Way back in February, I have mentioned the figma WRS which has just been announced back then. Having bitten pretty badly by the character design of it, I admittedly was craving for it until the day I finally got the figma on my hands.
Like figma Chouyusha Haruhi, Saber Lily, and a few others, figma WRS is one of those action figures that are bundled with a game. There appears to be a trend where the games that the figmas come along with are usually pretty mediocre, so this is why many collectors consider the figma being the main thing, while the rest are just supplementary. As for figma WRS it comes as a "bonus" along with the White Premium Box limited edition of Black Rock Shooter The Game, which has just come out on 25th August, with English version being just announced not long after that.
As for who this WRS really is? I won't put spoilers here for now, but you can say that she is like a white counterpart for BRS, but her name is never properly addressed (some calls her White Rock Shooter, but she's usually only known as White or just "WRS"). She serves as the antagonist and the final boss of the game.
WRS with accessories. 2 extra faces, 1 extra front hair piece with pink flame, White Scythe, as well as the White Wing parts (back joint, 2 wings, and part-swapping collar piece). 4 pairs of extra hands (same with most other figma hands) are also available.
4 different angles of WRS with normal face.
There is pearl coating on some parts of the clothings, such as the jacket, shorts, and part of the leggings around the knee.
Equipped with White Scythe.
This pose is mimicked from one of the preview pictures in one of the magazine shots. It's one of my favourite poses of her too.
Closeup shot of the second face. With the tongue sticking out this expression is very reminiscent of Dead Master's. However this expression does not appear in-game (WRS turns out to be much more elegant and graceful than I have expected, despite the very short game appearance and the not-so-impressive motivation behind the whole plot).
Game Showdown pose
Attempting to mimick the final showdown scene with BRS from in-game (abeit the BRS here is the original version rather than the game version)
The White Wing has 4 parts: 2 wing pieces, a backjoint, and the part-swapping collar/hood piece. The grey swing joints in the wings don't seem to hold too well when the wings are attached, and one side falls off rather easily for me. In fact it fell off quite a few times while I was doing the photoshoot, so I ended up not putting as much effort in posing with the wings equipped.
WRS with White Wing equipped. This is how she looks like when you fight her for the first time (i.e. the first form). The second form differs by having no scythe and a different pair of wings inste
As the back joint connects the wings to the main body, the figma stand goes into the back joint of the wings when the wings are equipped.
Wing parts have a lot of ball joints in there, so there is a fairly good range of articulations available there.
A quick shot of WRS with the third face, which something of an aggressive look as if shouting. Just like the second face you don't get to see this expression in the game itself (or should I say it's "out of her characer"?).
Face expression parts from figma BRS is compatible with WRS. Here is the closed eye one, and WRS now *feels* very different to her other expressions.
WRS and BRS side by side. WRS is a tad taller than her black counterpart (possibly due to her taller heels) along possibly thinner thighs (again possibly due to her attire).
And finally for a bit of a bonus, a scythe comparison here. From left to right figma WRS, figma Fate T Harlaown, and Revoltech Airi. I don't have Dead Master so I don't have her Dead Scythe to compare here.
Any final thoughts? Well I get figma WRS mainly for the character design, minus the wing stuff which people tend to associate with Busou Shinki; I personally think that such mechanical stuff attached here and there looks a bit odd, which is a reason why I am hesistant and probably won't get the game equivalent of BRS (aka BRS2035). So apart from the wings which I mostly won't use, the figma itself satisfies parts of my personal tastes (or my lust rather). I'd leave it at that before I make this sound too funny.
So is WRS worth getting? Unless you are really digging for the design, paying over ten thousand yen for it along with the PSP game, artwork book & soundtrack is still way too much, and I won't be grudging over this so much should it be not so dear to acquire. Oh and by the way the game is really short for a JRPG, and first playthrough took me 12 hours to complete. Is it a good game or does the game have good story? I can't nod with this for sure, but this is expected for fan oriented games or media. Oh well.