April 24, 2009
And here's the final batch that I had stored at Shopping Mall Japan.
Well that'll teach me to buy a 1/8 kit. Rasetsu's Kousaka Tamaki was the first kit I pulled out of the box, and you would not believe the wave of disappointment that hit me as I realized I paid nearly $100 for this thing.
Luckily Vispo and Yukishiro saved it from becoming a total fiasco (the old dogs know a thing or two about product presentation).
After shedding a layer of dirty bubble wrap. It's surprising how much better everything looks (yes including Rasetsu).
Oh wow, what a deal this was. 50% off retail and 42 parts (less than $2/part)?
Definitely one of the more satisfying kits to simply pick up and hold.
It was a good deal. >_>
Moving on. I think I've made my feelings on this kit quite clear.
Though I must give credit where it is due - it was this kit that resulted in my purchasing the other four. Whenever I make an exception for a kit--after abstaining from kit buying for an extended period of time--I completely break apart and make all sorts of other "exceptions" (usually until I'm well on my way into my credit reserve).
She's my second Vispo kit after Diana. Sometimes I wonder how he does it (halberd/axe+clock+butterfly wings+goth maid+high heels+Medusa hair=???).
Yukishiro has hands-down the coolest packaging ever. I was a little turned off to be honest when I first saw all the parts laid out in a picture on Yukishiro's webstore (with no box in sight). It reminded me too much of the recasts that are currently circulating Yahoo! Japan Auction (i.e. also no box/packaging + cigarette box for size comparison).
See what I mean?
So frankly I did not expect it to come in a box, let alone one with such explicit design. You can't really make it out from the picture, but it is awesome. Take my word for it.
Price: 10,000 yen
Sculptor: Misaki Serika
On April 25th JST (in as little as 3 hours at time of writing), Volks will be accepting pre-orders for this resin kit. Act now if you don't want to wait until the end of June for the 2nd round of pre-ordering (tentative; could be even later).
Sculpts don't get much simpler than this in terms of pose, but for a character like Saber it suits her quite well.
Update (April 25, 2009 8:20am PDT): Volks is now taking the second round of pre-orders.