Saturday, April 11, 2015

Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition Part 1

One from my Saber army

Much like Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar and Key of Victory Set 1, this upcoming review is on a long overdue item from my collection. ^^

And it's a very cute one too.

Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition
Production company: Good Smile Company
Release date: October 2010
Price: 3,810 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Official link

I got this Nendoroid figure back in November 2010, but I did post news of its announcement and development on my old blog. For that matter, my long period of absence from that blog is pretty much a testament of how long this Nendoroid figure has been ignored since I got it. ^^;

Besides being a Nendoroid cutesy version of Saber, an equally important feature of this figure is her above-average articulation capability, as indicated by the "Super Movable Edition" part of her product name. The feature was certainly innovative in the Nendoroid series when this version of Saber was announced - that was why I reported it on my old blog in the first place, ^^ but it's a relatively common gimmick by today's standards. ^^ As a matter of fact, Saber is not first Super Movable Nendoroid to be featured on this blog. That honor goes to Hatsune Miku Absolute HMO version, which was reviewed back in early November 2012. ^^

This is also not the first Saber to apppear on my blog. ^^ I reviewed Nendoroid Saber Lily, and the fixed figurine version of Saber from Banpresto's SQ Figure series in November 2010 and September 2012 respectively. Looking at what I have right now: Figma Saber 2.0, Figma Saber: Zero ver., Figma Saber Alter, Figma Saber: Armor Ver., Revoltech Saber, Nendoroid Saber Bride, Nendoroid Saber Extra, Nendoroid Saber: Zero Ver., Nendoroid Saber: Nendoroid Complete File Edition, Nendoroid Petit: Type-Moon Collection, Saber ebCraft Ver., RAH Saber, RAH Saber Lily, Kotobukiya's Saber-san, Saber Lily-san, and Saber ebCraft Ver., Saber is definitely one of the most prominent character goods in my collection right now, alongside Hatsune Miku, and Lunamaria Hawke. ^^ I just like the character design of Saber very much, and the endless merchandising over the years, based off her original design and various new forms really assisted in giving me excuses to keep buying more and more of the same character. ^^

Through my effort in growing my Saber  harem  army (XD) over the last few years, I now have a "steady supply" of Saber to review on this blog. XD So, while this is already the third version of Saber to come out on my blog, I think it would be more accurate to describe it as being just the third version. XD

Front view of the package.

Product label.

Merchandising seal of Type-Moon, the game company responsible for creating the "Fate/stay night" series where Saber originated from.

"全身21ヵ所可動系アクションフィギュア!" (Action figure with 21 articulation points for the whole body) ^^

The figure and most of her accessories can be seen through the front window of the box.

Images of the Nendoroid figure can be seen on all sides of the box.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

Comparison with the box of Saber Bride from the same series.

Not only are the box designs radically different between the two (Saber Bride followed the renewed template set by No. 200 Hatsune Miku 2.0), the merchandising seals are not the same as well. Saber Bride features seal from Marvelous Inc. (previously known as Marvelous AQL), the company behind the release of "Fate/Extra CCC", from which the character was featured in.

Box open.


Front view of the content.

With the tray cover removed.

A look at the figure and all her accessories on the tray.

Rear view of the content.

Closeups on the details.

A light blue background with sky blue text for Saber. ^^

Straight-out-of-box Nendoroid Saber.
Like all Nendoroids, the figure is unable to stand at all without the display base's support. ^^;

For being attached beneath the middle piece after an extensive period of time, a patch of purple paint can be seen adhering to a small section of the side skirt's stripe. ^^;

The "unwanted" patch is painted over using a normal gold marker. ^^

The redesigned Nendoroid display stand set.

The display base.
The stand can be attached to any of the 13 slots on the base.

Copyright information on one of the sides.

The base's size is exactly 6cm by 6cm.

The display stand has three adjustable articulation points.

While the two segments are of the same length, their attachment points are different in size, so each peg can only connect to either the base or the figure but not both.

The completed display base.

The connection point for the display stand is in the middle of the figure's back.
The slot seems to be a bit too small for the display stand's peg, so I didn't push the latter all the way into the slot - the resulting connection is tight enough to hold the figure pretty securely.

Supported using the display base, Saber can now be shown in a standing pose. ^^

An introduction of Saber's accessories, and option parts coming up next week. ^^

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