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Revoltech Saber

Saber was given the honor of becoming the first Fate/Stay Night character to be release by Revoltech, she’s also the first figure from Revoltech 2G line. I ordered Revoltech Saber from Play-Asia because of the cheaper price, she arrive on Wednesday just as I had expected. As usual there wasn’t much protection around the box but fortunately Saber’s box was not damage. Before she arrive, it was posted in forums by some people who already got her she got a broken elbow right out of the box. This really got me worried but there was nothing I could do about it as P-A already shipped her out. So as soon as I received her I quickly took her out of the box and check for any broken parts and was relieve that she’s perfect.

I had actually took some photos of her on the day I received her, but I decided to retook them after I adjusted my mini photo booth a bit. I use the background cardboard from the box for the first photo. I tried to get Saber into the same post as the picture on the cardboard and this is the closest that I can pose her.


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The articulation is pretty good as usual but I wish she comes with different set of hands so that I can make a proper pose for this shot. But still it came out pretty good.


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The skirt armor have joints that allow the legs to move around. There’s a joint between the hand and the arm as well, this makes it easier to make her hold her sword with both hands.


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She comes with a base to help her stand and also an extension to the base for jumping and flying pose but it’s not easy to pose her in the air as she’ll needs to be properly balance otherwise she’ll just fall down.


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She comes equip with two swords, one a transparent sword which should be her noble phantasm “Invisible air” and the second sword is Caliburn. She should have comes with Caliburn and Excalibur though and maybe with Excalibur scabbard Avalon as well, oh well I can dream :D .


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Quite detail face for a small figure, I should stop calling her small as she’s actually about 14cm tall standing straight, only a head plus shorter that Kotobukiya 1/8 Saber.


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Kaiyodo will also be releasing Revoltech Dark Saber in July which is even cooler looking. It seems Dark Saber will comes with Excalibur. If she do then it will be great.

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Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

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More photos of Dark Saber here.

Bio Booster Armor Guyver

Bio Booster Armor Guyver is a long running manga series by Yoshiki Takaya that begins in 1985. Currently the manga is at volume 24 and doesn’t seems to be ending anytime soon. The main protagonistis a 17 years old student name Shō, who merges with Guyver unit 1 by accident.

This figure is was release by Max Factory as part of the Bio Fighter Collection line of action figures. It’s fully articulated and comes with additional hands, head and weapon. It also comes with a simple black base with the name Guyver on it which I had forgotten to take pictures of.


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At first I wanted to use red background for this photo session but somehow the red came out too bright, I wanted dark red but can’t seems to get it. So in the end I resorted to black instead but suprisingly I had to use -1 2/3 EV to get the black to look really black instead of just -1 which I use for my previous photo session with Saber. Must be something wrong with the light placement, will need to try out more on that.


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Even though it’s fully articulated, it’s not easy to pose him as some part of the armor are blocking the joints movement. Also the exchangeable parts are joint together using a simple small rod, so it’s quite lose and will usually drop off when you are trying to pose him. The shoulders armor also drop off quite easily since it’s just slotted onto the shoulder ball joints.

“High Frequency Swords”

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Alternate head where part of the face armor is torn off and a corresponding alternate hand tearing off the armor.


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“Gravity Cannon”

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“Mega-Smasher”

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Overall quality of the sculpt and color is pretty good but the articulation definitely needs some improvement. I got this as a b-day present from my ex earlier this year, wonder what I’ll get next year hehe.

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Guyver Unit 1
Anime: Bio booster armor guvyer
Scale and Material: action figure 
Company: Max Factory
Price: ?
Released: ?
Added to collection: January 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Gothic style Saber

Ok another Saber is up hehe. This time is Alter version of Dark Saber but instead of wearing armor, she’s wearing a black and grey Gothic dress. She looks real good in it too, one of the best looking 1/8 Saber in my opinion. I first saw pictures of her on Riuva’s blog, so I went looking for her at some of my local hobby store. I was quite surprise when I found one store that have her in stock, because they were selling it at about 9000 yen. Only after I did some search on-line did I know that she’s actually discontinued and a pretty hot figure as well hence the high price. She’s also one of the first figure that I have seen bootleg on, practically most of my local shop is selling the bootleg version. Well with the help of a friend, I manage to get her in the end at about 7000 yen, so she’s actually the most expensive 1/8 that I have in my collection. Well worth it though :)

The highlight of this figure is the Gothic dress, the detail in it is superb


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Same as the Saber-Alter I posted up recently, her eyes and hair color are different from normal Saber and she also lost her “ahoge”. Here she still retain her cute face while in Griffon version her face is more serious.


