Posted by meronpan on April 29, 2009
If you’re reading about this release for the first time, you might ask, why all the fuss? First and foremost I’d say is the price. As previously mentioned, she retails for over 10,000 yen. That fact alone kills the figure for most. If not, there’s the issue of her appearance. Most don’t really think she does Fate justice, adding further insult to injury. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a decently scaled posable version of Fate… your options are kind of limited.
My reasons for buying were quite simple…
As I mentioned to Wolfheinrich, taking one for the team :P Buying insane figures so you don’t have to. Ok well, so fine, maybe no one in their right mind was going to anyway. Still though, I was curious :P
I’d say if they could’ve priced her at 5,000 or 6,000 yen she might be a more feasible choice. Some people obviously wouldn’t buy her at any price due to her looks, but at least it’d be inline for figures of similar size. I think also, being at such a premium might cause people to view this Fate a lot more critically than usual. (or maybe I’m just being defensive :P)
Anyhow, let’s put price aside for now. She’s way too expensive, that’s obvious… no need to dwell on it :P
Here’s what you get in the package…
Riot zamber, riot blades, yellow cord thing to connect the riot blades, 3 different faces, 3 sets of hands and a stand. Err figma nanoha not included.
Still waiting for a figure with an LED lit blade ^^ At the moment I only know of one figure that comes with built in lights.
Probably the most disappointing thing for me about this figure was the range of motion. Pictured below is about as high as her arm will go. A far cry from the range of a figma or revoltech (check out the links for nice in depth coverage at The Inferno Project).
Leg movement was also somewhat disappointing. Without an inhibiting skirt like the figma, I hoped that she’d have a full range of motion. Alas.
Though I’m in love with Fate figures, I’m not too attached to her appearance in StrikerS… any deviation from that doesn’t bother me too much.
As such, this figure captures her character just fine for me, though your mileage will likely vary ^^;
Fate is happy to show you her riot blades.
Up close there’s nothing too special. Obviously more detail in her hair than a figma but sadly things like her gauntlets are just simply bigger, no details to appreciate. Finish on her hair is somewhat rough and the coloring would’ve fared better if they went for something more vibrant imo.
In the end I’m really just disappointed about the range of movement. Looks and finish… I can live with that because those aren’t really the reasons I buy posable figures. But if I buy a posable figure that I can’t pose as I like or easily… well then we have a problem. Other problems included hands that were incredibly hard to switch (my fingers were raw after doing these shoots ^^; ) and the lack (missing perhaps?) of some sort of holding arm to pose her for mid air shots and what not.
Size comparison with various gals from the collection ^^ The figma is about 2/3 the size of this Fate. After making this I kinda want to do some sort of short stop gap animation :P
Didn’t even both looking for other reviews of her… but I’m sure they’re out there… she’s sold out at hobby search, so someone’s buying ’em :P
Do I regret buying her? Surprisingly, not really. I knew what I was getting into on the aesthetic side and the posability issues don’t trouble me as much as it may have sounded above. How else was I gonna get my hands on one of these to try ’em out? :P Won’t be buying any more CM’s Corporation stuff anytime soon at this price but, say sometime in the future if they’re at 50% the current price… Fate could always use company ^^