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Max Factory and Good Smile Company have let us know that a figma version of Saber from Fate/Zero would be coming. Heck, Max Factory even gave the date in their preview of this figure. And sure enough, here it is ready for pre...

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Color really suits figma Saber from Fate/Zero in this new preview gallery


Nov 02
// Jonathan Tubbs
About a month ago, Max Factory showed off a protoype of a figma version of Saber from Fate/Zero which, by the way, currently has an anime running. Max Factory is now giving a full preview of the upcoming figma in color a...
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Less than a day left to convince you to pre-order Volks' Dollfie Dream Saber


Oct 29
// Jonathan Tubbs
This will be the last time I hound you folks about Volks' Dollfie Dream Saber releases. Why is that? Because the deadline is just around the corner! The Volks DD Blog has been posting several photos of what you can do with th...

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Good Smile Company's Fate/Zero Saber in a suit on a motorcycle is all levels of hotness


Oct 28
// Jonathan Tubbs
So, I was just saying how I was smitten over the cute Charlotte Dunois by Alter. Well, I'm just as smitten over what Good Smile Company had on display but for different reasons. At the Good Smile Cafe was a promotion for TYPE...
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Dollfie Dream Saber shows her fashionable side at the many Volks Show Rooms


Oct 21
// Jonathan Tubbs
With Volks releasing a new Dollfie Dream Saber from Fate/EXTRA and an updated version of Saber Alter from Fate/hollow ataraxia, the company has been promoting her left and right throughout the month. Now the company's various...
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Fate/stay night's Saber sees another re-release along with Unlimited Blade Works Rin


Oct 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
Saber from Fate/stay night is all the rage lately and that rage continues with Good Smile Company now re-releasing both the 1/7 scale Saber Alter -Vortigern- verion and the 1/7 scale Rin -Unlimited Blade Works- version. What ...
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Saber suits up in this new figma preview


Oct 01
// Chang Su
Coinciding with the airing of the Fate/Zero anime series, the figma blog has released a few shots of -- you guessed it -- the Fate/Zero version of Saber! Despite my pathological love for the character, I actually wasn't ...
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Volks unveils their new Dollfie Dream Sabers


Sep 23
// Brian Szabelski
Doll fans have probably been paying attention to Volks as of late, as they've been teasing some new Saber Dollfie Dreams, and now, they've revealed the two of them on their blog. On your left in the header is the Saber Fate/E...
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Banpresto's Fate/Zero Saber looks pretty much the same


Sep 15
// Pedro Cortes
Along with Gundam AGE and the Persona 4 anime, Fate/Zero is one of my most anticipated shows for the Fall 2011 season. Acting as the prequel to Fate/StayNight, I'm hoping that its more focused story will fix the things that I...
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Make Fate/Extra's Caster your waifu thanks to Phat Company


Jul 20
// Emily Smalara
Oh, Fate/Stay Night. Even you are not immune to the call of the kemonomimi, and I couldn't be happier. Most Fate fans probably recall the enigmatic Medea when they think of Caster, but not so in this lesser-known addition to ...
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The heat takes its toll, Alter delays Summer Saber and Rin


Jul 11
// Andres Cerrato
It has been way too hot this summer. I experienced my first triple digits earlier this year and it's not something I would want to endure. Even figures need a relief from that kind of heat though, as Alter was planning to rel...
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Phat! Company teases the color sample of Fate/EXTRA's Caster in this distant photo


Jun 28
// Jonathan Tubbs
It was just yesterday that Good Smile Company announced a follow up to their Fate/Stay Night Nendoroid Petit set with the Extension Set and now there's more Fate series news coming from one of their associated companies. Phat...
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The battle gets bigger with the Fate/Stay Night Nendoroid Petit Extension Set


Jun 27
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's been almost a year since the cast of Fate/Stay Night started to do battle in Nendoroid Petit form. Though the dust has settled, a new battle is just beginning. Revealed on Mika-tan's blog is a continuation of the Nendoro...
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Alter delays three figures from June release to July


Jun 10
// Kristina Pino
If you were hoping to get Charlotte E Yeager (Strike Witches), Saber Lily or Rin Summer Versions (Fate/Stay Night) this month, you might be disappointed (or in some cases, relieved) to know they are now set for release in Jul...

