So, I found out news that GSC is going to release another version of Saber Lily and she’s going to be an exclusive release. The name of this version is Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~. I’m pretty sure those who have followed me for some time know I have a soft spot for Saber — especially Saber Lily, but I’m frankly disappointed with how GSC is going about with their figure releases lately. This one, is a major annoyance in my opinion.
Before I start ranting about how Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~ is such a major rip-off, I’m just going to say that I agree with one of the points that Tier of Tentacle Armada stated in one of his recent posts: one of the most annoying trends of 2009 regarding figures is the sheer number of exclusives that have popped out of nowhere. I’m pretty darn sure that the proxy services are quite happy with the sudden increase of customers and orders since most of the exclusives are pretty nice — or are just precise in hitting the weak spots of fans and collectors.
Within the short span of my figure collecting hobby, I can easily say that GSC/Max Factory are the ones that have released the most exclusives in 2009 among all the figure manufacturers — and because of the appeal of Nendoroids and figmas (more on nendos) or most of the time, of the characters they decide to create into exclusive figures, it’s safe to say that most of the exclusives have been profitable.
Now, let’s talk about Saber Lily GC (~Golden Caliburn~), from the minute I saw the photos, I immediately looked up to see my own Saber Lily ~Distant Avalon~. I had to look several times just to see that I’m not mistaken in what I’m seeing. Saber Lily GC is almost the same with Distant Avalon, save for the armor that Golden Caliburn obviously doesn’t have.
What’s probably surprising for most people is that, even though it is an exclusive, the Golden Caliburn version is a little cheaper than Distant Avalon. In my opinion though, it’s because there is less material used for Golden Caliburn, not to mention, the mold is most likely just modified from Distant Avalon — even the lace on her stockings are the SAME.
Here are some of the differences I found between Golden Caliburn and Distant Avalon (based on Golden Caliburn’s photo above and my own Distant Avalon figure):
- In the Golden Caliburn version, Saber is actually holding the sheath rather than just having a rod hold the sheath for her. Seeing this, and knowing that the figure is called ~Golden Caliburn~ makes me doubt that they will include Excalibur and Avalon with this version
- Saber does not wear armor in this version, so instead of gauntlets and greaves, she wears high heels and gloves
- Saber’s face is slightly calmer
- Saber’s ahoge is a bit higher — like an antenna
- The inner layer of Saber’s skirt in this version is translucent while it was solid in Distant Avalon
- Saber’s stockings in this version are solid, while her stockings in Distant Avalon are sheer stockings
- Everything that was black on Distant Avalon’s base became red in Golden Caliburn
Besides these minor differences, the major aspects of the figure have not changed in the slightest: the pose, the hair, the BASE — goodness, they could have at least made a new base — I won’t complain about the sword since it’s canon — but, the way Saber’s hair ‘flows’ and even the ‘flow’ of the skirt are absolutely the same between Golden Caliburn and Distant Avalon. It doesn’t really justify this as another figure for me — it’s more like a “re-release”. I would consider Saber Fate/Extra version as a new figure but not this.
Although I wish that fellow collectors would come to their senses and say this is a ripoff, I know that’s too good to even come true. The minute Danny Choo gets his hands on a free sample of her, OH YOU ALL KNOW HE WILL, he shall praise it to the high heavens and not say a single negative word about it — then it shall hit the weak spots of all those who love Saber — and all those who just love to collect exclusives — and make them at least want to buy Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~. As for me… I’ll probably only buy her if I couldn’t think of anything else to buy — in short, I’ll just be looking at her thru photos.
I actually planned a different post to start off for this year, but this just couldn’t wait. LOL ^^;