I’ve written a lot about my newfound fondness for mobile games – specifically, gacha games. Besides Epic Seven, which is my main game, I’m enjoying Counter Side, though I know little about its game mechanics – a rather liberating circumstance, in actuality – and I gave Genshin Impact a try, though I’m not sure it’s the game for me. I still play Azur Lane every now and then, and there’s a few newer games – like Girl Cafe Gun and Nier: Reincarnation – and a few older games – like Arknights and Langrisser – that I’m curious about. However, there’s one gacha game that I have zero interest in playing and that’s Fate/Grand Order. From what I can tell, it’s not a newbie-friendly game. Nor is it a particularly modern game, and I’ve heard its gameplay systems are not one of its strengths (that said, I did enjoy the old PSP RPG Fate/Extra, a game whose combat was basically a randomized rock-paper-scissors system). On top of that, its summoning system lacks a pity mechanic, and I’ve heard of unfortunate players who’ve sunk over a thousand dollars chasing a particular character and came away with nothing. It’s difficult not to think that those funds would be better spent elsewhere – on Fate figures, doujinshi, and dakimakura covers, for example.
While I have no emotional connection to the Fate franchise aside from a residual curiosity as to whether I might actually like some of its series (this has not yet been the case with the anime adaptations that I’ve watched), I do very much like the character designs. That brings us to this figure; this is Mordred, the son of King Arthur, or Artoria or Altria as she is known in the Fate universe. I’m not entirely familiar with how gender works in the franchise – I assume it has something to do with servants not being human – but that’s not what we’re here for, anyway.
This figure is manufactured by Kotobukiya in 1/7 scale, measuring about 26.5 centimeters in height including the base. She was released in October 2018, and while Kotobukiya has re-released several Fate figures in recent times, I don’t recall that Mordred was among those so honored.. She’s not a particularly complicated character and comes essentially ready for display out of the box, needing only to have her sword placed in her hand.
I have only a cursory familiarity with Fate/Apocrypha but from what I can tell, Mordred is a far more savage character than her forebear. That’s clearly evinced by her face, where her lopsided grin and aggressive stare convey her hot-blooded nature. Her shaggy hair and rough ponytail also distinguish herself from Saber and her coterie of clones.
In contrast to Saber, Mordred’s thematic color is red, as represented by her jacket. Also in contrast to Saber, Mordred wears a very revealing outfit, consisting of her jacket, a bandeau, and very abbreviated denim shorts.
On the surface, this is not a particularly complicated figure, but a closer look reveals some unexpected details. For example, her musculature is nicely accented, particularly around her midsection. Also, her jacket shows a number of seams and features a glossy finish; both of these aspects enhance its realism.
Another nice detail includes the detailing around her backside. While her hips are covered, the insinuation that she is not wearing any underwear is tantalizing.
Her sword seems a little less impressive compared to some other weapons in the Fate milieu, though maybe I’m just not a big fan of the Ohio State colors. Nonetheless, I like the incongruity between her fashionably modern appearance and her medieval melee weapon.
This figure is, from a cursory glance, not particularly complicated, but a closer examination shows that there are some subtle details that enhance its overall quality. I think the thing I like most about Mordred is the way she contrasts with Saber, and while I would – probably – say I prefer Saber in the end, this ferocious, rougher-edged Saber clone has many of her own charms. While I may not be a devoted fan of the Fate franchise, I really like their character designs, and I’m certainly happy the series has so many excellent figures.