Pros: It is Cate Blanchett, shrunk to 6".
Cons: A few minor issues (see review), nothing important.
So. Galadriel. The fourth most interesting female from the Lord of the Rings. Out of... what, seven? If you include Shelob? Tolkien wasn't much one for "Girl Power", was he? Anyway, back to the review. Galadriel was the elvish queen of Lothlorien who aided the Fellowship after the turmoil and tragedy in Moria. After her (far too short) appearance in Peter Jackson's film tragedy, fans and collectors across the globe were demanding a figure. (Toyland trivia- A Galadriel figure actually WAS made by Toy Vault years earlier, but it was based off the book, not the recent films.) After being rumored and canceled TWICE, Galadriel finally made a figure appearance in The Two Towers Series 3. Was she everything we had hoped for? Well... sorta.
Lets start with the sculpt. The face is seriously perfect. It looks identical to Cate Blanchett. The hair is sculpted well, and they even got the pointy elf ears sticking out of the hair. The body is, for the most part, just as good. She's sculpted in the dress she wore in most of her appearances, although she has the cloth cloak she wore at the scene with the mirror as well; more on that later. The dress has tons of details, and is textured wonderfully. The only problem you might have is with her hands. While it doesn't bother me, people have complained about them. You see, instead of the delicate elven hands you might expect from such a character, she has oddly sculpted paws which, in fact, look rather like Gollum's. While this is no big thing, it seems fair that you should know. Also, her hands are both sculpted open, so she can't really hold her accessory. The paint is pretty much what you've come to expect from the LOTR line, with a few errors but nice detail work, all the same.
The articulation is good enough. While fans of the "super-articulated" figure might be disappointed, the articulation is perfectly adequate, particularly when the character is taken into consideration. She has neck, ball jointed shoulders, wrists (but not elbows; it's not that great a loss, though), waist, hip, and knee. While it's not really an articulation issue, I should mention her balance; because she is sculpted with tiny elven feet, she can be quite difficult to stand; if, however, you don't care if her feet are showing beneath her robes, you can bend her at the knees until she can stand easily on the base of her robes.
Accessories. Funny that it's the females of the line they have trouble accessorizing. The only real accessory Galadriel comes with is a pitcher. It's a nice pitcher, if you like pitchers, but she really should have her mirror. Before I start complaining, however, Galadriel has one nice bonus which will be counted as an accessory; a non-removable cloth cloak. It comes in two layers, and includes a hood that can be place over her head. It works quite well and looks good.
Galadriel is a reasonably nice figure, with a few minor issues (hands, balance, pitcher? Why a pitcher?) She blends in well with the rest of the line, and any serious collector/elf fan/Cate Blanchett fan should at least consider purchasing her if she's found at a reasonable price. It disappears quickly from shelves, though, so don't spend a long time thinking about it.