Note: This review will be a lengthy one, because I have a lot of things to be written about this Nendoroid, not to mention some “technical” issues that I faced during the reviewing process. ^^
I know that Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition has been released for a while and most of you might have played around with her. Actually I just got mine back then in mid December due to some shipping delay. Anyway, this is my second Saber figurine – the first being Nendoroid Saber Lion and somehow I overlooked Nendoroid Saber Lily. ^^;
As her product name suggested, Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition a.k.a Saber FA (full action) is the first regular-sized Nendoroid (Petit Hachune Miku is the first super movable Nendoroid) who has extraordinary joints and body structures which (supposedly) features more articulation flexibility.
OK, enough with the introduction; let’s get directly to the in-depth review after the break. ^^
EDIT: Wrong numbering fixed (Thanks, Monchan!)
As the first regular-sized Nendoroid to have super movable feature, Saber FA’s box has a unique design compared with other standard-released Nendoroid. The first noticable element is the SUPER MOVABLE print in the transparent layer at the front cover of the box, and the second one is the gold-colored title text below the Fate/Stay Night logo. Personally, I like Saber FA’s box design. ^^
As you can see in the container, Saber FA does not bring many parts and accessories with her, especially with her relatively high price tag – 4000 Yen. But you will get a compensation of her super movable features. By the way … what are you doing there, Drossel-chan? ^^
Here’s the listing:
- Three face plates (one attached)
- Three left palms (one attached)
- Three right palms (one attached)
- Three sabers/swords
- Two sword sheaths
- One plug-in-the-hole stand base
Yep, as I have mentioned previously, Saber FA does not bring that many parts with her, but she does have her sabers (pardon the pun) including her triumphant excalibur, which are sculpted and painted well enough considering its small size. ^^
OK, let’s see some of Saber FA’s default pose:
After we finished posing her up, it is time for getting to know better on her most anticipated feature: super movable body. In order to do that, I have Saber … umm … volunteering to have her body examined thoroughly. ^^
Her side hair and some parts of her skirts are made of soft plastic which are more flexible to be moved around. Anyway, her joints are located in her: neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hip, knee, ankle, and skirt parts.
Now let’s try moving up some parts of her body – arms, legs, and her skirts … *CRACK* Uh-oh, what is that sound? Where does it come from? (hint: this is the “technical” issue that I mentioned in the beginning of this review ^^)
I-i-it is not intentional, Saber-chan. I did not do anything … I simply move your front skirt a bit and then it suddenly fell down.
Whoa … Saber-chan is about to burst into tears. Don’t worry, Saber-chan. I will have it fixed in no time. Sit tight. ^^
Apparently, the attachment part of the front skir cover is broken when I moved it earlier. I used super glue to restore the broken part and after approximately 15 minutes, I re-attach the front skirt cover back to Saber-chan.
TA-DA! Her front skirt cover is restored. Saber looks happy. Happy ending?
(the following part is fully fictional and does not have any relationship with the real world/story. ^^)
In order to prevent another broken part incident, I asked Saber-chan to search for the “Holy Grail” which is said to have an effect of anti-break for any materials. The only hint that I got is that a green colored twin-tail girl knows about its whereabout and that is Saber-chan’s first destination.
Whoa … that was fast! She has already found the green twin-tailed girl – Miku-chan. But it looks like Saber-chan was really desperate to find the Holy Grail as she directly challenged Miku-chan on a duel without talking to her first.
Obviously, it was an easy win for Saber-chan as she is an experienced fighter, while Miku-chan is not – her negi is not really helpful in combat either. Miku-chan surrendered and told Saber-chan that a witch riding a pumpkin might know something about the Holy Grail.
Saber-chan quickly search for the pumpkin-riding witch -who turned out to be Melissa-chan- and she found her in no time! This time, she decided to talk with the witch first, instead of doing a sudden-attack. Well, Melissa-chan rejected to tell Saber-chan about the Holy Grail, so Saber-chan did not have much choice here …
It was not a fair match as Saber-chan sliced through Melissa-chan’s pumpkin and it was broken into pieces in one slash. (I really like this scene … it is somehow … epic ^^) Melissa-chan quickly given up and told Saber-chan that the Holy Grail was hidden in a colorful box located in the west.
Unlike her two previous “short journey”, this last one was not an easy task. Saber-chan encountered many obstacles, such as a powerful (?) lion monster, that even forced her to escape. Well, somehow, she managed to find the mysterious box that is said to contain the Holy Grail.
Umm … yep, it might look like a box and it is colorful, but I expect something more like … a treasure chest or something. Anyway, let’s see what’s inside.
W-w-what is Tako Luka-chan doing there? Saber-chan looks pretty shocked there. I guess that is not the real Holy Grail box, Saber-chan. ^^;
So where is the real Holy Grail? Does it really exist? It still remains a mystery for us …
For you Saber FA’s owner or you who want to purchase her, I have one tip for you: be really careful when moving any of her joints. As you can read on my review above, I had her front skirt cover broken when trying to move it around gently.
I guess that’s about all of my review on Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition. I apologize if my review seems so lengthy and boring – hopefully it doesn’t. ^^
Well then, see you on my next review, Nendonesian! ^^