Fate/Stay Night – Saber (Triumphant Excalibur) by GSC
Height: 154 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Three Sizes: B73/W53/H76
Blood Type: O
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
She is Shirou’s Servant, an agile but powerful warrior. Loyal, independent, and reserved, Saber acts coldly but is actually suppressing her emotions to focus on her goals. Her class is considered the “Most Outstanding,” with excellent ratings in all categories. Since her Master cannot effectively provide her with Mana, she minimizes her activity to preserve what she has. Saber is frustrated by Shirou’s “protective” tendencies, believing his erratic and reckless behavior will jeopardize her chances of winning the Holy Grail War.
This is one of the figures that was long extinct since I even started my hobby of collecting figures. As luck would had it however, this same figure had a re-release sometime ago. I immediately snatched my chance and bought her, only to find out later that there are pre-owned sales of her for cheaper prices at amiami.
Ah well, at least I get to enjoy her while she is “fresh and virgin.”
I love flowery patterns on the side and on the top of the box, but the patterns may be a bit too much and overcrowded in my opinion – makes the box more flashier than is necessary. The scale figure comes with a big stand and two versions of Saber’s Excalibur, the concealed and exposed versions.
Donning on her blue battle dress, with a dynamic fighting pose, as always, she looks exceptionally gallant. At a scale of 1/7, she stands at more than 20cm tall and is also extremely wide. She can really eat up a lot of space, almost equivalent to most standard horizontal scale figures.
The details on her face is amazing, and her flocks of hair is well done too. Although I find her ahoge to be a bit more thicker then usual. I could had sworn the ahoge on the anime is more naturally thin and hair-like.
Details on her outfit are crafted with precise accuracy – I especially like the magic symbols on her chest armor. Though the type of silver paint they used made the metal looks very grainy for some reason.
I’m also quite loving the details of the sword, the exposed version of the sword in this case. That detailed magic inscribing on the sword is quite good, though likewise with the armor, the extremely grainy paint kinda puts me off a bit.
Aside from the grainy metal, the dress overall looks good. Although, she wasn’t able to come in one piece. One side of her dress had an awkward paint job – looks like a bad coating or perhaps the top layer of the paint had been chipped off.
The stand, aforementioned, is incredibly wide. It had also been made to make it “interact” with the figure, having a part of it diagonally sliced, probably by Saber’s sword. I usually dislike text on figure stands, and likewise, had to really question it’s presence here.
To support such a huge and heavy figure, the stand luckily offers a huge peg to withstand it – something which looks like a small bended metal bar which can be fitted into the slot on the stand and on one of Saber’s leg. It creates a better, stable balance but can look awkward – from what I can see, Saber is supposed to be running and sidestepping while swinging her sword, but the increased height makes it look like jumping instead. This is however, hard to notice from afar though.
Likewise with that one particular side of the dress, her other sword, the concealed version doesn’t come with one piece either. The round thingy on the side is supposed to be fit nicely on the handle, in fact, the exposed version was pretty much fine in that regard. This concealed version however, is very loose no matter how hard I push it in, and I can only guess that it was a factory manufacturing error. When I opened the package, the first thing that fell out of it is actually that round orange thing which was supposed to fit into the sword tightly. It was a very small piece too so luckily, I was still able to find it (it actually fell down twice). It kinda reminds me of the wings of the Kuroyukihime figma I bought sometime ago, one side was fine, and the other side of the wings just keep falling off.
I always had a gripe about special effects on figures, and while this one is definitely well done than some others I saw, I still prefer the exposed version of the sword – looking like a true genuine sword with all details exposed. In this version, the sword is likewise in the anime, concealed by the wind, at least that’s how it’s trying to look like. The blue swirls around the sword can easily be mistaken for blue tentacles however. The transparent outlook of the sword and the unclear inscribing does creates a sort of concealment that the figure is going for however.
In the end however, I love this figure, and I’m really proud to have her in my collection. Although I had some tiny nitpicks of flaws I noticed here and there as you can see, those are quite easily overlooked in the grand scale of things.