Nendoroid 121: Saber (Super Movable Edition)

Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition

Nendoroid Saber: Super Movable Edition

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!)

The box/packaging

The box/packaging

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. ^^

The container

The container

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? ^^

The body parts and accessories

The body parts and accessories

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:

Action pose 1

Action pose 1

Action pose 2

Action pose 2

Action pose 3

Action pose 3

Action pose 4

Action pose 4

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. ^^

Saber does not look happy being examined

Saber does not look happy being examined

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 ^^)

Saber's front skirt cover is broken

Saber's front skirt cover is broken

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.

Saber: TakoLuka-chan, that is not a toy!!

Saber: TakoLuka-chan, that is not a toy!!

Poor Saber ...

Poor Saber ...

Whoa … Saber-chan is about to burst into tears. Don’t worry, Saber-chan. I will have it fixed in no time. Sit tight. ^^

The broken front skirt cover

The broken front skirt cover

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.

She looks shyly happy after getting her skirt restored

She looks shyly happy after getting her skirt restored

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.

Hatsune Miku vs Saber?

Hatsune Miku vs Saber?

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.

Saber-chan is attacking Miku-chan

Saber-chan is attacking Miku-chan

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 asked Melissa-chan regarding the Holy Grail

Saber-chan asked Melissa-chan regarding 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 …

Melissa-chan's pumpkin is sliced through by Saber-chan

Melissa-chan's pumpkin is sliced through by Saber-chan

Another view of the epic battle scene ^^

Another view of the epic battle scene ^^

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.

Saber-chan fighting (?) a monster

Saber-chan fighting (?) a monster

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.

Saber-chan finally found the colorful box

Saber-chan finally found the colorful box

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.

Surprise!!!

Surprise!!!

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 …

———

Drossel-chan wants to play with Saber-chan

Drossel-chan wants to play with Saber-chan

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! ^^

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24 comments on “Nendoroid 121: Saber (Super Movable Edition)

  1. cumie says:

    nice review and nice photos..
    I wonder how did you make their stand base “disappear”

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks!
      As far as I know (and tried), Saber is capable of standing on her own without using stand base, although some extreme poses still needs the stand base. You can see that the stand base is visible in some of the photos above. ^^

  2. Windust says:

    bwahahahah that tako luca face so innocently annoying ^^

  3. Miki says:

    Thanks again for the awesome review 😀 Mine was shipped on the 24th via EMS and it’s still not here >.> Weird considering my other was shipped on the 22nd from the same place and was here on the 24th. This post really made the wait better. Thanks loads of the tips, also!

  4. Jojo says:

    Although Saber’s appearance is very nice and I like her faces and swords.Overall this super movable Saber was a disappointment due to the body being so flimsy.

  5. julay says:

    lol, love your saber holy grail journey
    and the scene where melissa got her pumpkin slashed is awesome! XD

  6. Monchan says:

    I believe Yuki Nagato (Disappearance Ver.) is #123. Saber is #121..

    Just saying. Great review though. I think I may get her now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ah … my bad. Thanks for pointing it out! The numbering has just been fixed.
      (I must be really tired when writing this review yesterday … ^^;)

  7. another one which you should be careful on moving the parts~ I cancelled my saber movable back then though ><

  8. Anonymous says:

    Your review is very nice 😉
    I like your clear pictures and your “special” pictures are cute and funny as well
    Is that a face from the Shirley Shellingford nendoroid?
    Broken Skirt

    I’ve linked your review in my review of Saber if that’s ok with you 😉

    • Anonymous says:

      Glad you like the review. ^^
      Yes, it is Sherlock “Sheryl” Shellingford from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes.

      Feel free to link the review inside your Saber review. ^^

  9. Arachnider_vestral_trigger says:

    my saber’s front skirt is not broken… on the contrary, my saber’s front skirt is pretty firm in articulation… but her front skirt is somehow sticked to the left skirt when I unboxed her… and when I pull it gently, the purple paint (the color, behind the front skirt) sticked to the white parts of the left skirt… I was so shock about it, because I can’t clean it well, because when I scratched it, the white paint was also peeled… oh man…

    and I noticed that my saber’s hair (the back hair) is a little bit tainted by some brownish paint.. it’s a big surprise for me, since I do believe that GSC’s quality control isn’t that bad… but why my saber??? T_T

    the articulation issue for my saber is her right shoulder… it’s too loose that when I moved her shoulder to pose her, it often fell down….

    but I love her so much ^^

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to hear about some poor quality painting on your Saber.

      Well, my Saber also had the loose right shoulder. Yep, it often fell down when I try to pose her holding the swords. I realized that I didn’t mention about it on my review although I was having that issue as well – I’m really an amateur reviewer. T___T

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