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Also known as a not-Saber
While Saber variants greatly outnumber all other figma entries from the Fate series, Max Factory is apparently still making other characters. Most recently this has come in the form of a painted figma Rin Tohsaka based on an ...

Fate/Stay Night photo
Ride on, you crazy diamond!
GSC's Nendoroid Rider (Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works]; ie, the recent Fate/Stay Night remake) is currently available for pre-order. Rider (whose real identity was Medusa) received a good amount of merchandise during ...

Lingerie Style Fate/Stay photo
Lingerie Style Fate/Stay

Wave lets you make your own lingerie Saber harem

From the company that brought you characters in swimsuits comes...
Dec 24
// Andres Cerrato
Some ideas you could have sworn have been done before. Sure, there's plenty of Saber figures to go around. Someone has had to have made them in various states of sleeptime apparel, especially of Saber. Surprisingly, it does n...
Fate photo
Or don't, because that's a terrible idea
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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Saber Extra remains aptly named
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 ...

Fate/Stay Night photo
Fate/Stay Night

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

Sequel or reboot?
May 30
// Scarecroodle
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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Kotobukiya's Saber Extra doesn't involve any additional costs

Tomopop editor worries that pun may confuse readers
May 16
// Scarecroodle
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...
Aniplex+ Saber photo
Aniplex+ Saber

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

International pre-orders still open
Apr 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Fate/Stay Night photo
Those fiendish fiends!
[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 a...

Fate photo

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

Gold solo cup / I fill you up / Let's have a party
Apr 09
// Scarecroodle
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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Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: GSC's Saber Extra

At least a few will be "Fated" to buy another Saber
Apr 08
// Scarecroodle
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...
Fate photo

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

Is she about to throw up?
Apr 05
// Scarecroodle
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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Aniplex's 'very business casual' suited Saber now available for pre-order

Suit up... or suit down?
Mar 22
// Scarecroodle
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...
Fate photo

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

Because saying stop and small the flowers somehow seems creepy in this context.
Mar 20
// Scarecroodle
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...
Fate/Extra CCC photo
Fate/Extra CCC

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

Looks all white to me
Mar 13
// Scarecroodle
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...
promoted post photo
promoted post

Gilgamesh Archer (Chogokin line) Unboxing / Review

Promoted cblog review
Mar 10
// Greatlandstander
[editor's note: Oh hey, a cblog promotion! It's been way too long since we last did this, and if the current trend of awesome stuff being published in there continues, I feel it'll be difficult to choose what to bring up to ...
Alphamax Saber Bride photo
Alphamax Saber Bride

Curse your wedding by looking at Alphamax's Saber Bride

Who needs a prenup, right?
Feb 17
// Andres Cerrato
They say that looking at the bride's dress before the wedding is bad luck. You really can't help but a sneak a peek here with Alphamax's Saber Bride. She certainly debuted to a lot of fanfare, but it's been a little while sin...

Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival

Jan 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
7-Eleven in Japan (yep, that's a thing) is now base to its own Gundam. A special version of the RX-93 Nu Gundam HG Gunpla is now calling the convenience store chain home. Done up in green, white, red, and yellow the kit is only running for ¥2,625. ToysREvil posted these really cool throw pillows based on game handhelds and controllers by Castella Natalia. Love the cartoonish look to them. Studio Ghibli fan Nendojin went above and beyond simple fan art to make a sculpture of the man himself: Hayao Miyazaki. RocketNews24 has posted video of the piece being made from start to finish. Job well done! Wave previewed a pair of girls from Majestic Prince being added to the Beach Queens line. Not Wave's best work and even they don't seem enthusiastic about them considering they haven't delivered their promised additional info on the girls despite being available for pre-order now. I guess they can't all be winners. And this is what it looks like when Wave tries hard. Akiba Hobby has posted a photo review for the upcoming Beach Queens Illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. The effort they put into a figure this cute speaks for itself. In case you missed it the three figures from Hunter X Hunter are now available again for re-release. While there's nothing particularly new about them the official figma blog has posted the trio together. The real attraction is a quick three-panel comic. Check out CLayz newest Kuroneko figure from OreImo featuring a school swimsuit with cat years and tail. Oh man, she's perfect! Akiba Hobby posted a preview of Kotobukiya's Wonder Festival exclusive Kobato figure from Haganai. This is a red-dressed repaint of the figure Koto released just this past October. Looking good. Piapro posted a gallery for the upcoming Snow Miku 2014 Licca-chan doll. I kinda don't want to admit that it's growing on me... Also coming to Wonder Festival is a repaint of Orchid Seed's many Super Sonico figures. Based on a figure only just released back in December she is now sporting a chrome silver bikini. Not my kind of thing, but she does look really well made. Dark Horse has licensed the figure rights to the Powers series of comics and graphic novels. Their first piece is the impressively big Retro Girl statue which will later be followed by vinyl figures. More info can be found at the link. Kahotan posted a great gallery for Nendoroid Yoshino from Date A Live. Stiff contender for one of the cutest Nendoroids of all time! Tokidoki is collaborating Pullip on new doll Lunarosa. She's completely clad in Tokidoki fashion and even comes with a Donutella plush. She even gets her own tattoos! No price was given, but she'll be out in February. Sonico hasn't always been her full-figured self. Even she was a kid once. That's the message that Wing is sending with the prototype of their new child version of Nitro+'s digital diva. It actually is a rather cute figure in a much different way than we're used to seeing Sonico. Plum has made a new mini figure for their original character Sarah. She comes in two versions, either red or green. Both are exclusives, starting with sales at Wonder Festival for only ¥600 each. After that the red version will be sold throughout Nagano prefecture while the green one will be sold at the Lake Suwa SA (service area) for ¥700 each. Customizer Jared Flores created this really amazing Vinylmation version of the classic and iconic Dumbo ride found at Disney parks. The piece uses four Vinylmation Dumbo figures and one three-foot Vinylmation figure. Nicely done! That's all for this week! Come back next week when I'm sure we'll have another pile of Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] previews to look at among other great things.
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Welcome to the start of winter convention season
Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fai...

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Fate/Extra CCC

Put a pre-order on AlphaMax's Saber Bride

If you like it then you should have put a pre-order on it
Dec 28
// Scarecroodle
AlphaMax's 1/8 scale Fate/EXTRA CCC Saber Bride is currently available for pre-order. Although I haven't exactly been a fan of the Saber Bride design, I'm seeing the appeal when the zipper is down as seen with the AlphaMax version. It still seems like an unbelievably kooky design but there's some definite fetish fuel going on here. Full info after the jump.
Good Smile Company Saber photo
Good Smile Company Saber

New Saber figure goes for the Japanese look

Good Smile Company reveals the preliminary illustration
Nov 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company sure does love Saber figures. This variant (Sakura Saber) is based on the parody manga Fate/Koha-Ace, and favors a Japanese aesthetic over the traditional European-inspired design. I've seen Saber in Japane...
Pre-order Griffon's Saber photo
Pre-order Griffon's Saber

Pre-order Griffon Enterprise's 1/7-scale Saber

Good pose and armor effect
Aug 30
// Jon Wills
Griffon makes a lot of interesting figurines. As seen in our summary of Griffon's Sword Art Online figurines some are hits and some are misses. I believe their latest 1/7th scale Saber based on Fate/Stay Night is a hit. While...
RAH Saber Alter photo
RAH Saber Alter

Form a pre-order contract with Medicom's RAH Saber Alter

Editor realizes how often contract is used in Tomopop headlines/subheaders
Aug 01
// Scarecroodle
Medicom's Real Action Heroes (RAH) Saber Alter is currently available for pre-order. This 1/6 scale figure features two swords, two interchangeable faces, two interchangeable hair pieces, and the character's visor. Saber Alte...
WonFes Nendoroids Part 1 photo
WonFes Nendoroids Part 1

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Nendoroids Part 1

A whole lotta Nendoroids
Jul 29
// Jon Wills
Good Smile Company had so many Nendoroids on display this year at Wonfes that I couldn't pack all of them into one gallery post. Many of the ones on display are ones we have already written up pre-order notices for, such as&n...
WonFes Wing photo
WonFes Wing

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Wing

Good god what is that??
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Wing got on my radar with their Shunya Yamashita-designed Fiona figure from Border Break. She turned up at WonFes alongside a handful of newer designs. The rest of their figures were in prototype stage. Sword Art Online's Lea...
1/7 Saber Lily photo
1/7 Saber Lily

