With the popularity of anime it's no surprise that the west would produce some imitators. There have been many failures, but some, like Totally Spies! (yeah, they still make new episodes), manage to find their legs. Others, such as Avatar and the Legend of Korra, become cultural juggernauts. And then there's RWBY, a web series so hot it's not only proven it's popularity in the west, but also currently breaking ground in Japan.
Figure Name: RWBY's Ruby Rose
Figure Maker: Threezero
Retail Price: US$167.99 / ¥20,500
Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | Play Asia | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store
Let me just cut to the chase and say this is a great looking figure! The attention to detail in Ruby's outfit is pretty great. They took some liberties with the design, but I think they make her more interesting. The number one change is replacing the red frills on her collar, cuffs, skirt, and boots with a red flower patterned lace. It's something unique you'll only find on this figure and I really like the way it turned out.
Let's start from the top and work our way down through the rest of the figure.
Looking at the head the face sculpt is nice and well captured, but it's also a very neutral sculpt. Unfortunately you only get the one face which isn't necessarily the best for action poses. Maybe one of these would have been nice. However, on the flip side we might be a bit spoiled since swappable expressions aren't exactly common in a lot of figures like this. However, I do wish she had a some color in her cheeks.
The hair is sculpted perfectly. They managed to get every hair right, which as figure fans we all know can be a challenge. She even has her red highlights, though just a touch on the brown side, but still look great.
Her outfit is impressive. It doesn't feel like doll clothes, it's very thick and durable feeling - more like human clothes. The corset is like a faux leather material with red ties that really pop against the black. It looks like layers, but her outfit is all one piece.
Her belt is perfect. To her right side you have her rose emblem, and to her left a row of bullets. While some features of this figure draw from elements of the RWBY "Red" Trailer I think it was smart to use the rose emblem from the series instead of the cross from the trailer on her belt. One neat little thing is a magnet that hangs off the back of the belt, but we'll talk about that later.
The skirt is big and puffy just like like on the show and looks great with all of the frills coming out from underneath. It looks great, but there's also an unavoidable problem related to it. The figure doesn't have a particularly long torso so the skirt portion pushes up on her belt which in turn covers her corset. It can take some tugging to get her skirt to cooperate and the belt where it belongs. It can be done, just be aware that you'll probably have to spend some time on this.
The leggings are faintly see through under direct light, but barely noticeable. They do have a tendency to get caught in the knee joints which wrinkles them up a bit, but give them a little pull and you're good to go. The boots are actually really cool. The frill is part of a sort of sock, though the figure doesn't really have 'feet', the foot just plugs into the boot. If you find the frills don't look right you can just remove the boot, pull on the sock and replace the boot - much better than making the frills part of the boot.
She comes with two different capes, both featuring a wire running across their bottom to give them some poseability. The first is a long cape first seen in the RWBY "Red" Trailer with a built in scarf that can be wrapped around the neck or hung from the side. There's a hook on the right inside by the neck that I can't figure out a use for.
The short cape, more of a cloak I guess, was first seen in the RWBY "Yellow" Trailer finale and swaps out the scarf for a pair of crosses. Both also have some of the best cloth hoods I've used on a figure. They're stiff, heavy, and hold their position with ease like putting on a hat! They also hold on to the figure surprisingly well without any sort of fastener. Very well done Threezero!
Hand options are good, but basic. Open, grasping, and closed are your options for each side. It's not a bad variety really, but something fun like a peace sign or thumb up would have been a nice touch to give the figure a little character.
Now let's take a look at her weapon because it's pretty neat and really big!
First is the entirely closed mode which is identical in every way to the animation version. It's fairly lightweight for its size, but still feels solid.
Remember the magnet on Ruby's belt? There's a metal plate hidden inside the weapon that lets it hang from her belt. It's surprisingly well secured and if you angle it just right you can hide it under her capes.
In RWBY her weapon can unfold into three positions. You can change it from the closed position to the rifle mode by popping the end off and and replacing it with a gun butt.
The hands don't have the greatest grip. It's not the hands' fault, they have a good grip to them being a bit flexible, but the actual handle grips are a little small and hard to grasp. If they were just a millimeter or two thicker. Also would have been nice to have hands that were shaped for a pistol grip to get her finger over the trigger. But if you do it right she can hold it securely which is what's important.
Then there's the scythe mode! As you can see it's huge! Obviously there's no way in the real world to make a weapon unfold like it does in RWBY, so this is a separate piece from the other two forms. For storage the spear portion can be popped off and the large blade can be folded down. It looks incredible, but it's far more weight than her poor arm joints can support. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of ways you can pose her with the scythe, you just aren't going to get a giant swing out of it.
Don't forget, the scythe also retains it's rifle function so you've got these removable ammo clips. One is undecorated, while the one she's holding here has a special symbol on it. These also come directly from the RWBY "Red" Trailer. Great attention to the details, someone at Threezero is really paying attention.
So let's do a quick recap, head to toe. The hair is great, the face is good, but could use more character and a little color. The outfit is really cool and feels great. The boots are neat and really well made. The capes are among the best of any figure you'll find, you can do so much with them. Her weapon(s) is just wicked and lots of fun to play around with. The entire package is pretty great! And the price? I think between the two capes and the size of the scythe the price is more than reasonable.
This is definitely a figure worth owning and I'm looking forward to her other team members, Weiss, Blake, and Yang being released, hopefully soon!
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