This is one of those kits that became an instant legend of the Wonder Festival circuit, such that when you went around to the Millimeter Modeling table at the event all you’d see would be a kit sample and a few tumbleweeds rolling over the “sold out” card placed in front of it. While Ataraxia’s maid Saber is hardly a new theme for PVC, when this was announced from Alter it was one of those “oh hell yes” moments that resulted in an immediate preorder; thankfully faith in both the brand and the original sculpt were well placed. Check it out!
Original Design: Takeuchi Takashi (homepage)
Sculptor: Kuramoto Ikuma (Millimeter Modeling)
Source: Fate / hollow ataraxia (eroge)
Scale: 1/6 (26 cm tall)
Materials: PVC, ABS
Release Date: September 21st, 2007
Price: 8,190 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL] [AAA]
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Saber is by now so well known that her character should need no introduction, but for those looking to brush up on their Fate lore I highly recommend The Moonlit World and its companion forum Beast’s Lair as superb resources on everything Type Moon.
This reincarnation of King Arthur is most prominently known for her armor-plated dress outfit, which has seen several PVC incarnations to date; however the side stories in the Fate expansion hollow ataraxia provided even more fodder for figure makers in the form of several new costumes, including a swimsuit and the maid outfit we see featured here.
Saber’s design has been liberally interpreted by many, but I have to say this kit is one of the most fetching 3D renditions I’ve seen. The face sculpt isn’t strictly canon, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Takeuchi’s face designs so that’s not a drawback for me. The pose of this sculpt is deliberate and firm, and while not dynamic in the sense that it presents the illusion of motion, the lines provide a pleasing symmetry that far exceeds a simple standing pose.
The split stance and arms thrust forward work to accentuate the charm points of the costume, with attention properly focused on the elaborate garters and zettai ryouiki zone as well as her slender arms, and when viewed from behind the cutaway back of her blouse (and those amazing calves!). Attention is properly focused away from her chest (as there’s nothing there to see anyway); in exchange this is one of those figures that strongly prompts the genuflection response to get a better look at her elaborately detailed undercarriage.
If I was forced to come up with a few points where the kit would be improved I’d say the face sculpt could use a bit of brushing up, and the white parts of the costume (apron, etc.) could use some shading. Otherwise this is a great kit with stellar production value, and I’d say a wonderful addition to just about any figure collection.
Overall Score: 9/10
+ amazingly detailed sculpt
+ great pose with phenomenal lines
+ typically high quality Alter production
+ zettai ryouiki ++++
o the face sculpt is perhaps a bit off
o the mop is shaded nicely; why not do the same to the apron?
– the urge to look up her skirt is nigh irrepressible