Today I review something I have been waiting for a few months now; the limited edition White Rock Shooter figma that is included in the White Premium Box of Black Rock Shooter the game pictured above. (say that three times fast)
While for some, upon first looking at the photos of White Rock Shooter, they had decided it was not there cup of tea, I was excited for it. Yes, while she does have a lot going on, it is almost as if each piece of the chaos is essential to it's core beauty. I would like to say that the promotional pictures did not do this beautiful figma justice.
Well let's start off by the accessories it comes with, the rather large huge accessories.
Yea it was a little difficult, but I got it all. Starting off with the basics, she has six standard hands in the hand tray, but separately packaged, she has two hands to hold her massive scythe; which makes Dead Master jealous. Not only does it have amazing futuristic details, but it is sturdy and clear plastic (sorry I have a admiration with clear plastic). That alone is a great accessory that can be used with other figma.
However that wasn't enough of course to make this limited, no, Max Factory also gave her mecha musume battle armor. For those who didn't think that it it really was armor, trust when I say, the thing almost makes any form that two bladed wing dealies could make. However, word of warning, you need to pay attention on how they move (courtesy of friend, Nate Mottle, for showing me this. Which I'm am actually relieved it wasn't me that found this out)
Note from fellow Tomopopper, Counterpunch:
[i] Her alternating joint/no-joint make-up in the bone wings is problematic. The plastic is similar to Shinki plastic and is not very elastic, meaning that even a tumble from a fully extended Figma stand may break a segment.
Buyer beware, she is really fragile.
One of the bone wings on mine got snagged on my shirt as I was lifting her and it snapped clean at the non-moving part of the joint. Hardly any force was applied at all.[/i]
And to complete the battle armor, a secondary battle hood is added to complete the transformation.
What I thought was surprising for a limited edition was that it game with two additional faces, a sassy tongue sticking out and a "beast mode" (Mari reference) face. However, this is what overjoyed me even more, it is not how the face is painted, the tongue and the fangs on the faces are sculpted!
Then of course to complete the ensemble she comes with a second fringe with the red flame included to contrast her rival, Black Rock Shooter.
Speaking of which...
Seeing as Black Rock Shooter is tied up now, I'll continue the review with articulation.
I'd have to say, that WRS by far has the most amount of articulation in a figma to date, and not only because of the mecha musume attachments as described earlier. No, just in the little figure itself, there is an insane amount of articulation, it has the standard points of articulation as we've come to expect from a figma, but this one can actually swivel her upper arm where it connects to the sleeve and her legs pivot at the upper thigh where her leg meets her shorts in addition to the standard points of articulation.
The paint job is phenomenal, with the gradient white hair, her whites blending with the light gray. Also, she actually isn't all white, some of her clothes are actually a glossy silver that almost resembles white. That subtlety is what helps make this a remarkable figma. Does this mean BRS is doomed to be crushed by WRS? We'll I would say yes if it weren't for a special guest that steals her Mecha Musume armor while she isn't paying attention.</p>
Yomi Takanashi? Really? (Yes, I will be reviewing her soon, and yes I will explain why it's actually worth getting besides being part of the BRS collection)
Wait a second, Yomi Takanashi, isn't she also...
Dead Master. Looks like you should have not been so cocky WRS, otherwise you might not have been tied up with looking pretty. looks as if she'll have to retreat for now...</p>
So there you have it, White Rock Shooter is an impressive figma, and actually is well worth the premium you pay for the Premium White Box (haven't played the game yet, will do so ASAP though and let you know my thoughts) and that's not even taking into account that it also comes with a ten track OST and artbook, which actually tipped my excitement factor into pre-ordering BLK, huke's upcoming full on artbook.
So whether your a BRS fan, or your really sick and tired of it, I would say that this may actually renew your vigor in BRS. I mean the accessories were well thought out and go great with other figma, plus she is a fresh new look on the BRS figmas.