and cutesy but much more than it is in three dimensions; which can seem deceiving. Even though Lulu’s staff is present in its effect on the galaxy the perspective conceals its design and only a vague idea remains.
Overall, this is a splash art that has style and an appealing approach, also. The problem is that too much clarity and faithfulness to the three-dimensional counterparts are sacrificed in the pursuit of visual appeal. There’s a lot to like despite the dim colours but the piece could’ve leaned more towards clarity.
|Conclusion:||Cosmic Enchantress Lulu seems like a convoluted skin in design. The concept is attractive and, with a proper adaptation, suitable for the Fae Sorceress. However, a simple look at her model is eloquent enough: her quirky helmet monopolises her appearance. There’re braids hidden behind it with golden decorations but they seem diffuse and simple. There’s a dress she’s wearing but it’s practically impossible to see. There’s a staff with floating extensions but it doesn’t seem to follow the colourful and elaborate design of the helmet. Pix looks like a little, creepy creature with a crest that doesn’t match the stated design.
Particles for auto-attacks are nice with their long trails but those shot by Pix look like mini projectiles which can be difficult to notice and also lack personality and power. Glitterlance’s constellation trail is a great touch and the best representation of the theme. Polymorphing an enemy into some sort of space octopus suits Lulu’s playfulness but the darker style given by the mask makes it less fitting. Help, Pix! and Wild Growth’s circular designs follow the decoration visible in the helmet. They aren’t as attractive as the constellations of Glitterlance but it continues the patterns of the skin. Whimsy’s glow seems quite simplistic in comparison.
Sounds are mostly high-pitched twinklings and metallic chimes which give a different feel which could be considered space-like but that actually is somewhat generic. There’s a different, light aural landscape but there’s no proper astral feel to it.
The recall is a good show of Lulu’s magic: she makes two constellations that make up Pix. It not only gives more relevance to her companion but it also shows her use of star magic. It’s a good summary of what the skin is about.
All in all, Cosmic Enchantress Lulu doesn’t quite combine her playfulness and the colourful grimness that the skin aims for. There’s a bit of everything but it doesn’t seem like elements are integrated with each other to make a cohesive whole. The result has some appealing features yet it doesn’t fully capture the star sorceress concept which seems much more straightforward than this complicated adaptation manages.
Champions’ release skins seldom come with this level of quality and few stay at the top with additional releases. As Lulu’s skins change her look as well as Pix and polymorphed enemies there’s a lot of space to explore. In general, Lulu’s skins have very interesting concepts with equally good execution.
In particular, Wicked Lulu is the recommended skin simply because its traditional concept might appeal to the most people. However, Bittersweet Lulu is just as good; so if you like to see Lulu surrounded by sweets you can’t go wrong with it.
Dragon Trainer Lulu is without a doubt one of the skins that adds the most but it also carries a price unlike most skins. Only dedicated Pix fans may appreciate the changes enough to consider it a good purchase.
The Snowdown addition of Winter Wonder Lulu comes with particularly nice looks that don’t completely make up for its high price. It’s far from a bad skin but more is to be expected from the skin as it doesn’t add much over cheaper options.
The charm of Pool Party Lulu is undeniable. The water theme is consistently implemented with a pleasing and charismatic feel. While the skin isn’t without fault it comes together to create a delightful style that expresses Lulu’s sea passion with playful innocence.
Star Guardian Lulu is a skin that is brimming with the appeal of an innocent magical girl. Sadly, the adaptation feels superficial as the changes don’t take advantage of Lulu’s personality and fail to define a new identity. The charm of the skin is undeniable but also its inability to transcend its limitations.
Cosmic Enchantress Lulu is a skin that ends up rather convoluted as it doesn’t manage to integrate the playfulness of Lulu with the colourful grimness it intends to capture. There are nice features, like the particles, which make the skin interesting. However, the skin doesn’t accomplish the star sorceress feel that can be seen behind all the complex designs.