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As I mention earlier the dress is very detailed.


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The skirt is made of two layers, a grey layer at the bottom and a black on top. All nicely detailed and removable too :)


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A closer view of her dress.


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I am very satisfied with the quality of this figure, she may cost me more than the other 1/8 that I have but it’s well worth it. The production quality is really good and the amount of detail they put into her is superb.

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Black Dress Saber (Dark Saber)
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Alter
Price: 4200 Yen
Released: July 2006
Added to collection: March 2007
Availability: Sold Out
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Heaven’s Feel, Dark Saber

Another variation of Fate/Stay Night Saber to add to my collection of Saber figures, this time it’s Dark Saber by Griffon. She appear in Heaven’s Feel scenario of Fate/Stay Night, where she was consume by darkness by Angra Mainyu and turns into Sakura’s servant as Dark Saber. The armor is different than her normal armor and her hair and skin color are quite pale. Her sword also change to black with red color symbol on the blade.

My first impression of the figure is that it really capture the feel of Dark Saber from FSN game. The armor, face, hair and sword are exactly like what appears in the game. This is my second figure by Griffon, and I must say their quality is pretty good. I like the way they put the character’s name on the base and in Dark Saber case it’s plated name plate. Very nice touch.

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MG Strike Noir, Complete

GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir is another variation of Strike Gundam that appears in the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER. The MS belongs to Earth Alliance Phantom Pain and piloted by Sven Cal Bayang. The main difference from Strike Gundam is the lack of a beam saber it instead uses a pair of MR-Q10 “Fragarach” 3 beam blade which are hidden in the wings. The overall build of this kit is good, as usual Bandai quality is always improving. The inclusion of some fixed manipulator to hold the weapons is a nice touch. This is also one of the kit that comes with screws which I haven’t seen for quite sometime. One thing I don’t like is some of the dry transfer are so small that it’s very hard to put it on the MS, so i leave some of the decal out.

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Left wing of the AQM/E-X09S Noir Striker with the MAU-M3E42 linked linear gun extended.

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The 57mm high-energy beam rifle w/175mm grenade launcher.

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Dual guns, M8F-SB1 “Shorty” beam rifle.

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Dual swords, MR-Q10 “Fragarach” 3 beam blade.

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Attack in flight mode

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Just cruising along

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This is the current pose Strike Noir is in

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GAT-X105E+AQM/E-X09S Strike Noir
Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER
Scale: 1/100 Master Grade
Company: Bandai
Price: 5040 yen
Released: March 2007
Added to collection: April 2007
Availability: XL-Shop, Hobby Link Japan
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

MS Specification
Unit type: prototype mobile suit
Overall height: 17.72 meters
Weight: 90.5 metric tons
Equipment: Variable Phase Shift (VPS), enhanced power unit
Armament: M2M5 “Todesschrecken” 12.5mm automatic CIWS x 2, M8F-SB1 “Shorty” beam rifle x 2, EQS1358 rocket anchor x 5, AQM/E-X09S Noir Striker (mounts MR-Q10 “Fragarach” 3 beam blade x 2, MAU-M3E42 linked linear gun x 2, EQS1358T rocket anchor x 1)
Optional armament: 57mm high-energy beam rifle w/175mm grenade launcher x 2
Pilot: Sven Cal Bayang

June purchase but where’s my Mirei-san!!

Bought 4 figures this month but only three have arrive Range Murata PSE #05 TT Butterfly, Kotobukiya 1/8 Sana Horiuchi and Kotobukiya 1/10 Lamento – Asato. Suppose to have Mirei-san as well but she won’t be arriving until either end of the month or early next month.