Tomopop Review: Griffon's Diformate Saber Armor ver.

Jun 08 // Brian Szabelski
Figure Name: Diformate Saber Armor ver.Figure Maker: GriffonRetail: ¥5,500Available at HobbyLink Japan As all reviews do around here, we begin with the box. It's actually a pretty small one with a nice front, featuring the name of the figure and a partial picture of her. There's a nice window, too, so you can see what's inside, and another one on the left side. The right side is taken up by a glorious illustration from Harada Takehito that was the basis for this figure. And I know what you're thinking: that stye looks familiar, doesn't it? Well, it should: Harada Takehito is the illustrator responsible for the character design of the Disgaea series, among others, and his style works excellent for this small-scale type of figure. The inside of the box has the illustration as well, which is a nice little touch. Before we hop right into the figure, I wanted to take some time to look at Saber's base. It's a pretty plain, black base with two pegs that firmly hold her in place, save for one thing: that etched name plate on the front. It's an incredibly nice touch that helps to add something to the figure and makes her stand out even a bit more. The other thing I wanted to touch on separately is Saber's sword, Excalibur. It's got a ton of detail for such a small piece , as you might be able to see here, from the point of the blade to the pommel at the other end. There's a nice bit of detail on the hilt and blade as well, but there are a few areas where the paint overlaps on the hilt and some of the detailing on the blade seems a little sketchy. It's not very noticeable unless you're starting it in the face, a saving grace of Saber's smaller scale. And here we have ... oh my. Hands are kind of in the way, hold on here a second ... There we go. Sorry about that, folks, but Saber's pose gets in the way of her face. Here, however, you can see her standing with her hands resting on top of Excalibur, looking straight ahead instead of slightly off to the side as she is in the illustration. Otherwise, it's pretty much dead-on, with a nice amount of detail. Saber looks just as good from other angles as well, having become a little skinnier thanks to the switch in art style. More importantly, as you can see, there's some nice details with her skirt armor and on the back, with that little flap of her overskirt sticking out. As for her size, she's listed as non-scale officially, but she stands about 15 cm tall. I do have to knock Griffon a bit, though, because as it turns out, the sword doesn't actually reach the base of the statue. So Saber's resting on it ... but it's not resting on anything. Kind of defeats the purpose, don't you think? As I said before, even for such a small figure, Saber packs in a lot of detail. Here, you can see her hands, and yes, those are seams you see present. They're more visible up-close than they are at a distance. Still, you can see that her gauntlets are sculpted enough to show off the individual pieces of armor and the joints in them, which is excellent. And besides, the seams are more an issue on top of her head, which not only have the hair seam we're so used to seeing on figures now, but there's one around her ahoge as well! Ugh. The good news is they're not really visible when you're looking at Saber from anywhere besides the top. Speaking of which ... Saber's face is different than it is in the illustration (she's not looking off to the side), but it's rather appealing as it keeps the intensity that we've seen in larger figures of her. The mouth might be a little hard to see from certain angles, as they did use a lighter shade for her lips than I would have gone with, but it's definitely visible from eye-level. There's a little bit of detail on the bangs as well, though maybe less than most people would like to see. I'd call them sufficient, at least. They've even gone to lengths to try and replicate her armor's design pattern! It looks very nice and the paint on it stays well within the lines ... but her arms block it from view! That's the price you have to pay for this pose, though. What I love about the design of her dress is that it's clearly designed, sculpted and painted well enough so it reflect Saber's look, but it has enough of a simplistic look to it that it looks like she could've fallen out of some fate/stay night-Disgaea crossover title. What I don't love is that there's a few paint lines that are just over the edge and they're noticeable up close. Even her feet have that look, with simple designs, of the kind of thing we've seen in Harada's more well-known works. The back of Sabers head has some nice detailing to it, as well. There's less texture here, but all of her trademarks — the braid, the blue ribbon tied in a bow — are all present. I especially like the dynamic movement of the bow's sculpting, which adds a bit of "action" to an otherwise static piece. For scale's sake, here's how she lines up next to the 1/10-scale Asuka from Wave. She's definitely a much smaller figure, probably by a good centimeter or two. So roughly, she's actually between 1/10 and 1/11-scale, given that Asuka (155 cm) and Saber (154 cm) are about identical in height at 1/1 scale. Probably closer to 1/11 scale without the ahoge sticking up in the air so much. So, now comes the important part: is she worth it? I guess that depends in part on how much you're willing to forgive for such a small-scale piece, because Saber does have some tiny flaws, but — YOTSUBA, GET OFF HER. SHE IS NOT FOR PIGGYBACK RIDES. As I was saying, even with some of the small flaws, Griffon's Saber is a pretty good figure. That mostly rests on the style she's been drawn and sculpted in, but it's also because she's small enough that the tiny flaws on her become harder to spot. Sure, you can buy bigger, better and much more detailed Saber figures, some of which we've reviewed, but if you're looking for something smaller or with a unique look, Griffon's Diformate Saber's a pretty good pick. I went in with no expectations and came out enthusiastic. My gut feeling is you will, too. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing a review sample!]
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For the most part, when you think of figures of fate/stay night's Saber, you tend to think of these huge, beautiful, flowing figures with her wielding her sword, hair all in mid-movement, ready to strike something down. But w...

