"He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god." - Aristotle
A perfect description of what BRSB, the latest in huke design for his Black Rock Shooter pantheon. BRSB, or Black Rock Shooter Beast, was made that more tangible by the wonderful Masaki Asai of Max Factory and was paired with the all encompassing collective artbook only title simply as BLK.
The artbook is a perfect display of both huke's BRS designs, designs from Stein's;Gate, as well as some original designs that have scene as much exposure until the release of this artbook. However, what the real review is about is the BRSB figma.
It was a pleasant surprise to see this subtle black box with very little details, with only the emblem and the letters BRSB in a contrasting white. However I will say that it would have any collector worried, as promotional photos have been known in the past to not exactly portray the figure in the best of light, that there was a possibility that the figure is going to be disappointment as soon as it is opened.
That doubt that settled quickly dissipated upon opening, the detail can be seen already as she is taken out, not even out of the plastic, from the intricacies of her outfit to the very lettering on the back of the BRSBlade and the emblem, an amazing amount of care was put into this figure.
Unfortunately she is lacking in variety of faces and a hand rack, however this is due to the unfortunate size of her hands, she still has an some great accessories. For those who had seen my unboxing video, the blade is quite sharp, be cautious as it can cause injury, honestly so does all of her spikes on her armor, her hair, and pretty much anything else on her. With the blade she also has her gun, the 7 shot, which has an astounding amount of detail for such a small accessory.
Despite only having two expressions, BRSB has such attention to her face, that even with only those two expressions, an array of different poses and captured moments can be had. With her eyes closed one can convey sadness, regret, reflection, even disgust. While her standard face can express longing, confidence, poise, and even wonder. These are things that can be rarely done, let alone well, but BRSB does it with flying colors.
All in all, despite the hefty price attached due to shipping weight due to being included with the BLK artbook, it is the single most favorite thing I've received during the month of January, and so far, of the year. Huke, Good Smile Company, and Max Factory once again set the bar for awe and wonder to tall heights, and we as fans reap the benefits.
I advise if you are able to even find this item at this point and are able to afford it, please purchase it. Also to add, it is one of the few figmas that is stable to stand in any position without the figma stand, which is still included, due to the greaves (which, on such a petite body reminds me of the Grieves song "Smile to the Blade", reminding us that sometimes even those who are small have to don our tools of war) though honestly they look more akin to suneate, samurai shin guards, since they don't cover the back of the leg, are large enough to hold the weight.
I leave you with a graceful photo, an intentional panty shot that also happens to demonstrate how well balanced the figure is without a stand.
It also includes clear blue plastic parts that can be deployed to kind of present a "Battle Mode" which can be seen much better in action, as well as the rest of the figure, from our good friends at Moonshine Animations in this video review
Well until next time fellow toy caretakers, and keeping loving your toys because you'll never know when they'll return the favor ^,^
Another day, another review. And what it's not a figma? Yea I buy other things besides figma and Nendoroid (which is another reason I'll be broke 0.0)
That's right, it's none other than the Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Supergirl. Does it stand up to all it's hype, or is she a big Kryptonian flop?
The box art is pretty awesome in itself, which is one of the many reasons I didn't open it right away, because the box was pretty awesome.
Wait, that's not Supergirl, oh no, she's been changed by Black Kryptonite and is SDCC Limited Edition Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Evil Supergirl!
I would like to say, a much better improvement, from the colors of the black and silver with the subtle red on the underside of the cape, to the closed fist rather than the open palm. This is what makes a quality figure.
I loved how the packaging even had a window just for her face so you can admire the beauty of the face (the dark makeup choice and golden eyes [yes they even went and gave her the gold eyes!] really make the face standout in a good way. Instead of as a conjunctivitis victim.
Of course, nothing is perfect (unless you spend upwards to $200+ for it, but then it's too much money) she does have her flaws. The two flaws I was bothered by were first, the loose strand of hair in the back. I mean I understand what they were going for, but it ended up looking more tacked on almost then a loose strand of hair.
The second thing that was a bit of a bother, which was only if you looked up close to it, was not the seam for the two parts of her head since that can be played of as a part, but the weird smaller seam line that came off of it. Again it was very minor, but it bothered me upon close inspection, but this is why she's on the higher shelf.
I loved the base, though it's not a storm cloud to go with her evil, it is a bit darker than the normal base, showing she does have a little more sass. I also like how they screwed the cloud to a clear base for that added float effect without losing stability.
Even Streaky looks like a mischief little cat in this, it's great.
To conclude, my final impressions on Evil Supergirl? She's is amazing in person and Koto did exactly what they always do with these limited editions, took what was already a pretty good figure and made it extraordinary with enhancements and special flare.
So what say you? Will Evil Supergirl take your breath away or will she just vanish in your arms out of existence?
P.S. for those who are wondering, yes, I did take an obligatory panty shot
Looks like it's time for a review on Yomi Takanashi and why it's a neat figma despite it's short comings of being another school girl and being part of the barrage of Black Rock Shooter figmas (which I personally love BRS a bunch ^.^)
Yomi Takanashi was released in July (I know, way late) and though she was not well received by some due to being another schoolgirl figma, I was rather excited to welcome her into my home.
However, I don't have Mato Kuroi figma, so she wasn't happy at first. (Lol btw if anyone can help in acquiring this I would be forever grateful)
Well going forward, she really has some great exclusive items. The first being her volleyball and special pegged hand for it. If anyone remembers how difficult it was for a ball to be held in a hand (looking at you Cheerleader Haruhi figma) this is a fantastic accessory. Plus now any figma can enjoy a game of volleyball ^.^
Yay, looks like Yomi is happy to be able to play volleyball with everyone. Well the second thing I wanted to point out of the accessories, is the pegs that they added for the school slippers accessory.
Its the first time that they added that, and as soon as I saw them I had to wonder, why didn't they do that before with the K-On! girls or Kirino? Well GSC is a learning company, and that's why I love them so much though, so not upset that it took a while for them to think of this.
Also included are the standard 4 pairs of additional hands. She also gets two more expressions, the very happy smiling face and, one of the reason why I adore this figma, the jaded pissed off look. I mean the look is just priceless. As for the smiling face, yea, pretty generic compared to other smiling faces. Oh and word of warning, the faces of Dead Master and Yomi are not interchangable (hence the head swap I did, among other reasons) unfortunately the tab slot for Yomi is too short compared to Dead Master.
To round out the accessories, she has an included schoolbag that is different than all the other schoolbags so far. And of course where would she be without her cellphone, which btw even has the cellphone charm given to her by Mato. You can't really see it unless you looks closely, but it's a nice touch. She looks so happy, I wonder who she got a call from....
Oh, it was Mato wasn't it? She said why isn't she here? Well because I haven't been able to find where she is available. She says that's not an excuse? I know that, but I'm just pointing out I'm trying my best here. You want me to talk to her? Yomi don't guilt trip me into this, I don't care how pissed....
Umm, yea if anyone knows where I can find Mato, please let me know -.-
Yomi is a great figma to add to a BRS collection, and she is a great figma, despite being another schoolgirl, to add to a figma collection if you need another jaded cast member for any photo shoot since that look rivals even Haruhi's pissed off look.
What are your thoughts? Are you convinced now that she may be for you? Or is this still just another generic schoolgirl figma doomed to be yawned off?