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Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

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Just one day till preorders start!

Even Frog is amazed to such a degree his mouth is hanging open!
Today I’ll be continuing the review of this lovely figure!

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Yesterday we focused on Saber, but today…
We’ll be focusing on the motorbike!

But let me just start with this…

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      :/      \:
     :/ ..:─:::::─ \:     ”I err… know nothing about motorbikes…”
   :/  ..:<●>:::<●> \:
   :|     (__人__)   |:
   :\     ` ⌒´   _/:   
   : ノ           \ :

Other than the fact that it has wheels and is used for transport… I know nothing about them! I find it pretty mysterious how they manage to even move… :P

But I can still tell how detailed the sculpting is!

I had some discussions with the rest of the staff, so at least I have learned something from writing this review! :P

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These are the designs for the Cuirassier!

It’s based on the series of motorbikes called the ‘YAMAHA V-MAX’ – the Cuirassier is basically a special version of the V-MAX designed especially for Saber! The design was created by Namaniku Attakai, a character designer from Nitroplus!

I designed the front bender to be more pointed and give a more curvy image. The cowling was based a little off Saber’s cuirass. The design also tried to create a very ‘heavy’ kind of feeling, just like the normal armor they Saber normally wears. However, we also still tried to keep it under a simple-is-best design, and not make it look too over the top, or unrealistic. The overall image gives it a kinf of shark-like appeal, which combined with the original V-MAX design makes for something that works together very well in my opinion, and I hope you’ll all agree. – Namaniku Attakai (Nitroplus)

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This figure was created…
From just the three design images above!

It’s amazing just how perfectly it came out! The sculptor Kawapon and the planner, Oda-P were busy with the smallest of changes and meetings all the time in order to create the perfect looking bike!

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Let’s start with the engine!

Let me first remind you that this is a 1/8th scale figure! Obviously the smaller things are the harder they become to sculpt. Often on 1/8th scale figures certain very detailed parts can be simplified or left out – but in this case you don’t get that impression at all! It looks so very detailed!!

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It’s like a real bike was just shrunk down!

Even to someone like me that knows nothing about bikes, this area really impresses me!! It’s a bit of a strange analogy, but it reminds me how people write names on a grain of rice – that’s just how finely detailed this looks to me! It’s amazing to see just what the GSC sculptors are capable of!

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You can even see the screws and bolts!

On the real figure these are easily around a millimeter in size! If you compare this picture to the one above, you’ll notice that the two sides of the bike are in fact very different!

Even the engine is completely different on either side!

I’m sure a lot have already scrolled back up to confirm, but if you scroll up and down between the two pictures you can really see the differences in shape

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The grated area looks incredible!

This is an area near the very bottom of the bike! It’s not an area you’re likely to see very often no matter how you display the figure, but even so it looks absolutely incredible… I almost want to shout at those who made it for making ti too detailed in unnecessary places!!

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The tires really look like real rubber!

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    /::::::─三三─\
  /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”H-How??
  |:::::::::::(__人__):::|    Isn’t it all made from polyester putty?”
  \:::::::   |r┬-|   ,/
   ノ::::::::  `ー’´   \

Yet it looks just like rubber!! Incredible!

This really is the epitome of the sculpting arts at the moment… just by looking at these tires I want to touch them to see if they’re actually filled with air!! :P

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A look at the suspension!

(↑ I learned a new word! :P)
It’s the spring-like part next to the exhaust! I get the feeling that if it gets too loose it’s a bad thing, but this one looks very tight and just like a real spring! It’s lovely!
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This is how the handle bars look!

You can even see the brake hoses! Plus I have to mention those bolts once again… they’re just incredible!! :P The pictures here are zoomed in quite considerably, so I think they give a good impression for just how detailed the work really is…

It really looks like a real bike has been shrunk down!
If you decide to pick her up, I know you’ll be impressed with the product! Anyone would be!
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The front cowling looks like this!
(↑ I learned yet another word! )

This is basically the part that covers up the engine!

The cowling is made to leave the bike looking good from any angle… as well as making the curves on the bike look very smooth! I think this is a perfect example!
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The exhaust is lovely and shiny!

The cowling has a nice glossy paint job that makes it stand out brilliantly – but the more metallic parts like the exhaust have a much more shiny look to them, they really gives them an even more metallic look. It’s just incredible…

The cowling also has a very slight gradient to!
This was pointed out during one of the live broadcasts and the question came up whether it would stay that way for the final product… I’m sure the GSC production team will do everything in their power to see it through!

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And lastly… another shot of the lovely Saber herself!
Isn’t she just beautiful!! (*゚∀゚)=3 ハァハァハァハァ

Saber & Saber Motored Cuirassier!

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       /      \   ”The 1/1 scale bike will be
      /   ─    ─\   displayed in Akiba from tomorrow!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           | 
 |    l                | |           | 
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

Preorders begin on the 22nd December!

Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any preorder or sales inquiries!
 
 
And a quick notice!
There will be a live broadcast at the Good Smile Karaoke Testsujin Cafe on the day that preorders begin (the 22nd) from 22:00!
There might even be some rather interesting guests! Be sure to check it out!
 
 
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv74723343
 
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
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