Everyone has her.
Words are so many mayflies.
Tier should shut up now.
As tempting as it is to leave this review at that, I suppose I ought to write a bit more. Saber hardly needs an introduction, as no doubt the large majority of those who are looking at this page already know who she is. I am also hardly the most qualified person to explain her character since I am not very familiar with Fate/stay night. This particular incarnation of Saber comes from the Playstation 2 and PSP fighting game Fate/Unlimited Codes.
Saber Lily comes courtesy of Good Smile Company and is built in 1/7 scale. She stands about 19 centimeters tall (not counting the sprightly sprig of hair sprouting from her head) and her feet are also set about 19 centimeters apart, making her fairly large for her scale size. She comes with two swords, a sheath for Excalibur, and an alternate left gauntlet which has a clear pylon to mount that sheath.
Saber is one of the most anticipated anime figures in the history of human civilization and for good reason, as the character is wildly popular and GSC’s craftsmanship is readily apparent. She strikes an assertive, dynamic pose, sword arm ready to swing. Admittedly, a cynic might point out that her wideset stance probably isn’t very good for her balance and her outstretched arms practically beg an adversary to stab her right through her guts, but why should we let mundane reality intrude on our shameless adoration?
Paint and sculpting are generally solid, no surprise there. I particularly like the metallic look to her armor. Skin tone is a bit pale, I suppose. Overall the paint job is more pastel than vibrant, which lets the pose stand out as the figure’s most appealing feature. My particular Saber has an odd protrusion coming from her armpit; some sort of manufacturing defect, I guess. I might see if I can remove it with some tweezers or something.
Saber Lily wears her hair in a ponytail, which I like a lot. I really do like this particular character design, although I’m not sure which version of Saber I like best. I wonder why nobody’s made a definitive Saber Alter figure yet?
I waffled for a while as to whether I should get her, and I don’t think I would have if she had come out in the early summer. I have this curious tendency to eschew anything that is popular, but now that she’s here I’m pretty happy to have her. She’s a superb figure, but everyone knew that already.
I’ve written before that I’m not a super big fan of Saber, but I do have one more Saber figure on order: Daiki Kougyou’s colossal 1/4 scale Saber. We’ll be going from the most anticipated Saber figure to the most controversial. Stay tuned!
I’d hardly be fulfilling my duties as a figure reviewer if I didn’t include this lecherous pantyshot, would I? Saber’s choice of drawers is disappointingly conservative.