The PSE #05 is only 1/10 scale so she’s quite small, I am not sure how much she cost in yen but the price I bought it for is almost the same price as a 1/6 figure. The Lamento – Asato is also a 1/10 scale figure, but he about the size of a 1/8 though, comes with a grass like base, a sword and scabbard and also a drama CD. I like the transparent box he comes in, can display him without taking him out of the box. Sana is an older figure, she’s being re-release this month so I took the chance to add her to my collection. Besides figures I also manage to get two swords that I can use as props, they are quite cheap but the quality is quite good, made out of metal.


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Of Bats, Butterflies and Roses ~ The Warrior

Here comes another Ignis write-up, this time it’s Alter version of Ignis. While Max Factory Ignis focus on the feminine side of Ignis, Alter version focus on the warrior side of her. Sculpted by Takahashi Tsuyoshi, Ignis is in a battle pose that really show her warrior side.

Compare to Max Factory elaborate sculp, this Ignis is a much simpler affair. She comes with a simple white base with the game title embossed to it. The figure itself is well balance and able to stand without the base and I think she’s pretty safe from the danger of leaning.


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The first thing that collectors that already have Max Factory Ignis will notice when they pick up Alter Ignis is the color. The color on Alter Ignis is much more duller and darker. Other than that the paint job is still good. I went for a bamboo forest setting for this photo session but because I have no idea where to find bamboo that I can use, bamboo stick will have to do. Added in some weapons that I got to make it looks like Ignis was in a fight, some blood would have been a nice addition as well, but I do not have the coloring for it.


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In my opinion she doesn’t have as much nice angle that I can shot from, her best angle is direct from the front. Her left palm is also partially blocking her face so it’s was difficult to get a nice shot of her face.


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Definitely a different ass ^ ^, not as shapely


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The lantern that I use as props can actually lights up, so I decide to show that in this shot.


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I got Alter Ignis before I manage to get Max Factory version, though not as impressive as Max Factory Ignis, I like the way she’s portray in this version and this is the only Ignis that truly show her warrior side.

Ignis
Anime: None, from the game Jinkai Makyou
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC Figure
Company: Alter
Price: 5524 Yen
Released: November 2006
Added to collection: January 2007
Availability: sales at Play-Asia
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Saber vs Saber

After the release of Revoltech Saber, Kaiyodo follow it up with Saber-Alter for their Revoltech 2G line. Saber-Alter came with the same packaging as Saber, only the colors are different. Included with her is an additional hair piece with her mask attached, her usual black and red sword and Excalibur. She comes with the same stand as Saber as well.


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On a barren wasteland, two warriors stood face to face unmove, until suddenly an unknown voice cuts through the silent “ACTION!!!”.


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With lighting reflexes both warriors spring to action, closing the distance between them in mere seconds, sword raise and ready for battle. The black warriors lunges with a foward thrust, easily block by the blue and silver warrior. The fight goes, both warriors slashing and parrying, thrusting and blocking, the sound of metal against metal rang continuously like a symphony of death.


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As their dance of death continues, the black warrior suddenly jumps up into the air and “CUT!!!!. Here comes the unknown voice again, and what does the voice means “Cut”, both warriors are already cutting each other and more importantly where does the voice comes from.


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And we see a head, a big head to be exact with a familiar looking yellow ribbons, who could this person be, who seems to be giving order to the two deadly warriors.

Unknown voice: No! No! No! both of you are suppose to jump together!
Warriors: Ok.
Unknown voice: ACTION!!!


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And the warriors continue to fight, bringing their dances of death to the air.


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And what is this, it looks like the blue and silver warrior is defeated.


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“CUT!!!” again comes the unknown voice. And what do we have here, we finally get to see the owner of the unknown voice. Seems like a school girl with a really big head, what are they feeding kids these days.


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She seems to be scolding the black warrior. It’s either she’s very brave or very stupid, anyway….

Schoolgirl with big head: NO!!!! You are suppose to lose remember, you are the bad guy and the bad guy don’t win, lets do this again.
Black warrior: Ooooo… I’ll get you for this.


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Seems like the situation been reserve and the black warrior kneel down in defeat. “CUT!!!!” came the voice again, I wonder what is wrong now.