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Build your own homunculus with this Irisviel resin kit


Apr 30
// Emily Smalara
I have to admit, I've never been a huge fan of resin kits. I just don't trust myself to put the things together correctly, or at the very least, I won't let myself anywhere near making an attempt to paint them. Still, I love ...
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Clayz Fate/Stay Night Saber is open for pre-order


Mar 04
// Colette Bennett
Hey, look, it's that Saber from garage kit circle T's system that we talked about a few weeks ago. Or, more precisely, it's the PVC version, which is a bit more accessible than the original kit and does not require a knowledg...
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Clayz announce a PVC version of T's system's garage kit


Feb 22
// Colette Bennett
During our coverage of Treasure Festa in Ariake 4, we saw a nice selection of items from GK circle T's System. One of them was a red version (Fate/Extra) of Fate/Stay Night's Saber. While checking out the Clayz blog this morn...
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Alter's 1/8 Summer versions of Saber Lily and Rin are finally up for order!


Feb 21
// Tomopop Staff
After being teased with images of these girls for quite some time, we finally get to see them in color. Not only that, but we get to see their oh-so-lovely price point of only ¥4,800. No, that's no joke--each of these lad...
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Winter Wonder Festival 2011: Phat Company's 1/8 Caster


Feb 05
// Tomopop Staff
Both Gift and Good Smile Company have had Fate/Stay Night lines going on for quite some time, so when I saw Caster here (who is from Fate/Extra) I assumed she was from one of the two. Hoped, actually, because I have been dyin...
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The 1/4 Saber Lily gets her full unveiling from Volks!


Feb 02
// Chris Seto
Just a few days before she's up for sale at Wonder Festival, Volks have released a couple of images of their 1/4 Saber Lily in colour! And boy, what a lick of paint can do to a kit!She looks like a much more attractive prospe...
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Alter's Fate/Stay Night Summer version Saber and Rin pop up in Hobby Japan


Jan 22
// Tomopop Staff
These figures were leaked back at MegaHobby Expo 2010, because collectors just can't stay away from those "do not photograph" signs, but Alter has finally unveiled these designs officially. Act surprised! The sculpt...
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Fate/kaleid liner's magical girl Illya transforms into a Nendoroid Petit


Jan 13
// Tomopop Staff
Fate/Stay Night is like a machine that cannot be stopped. They keep popping out games, movies, anime, manga and alternate versions of characters, like this magical girl Illya. Much like Kaleido Ruby, Rin's Alternate form, Pri...
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[UPDATED]Gift's Saber Lily is finally up for order!