Take a stab at pre-orders for AlphaMax's 1/7 Saber Lily

Because you haven't had enough
Jul 22
// Andres Cerrato
Saber Lily is just one of those designs that appeals. It's not flashy, bright, or overly adorned. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. Whenever a company has their take on the alternate Saber, it's hard to ignore the beauty. Al...
RAH Saber Alter photo
RAH Saber Alter

Medicom gives Saber another go with RAH Saber Alter

Evil makes things better
Jul 18
// Andres Cerrato
Medicom has found a new audience now that it's expanded its lineup of RAH 1/6 figures beyond tokusatsu/movie properties. Saber was a step in that direction and many were impressed by the initial images. Those impressions have...

Pre-order Alter's 1/6th scale Saber Alter Swimsuit ver

Alter plus swimsuits equals yowzers!
May 29
// Jon Wills
Pre-orders are now available for Alter's swimsuit version of Saber Alter (last seen at Megahobby EXPO). She is built to 1/6th scale but because she is sitting on her knees, this Saber is not terribly tall at 13cm. She is base...

Tomopop Review: figma Saber Bride

May 22 // Andres Cerrato
Figure Name: figma Saber Bride (packaged with Fate/Extra CCC Type-Moon Virgin White Box)Figure Maker: Max FactoryRetail Price: ¥10,479Available at: Play-Asia, Yes Asia,  In your quest to make Saber your bride, you had to pay a dowry in the form of the Fate/Extra CCC PSP game. You will conveniently ignore the game, glance through the artbook, then just rip open your prized waifu. That said ... Here she is out of the box. A couple of things will strike at you right away. One is the frayed skirt, with the edges resembling burnt fabric. Second would be the headpiece, made with clear plastic. Third is the outfit itself, decked in full white and adorned with enough buckles and zippers take confuse it with a Final Fantasy outfit. The attraction of Saber Bride is in her details. The coloring on the figma can be a bit blotchy in certain points on the figure, but it's easily forgiven given a proper distance. You can only tell these little bits when looking at the figure close up. When you look at the whole package though, it's a great job. While I would have liked for the chains to be a little bit less clunky, it's nothing I would take marks off for. Starting from the top, just admire the detail on her veil. The clear plastic isn't just a lump, but you can see the swirls and patterns etched into them. The flowers are painted without any smudges while the headpiece doesn't restrict movement.  The alternate face given to Saber is simply adorable. A slight smile and the blush under the eyes make this my preferred face. I don't really like the cold, emotionless Saber but I do enjoy that little bit of emotion. She's a bride, she should be happy! When the art for Saber Bride was released, everyone's attention gravitated around that rear view of her well, rear. Butt cleavage is nothing new, but it certainly is for a wedding dress. You don't really see it unless you're truly looking for it. As you can see, the hole for the figma stand is placed on the skirt. The skirt is also poseable, and has a nice degree of movement for poses. The only downfall is the belt can appear out of position. The best part of figma Saber Bride is definitely the frayed edges of the skirt. Usually when figures attempt it, the result isn't too pleasing. However, it's done perfectly with Saber Bride. The cuts on the plastic are done well and the blending of the burns into the white fabric are near flawless. The only thing I could wish for is that it was a bit more malleable, but its fine as it is. Saber wouldn't be Saber without her sword, so of course one is included. The sword itself is nicely detailed. Thankfully, Saber is articulated enough to give her a wide variety of poses while handling the sword. While I wouldn't suggest a top-down strike pose, you can still get off quite a bit with her. In closing, figma Saber Bride is a great figure. She's abundantly detailed and can lend itself to better presentation in your collection. However, given all of the delays, I can imagine that some let the hype continually buildup and will look for any and all flaws in it. It's a solid figure and one I wish that could have been purchased sans game. For those willing to pay the extra fee in the form of the game package, it's just the cost of purity.
Review: figma Saber Bride photo
Dressed in white to be your waifu
Getting the bride to the altar can be difficult. Max Factory had an incredibly difficult time getting Saber there. Delays and delays kept pushing back the date, but figma Saber Bride finally arrived alongside the game she delayed in the process. After all the waiting, was she worth it? Find out in the review of figma Saber Bride!

