Yet another requested review! This time it’s figma Black Rock Shooter 2035 by Max Factory.
Black Rock Shooter had her humble beginning as a simple sketch by the artist Huke. She then became the focus of a popular music video which eventually spawned a merchandise empire consisting of everything from figures to an anime. Something which makes Black Rock Shooter unique is that she has no official backstory. Although the Black Rock Shooter song outlines the basic story of a lone fighter amid gothic inspired architecture, creative minds are free to put the mysterious character into whatever world they choose. This particular incarnation of the blue-eyed warrior comes from the PSP title: Black ★ Rock Shooter – The Game. Rather than using BRS and friends as a metaphor for the internal struggles of…school girls as the anime and OVA did, BRS – The Game does what I’d have preferred and places BRS in an apocalyptic setting. With the familiar gothic background exchanged in favor of a ruined world, Black Rock Shooter is tasked with the mission of saving the world. Sadly though, that is the extent of my knowledge as I have not played the game. But for those interested, it did recently receive and English translation and can be downloaded for the Playstation Network. I’d like to play it myself one day, but now is not the time for that, so I’ll have to review the figma solely based on aesthetic.
I purchased this figure since, for whatever reason, I like to be surrounded by tiny Black Rock Shooters. Although I chose to give up on collecting all of her companions from every new series, you can just never go wrong with Black Rock Shooter(ok, maybe Black Rock Beast wasn’t my favorite) so I make sure to at least get her.
Like other BRS figma boxes, this one is decorated by a checker pattern. But to match the apocalyptic theme, the checkers are weathered. I have to say that I love the blue they used since it provides great contrast.
As expected of such a minimalistic outfit, her articulation is above average and she is even able to sit. But while photographing her, I did eventually notice black rub-off on her legs. It shouldn’t be permanent, but does happen when bending the legs into sitting or other similar positions.
One thing I’ve always loved about this BRS is how full her hair is. The bushiness of her bangs combined with those heavy eyelashes gives her a mature and almost exotic appearance that sets her apart from the others.
Her pigtails are very brittle and pointy. This brings us to our next issue. See those white streaks? The good news is that they are not part of the figure. The white streaks are from my cleaning her hair with tissue paper. The rigidity of the plastic in her hair makes things like tissue stick to it mercilessly, and as much as I tried to get it off, it’s does not want to come off without a fight. It’ll come off eventually(I had the same problem with another BRS), but please excuse it in this review.
Also be sure not to mishandle the pigtails they could break.
Even the hair on the back of her head is finely sculpted!
You can also appreciate her two toned hair. The dashes of blue tie in to her design quite nicely, and as to be expected considering how many BRS figmas Max Factory has produced, are executed well.
As usual, Black Rock Shooter is not wearing much, but there are still some interesting changes made to the original outfit that enhance the game’s theme.
First, notice her dog tags which make her looks very militaristic.
There is also white trim on the bikini top for added fanciness and a spiffy new belt. I like the choice to use matte paint for her top as it gives an otherwise standard outfit some much appreciated dimension.
Another change to the traditional Black Rock Shooter look is her scars which now resemble bar codes.
Composed of various black and white pieces which jut out, the wings bestow Black Rock Shooter with a distinct mecha vibe. So if you enjoy mecha girls, this might just be the Black Rock Shooter for you!
Last is her boots.
The boots are standard BRS fare with the exception of a white toe piece and accompanying heels.
The toe pieces are sturdy and from certain angles make it look like she’s wearing slippers. Wonderful indeed.
Next let’s look at what else is included in the package.
As usual Black Rock Shooter has not been gifted in the way of faces, but since that usually suits her character, I suppose it can be overlooked. I do like both faces included, and not having played the game, cannot comment on how relevant they are. But I do like her eyes, so that counts for something!
I should also add that both faces are a tight fit and stay on very well.
But what really makes a figma fun is the character specific accessories!
But you can’t expect Black Rock Shooter to save the world with a measly sword, can you? That’s why she needs to be able to break out the big guns.
And I meant that literally because what is Black Rock Shooter without her signature oversized Rock Cannon?
Rock Cannon can be displayed like above, but for action poses a second stand and clip attachment are provided since the cannon is to heavy to be held up by the figma alone.
I like having the option to display the cannon this way, but the stand makes it not ideal for photos.
Looking at the cannon itself, Black Rock Shooter’s hand grips a handle. Be careful when placing her hand as it requires patience to not snap the handle. It might be a good idea to warm up the hand using a hairdryer for added flexibility.
Now that we’ve seen the complete BRS 2035 package, let’s see what we can do with her. Time for a photo shoot!
This Black Rock Shooter has been a part of my collection since her release in December 2011, but I’ve yet to give her a proper photo shoot.
But somehow things like this are still in my archive. They look nice with each other’s hair.
You can also see her in the background of this photo from my BRS TV anime ver. review.
For Black Rock Shooter’s well-deserved private photo shoot, I wanted to recreate the usual world of destruction that Huke’s characters find themselves in. In the past, I’ve attempted to create this atmosphere with simple white paper and a checkered floor. But I’ve done this so many times that it no longer feels exciting, and to be honest, it was never that impressive in the first place. So recalling how unexpectedly well things turned out with Snow Miku, I decided to make another screen(this time without the wooden squares) to create the same diffused white light. I often have trouble creating convincing action poses and backgrounds, so having this white background gives me a lot more confidence when working with characters like this. And you can probably tell that I like it since I’ve been experimenting with the setup for the last five or so reviews.
For the floor, I used a poorly painted tile. I first thought that the tile would ruin the image, but then remembered that my theme is destruction anyway and realized that it would be perfect. I also added rocks for more ruggedness.
When it comes to choosing a Black Rock Shooter figma(if you only want one, that is), it really is a matter of personal taste. This BRS benefits from mecha parts and a futuristic design, but has little extra to offer with accessories. She’s also almost alone since her only figma companion from the game is White Rock Shooter who was a limited release(although not too hard to find for a good price). Still, if she ticks all the right boxes for you, then don’t hesitate to add this silent beauty to your collection!