Jan 11
// Tomopop Staff
Gift's Saber Lily, like most of their Fate/Stay Night line, is  figure that elicits mixed emotions. And while I understand while some people are put off by her more realistic facial style, I can't help but gasp at how go...
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Gift's Saber Lily is ridiculously gorgeous


Jan 07
// Tomopop Staff
Gift's first Saber was a rather odd figure, with stunning armor (perhaps the best ever on a Saber figure), but a face that drew a lot of criticism. She was sculpted by Toda Satoshi and the face reflected his signature style, ...
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[UPDATE] Gift finally shows off their 1/8 Dark Sakura figure


Dec 13
// Tomopop Staff
Gift is a strange company. They focus mainly on plushes and seem to have mostly forgotten about figures, but when they do crank one out they're some of the best in the business. It seems like we've been waiting on them to con...
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Treasure Festa in Ariake 4: Saber! ...oh, and those other characters


Dec 12
// Jonathan Tubbs
Huh? There's other characters than Saber from Fate/stay night? Nah. Are you sure? Oh. So there is as the garage kit makers of Treasure Festa are reminding us. Of course Saber does headline the kits with her looking adorable w...
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Alter's Saber and Rin Summer Ver. prototype pics surface


Dec 03
// Colette Bennett
Oh, what's this? It seems that Alter showed some new figures of Saber and Rin from Fate/Stay Night in their sumerwear at MegaHobby Expo 2010. The figures had a little card next to them that asked that attendees refrain from t...

