Today’s figure come from the year two-thousand! … and six! She’s an oldie so far as my collecting goes, though Tohsaka Rin still pre-dates this here Saber Kyuujitsu Ver. figure. Saber’s taller than I was expecting…
Way back in early 2006 there was this hidden gem of a series called Fate/Stay Night, I’m not sure many of you know this series… oh, you do? Of course you do. Well, anyway it’s sequel Fate/Hollow Ataraxia is where this Saber comes from and it’s been 5 years since the series aired and Ataraxia released and nearly as long since this figure was released. Saber was released in October of 2006 for the hefty sum of ¥6,800 / $65 CAD, a good time for the Canadian Dollar in relation to the Japanese Yen. The reason her asking price was so high (for the day) is because well, Saber’s a big girl. When I ordered her on eBay for the huge sum of I was ripped off ($60) I was expecting a cute 1/8th scale figure. Unfortunately it turns out that she’s 29 cm tall! Making her a 1/6th scale figure, and I’ll get to why this is unfortunate later. I’ll finish this paragraph by saying she was sculpted by Koshinuma Shinji who also did one of my most favourite figures in my collection.
Back to that unfortunate remark of mine, unlike the Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, I’m not a fan of ‘largeness’, there a number of reasons for various different things why I don’t like largeness, the reason in this particular case can be described with a single word, detail. Often I find that the level of detail doesn’t scale with the size of a figure. One might assume that a large figure would be more detailed than a smaller figure, but I don’t feel this is the case most of the time. One issue contributing to this is Sabers attire itself, it’s not overly intricate in it’s own details in the first place and so upscaling results in nothing to add. Another contributing factor might be the minds ability to fill in details when they’re hidden. What I mean by this is that a smaller figure may appear to have more detail because the mind fills in the tiny gaps, but when the figure is upscaled those gaps aren’t as tiny and are entirely visible resulting in you seeing that there really wasn’t any detail there in the first place. I think however, that this theory of mine doesn’t apply to Saber, look at some of the close up shots, her frills aren’t as frilly as they could be, hair isn’t as full, and her panties are blander than a brand new pair of tightywhities. (Note: Is there a female anime figure with mens briefs on? Could be cute, I knew a girl who wore little boys batman underwear in highschool, she was cute.)
The paintwork on Saber varies from fairly decent to incredibly mediocre. For example, the shading in Saber’s clothes is quite decent and visible, you can see that they don’t appear flat, however those frills again seem to be a failing point. Not only do they lack detailed sculpting, but they also lack detailed paintwork. Saber’s skin is fairly uniform across the figure I suppose, but appears overly pale in contrast to her dark clothes which while can be attractive, I find isn’t in this case. I think there isn’t enough depth in her skin to have an attractive appearance, also contributing is their relative shininess, check out the shots of the back of her legs for a better view. The last fault of the paintwork though can be seen on the left side of her shirt, off to the side of her stomach, there’s a triangular shaped glossy patch. It’s not so noticeable in the white background shots, but on the black there’s this obvious patch.
It’s incredibly unfortunate that I have the issues I do with this figure because looking at the pictures alone where Saber could be any scale and the detail correct for that scale, she appears adorable. I have this image in my head of Saber all shy, playing with her skirt and looking away while asking all embarrassed, “What do you think, how does it look?” To which I’d have to say she looks adorable/cute/beautiful. I’m not sure if it’s based off any artwork like most figures are, nor am I aware of any scenes in Fate/Hollow Atraxia of embarrassed Saber asking for Shiro’s opinion. But that’s the image I’m going with until proven otherwise. Actually I take that back, replace Shiro with Rin, and it’s a much more awesome image.
(Note: Silhouette shots inspired by VF @ Visual Fanfare and his final shots of Naru.)
- Cute expression
- Looks good if you scale the viewing distance to the equivalent of a 1/8th figure
- Far larger than I was expecting and lacks the detail to back it up
- Boring underwear