Decided to go ahead and pre-order the limited edition set of Fate/Extra CCC to secure a Saber Bride Figma, even though I’m not really going to be able to do much with the game itself. I have a feeling that when Bride starts turning up on Mandarake, she’ll be just as expensive as buying the game pack was anyways, so this seemed like a reasonable option. The original Saber Extra is even up to 10,000 yen herself…
Of course, I wanted to get her because Nero is Best Saber, and as ridiculous as this wedding dress/body suit is, I still like the way it looks.
Basic front view. The quality on Bride seems to have turned out pretty well. Though this Saber has a case of Beltan Zipperan, with some chains thrown in. The design of the suit sort of reminds me of The Bride from Kill Bill, wonder if that was an influence.
Back view. The Figma stand pegs into the back of her dress rather than somewhere in her back, which works rather well, and I like it better than the clamp that Saber Extra had. Despite the peg hole being relatively low, I haven’t had any problems with it being too low, like it can be on shorter Figmas. Probably because of the way the peg has to be angled downwards. The burn patterns on the dress turned out nicely, though I have no idea why her dress is like that. Probably just “because”, like Extra’s dress that let everyone see.
Bride has practically the same accessories that Extra had: two faces, two front hair fringes, her sword, and some hands. These days, I guess having a dress counts as an accessory in Max Factory’s eyes. Still kind of annoyed that Extra didn’t come with anything else, since there were opportunities, and I’m sure there’ll be something that Bride does in-game that would have made good accessories. Though the paint job on Aestus Estus is new, to match Saber’s new outfit, the sculpt is exactly the same as the original that came with Extra.
I think the hair fringes are supposed to be the same deal, one Wada and one Takeuchi. The Takeuchi fringe, seen here, isn’t really that interesting, honestly, and looks more like an older styled fringe that would go with the original Saber from Stay Night.
For hands, Bride’s got the usual splayed, relaxed, fists, and holding things hands, plus a pair of alternate holding things hands with the pinky extended, just like Saber Extra. Although it seems I’ll need to be contacting Goodsmile to see if they can do something about me getting two left relaxed hands…
Since it’s been so long since I’ve gotten a newly-released Figma, I think this is my first experience with the improvements to hips that seem to have been showing up in the past year or so. Or at least, it seems that way, with Bride’s hips a bit different than usual.
The sides of the dress are connected to joints, so they can be moved around a bit, but they’re prevented from real free-range movement by other parts of the dress. For some reason, probably because they had no other choice, the belt buckle is attached to Saber’s torso while the belt itself is on the dress segments, leading to some awkwardness. Doesn’t seem like it’ll be terribly annoying, though.
And there’s other stuff in the box! I’ll probably try playing the game at some point (need to get that PSP charged…) but I can’t imagine I’ll make much progress. Hopefully Aksys will be up for delivering a localization. The Visual Works book is more cover than anything else, it’s hardcover but has about five pictures inside, along with a character song CD for Saber. The sheet of stickers is pretty darn cute, but I’ll probably never use them because I’ll be crippled by trying to think of a good place to stick them.