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2:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Pre-order Kotobukiya's swimsuited Saber so you can take it to the beach

Kotobukiya's 1/7-scale Fate/hollow ataraxia Saber swimsuit is currently available for pre-order. Fate/hollow ataraxia is the visual novel follow-up to the hit Fate/stay night (later converted into a manga and anime) and, as s...

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With so many Sabers flying around, GSC's feels like an Extra photo
With so many Sabers flying around, GSC's feels like an Extra
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has released a preview gallery for Good Smile Company's upcoming 1/7-scale Saber Extra (Fate/Extra). Pre-orders are expected to open on July 17.

While I was at least a little interested when we first saw an unpainted prototype during Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014 earlier this year, I have to confess that the painted version strikes me as... well, boring. It's not a bad design, but after seeing Kotobukiya's pretty good rendition of the character (except for what one reader called a "Gumby arm") just a few months ago and Gift's excellent version a few years before that, GSC's take seems to fall a little flat.

GSC's Saber Extra sports an almost stoic expression that I associate more with her mainstream counterpart (Arturia, Fate/Stay Night). The pose isn't bad in and of itself, but if you look closely at her legs you might think that the character is stumbling. The upper torso screams, "Action!", while the lower section shouts, "Poor balance!"

If you look at the parts rather than the sum, GSC's Saber Extra is a decently sculpted, well-painted figure. It may not be overly exciting, but it was completely done. That's not to say that the figure in its entirety is bad, mind you, but something feels off. Perhaps it's her balance. I suppose we should be happy that she doesn't have Gumby arm.

Look for pre-orders to open shortly.

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4:00 AM on 05.30.2014

figma Saber 2.0 (it's the sequel?) is available for pre-order

Max Factory's figma Saber 2.0 (Fate/Stay Night) is currently available for pre-order. While the revamped figma Saber provides a great opportunity for anybody who missed the original release (as well as a good accompaniment fo...

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4:00 AM on 05.16.2014

Kotobukiya's Saber Extra doesn't involve any additional costs

Kotobukiya's 1/7-scale Saber Extra (Fate/Extra), previously seen unpainted at Winter WonFes, is currently available for pre-order. While I've never been fond of the clear/translucent costume elements, there's something fun ab...

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10:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Take a very good look at the Aniplex+ black dress shirt Saber

Think you've already seen enough of this sultry Saber from Fate/Zero? It never hurts to take another look (or several). Thanks to Akiba Hobby getting their hands on a sample we're getting our best look yet at the An...

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Preview gallery appears for figma Archer, needlessly raises fans' hopes that it may actually come out photo
Preview gallery appears for figma Archer, needlessly raises fans' hopes that it may actually come out
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open, but don't hold your breath that he'll actually be released]

Max Factory has cruelly raised fans' hopes by posting a preview gallery for figma Archer, a figure that was first used taunt fans at a convention back in 2010. The move, among other recent talk, has fooled many into believing that figma Archer will actually be produced.

Archer (identity withheld) was the only name associated with the Archer-class servant of the Fifth Grail War who appeared in Fate/Stay Night. As Rin Tohsaka's servant, Archer had a prominent supporting role in the anime and was a master of assorted weapons (many of which were inspired by other heroic weapons). figma Archer will apparently include his two iconic blades (Kanshou and Bakuya) as well as his (unnamed?) bow and spiral sword Caladbolg II (which was used as an arrow).

While pre-orders have opened for the figure, skeptical collectors assume that there will be a series of delays followed by an abrupt cancellation accompanied by a "GOTCHA!" message. If you want to hop on the emotional roller-coaster that is figma Archer, he's listed for ¥4,630 and is initially slated for a late August release.

On a more personal note, a lot of my enthusiasm has tapered off over the past three or four years that I've waited to see the character get a release. I was absolutely enamored by the figma line in general when I started collecting it five or six years but that opinion has waned in light of increasing price points, competition from other companies (like Bandai), and a general collectors' fatigue (the features I dislike about the line seem more apparent, the things I like become harder to find). As such, what seemed like incredible news when he was first unveiled almost feels like just another release today.

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi ]

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9:00 PM on 04.09.2014

Pre-order Nendoroid Gilgamesh; do it for the gold solo cup

Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Gilgamesh (Fate) is currently available for pre-order and, in addition to what we saw in the recent preview, will apparently also include his famous jug of wine along with a chalice. The Archer-...

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1:30 AM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: GSC's Saber Extra

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no such thing as too much Saber merchandise... or, at least, it's the opinion held by many companies and fans. While relatively few collectors can afford it all (assuming t...

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1:30 PM on 04.05.2014

Clayz's new Saber looks sick... like literally sick

My first thoughts upon seeing Clayz's photos of a prototype for an armored Saber were is she going to throw up? While the character has been awkwardly posed in the past, never has she looked this nauseous. The 25-cm tall figu...

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3:30 PM on 03.22.2014

Aniplex's 'very business casual' suited Saber now available for pre-order

The American comic strip Dilbert has recurring bits about business casual going too far. This would certainly seem to be the case with Aniplex's 1/6-scale Fate/Zero suited (or barely suited) Saber, if she had ever worked in a...

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11:00 PM on 03.20.2014

Stop and see the flowers: upcoming RAH Saber Lily gets a preview gallery

Medicom's upcoming RAH Saber Lily has received a preview gallery (or, more technically, a review) on AmiAmi's blog. Unless I've lost track, Saber Lily will be Medicom's fourth RAH Saber (following the standard "armored" Saber...

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1:00 AM on 03.13.2014

It's not bad luck to peek at Clayz's Saber Bride early

Clayz has released some in-progress photos of the prototype for its upcoming Fate/EXTRA CCC Saber Bride... and, well, she looks all white. The sculpting looks like it's coming along great. The nice thing is that Clayz has opt...

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