Not exactly the cloaked Caster that people have been accustomed to (both in Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night), but nonetheless just as interesting as her ‘canonical” counterparts are.
After being delayed for two months, and then waiting for another month to get her, I’ve finally obtained the Caster figure! I’ve been eyeing this figure since I saw it’s unpainted version in Wonfes, and I’m glad that the painted version came out well also XD
Phat! Company is the manufacturer responsible for this figure. Really love the packaging here. The dark blue accentuates her pink hair and fluffy tail. I also love the digitized looking cut outs on the packaging.
Nothing fancy here, just a simple accessory and a stand.
I really love how bouncy and cheerful the figure looks. Each element, from the most obvious facial expression and pose to the small details such as the hands really create an atmosphere filled with energy.
Her real identity is “Tamamo no Mae” you can check up on her historical identity here and her identity as seen in the game. On a side note, using a monitor as a backdrop really helps bring some life to a figure when taking pictures of it ^^.
The illustrations for Fate/Extra were done by Arco Wada and the perkiness we see in the game is captured by the figure as well. Also like how the wave flows away from her face to reveal her cheerful face even more (not to mention we usually see ‘genki’ faces with the hair flowing outwards).
The ‘fluff’ on the ear looks a bit stiff, then again how can one make it look ‘fluffy and soft’ enough? I also love the use of semi-transparent blue plastic for the lower portion of the ribbon here.
Caster’s ears are totally receptive to the smallest details in conversations. Aside from having fox ears, she also have two regular ears. Quality and quantity I guess ^^.
I have no idea what that thing around her neck is called, but it looks like a modified collar of a kimono.
I won’t put the blame on the white paintjob on Phat! Company since the figure was made around December 2011 to January 2012. The temperature in Japan at this time is vastly different from that in the Philippines, and once the magic (or curse) of temperature kicks in, paint starts to chip. Still love the figure though, besides you’d only see these things up close ^^
Nothing much here, just a bare back and shoulder blades.
I don’t know how Caster keeps her clothes up. Even if the whites on her kimono tube top aren’t as awesome as they are, I’m glad the paint on her skin was unblemished by paint removal ^^
The hands, believe it or not, were the deal sealer to me in getting this figure. It totally added a lot of points to the cuteness index in this figure. Really tempted to shine a flashlight there since it really looked like she was trying to create this shadow figure of a fox using her hand.
The folds didn’t look like it was drooping or anything like that. The way the folds had some sense of volume made it look (at least to me) like Caster was in the middle or had finally decided on what pose to take.
Those packed mammies. How much cloth is stuffed inside her arm warmers/detached sleeves anyway? ^^
Same comment, as the sleeves on her “fox hand”. This time you can see some of the minor detailing found on her sleeves like that ribbon that ties the two pieces together.
Dainty looking fingers here.
These “flame looking” print on Caster’s garments are actually representation of her tails, four each, bringing it to a total of nine (including her own tail) tails.
I don’t understand what the inner print represents though ^^
Her weapon in the entire game is a mirror called Suiten Nikkou Amaterasu Yanoshisu Ishi, which is also known as the Yata no Kagami from Japanese folklore. Caster after all isn’t an epic spirit of a hero or a vengeful spirit but a facet of a divine being, in her case the goddess Amaterasu.
I relish the fact that the surface is reflective like a mirror instead of just some white paint applied there. It would be a total bummer if it was. ^^
Her tail reminds me of Mozilla Firefox. Despite the rigid look of the white part of her tail, I love how tense the tail comes across.
I think these are called ‘tassels’, the clump of strings near the slit of her dress. Thank God they’re not just dropped there or something, these kind of details really liven up the figure or illustration. One of my supervisors in the advertising agency I used to work for once told us that “Details won’t turn a bad ad into a good ad, but it can turn a good ad into a great ad”. True facts in a lot of things in life.
Wait do I spot stripes here?
Wow, this is probably the first figure I’ve ever seen that has a shimapan (striped panties). I dunno whether to be more surprised at this fact or Caster’s taste in undergarments.
Caster must be really conscious about her height to implement this footwear. Again, I love how the slipper + foot appear here. These details really do lend to the success of a figure’s pose.
The base is nothing special, but at least it’s a bit transparent. This allows you to actually place any image underneath it (like Asura’s angry face there).
You can check her other fellow Fate/EXTRA servant, Saber, at the link below:
take a look here as well for the most recet Saber review as well
I’ll probably write less about figure reviews now since I did promise to myself to buy less figures this year (oh noes). I also just resigned from work recently and I’ll talk more about that later. Right now I still have to take care of the usual anime-gaming booth business and other stuff ^^
Also I have to ask, are any of you guys interested in learning about or going to the Philippines?