Woohoo another review! This time it’s figma Saber 2.0 by Max Factory.
Behold Saber, stoic King of Knights, as she appears in the new Unlimited Blade Works anime adaptation. The UBW arc of Fate/Stay Night was first made into a movie, but was obviously simplified, so this is the first time any arc other than the original has become a full anime. This arc focuses on Rin and Archer’s story, but as is the way of the world, Saber needed another figma.
Saber has a long history with the figma line. Her first iteration was figma #3 released back in 2008. Variations like Saber Lily, Casual version, and Alter were then made before we saw the original Saber re-released in time for Fate/Zero in 2011. The 2011 re-release was virtually the same as in 2008 with little to distinguish it or reflect the improvements to figma design. But since then, figmas have changed enough that characters like Miku Hatsune were entirely re-vamped into a 2.0 version instead of a mere re-release. Saber is the second 2.0 figma and an obvious choice since she is so popular with figure makers and fans. I intend to eventually have all Saber figmas(only missing Alter and Nero now!), so I ordered her, but was honestly not very excited since I already had a figma of Saber in her blue dress. Saber 2.0 was then delayed several times, further decreasing my excitement levels. I figured(haha) Saber would be a boring but necessary addition to my collection, but upon opening and playing with her, was pleasantly surprised and even impressed. What impressed me so? Let’s find out!
Saber’s box! It’s obviously blue for Saber, so there’s not much more to say there.
Saber’s hair is a honey yellow with many sculpted lines for texture. Her braid is accented by a soft PVC ribbon. Every past Saber has has hard PVC hair accessories. My casual Saber’s ribbon even snapped off(the Kragle saved the day), so not having to worry about anything breaking is a huge plus.
The black lines and designs on her breastplate are very well done! I don’t see any over painting or sloppy parts.
The breastplate is free floating, but secure on her chest. She has a partial body underneath the plate, but removing the plate would be pointless and cause damage to the figure.
One of the key points of newer figmas is improved articulation. First I was going to show only Saber 2.0, but since I have not written a review on the original Saber and comparing is the best way to show improvement, it’s time for the second Never Outgrew Toys figma POSE OFF!
And on the right is newcomer Saber 2.0! Saber 2.0 features a new and improved sculpt, paint job, and joint system. She hails from the 2015 release and is an avid candle making enthusiast.
Right away the differences between our contestants is evident. Saber 2.0 is a whole half head taller than her opponent, and her dress also features a darker blue, bolder gold, and more defined wrinkles. How will Saber fare? Let’s move onto the first pose!
Next pose! The gazelle!
The gazelle shows off the skirt articulation of both Sabers. Once again the two ladies are able to accomplish the same pose. However the devil is in the details! Both ladies’ undergarments are exposed, but Saber 2.0’s appear more seamless and natural.
But from behind, the gazelle exposes a notable difference. Saber 2.0’s dress has three articulated segments. Two on the sides, and one in the back. Saber however has no such back flap, thus exposing her rear!
And the results are in! Surprisingly both Sabers are capable of the same poses! Yet Saber 2.0 achieves the more cleanly. That ends the second Never Outgrew Toys pose off!
The neutral and yelling faces are standard for Saber figmas, but the blushing face is a great addition. In general, more cute faces are being added to Saber figmas which gives the figure more versatility and acknowledges that part of her personality.
An extra black hand joint is included.
Now for accessories. Saber has three accessories. Can you guess what they are? It’s not like every Saber ever comes with them.
Now that we’ve seen Saber and all that she comes with, it’s photo shoot time!
2.0 figmas exist for a reason. Normally getting both versions of a figure is worth it because you get a variety of accessories, but with Saber, what is included with 2.0 is so improved, that Saber 2.0 is all you need. Colors are richer, the sculpt is far more lively, and the swords are beautiful. Saber 2.0 is a really great action figure and a huge improvement over the original Saber. Without comparing her to the original Saber, she may not be the best figma ever, but if you are a Saber fan, she’s totally worth it. I will not be selling my original Saber, but if you are contemplating which to get, I think that just having Saber 2.0 is fine.