Finally a new(ish) figure review! Good Smile Company recently released Black Rock Shooter figure found its way to me last week and I’ve got some piccies to prove it ;) Although I did not purchase first BRS figure (black rock cannon version), I seriously was tempted at the time. That is why when I saw the awesome-looking Blade version, I decided to not let her pass me by again!
Black Rock Shooter, for those who live under anime rocks, is a character from a Vocaloid song ingeniously titled “Black Rock Shooter“. An artist named huke drew a picture of BRS, some one thought it was awesome and made a song for it. That’s how BRS became famous.
Illustration of Black★Rock Shooter with Black Blade and Cannon by Sharufu Shuttse.
I’m not normally fan of Vocaloid (it sounds terrible to be blunt), but I fell in love with the character from the many lovely fanart images I’ve come across like the one above. I think for a lot of other fans as well she is more than just the character in a Vocaloid song. She’s spawned tons of fanart and there’s even going to be an anime based on her!
Even the box she came in was impressive. Sure, a bit wasteful to have so much cardboard for a figure of this size, but fancy ^^;
Thankfully, Good Smile Co. manages to pull off a high quality figure with the Blade version. I’ve been hearing GSC figure quality has been on a gradual decline for the past year so I was relieved to see BRS received high quality QA. Since BRS is wearing limited clothing in this version you mostly see skin. This is fine with me, of course ;) The good thing is that her skin tone is nice and even with no noticeable blemishes or impurities. Still, it’s rather flat skin tone, with pretty much nill for shading/contours. Definitely not bad quality, but could have been better.
BRS is posed with her black sword behind her, drawing back with her right arm in preparation for a powerful attack. Who’s about to die? ^^;
Mesmerizing gaze with glowing blue eyes ^^
Scars are intact. I know some people don’t like them but that’s part of her character.
By the way, if you want to see more about the BRS anime that I mentioned earlier, there is a trailer out:
More details on the upcoming anime are supposed to be released very soon!
Hmmm, I didn’t get many decent shots of her sword. Oops ^^;
The base has been significantly scaled back from the BRS Cannon version which I’m totally okay with. It helped drop the price 3,000 yen or so ;)
One thing I think GSC has done a good job with here is BRS’s hair. Not only does she sport long, flowing twintails (yes!) but they’re not just blobs of plastic. Rather, they’re nicely detailed and as a result of the more complex contours and shading on her hair the head seam is much less noticeable. And consider this figure has a swappable front hair piece, that’s saying something ^^.
For this shoot, I used some new lighting equipment. I purchased two 70W CFL bulbs (about equivalent to 130W tungsten bulbs) for my umbrellas and a new soft box with an additional 70W light. This allowed me, for the first time, to take very close macro shots without the use of a tripod. I was able to shoot all these photos handheld ^^. I have a nice tripod but it can still be difficult to get that perfect angle versus immediate feedback while looking through the viewfinder via handheld shooting. I had to bump the ISO up a bit, but my 5D2 handles that well ;) Overall, I think they turned out nicely.
Without her coat on, the tsurupettan side of BRS is revealed xD
One thing I would have liked to see improved is the painted area on her shorts and belt. The white belt paint is, at least on my figure, slightly sloppy but is only really apparent by staring closely at it.
Main difference between this version and the Cannon version (aside from the obvious change of weapons) is that BRS is not wearing her large black overcoat. We get to see her instead ;) She carries her coat in her left hand this time around.
She also comes with an alternate front hair piece which has her blue eye flame. I know this is her regular appearance but I prefer her look without it so only snapped a few with it on ^^;
Not a perfect figure (I haven’t seen one yet ^^;), but overall it’s hovering around top-notch. And given it’s relatively low price at around 5,500 yen, it’s a bargain! Certainly not a regretful purchase for me.
BRS’s nemesis, Dead Master, is getting a figure rendition by GSC. I’m wondering if I should order it or wait. BRS has gotten 3 figure renditions so I’m thinking Dead Master might follow suite. Anyone want to guess? xD
If you want to own a Black Blade version of BRS, you’re in luck. Both Hobby Search and Amiami still have her in stock for 5,505 yen and 6,100 yen, respectively. Definitely a good buy by my opinion! I hope you enjoyed the review and the pics ^^