Fate/Zero – Saber (Motored Cuirassier) by GSC
Height: 154 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Three Sizes: B73/W53/H76
Blood Type: O
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
King Arthur, the same character from Fate/stay night. Known as the King of Knights, she maintains a high code of honour. Though she and Kiritsugu are Servant and Master seeking the same ultimate goal of peace, their differing ideological perspectives result in a strained relationship where Kiritsugu does not directly acknowledge Saber.
When this figure was released, I was immediately drawn to her, but decided to let her go since she’s so pricy. Sometime later, I was beginning to regret and buying her from sites like amiami or hlj was pretty much impossible since she was all sold out. However, I had a chance to attend a minor local anime event one time and saw her on sale in a figures booth, of cause, I immediately nailed her. To avoid cases like this, I think figures buyers should have motto – “buy first, think later”. This saber figure remains my most expensive figure I had ever bought, costing me around $270 (akin to 20,000 yen) and as such, can probably remain in the top of that list for a long while.
As expected of an expensive high quality figure, and the level of content, the box is immensely massive, probably the biggest figure package I had ever received. The box is just a few sizes smaller then an A4 paper box. Judging from the huge motorcycle and big stand however, that’s quite expected.
As usual, Saber sports a black tuxedo akin to the anime and light novels where she always worn such outfit whenever she isn’t wearing her blue battle dress. While the motorcycle may seem complete at first, you actually had to manually install the pedals yourself. The handlebars can be tilted left and right, moving the front parts of the motorcycle as a result, though you have a pretty fixed direction to get the pose you want like the ones you see in the official photos.
The black tuxedo and brown leather shoes glitter, the latter even more so then the former. It gives the impression that Saber is wearing some genuine branded high-quality tuxedo – it’s a nice touch. Her hair strands float slightly which gives a dynamic illusion of the G-force.
Saber’s sword, Excalibur, can be fitted into her right hand and due to the attention-grabbing motorcycle, the sword tends to lose focus on a considerable value, even more so since the sword is at the rear side of the figure. Some glowy-effect on the sword might solve it, though I’m not sure if it will actually damage the beauty of the main focal – the motorbike.
The stand for the figure resembles the same style that another one of my Saber figure used. The highlight of the stand here, like before, is that it’s especially constructed to match the action of the figure, as you can see, the stand looks like a road, and the pebbles and tracks reinforces the realism of Saber drifting with her motorbike.
Of cause, the main part of this figure, is the motorcycle itself. In all it’s intricate glory, the motorcycle shows everyone why the figure is so expensive. Impressive details, work and sculpting is done to it. The only small pet peeve I have with it is that the wheels can’t move. If the handlebars of the motorcycle can move, why not have more versatility?
There are two pegs on the stand, where the longer one is used to fit the back wheels, and the shorter one is used to fit into Saber’s right leg. Because of the fixed and precise position Saber is required to be in, it’s very difficult to actually make Saber look right, while trying to perfectly fit in the pegs. The socket on her right leg is placed at a very awkward location – the side of the soles, and is especially hard to fit in.
Because of it’s immense details on the motorcycle, this Saber figure is definitely well worth the price, and I definitely recommend buying this rather then the nendoroid and figma versions, which comes with a motorcycle too I believe. I’m sure that theirs are pretty much incomparable, especially with the immense details the scale figure is able to show.