Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Saber San, Non-Scale (Kotobukiya)

Hi guys :) Hope you are well ;)

This is not a Gunpla... this is Kotobukiya's Non-Scale Full-Action Plastic Model, Saber San! This is a very cute little thing so I would want to do a quick review on her instead ;)

Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Scale: None
Origin: Fate/Stay Night
Price: 3000 Yen

Part 1: Runner/Parts

As you can see, there is not much runner and parts, therefore it should be very fast for a straight build :) One could take less than 4 hours to complete this kit ;)

To my delight, some of the parts come pre-painted like the sword and armour, which are pretty nicely done. As for those who would like to re-color the kit, this kit actually comes with a set of water decals identical to the pre-painted parts.

This kit comes with 2 facial expression (close mouth and open mouth), and 3 eyes expression (staring left, center and right). It also comes with a transparent sword resemble the activation of her signature move ;)


Pre-Painted Parts

Part 2: Legs

The leg articulations are pretty well-done. You would say that the knee could not bend over 90 degrees, but there is no need for such as the skirt is actually to long for such movement :p

The boots are very nice, as the front part of the feet is articulated too ;)

Part 3: The Head

The head is easily the most complicated section of the entire kit ;) There are consists of more than 10 separate parts including the hair, eyes, face, neck, etc. The modelling is very nicely done for the head.

Part 4: The Skirt & Body

The skirt comes in 3 pre-painted parts. 2 of the side pieces are connected to the back of the hip, and the front skirt is connected to the body by a very tiny peg.

The peg connecting the front skirt to the body is very tiny. Be careful not to break it!

Part 5: The Arms

Sorry dude... I've lost the pictures for this section :( You would need to visualise here until I can snap some pictures :p

The arms are very nicely done too. The hand armour fits onto the forearm in a rod-like manner that permits the armour to turn freely (not loosely), which in turn allow a high variety of posing ;)

The shoulder articulations are excellent due to its multiple joint. The elbow also could be bend at a 90 degree.

The peg for the shoulder joint is very tiny and easily broken! Take extra caution when you are fitting in the joint mechanism into the peg... you need to use a bit of force but be careful not to break the tiny peg!

Part 6: Saber San, Posing with Closed Mouth Expression :p

The face looks shinny on my photo due to lighting... it is actually very nice ;) You can do more action pose with action stand tho ;)

Part 7: Saber San, Posing with Open Mouth Expression

Nuff say... enjoy the pictures ;)

Part 8: Size Comparison

Saber San, side-by-side with Bandai SD Wing 0 Custom :)

Quick Review

Plastic quality

The plastic is pretty nice ;)


The colour separations are very well done! There is no need to do additional colouring unless you are very particular and wanted to make the armour really shinny ;)


Head/Neck: Normal.
Shoulder: Fantastic! Very highly pose-able.
Arm: Good.
Elbow: Normal.
Wrist/Hand: Good.
Special note: Individually, the arm doesn't seems to have very good articulation but combining the mechanism employed by Koto for this kit, the arms are very highly pose-able.
Waist: Normal, can turn left and right.
Skirt: The skirt is move-able to certain extend so its a good thing :p
Hip/Tight: Pretty good... just a bit limited by the skirt.
Knee: Normal.
Ankle: Normal+.
Feet: Good.


Highly pose-able for a non-scale kit ;) I love it!

Looks and Feels

Cute, cute, and CUTE! Highly recommended!

Fin :)

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