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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


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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-...

Scarecroodle

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...

Scarecroodle

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...

Scarecroodle

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...

Scarecroodle

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...

Scarecroodle

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...

Scarecroodle

4:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Gilgamesh Archer (Chogokin line) Unboxing / Review

[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 ...

Greatlandstander

12:00 PM on 02.17.2014

Curse your wedding by looking at Alphamax's Saber Bride

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...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 Fair was last week though it was kind of a meh event. In just over a week we've got the first Wonder Festival of the year on February 9 followed by New York Toy Fair launching the following weekend on Feb 16 to 19. I'm sure there's like a dozen more before spring.

And thanks to all of these big toy shows there has been an email tidal wave in our inbox, far more than we've been able to post and there's still more coming in every day. And this is just the stuff leftover from last week! Crazy stuff and there's still tons more coming in every day. It isn't all stuff being prepared for the big events; we've also got some great custom and designer stuff that I'm actually a little sad we haven't had time to post because it's so good! See it all after the jump!

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1:30 PM on 12.28.2013

Put a pre-order on AlphaMax's Saber Bride

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.

Scarecroodle