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TerrorhuntTerrorhuntVor 7 Jahren
This review was suppose to be up yesterday. But due to a complication, I couldn't finish it in time. Well it's done now, so I give you the review of:

Chogokin Saber (Fate/Zero)

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676894.jpeg A simple looking packaging without any window.

When this figure was announced, it was considered to be one of the most surprising thing that Bandai have ever did (well, for me at least). What's even surprising is how this figure have receive a standard release when it was initially announced to be released as Tamashii Web exclusives.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676895.jpeg Right side.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676896.jpeg Left side.

There wasn't much known about this Saber even after Bandai unveiled Gilgamesh. After the official images was up, thing seems promising about this figure. You can tell that Bandai really not holding back with the amount of the accessories that this figure comes with.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676897.jpeg Back side.

The figure are packed in 3 layers of container, with the 1st layer consist of Saber herself and all the basic accessories for her; hands, weapons, alternate parts, you name it. The other 2 layers consist of parts for her base, stand, and effect part.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676898.jpeg 1st layer.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676899.jpeg 2nd layer.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676900.jpeg 3rd layer.

At first glance, this Saber looks wonderful. The sculpts are looking phenomenal. Details are all in there from what I could tell. Very accurate to how she appeared in the anime.

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The paint apps on this figure great for most parts. The paint on the gauntlet are simply outstanding. Bandai did a good at replicating of the look of the die-cast parts on Saber since the gauntlet are made of plastic. Even the exposed underclothes on her hands are painted. I also love the fact that Bandai uses a pearl-esque white for her skirt instead of a normal white. That color really matches Saber's regal-like ambiance. The gold trims on looks good, it's a shame however that the trim on the front-center skirt are not as clean as the other. I am worried as this figure shows a sign on paint chipping.

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Accessories wise, well I think that the one shown in the 1st layer of the container already made it clear of just how much she comes with. I didn't bother showing the rest like the base, the stand, and the effect part since they're kind of a hassle. You will, however see the effect part and the base later on. In case you're wondering, one of the sheath has a hole for peg on Saber's sheath holding hand.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/09/677332.jpeg Her hands, alternate faces, alternate hair pieces, ribbons, swords, and sheaths. All in one container.

As far as poseability goes, she shares a lot of basic articulation of an S.H.Figuarts. Heck, might as well call this figure S.H.Figuarts Saber. She has a great amount of range of motion, but there are limitation on certain parts. Namely, the leg.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676924.jpeg Thanks to her die-cast legs, she can stand without any problem. It's too bad that her feet can barely rotate side to side.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676925.jpeg A lot of people complained about her face's sculpts. My problem with the face are not the sculpts as I find it reasonably good. The real problem I have with the face are actually related to the plastic that Bandai used for it. You'll understand why later.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676927.jpeg The Figuarts-styled joints allows her for some incredible poses. The gauntlet looks absolutely amazing thank to the paint apps. Even better is that the curved 'metal' plate near her wrist are movable.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676928.jpeg I've opted for the regular stand from Stage Act 4 as I find the one that comes with her are unnecessarily long.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676929.jpeg Her 'gritted teeth' face seems to be the only one of her optional faces that looks bad. Not badly sculpted or painted. It's just that her eyes has this derp-like look to it.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676930.jpeg Having her to hold her sword with 2 hands isn't impossible, but tricky. Plus, I've always prefer to pose sword-wielding figure with 1 hand.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676931.jpeg Getting her to move both of her arm together while holding the sword can be tricky, but not impossible.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676936.jpeg This is the best that I can do for her "sword-slash with 2 hands" pose. I'm sure you guys can do much better job than I am.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676937.jpeg I initially worried that the shoulder piece of her dress might obstructs her shoulder articulations. Thankfully, that didn't happen since the shoulder piece are made in the same way as Figuarts Kamen Riders shoulder armor/pad.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676938.jpeg The Figuarts-styled wrist joints do helped a lot providing Saber a great range of motion.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676939.jpeg Her screaming face are nicely sculpted, but not as great as the one that comes with Figma Saber Zero.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676940.jpeg While the complete set-up of her base looks impressive, I'm sticking to this style as it has more room for Saber to stand on.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676942.jpeg Her calm, smiling face turns out pretty good, but the paints on her lips could have been more apparent.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676943.jpeg As awesome as the effect parts are, I do find it somewhat confusing. Is it suppose to be the Invisible Air, or a blue flame?
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676944.jpeg The invisible sword turned out to be much better than the one that comes with Figma Saber Zero. Unlike the Figma version that are molded in frosty-translucent plastic, the Chogokin version are molded in a transparent plastic. As for her gold Excalibur, it's just like the invisible swords, but painted. Why it wasn't gold-plated, we'll never know.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676945.jpeg While I do love the invisible sword, I really wish that Bandai made a completely new mold for the invisible sword where it has no details and markings for a more convincing invisible look. Which is why I've used a "custom-made" invisible sword instead.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676946.jpeg Damn, it's almost as if she isn't holding anything at all.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676947.jpeg EKUSUKARIBAAAA!!!!!

