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7:45 PM on 02.07.2015

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: figma Rin Tohsaka

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 ...

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Buckle up! You're in for some wild Nendoroid Rider pre-orders photo
Buckle up! You're in for some wild Nendoroid Rider pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

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 Fate: Stay Night's original run, including a figma and several Nendoroid Petits. If you liked those Petits, you're in luck because the full-sized Nendoroid has enough customization to mimic the designs of her smaller counterparts (which I now mildly regret buying instead of waiting several years on the off-chance that there would be real Nendoroid). This includes a removable visor, her dagger/chain weapons, and a magic circle.

Nendoroid Rider looks great and I'm sorely tempted to pick her up... but I'm worried that Kotobukiya will release a superior Cu-Poche Rider. For everybody else, she can be pre-ordered for around ¥3,700 yen and is slated for a May release.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Wave lets you make your own lingerie Saber harem

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...

Andres Cerrato



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

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 such, the Saber depicted here (a.k.a. Arturia Pendragon) is the best known member of that particular servant class. While I'm generally not a fan of the various swim-suited Sabers, Kotobukiya did a fairly good job with this one. The pose is playful, the sculpting is solid, and the paint all looks great. Granted, the beach base looks a little hokey but it's a small quibble considering everything else that went right.

Kotobukiya's swim-suited Saber can be pre-ordered for around ¥7,800 and is slated for a January release. If you do pick one up, just don't take it to the beach. Salt-water can really mess up a figure's paint.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



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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