Like another blogger mentioned, the shipping cost for this was beastly. This figure shipped alone and initially cost 4770 Yen for SAL. I kindly asked AmiAmi to switch it to EMS as it was only 400 Yen more.
I don't usually include pictures of the actual shipping box in my reviews, but I think this one is an excellent exception. Brace yourself for for some DFC and dat ass, a deadly combination.
I decided to use my blu-ray player to demonstrate how huge this box really is. No wonder the shipping was so expensive. I also believe this to be the reason why AmiAmi suddenly gained more stock of this figure, many must have canceled after seeing their bill. My blu-ray player is a bit dusty and dirty from being inactive for such a long time. Even though it can play all these great CDs, DVDs, and blu-rays I just can't find much reason to use it anymore!
Here is the figure's box fresh from the shipping box. This time I included a music CD for size comparison. Some consider Final Fantasy 13 to be a complete failure, but I disagree. The tracks in this album are beautiful and brings harmony to my ears. Many people dislike it because they bought it expecting a VIDEO GAME, a foolish mistake by them!
Again, I apologize if some of the pictures look a tad blurry. I had to take some of them from an angle to avoid reflections.
The box's design is fairly simple. It consists of two main colors, yellow and black, to match with Fate's color scheme. The windows don't let you see much except the front view. A slight disappointment considering the gigantic size of the box, but the inside background does contain a magic circle used by Fate. Unfortunately, you cannot see them in my pictures as the figure and the window's glare is blocking it.
I think the stock photos of this figure has a better face than what mine has. Maybe it's just me? Regardless, it's still a nice expression that suits this pose.
DFC. A nice surprise that I found was that her skirt can be moved around. It's not physically attached to the body.
Held her skirt up a bit.
The base has Fate's magic circle printed on it. I was a bit worried about how stable the figure would be with just two poles, but it's actually very sturdy. The poles slid into Fate's feet easily. They're also made of metal.
A Mahou Shoujo isn't complete without a magical device! Since the figure is based from the movie, Bardiche's axe form looks slightly different. Well, it looks more like an axe now.
Another feature that makes this particular Fate stand out from the rest. She comes with Bardiche's three different forms, this one is Scythe form. Assembling the different forms isn't very hard, everything is shown with pictures and moonrunes in a handy booklet.
The newest cast member in Katawa Shoujo.
For fate to use her Glaive form, you have to swap out her right arm and left hand. It was pretty easy to do, just make sure you have the right angle. She can also use Axe form with her alternative hand set, Scythe form is too large to be used here.
To top it off, fate comes with a separate stand to hold her alternative weapons! Unfortunately, it doesn't look that good if you hold both Scythe and Glaive form at the same time.
Fate Testarossa -Phantom Minds-
+ Great pose
+ Fantastic sculpt & paint job
+ Alternative hand / weapon set
+ Weapon stand
+ Base & poles are very secure
+ DAT ASS
+ / - Gigantic box
- Price tag to match
- Shipping costs
This figure completely devastated my wallet, but it was well worth it. Alter makes top tier figures the majority of the time and this figure is definitely one of their best. I'm even tempted to buy Fate's casual version or Nanoha Stand-by Ready from how satisfying this figure is.
I also want to bring up another topic as it is slightly related to this post. As you may have noticed, I like to joke about how the PS3 has no gaems. On a serious note, I enjoyed playing several games on my PS3, I even got addicted to a few. I may joke about the PS3 a lot, but I do appreciate the games that I have played on this system. While it may be true that there was not much of a selection when the PS3 was first released, I would like it to be known that it now has a wide variety of games to choose from, many of which are exclusive to the PS3. If I had to estimate, the PS3 now has roughly three times as much games compared to its release date.
Protip: 3 x 0 = 0