Since I don't have Figma Saber Armor in my collection, I can't make a proper comparison. I do however, have Figma Saber Lily and Figma Saber Alter. From what I can tell, both Lily and Alter shares the same joints, so Figma Saber Armor should have a similar articulation as Lily and Alter. At this point, I can still make some sort of comparison between the Figma and Chogokin in terms of articulation. In my opinion, I think that the Chogokin wins in terms of articulation. However, there are things about the Figma that I like more than the Chogokin. Namely, the skirt. The skirt on the Chogokin are a real nightmare. It is made up of multiple parts that are attached the waist via a weak bracket-like joint. The Figma's are more preferable to me as it is simpler and more solid.

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676948.jpeg Wanted to bring both Lily and Alter for side-by-side shot but Alters arm kept causing me trouble. Even with the high-heel, Lily are still a bit shorter than Chogokin Saber. Notice anything about both of their faces?
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676949.jpeg Next to Figma Saber Zero since both are from Fate/Zero. Now this where my issue with the Chogokin figure are at its peak. Take a closer look at both of their faces and you'll notice how different are the tone of the skin. The Figma featured a vibrant, anime-accurate skin tone, while the Chogokin has this pale, almost dead-like skin tone. In a scary kind of way, it sort of reminds me of the not-vampire from Twolot when they're not exposed to the sunlight. The plastic used for the faces feels very cheap. It has this bootleg-like feel to it.
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/04/08/676950.jpeg Just for fun, here she is next to Figma Kiritsugu Emiya and Figma Shirou Emiya, Saber's first and second Master from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night respectively.

Bandai really went all out with with this figure. While I do think that this figure is one of the best Saber action figure to date, I still think that there are a lot of things that Bandai could have done better, and I mean a LOT. I truly hope that Chogokin Gilgamesh will not have the same issue.

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If you don't have the original Figma Saber Armor or missed out on her (like me), then this figure will make a great alternative. However, unless you can put up with the 7500 JPY price tag, I can't recommend her enough. Still, the Chogokin do have a lot to offer compared to Figma, so the 7500 yen might be a very worthwhile purchase.

Now then, what should I review next?...
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Punkte8/10

Engineering
Sculpts
Paint Apps
Poseability
Play value

Which do you prefer? Figma or Chogokin?

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I just received a new Chogokin Saber from Amiami and it is my first figure. Are these kinds of manufacturing defects normally expected or am I looking too hard for them?

Scratch on back of torso
One part of the sword has a mark that's visible if you shine a light from the top
Messy bumpy paint on one of the swords
Hole/crack in one of the hands
Vor 7 Jahren
I dont collect figmas at all but this was a really nice review!!! What irks me a little is probably her face, there's just something off about it but maybe it looks better irl??? :O
Vor 7 Jahren
MugenTenshinFRDVor 7 Jahren#1453213Nice review and good pictures and comparisons.
Actually I don't have Figma or Chogokin Saber yet, so this review will help me decide.
Should I get the Figma or Chogokin Saber? Chogokin has more details and more accessories, but Figma is the actual original Saber. These days Figma Saber is around ¥4000 and Chogokin Saber about ¥6000.
Which one to get?

For the extra 2k, I think the metal and the effect part are worth it.
Vor 7 Jahren
Wow, they aren't much bigger than figma. I was thinking of getting this, but I might just skip past to RAH Saber.
Vor 7 Jahren
Strife212 Original Blue
Nice review. It's a really nice figure but the cheap plastic on the face puts me off too much, why did they have to do that?
Vor 7 Jahren
Nice review and good pictures and comparisons.
Actually I don't have Figma or Chogokin Saber yet, so this review will help me decide.
Should I get the Figma or Chogokin Saber? Chogokin has more details and more accessories, but Figma is the actual original Saber. These days Figma Saber is around ¥4000 and Chogokin Saber about ¥6000.
Which one to get?
Vor 7 Jahren
I like your review... I might reconsider getting her...
Vor 7 Jahren
Thanks for doing the side by side comparison with the figma one, I was hoping someone would do that!
Vor 7 Jahren
nice review.

I cant really wait for my chogokin saber come to my home
Vor 7 Jahren
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