Promoted Review: Super movable Saber has a potty mouth

Nov 25 // Kristina Pino
Item: Saber Super Movable NendoroidManufacturer: Good Smile CompanyRetail: Listed ¥3,810. Buy it at: HLJ - AmiAmi - Hobby Search Shadow Mask PrimeWell I've been waiting for her for ages it seems now, but she has finally arrived at my flat.Super Movable Saber has arrived, and she's a very cute little Nendoroid indeed. And here she is!Of course the first thing she's going to do is go talk to the toy she will connect with best, Black Rock Shooter Nendoroid.... Or one of the Revoltech Sabers, or Figma Sabers, but I didn't think of those until now... Besides Black Rock Shooter is out in the open."Hey missy! I'm new here, Super Movable Saber, of Awesome! I need to find Shadow Mask Prime so he can take photos for that photo contest to win me some cool accessories! Any idea where he is?""You do realise the Deadline for that contest was over a week ago?""Eh?""Yeah, you got caught by customs, who ended up charging the master even more just to deliver you! Also they take an extra week just to work out how much their going to charge their poor victim.""ummm...""You took so long to arrive, almost everything else Master had ordered arrived before you did! You're lucky that the eBay order he made hasn't arrived yet, else you wouldn't have been the Second Nendoroid. Heck, you're lucky you arrived before the BlazBlue sequel came out! You're also fortunate that you're special, so he's delaying those other reviews to do you First!""Well, I-""And the worst thing is the bitter irony you actually arrived in the UK early enough that if you hadn't been caught in customs, you would arrived in enough time before the deadline for that contest to try and get those awesome accessories... And I saw photos of the accessories, they looked Super Special Awesome! They looked like they Rocked Hard! But I suppose we shall never know first hand now."Using the Power Of Nendoroids, Saber changes her eye colour to match BRS's, and assumes her emotionless expression as she fully processes this information to come up with an appropriate response to this situation......"~*@$*£#!!!!"Or in this case, an inappropriate response.. oh dear......now just where is she going? Maybe I can find her again on one of my other secret feeds...... Let's start with the Layton Feed...Hhmmm nothing unusual here, just Professor Layton enjoying some tea... I believe he had been having some trouble finding his cup recently. He's found it now by the looks of it... I also see he's found his top hat again, good for him."~*@$*£#!!!!""Oh My! What rude language!"Yikes!And now she's gone again! She was there, caused an uproar and left, so fast that the Layton's top Hat has yet to fall, like in some children's cartoon!"Oh, I need this for later, so... Yoink!"Oh my, the carnage! The uproar! The aftermath! I do think she's left this feed for good though now, so let's try another one... Hhhmmm the Waiting Room maybe? ...aaannnnddd AH HA!There she is, with Woody, who is awaiting his review."Hey there miss, I was going to ask if you've seen a Floating Skull running around with a Cowboy hat, but you look pretty upset, so I think I'll ask if I can help you at all first...""GASP! A Gay Cowboy!""Now see here, lil' miss, I am most certainly not gay...""~*@$*£#! A Pedophile! That's Even Worse!"Woody can only stare in horror at this girl who keeps spewing forth such vulgar language! And with that, she's off again! This is getting us nowhere, maybe I should search on foot, I'll just step out of my bunker...... to find, Ulp, the Full Metal Panic Fumoffu Robot Tamashii Bonta-kun making some very compelling arguments for me doing a proper review of him some time. He's a great figure, so I really should do so some time. I have been meaning to for a long time now, but well umm...."~*@$*£#!!!!"AH! There She is! And her potty mouth is giving me a diversion to escape during! Poor Sousuke thinks she's a drill instruct!Time I wasn't Here! Later Bonta-kun! And watch the language! However, in my hasty retreat I've also lost Saber again! Damn and Blast!Now where can she be? Hhmmm? Oh!Black Rock Shooter, have you seen Saber again- oh, you're depressed? Oh you think because of all the trouble Saber is causing, I won't be buying any more Nendoroids, and you really want me to buy your friend, Dead Master?Well don't worry too much. While I current haven't made an order for her, I am still addicted to my latest addiction my dear girl. So you have nothing to worry about...Apart from-OH!"~*@$*£#!!!!"-Falling! Oh dear, I did tell you about sitting on your cannon like that last time, didn't I?"~*@$*£#!!!!"Now now, that's no excuse for bad language! And Saber, please come back here, we have a review to do!I was also making that face and using the strong language when BRS's neck broke during one of the photo shoots. I didn't realise they were so weak. Of course, each head has a neck joint, so I did have a spare two, the biggest problem was getting the broken joint out... But remember, be careful! Ah Saber!There... calmed down now have we? Feeling a bit better after a rampage? Well as the photos probably showed, Super Movable Saber is Super Poseable. She has articulation in her shoulders, hips, elbows, knees ankles, and, of course, her neck. She comes with a base that will hold her suspended in the air for even more poses. It looks kinda like a Di:Stage, but it isn't. Caption holders are too thin to fit smugly into either of the two sizes of holes. In fact, I have no idea what the bigger