About two weeks ago, I was infuriated to discover that there was a fighting game on the Playstation Network called Fate/Unlimited Codes for $20. All of my favorite characters from Fate/Stay Night and some from Fate/Zero, ready to duke it out in glorious HD. The infuriating part comes from the fact that Capcom pulled the game from PSN in June of this year, and the only physical copies are in Japanese and on the PSP.
Further compounding my rage were mentions of a mysterious “Saber Lily”–a flowery version of the Fate franchise’s central character. Had I, an avid fan of the series, missed out on a unique version of Saber? Thankfully, no. Fate/Unlimited Codes doesn’t have much of its own story; Saber Lily is really just an alternate costume. Still, not being to play this game with my friends irked me.
So I did what any self-respecting anime fan would do. I bought a PVC figure for ten times the game’s price.
Oh yes. I could have purchased Dishonored, finally picked up The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya on Bluray, and gotten a few posters while I was at it for that kind of money. But my rage drove me onward to get this lovely Saber Lily ~Distant Avalon~ figure from Good Smile Company.
It looks wonderful. From Saber’s delicate ahoge to the way Excalibur slides easily into its sheathe, every detail is flawless. Even the lingerie she is wearing if you flip the figure over. The base has a nice gray Fate/Unlimited Codes logo on it and depicts what appears to be a partially destroyed tile floor. Saber Lily also has Caliburn, which can be slipped into her hand. The one thing I don’t like is how Excalibur’s sheathe just appears to be hovering to the side; I would have preferred to see it attachable to her waist somehow. It’s a minor gripe in any case. The box is an elegant mix of light blue, dark, blue, and gold, with Saber Lily written in cursive script on the front.
Good Smile Company is rereleasing the figure as Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~, with the same pose but a slightly different outfit. Sales have already ended for that figure on their website, but a few will undoubtedly pop up on Amazon (albeit for inflated prices).
What’s the favorite PVC figure that you have, if any? Leave a comment below and I will certainly reply.