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Oh it seems that this is the end

Schoolgirl with big head: Good work, Good work ^^
Blue and silver warrior: Thank you….
Black warrior: ……


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And the credit rolls… wait, where’s the black warrior ?


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Let’s zoom out to get a wider view. What’s that at the corner, seems to be the black warrior holding a very large weapon.

BAM!!!!!

A sniper rifle! this is suppose to be a medieval sets, why is there a sniper rifle????


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Oh no….. the schoolgirl with big head just lost her big head, and the black warrior is going for the blue and silver warrior now.

BAM!!!!


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As the schoolgirl with big head and the blue and silver warrior laid on the ground lifeless, we hear the maniacal laugh of the black warrior.

Black warrior: Ha ha ha, I won, hahhahhahahahha….. I have my revenge now…hahhahaa


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The End……


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Saber vs Saber
Staring

Saber as Blue and silver warrior
Saber-Alter as Black warrior
Suzumiya Haruhi as Schoolgirl with big head

Directed by Suzumiya Haruhi
Produced by SOS Dan

Note: No revoltech or nendroid figures were harm during the filming of this show.

Saber
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: April 2007
Added to collection: May 2007
Availability: Hobby Link Japan

Saber-Alter
Anime: Fate/Stay Night
Scale and Material: Non-scale action figure
Company: Kaiyodo Revoltech
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: July 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability:Play-Asia

Nendroid Suzumiya Haruhi
Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
Scale and Material: Non-scale pvc
Company: Good Smile Company
Price: 2380 Yen
Released: June 2007
Added to collection: July 2007
Availability: Sold-out

Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS

Hellsing and Fate/Stay Night DVDs

Final post for August, suppose to be a post on Kanu haul but she’s delay due to National Day holiday here, so will only get her next week. My Alter Witchblade haven’t ship from Hobby Search as well, she’ll probably only shipped next week, so I’ll do a dvd haul post instead.

Got my Hellsing Ultimate Vol 1 & 2 and Fate/Stay Night Vol 1 earlier this week, wasn’t expecting Fate/Stay Night to arrive so soon since I use expedite shipping instead of priority shipping. So I guess next time I can save some money on shipping by using expedite shipping since it only took slightly over a week for my stuff to reach me ^^.


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Fate/Stay Night Vol 1: Advent of the Magi Limited Collector’s Box

I got this from Amazon since Rightstuf was out of stock, got the rest of the series Vol 2 – 6 at Rightstuf but they ran out of Vol 5 so have to wait for them to restock before my order gets ship.This Limited Collector’s box is actually quite plain with only a box to store the whole series and a single disc Vol 1. Not much in terms of extras, so if you’re not a fan of the series, it’ll be better to wait for a box-set instead.

You get Saber on one side of the box and the rest of the character on the other side, nothing really spectacular, just simple and nice I guess. Accompanying the dvd in the shots are Kotobukiya Saber, Griffon Sakura and Alter Black Dress Saber.


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Vol 1 and a cardboard as a place holder for the rest of the dvd.


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Saber. Shiro, Rin and Archer on the dvd case cover, and Saber on the disc it self.


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The dvd menu, simple with animation on the runes in the background and the opening music playing.


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Some screencap, the first time Shiro meet Saber ^^


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And Rin doing her thing.


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As I mention earlier nothing much in terms of extras, just the dvd and an artbox to hold the series. The limited edition of Vol 6 comes with a Saber clock though, but due to the lack of picture of the clock I decided to just get the normal edition.

Hellsing Ultimate Vol 1 Standard Edition & Hellsing Ultimate Vol 2 Limited Edition

Next up is Hellsing Ultimate Vol 1 and Vol 2. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the limited edition of Vol 1 which comes with a plague of Alucard. Also only the limited edition comes with 5.1 Japanese audio, the normal edition only comes with 2.0 Japanese audio, so if grab the limited edition if you can find it.

Since I don’t have any Hellsing figures or vampire figures, I’ll be using Nendroid Yuki as a replacement :) . On the right is Vol 1 and on the left is Vol 2 and Yuki reading Hellsing manga ^^.


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Nothing much in Vol 1, just the dvd and some paper insert.