holes are used for currently... Her armour's skirt also has a bit of articulation, ball joints I think even, to allow her legs to move more freely. The Skirt is split into different parts, front, back, and two sides, each connected to the main body with their own joint each. Front and back are entirely solid pieces; the sides have solid outer armour, but flexible skirt underneath, which is rather cool. Her bangs (hair) are also soft, so you can also kinda pose those, with a little blutac to help it stay in place.She comes with three swords and two scabbards, since one of the swords is a different version of one of the first two. I.... I still need to get round to finishing watching Fate/Stay Night, so I have no idea what each sword is called, or what's special about them (apart from one has a cool powered up or something version)...One is a wider sword and I will look at this first. It was this blade you saw Saber holding earlier.Like with Figmas, the sword actually fit inside their scabbards. And Saber's Super Movable design is well suited to poses showing her pull the swords out, in fact I think one of her six hands(three for each hand) is intended for this purpose. One of her hands for her other hand is intended to hold the scabbards, and has a peg that fits into a hole on either scabbard.The detail on the swords and scabbards is wonderful, and as you can see, the sword even has some runes down the middle."by The Power Of Greyskull!"This sword also has a translucent version, with surrounding energy waves, or something, that looks pretty damn cool. Obviously, this version does not fit in a scabbard. Why would you ever want to disguise this beauty though?The other sword is a thinner blade, with plentiful detail on the scabbard.Just as with the other blade, it fits into the scabbard, rather than the scabbard being moulded with a sword in it.Now while the other sword is stupidly lose in its scabbard (at the start of the whole photo shoot, I took the first photo, and had to redo it when I realised the sword had slipped out of the scabbard. It took me a while to actually find the bloody thing), this blade fits much more snugly in its scabbard.Ummm.... I didn't think it was that hard to pull out, Saber..."~*@$*£#!!!!""Hey again, lil' missy, I found my hat again! Oh, you seem to be having trouble there? Would you like me to get the sword out?"Umm Woody, go back to the Waiting Room and await your own review please.""~*@$*£#!!! GET AWAY FROM ME!!"Woah! Well at least the sword is out now.As you can see, this Nendoroid is Super Movable, or rather, poseable. However, she's no Revoltech or Figma, that's for sure. Her elbow and knee joints are just normal hinge joints rather than ball joints, or joints that Figmas and Revoltechs have. Also, almost none of her joints are held very fast. One arm is Always coming out of the shoulder joint's hole; in fact, during the photos of the second sword her arm isn't even in her shoulder at all for most part. One leg also seemed to love to pull off the knee continually, and the other knee, when you look at it, is always pulling slightly off the joint, just not entirely. They don't really ruin the figure, in fact they probably stop the figure being ruined since if they were more secure, then breakage would be more likely (strange fact, many toys are designed to break apart like this these days [specially transformers], so that they can have the bits easily popped back together, rather than breaking permanently and causing all involved to cry). It does make it frustrating to pose at times. Yes, it can assume millions of poses, but often you can nearly go crazy trying to get it to pose correctly without falling apart.But when she is posed awesomely, she feels worth it. And be truthful now, half the reason you want her is for her expression, which can be used by other Nendoroids too (as demonstrated by BRS).But we all know what the make-or-break feature of this toy will be... DoesShePass TheHat Test?""~*@$*£# YEAH!!!!"Oh, again with the language! But yes, she does pass the hat test rather well. It is a little small for her, but still kinda suits her. Also, as it fits onto that bit of hair sticking up, there isn't even any need for Blutac most of the time. That bit of hair also swivels round by the looks of it, I've just realised. Either that, or I've just broken her...If you're wondering what is that I'm using to make the hats "float" in the air, and used to make Woody stand more easily, then they shall be revealed in my next review, that will be coming shortly...Now for one more final adventure with Saber to end this review off with.I asked her to go check up on a colony on another planet...How's it going, Saber? Everything fine? So I was worrying for nothing?"Gasp!"Uh oh, this can't be good. Wait. How did you only notice it when you got this close?"~*@$*£#!!!!"Once again Saber responds to the situation in a way I'm beginning to wonder is the only way she knows how..."Why would you even use such language around a baby!""~*@$*£# You!!!! Your Baby's ~*@$*£#-ing Ugly!""You Did it again! And he's not my baby, he's my baby brother!""Shut The ~*@$*£# UP!"Oh dear, will she ever learn to stop using such language?Images from my Flickr Account. Go there for larger size versions...
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  Dearest readers, Shadow Mask Prime is certainly giving you all a run for your money! Another hilarious review was spotted in the community blogs and is being promoted by request. I really enjoy seeing reviews like...