Yukata Sakura photo
Yukata Sakura

Watch some fireworks with yukata Sakura

Pretty in pink... I think
May 22
// Scarecroodle
FREEing's 1/8 yukata Sakura Matou is currently available for pre-order. Sakura is the fourth entry in FREEing's 1/8 yukata Fate series, following her Fate/Stay Night co-stars Saber, Illya, and Rin (and apparently will be foll...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chogokin Saber

May 06 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Chogokin SaberFigure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥7500Available at: HobbyLink Japan Chogokin Saber comes in an overly large box designed to accommodate her sizable display base and energy effect accessory. The packaging is stark white for the most part with gold embossed logos and character images for decorations. The size makes it somewhat impractical for storage, although it's nice enough packaging for a box that doesn't feature a window. The inner packaging consists of three blisters, which hold Saber and her numerous pack-ins. The middle blister primarily held the first-run bonus, a plastic summoning circle that serves as an optional addition to the display base. The accessory/bits count is as follows: Three versions of the sword Excalibur (normal, invisible air, and an energy form) Two scabbards (one designed to peg into an alternate hand) Three alternate faces (gritted teeth, shouting, and a slight smile) Five alternate sets of hands (not all of which are matching) Two alternate hair and ribbon pieces A large energy effect A display base/stand (needs to be assembled) (First run only bonus) A thin, plastic sheet designed to look like a magic/summoning circle Bandai's Chogokin armored Saber is based on her Fate/Zero appearance which, as far as I can tell, is largely similar to her Fate/Stay Night armored incarnation (It may be worth mentioning that I have yet to watch Fate/Zero). Kaiyodo, Good Smile Company, and Enter Brain have all previously released figures of armored Saber. For comparison purposes, I've brought out GSC's figma armored Saber (right) which is often regarded as being the best among that group. The most immediate observation will likely be the size difference, as the Chogokin version is substantially taller. There's also a marked difference in color, as the Chogokin sports a lighter blue that features more color variation as well as shinier armored bits likely due to the use of die-cast parts. The third most noticeable difference (other than the breastplates) is more visible from the side. While both versions feature molded plastic dresses, the Chogokin version opts for a more rounded design. The Chogokin's skirt also differs from the figma version by being jointed to the waist (the figma's skirt pieces are mostly connected to the back portion) and features additional jointing. These joints are generally strong enough to hold the pleats in place, providing clearance for running and other action poses. Please note that while the blue and white portions of the skirt are separate in the front, the other sections are fused together as one piece. The armored portion of the skirt features the most articulation, as each segment has jointing. The armored portion and the other pleats are connected to the rest of the dress by clips, making re-attachment fairly easy and painless (unlike the nightmare of a piece sliding free on the figma version). Despite featuring die-cast bits in the legs, the Chogokin Saber's natural balance is surprisingly poor. The skirt also makes it difficult to get an idea of how the joints should be moved, as they both conceal most of the legs and shift the balance on their own. Many poses will require use of the stand. The base and stand are strong enough to support any number of poses, including leaping/flying displays. However, I wouldn't recommend leaving Saber in a flying pose for prolonged periods as she has a nasty habit of somehow coming off the stand or tipping the whole thing over. For color, I've displayed her alongside Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Juggernaut. Saber may look small, but it's only because the MS Juggernaut stands over 9-inches tall. The summoning circle can be attached to the top of the base. As far as first run bonuses go, the circle is really nothing special; it's just a thin, flimsy sheet of plastic. The circle is really only good for displaying the character standing. Otherwise, it has a tendency of getting in the way. There's an additional transparent piece of plastic that can be attached (as shown) to raise the circle a little above the rest of the base. I imagine that this is just a first-run feature designed solely to complement the summoning circle. As previously mentioned, the stand/base comes in several pieces. The two parts of the base can be attached together as shown or you could hook the stand into either piece. The latter option is useful for posing the character close to a tabletop or other surface. You'll notice that the base includes a nameplate. Despite being just a sticker, the nameplace makes the display look quite a bit classier. The energy effect is another really cool display piece. It's not large enough to fit around the display base, but it can be used to spice up any number from just an additional display piece (as shown) or for something like making a sword swing more dramatic. Speaking of dramatic, I love the alternate ribbons. When used in conjunction with the alternate hair pieces, you can either simulate the effects of the wind (by posing both in the same direction) or a quick, spinning motion like a sword stroke (by having them posed "facing" opposite directions, like above). Bandai's Chogokin Saber features the high amount of articulation that most fans expect from their higher-end lines. I should point out that Saber's shoulder pads can flip up for additional clearance (a feature missing in the figma version) and that she features a greater-than-average amount of foot pivot. And yes, I'm fully aware that I have Saber holding two copies of Excalibur which is a physical impossibility but dual-wielding is cool. Final thoughts? Bandai's Chogokin Saber is an excellent figure despite a minor issue or two. While I'm not necessarily sure that I prefer it to the figma counterpart, the Chogokin Saber is a great figure in its own right and is, at the moment, more readily available. The largest downside might simply be the price, as this is a more expensive figure. [Big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample!]
Review: Chogokin Saber photo
Hey there, pretty armored lady
It's no secret that Saber has seen a lot of merchandise in recent years. Some would even consider her a serious contender for the title of most overproduced Eastern character. Despite that, the armored version of Saber has on...


Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Moon Writer

Moon Writer shows why figures are posed the way they are
May 05
// Andres Cerrato
It's no secret that there are figures posed in very, very odd ways. It's even more odd to explain it to family members. They're provocative without any semblance of reality. "Why is her back like that?" "She's going to topple...

Bandai sees to it that an Archer figure will be released

Didn't say which Archer though. I'd rather it be Sterling.
Mar 29
// Andres Cerrato
Remember every joke about figma Archer? Yeah, it's coming in 2010! 2011! 2012? Nope, forget it. It's never going to happen. Well, keep those hopes alive as this isn't exactly the Archer you wanted as Bandai has took to releas...

Summon Medicom's RAH Saber

A contract worth making
Feb 28
// Scarecroodle
Medicom's RAH "Fate/Zero" armored Saber is currently available for pre-order. This gorgeous Fate/Zero figure (or doll?) stands 300mm tall and will come with a summoning circle as a limited production run bonus. Saber features...

Cu-Poche Saber wants to join your collection

Won't you take her hand?
Dec 07
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Saber is now available for pre-order. This hotly heroine of Fate/stay night will be among the first characters to grace Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line. As previously mentioned, Saber comes with two versions ...

Additional Cu-Poche Saber photos summoned

...still waiting for that pre-order contract
Dec 04
// Scarecroodle
New photos of Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Saber have appeared on Danny Choo's blog and, let me say, they are fairly stunning. These photos show off Saber's sword accessories as well as demonstrating the figure's adorawesomeness (be...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: A very unblurry Saber Cupoche

Ohhhh, the Saber-like object was Saber. That makes sense.
Nov 26
// Scarecroodle
Some of you  might remember the recent U.S.O. (Unidentified Saber-like Object) sighting. I'm here to tell you that it's the policy of Tomopop to not neither confirm nor deny the possibility of... oh wait, it does seem to...

The Fate series gets magical with Prisma Illya

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya has an anime coming so here's a figure from Phat! Company.
Oct 23
// Jonathan Tubbs
This one is out of left field but I guess when you're getting a new anime, you'll most likely get yourself a figure. Especially if you're a spin off of Fate/stay night. Both previewed by Mikatan's Blog and now available for p...

These new Fate/Zero prize figures were pretty inevitable

Shocker: Saber's part of the set
Sep 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Just when I thought the Fate franchise could get a breather, and I wouldn't have to see a new Saber every other day, Fate/Zero comes out and ruins my hopes and dreams. Despite this, I do appreciate the aesthetic of Fate/Zero ...

This morning, Mikatan took the web to let us all know that the WonFes exclusive items were now all available for pre-order. Shipping in late November will be figma Buffalo Bill in her visitor uniform, the Nendoroid of Insane ...


Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Koto's Co-poche line details

Jul 29
// Andres Cerrato
Taking a look the day after, you get past the hype and initial reactions. Last night sa the debut of Kotobukiya's newest figure line, Co-poche. The line serves as a direct challenge to Good Smile Company's Nendoroid line and ...

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