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Now Vol 2 is a different story, the 2 dvd is store in a steel case and it comes together with a 200+ pages production art collection book of Hellsing Ultimate 1 and 2.


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The inside of Vol 2 limited edition, the main disc and the extra disc.


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Some pages from the production art collection book, couldn’t post more of the pages cause it’s quite hard to keep it open and take photos.


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The main menu, is the same for Vol 1 and 2, only difference is the wording on top of the title. The screencap is from both Vol 1 and Vol 2.


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Alucard. He needs to have a figure made.


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Sir Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, master of Alucard. A figure of her won’t be too bad either.


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Seras Victoria with a really really big gun. Another figure of her with a big gun will be nice.


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Unlike the previous release Hellsing TV series, Hellsing Ultimate is suppose to follow the manga more closely. At the moment it’s not known how many episode it will have, the latest that was release is episode 3 and episode 4 will follow in Oct 2007. Oh each volumes only have 1 episode with a 45 – 50 minutes runtime, but I’ll definitely collect all of them since I like the series ^^. Now if only some company will release a figure of Alucard, I know there’s a Seras Victoria figure, but I haven’t seen Alucard yet.

Fate/Stay Night DVD 1: Advent of the Magi Limited Collector’s Box
Company: Geneon
Price: US$35.99
Released: December 2006
Added to collection: August 2007
Availability: available at Amazon

Hellsing Ultimate DVD 1
Company: Geneon
Price: US$22.48
Released: December 2006
Added to collection: August 2007
Availability: available at Rightstuf

Hellsing Ultimate DVD 2 Limited Edition
Company: Geneon
Price: US$44.98
Released: June 2007
Added to collection: August 2007
Availability: available at Rightstuf

Witchblade, Power UP!!!

Yup it’s time for another Witchblade post ^^, the last one was like hmmm more than 3 months ago, it was on Kotobukiya 1/6 Witchblade installing version, which is basically the normal version Witchblade. This time it’s the powered up Witchblade release by Alter recently, suppose to be release in July but it was delay, well I finally got her in my hand last week and now my Witchblade collection is complete. Two company release the powered up Witchblade, the first was from Kotobukiya, their version of the powered up Witchblade is even taller and more impressive than their previous 1/6 Witchblade but I decide to go for the Alter version as I somehow Alter version better.


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So how does the Alter Witchblade compare to Kotobukiya’s, not too shabby I would say, it may not be as huge or as impressive as the Kotobukiya’s but it still can hold it’s own in the detail of the sculpt. Tanaka Touji choose a rather static pose for her, with her standing with one arm raise infront of her face and her long blade protuding from both her arms. A bit of dynamism is added to the hair where it swoop around from both side. She’s quite tall, standing at about 27cm from foot to the tip of her blade, the blade itself is already about 22cm from tip to tip, the second blade on her right arm is shorter though. A thing to note is her base, rather than the plain base that usually comes with Alter’s figures, she actually comes with a base sculpted to look like broken stones or rubbles, well the black plain base is still there but at least they added the stones/rubbles to it ^^


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She’s actually made of a combination of different type of plastic, certain parts of her are actually softer, while some parts are harder plastic. The blade is made of softer plastic and quite flexible but don’t try to bend it in half though ^^.


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Her leg is really slim, though it looks nice, I just hope she won’t lean in the future due to that.


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Final pic of all the Witchblade in my collection, in front is of course Alter 1/8 Amaha Masane powered up ver., to her right is Alter 1/8 Amaha Masane casual dress ver., and to her left is Kotobukiya 1/6 Witchblade installing ver.


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Overall I am quite satisfied with Alter’s rendition of Witchblade, the scuplt and quality are top notch. There are slight paint job problem but nothing to be alarm of as it’s barely visible. I actually prefer this to Kotobukiya’s version of powered up Witchblade and Alter’s version being smaller is just a bonus ^^.

Amaha Masane powered up ver. 
Anime: Witchblade
Scale and Material: 1/8 scale pre-painted PVC and ABS
Company: Alter
Price: 6477 Yen
Released: August 2007
Added to collection: September 2007
Availability: available at Play-Asia
Photo taken using: Canon Ixus 850IS