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Good Smile Company's 1/7th Rin Tosaka is up for order!


Nov 22
// Tomopop Staff
Well, it's been a long time coming, but here she is ready for order! First, we got word that Good Smile Company would be producing a 1/7th scale figure of Rin Tosaka back in January, then after many months of waiting she was ...

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Super Movable Saber Nendoroid

Nov 18 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Super Movable Saber NendoroidFigure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail: ¥4,000 (about US$48)AmiAmi  HLJ  Hobby SearchSaber's box is what we have come to expect from Nendoroids, nothing special but it has a nice pattern that matches her well. I am not really sure why they plastered text all over the window, as it kind of defeats the purpose if you can't see half of the stuff inside. Because of her poseable arms and legs, Saber doesn't come with any extra limbs. She does have the standard extra hands and faces, and a whopping 3 swords and 2 sheaths. Oh, and a base, which I will get to in one moment!Saber is highly detailed, and you can see that GSC is getting better and better at sculpting Nendoroids. Compared to some of the older Saber Nendoroids, you can clearly see the difference in production quality and overall attention to detail. From the back you get an eyeful of base. I hate the new Nendoroid bases with a fiery passion, and sadly I have to use it because Saber does not stand on her own.  I like to be able to display my poseable figures sans base, and with the old style Nendoroid bases they didn't look too intrusive if you were forced to use them. This new one is a whole 'nother story. It looks intrusive, like Saber is standing on a clear steam grate, and I loathe the arm they use. It's great for action shots but I really wish they'd just include a regular base as well. Saber comes with 3 faces: standard, angry and tantrum. When you take her out of the box the standard (aka "happy") face is on her. It fits the character, but doesn't quite mesh with this outfit. This is her battle garb, so she's usually yelling while wearing it. Of the 3, the angry face best suits her, though I am sure most people like the tantrum face the most for its endless photography possibilities. As you can see, Saber's armor is pretty spectacular for such a small figure. Her clothing is excellently done, with a nice mix of matte and metallic paints. Saber's skirt has a wide range of motion as you can see here. While it's very useful for posing her, some of the angles you can put the skirt flaps at look a bit odd because they pop out above her waist. Awkward angles are par for the course with poseable figures, so it's not really a big deal, it just takes a bit of work to get a "natural" looking pose from her.The face she is wearing now belongs to the Saber Lily Nendoroid. Sadly they are not fully compatible, which is unfortunate because the eyes match perfectly. It was actually quite hard getting other faces to fit with Saber's hair — her ears are at a different angle than a lot of the other faces, so it takes a bit of force to get a match. Saber runs into some issues when you pose her. And by some I mean "I wanted to throw her at the wall and watch her break into a million pieces and laugh over her body." No, I am not exaggerating; I said those exact words halfway through the shoot. Yes, Saber can be put into a ton of awesome poses that make for some great shots. However, getting her to pose is like pulling teeth. She is fine for the first few poses, but her joints become ridiculously loose after a while and pop out literally every time you touch her. This is what happens when posing Saber: You set up the legs, arm pops out. Put it back on, other arm pops out. Put both arms back on, stand comes out. Put back on stand, legs get messed up. Fix legs, arm is out again. Fix arm, head gets in way. Take off head, fix arms, put head back on, arms pop off, throw Saber on the bed in frustration and say bad words. Take for instance this pose. Seems simple enough, right? And she looks so cute next to the tiny one! Well it took 10 full minutes to set this up because her arms really don't have enough motion for stuff like this. Yes, they have a wider range of motion than a regular Nendo, but nowhere near the variety that you could get out of a Figma. Because the arms are so short, your options are quite limited. And a pose like this requires some force, which means constantly popping out parts. However, there's no denying that once you get her to pose, Saber looks awesome. She's very photogenic and you could put her in so many different poses that it's almost worth the frustration. And if you are getting her just to play around with and don't plan on posing her in a million different ways, she is definitely worth it. Her invisible sword is definitely my favorite of the three, and the level of detail is amazing. It really is a miniature replica of the one on the 1/7 scale figure! You can best see how far her arms go when you try to get her to pose like her counterpart, Triumphant Excalibur Saber. Because her head is so big it's impossible to replicate the pose, but you can get relatively close! But they look adorable together, even if Saber's ginormous head looks totally disproportionate. Of course the best thing to do with your Nendoroids is to play with them and create ridiculous poses! This is one of the blank faces that comes with the LovePlus girls. No, I do not remember which one this belongs to, but I adore how goofy Saber looks in it! SABER KISS ATTACK! Poor Sanae doesn't stand a chance!(note: kissy face belongs to the special edition Neko Arc, and is not fully compatible with Saber) But this is the reason many people ordered Saber: her tantrum face! Yes, it is as amazing as you thought it would be. It's one of the best Nendoroid faces ever!  CLOSEUP TANTRUM! Look at the detail on her mouth, and how well sculpted and painted it is. GSC is really stepping up their game! Saber meets her match! NEKO ARC VS KING ARTHUR, WHO WILL WIN?I honestly had a ton of ideas for the tantrum face, but towards the end Saber's joints had loosened to the point where she was nearly impossible to work with. I had a shot planned of her looking up Golden Caliburn's skirt, a standoff with Saber Alter Figma and Saber vs. the Giant Cheeseburger. Sadly, it would have taken roughly an hour to set up those 3 shoots, and I probably would have broken Saber at some point by throwing her. Yeah ... she really made me that angry!  Here are all my Saber Nendoroids together (minus petits). They make quite a motley crew. For some reason, Saber Lily is forever leaning backwards. Honestly, Saber Lily is one of my least favorite Nendos because of how stiff she often looks. Saber Lion, however, is one of the all time best in my opinion!  At the end of the day, Saber is definitely one of the best Nendoroids for taking pictures. Her poseability makes for awesome shots if you are willing to deal with the frustration. However, having said that she is my least favorite Nendoroid. And Stephen and I own 45 different ones! Maybe in a few weeks when I've forgotten how difficult she is to work with we will go back and take those extra shots, but for now Saber is staying put on a shelf. But she is totally worth the price for the tantrum face and the swords! Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these shots, and also for convincing me not to throw Saber at a wall. It was a trying experience, Tomopeeps, but we think the photos were well worth it! Check out all the rest of them in the gallery!
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There are a lot of Nendoroids out there, but most of them follow the same basic pattern. Cute, with limited poseability. The interchangeable faces are what make them interesting, but Good Smile Company decided to improve on a...

