Today’s review is the lovely Saber by Gift from the super ultra popular franchise Fate/Stay Night and was originally released in January of 2009. I’ve only seen the anime and personally it was a bit eh but I am a fan of the character designs, especially Saber. It was a matter of time until we got a figure of her and when this beauty popped up on Mandarake for the super low price of 2800 yen, I clicked on that buy button in a flash. The ridiculous thing is that shipping was more expensive than the figure itself (3200 yen) T_T. While Saber Lily is my favorite incarnation of Saber, this is probably one of my favorite figure renditions of her normal costume. And this was Gift’s very first release too. Bravo Gift!
Gift Saber is a 1/8 scale figure that comes with 2 heads, her sword, and a base. When we first got ours, the base was a little scratched and, well, it definitely looked pre-loved. Fortunately we noticed that when looking at the official photos, the base looked super shiny and mirror-like where ours looked dull. Lo and behold, there was a film on top of the base that we could peel off showing a perfect mirror base. So luckily, it was just the film that was worn. Phew!
I notice a lot of people complain about the face on this figure and prefer the second head that has a more anime-like face. Personally, the default head was a big selling point for me, the second head with an anime face somehow looks off to me. It might be the eyes are too big? I’ve really only had the anime head on to take this photoshoot with, otherwise, it lives in the box. There is hopefully a Saber Lily from Gift figure coming out with a face that is similar to the default head on this one; I am REALLY looking forward to that one and it would probably be my number 1 Saber figure, probably even beating the popular GSC Saber Lily in my book.
The biggest standout feature of Gift’s version over any of the other Saber figures is the crazy amount of detail. It is insane: from the etchings on the armor, to the embroidery on her dress, to the lacy trim on her undergarment dress thing, its all there. Except for maybe the Solid Theater Saber Alter or the hopefully upcoming Gift Saber Lily, this is the most detailed of any Saber out there and definitely the most detailed Saber in her normal armor. And its only a 1/8 scale. The sword was a little plain compared to the rest of the armor but it had its little touches too like the etching of runes on its blade. Speaking of the sword, I usually have to lean it against her fingers, which isn’t very stable and anytime I fiddled with the figure for this shoot, the sword fell. Not something I’ll count against Gift, but something worth noting. Zai has managed to actually get her to sort of hold the sword by squeezing it between her index and middle finger but again, its not super stable.
I highly recommend this figure if you’re into Saber or armored girls but only if you’re a fan of the face, its turned off a lot of people and has probably caused the low prices (good for fans of the face like ME!) . The anime face is there, but its a little sub-par. As far as quality, it is really great. There were a few scuffs where it looks like paint has worn off but that is probably my particular figure being preowned so I won’t count it against Gift. The detail on the figure is what will really make it stand out in your collection. If you can find it on Mandarake, it goes cheap. Even with Mandarake’s inflated shipping and handling prices, its still below retail.
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