Confession time: I have an unhealthy obsession for Rider from Fate/Zero. While virtually everyone else who's watched the series seems to like him, I liked him to enough to watch his scenes in the anime over and over again. Although he's the guy who conquered most of the known world in his time, Rider also has a playful side, like he's the kind of dude you'd spend the day loafing off and playing video games with. Well, that's not the Rider that MegaHouse is going for -- their Rider in this month's magazine scans is 110% business, and you know what? I like it.
Standing at 26cm tall, Rider is a monster of a 1/8 scale figure, and he looks imposing just by standing there. Underneath the removable cape is a mass of leather-bound muscle that backs up Rider's title of "King of Conquerors". The pose may be on the simple side, but if I had to use one word to describe this figure, it'd be "sturdy", and considering the amount of punishment Rider can take, I'd say "sturdy" suits him just fine.
While I'm a bigger fan of the Rider's broskander side, there's no way I can not like MegaHouse's Rider -- my raging man-crush forbids it! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how the well fur on Rider's collar and bracers will be realized after the paint treatment. Of course, I'm still in the market for a more playful Rider, but I reckon there's more than enough room in my collection to accommodate another Rider figure or two.