I’m putting this up for sale because I would like some money to get a) School Rumble Pillows b) Perfect Piece Tachikoma and c) the two gothloli Ikkitousen figures. Please contact me through email, tjhan86ATriuva.com if you are interested. I can’t really be bothered to ship it overseas, so you’ll have to live here in Singapore. I’m letting it go at 180 dollars, subject to demand or friendship! View the following pictures first, before reading the really honest review further down.
This is my second Saber. The first was Clayz’ 1/6 scale armourless Saber which I sold to my friend. I have to say this ebcraft version is a massive improvement over that and no doubt the best mass production Saber to have been released so far. Why is this so?
The most important factors are the aura it projects and the clothes she’s wearing. Most Sabers don’t give off the "Warrior King" vibe and the only other one that does, the GSC sword swinging one, has a horrible face. Here, Saber is posed as if she’s looking down on her enemies/subjects from an overbearing position. Her legs are spread open for a masculine and powerful stance while she’s holding her Caliburn (or is this the Excalibur already? I’m no FSN fanboy) along with the scabbard in a majestic pose.
This is probably the most armoured Saber is going to get. With her body plate, gauntlets, leg and skirt armour sculpted and layered with immense accuracy and realism, Saber looks every bit the fighter. See how the slight metallic finish is given depth by shading on the edges? Her chest armour is also detailed with plate seams and motifs.
Her blue dress under the armour isn’t neglected as well, with a very rich blue applied. The gold lining isn’t the most well painted though. One outstanding detail is the edge of her dress. The hem is crisp and serrated with a gold line on each pointy end. It’s not just the front, Saber’s back view is quite awesome really.
As for her limbs, they are covered by her gauntlets and boots. Her gauntlets are very cool, they look as if she’s actually wearing them and not having them molded because of its hollowness. Her feet are attached to the dull gray ABS base with a 2-1 plug configuration. Her leading foot has one aperture while her trailing one has two. Note that the fitting isn’t too tight so you can see a bit of space between the heel of her trailing boot and the base. One unusual aspect of Saber is her foot structure. Unlike other figurines where their feet is molded in the same piece as the rest of the leg, Saber’s feet are separate pieces that can be plugged into the ankles. I suppose this allows you to play the "Oh Rider has won she chopped off Saber’s foot" game.
Next up would be the sword and sheath. I’m not sure about the FSN story because I neither finished the anime or played the game. The previous Saber I owned had a different sword with a rather broad design and scabbard. This one is slim, intricately sculpted with fancy runes along the blade and lined with so much gold even a Brunei Sultan would be jealous. Same goes for the scabbard, which is really fancy and exquisite. The blade has a purplish tinge only visible under bright lighting.
The sword has to be pushed into her closed right hand while an open left grasps the scabbard. It isn’t really grabbing it tight but a rather loose fit. The promo pictures on Enterbrain’s site shows the scabbard held like a walking stick, resting on the group but some other pictures show Saber holding it. I went with the latter as it wasn’t very logical to have Saber stick her fingers into the scabbard.
For most people, the face is the defining factor which decides how good the whole figure is. All the sculpts of Saber so far, strangely enough, suffers from weird facial proportions or expressions. Be it excess cheek, cross eye, malnutrition, no Saber has come close to replicating the character. Cerberus Project did a pretty good job of a commanding Saber face. The overall shape and proportions are great, as is the colour but one issue I have is the eyes. Surely for 9000 yen, we can expect a pair of nicely hand-painted ones instead of the run of the mind decals. It doesn’t look half-bad but just a tad emotionless.
The hair is made of up three pieces – the fringe, mid section and the bun. There’s a lack of smoothness and graininess, not sure if it’s intentional. Look at the pictures, the grain is not due to the camera. It is there. Her trademark ahoge is not left out. It’s also nice to see the back of her hair receive so much sculpting detail that it looks.. like hair.
Finally, this Saber does have panty shot. Other versions have made her wear the really old-fashioned breeches but while that is more realistic, nobody wants to see granny undies. So yeah we get the real thing.
This figurine shines in its overall aesthetics. While the immense armour is impressive and she’s pretty heavy due to the amount of material used, what makes this figure great is how it almost brings to life one of the most popular characters around. Standing over your desk, Saber looks so real it’s inspiring. It was about time someone did a good job on Saber! But the downside is, at an insane cost. It’s the price of two figures!