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Good Smile Company's 1/7 Rin in all her glory


Nov 18
// Tomopop Staff
We've seen this figure many times before: in fact she was first teased almost a year ago! Now in these gorgeous new pictures for Mikatan's blog, we finally get a glimspe of what the production run will look like! Her face and...
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Saber Lily Dollfie details and pictures emerge


Nov 09
// Tomopop Staff
A few days ago, it was revealed that two new dolls would be available at Dolpa 24 in December, Saber Lily and a Christmas Alna. Now, the Dollfie blog has posted two different sets of images of Saber Lily and her main informat...
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Good Smile Company listens to fans, fixes Rin's face


Nov 08
// Tomopop Staff
Good news everybody! I know a lot of you were disappointed with the painted version of Rin from Fate/Stay Night when it was shown off in magazine scans, and it seems the general consensus was one of frustration. I did not lik...
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More on Kotobukiya's 1/20 Fate/Stay Night Saber


Nov 08
// Colette Bennett
We first saw the Saber that Kotobukiya was working on at the All-Japan Model Hobby Show, and while our readers seemed less than enthusiastic, I thought that this Hoi Hoi-san-esque version of Saber actually looked pr...
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Tomopop Birthday Club: Chris' Haul


Oct 28
// Chris Seto
It seems that birthdays at Tomopop are like buses. You wait for one and then several appear at once! Hot off the heels of Brad and his haul, it's my turn to show you readers what I received for my birthday gift from the Tomop...
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Nendoroid Saber has the best new Nendoroid face ever


Oct 27
// Colette Bennett
While we have enough Japanese-literate staffers at Tomo to be fine with reading Japanese blogs, I have to say that the launch of Mikatan's blog in English has been really great. For one thing, we can tell whether or...
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Good Smile Racing Cafe has a ton of figures, surpringly cars as well


Oct 23
// Pedro Cortes
Sigh. Yet another reason I wish I lived in Japan. The Good Smile Cafe in Matsudo City, Chiba we mentioned awhile back recently underwent a racing transformation. Added to the grand amount of Saber statues, Vocaloids and Nendo...
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Max Factory and Good Smile show off two of my favorite characters in painted form!


Oct 22
// Tomopop Staff
FINALLY! I can actually say that about both of these figures, as I've been waiting a year+ on them! I am sure many of you will be thrilled to see Good Smile's 1/7 Rin finally painted, and my goodness she is beautiful! Her fac...
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Kotobukiya has kits galore at the All-Japan Model Hobby Show


Oct 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
Of course an event about models would be odd if it didn't have kits for you to work on. Kotobukiya showed off their plamo kits featuring releases we have known about. The 1/20 scale Saber of Fate/Stay Night was displayed alon...

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