15 January 2013
figma Emiya Kiritsugu review
It appears that I have not reviewed a figma for more than a year, with the latest one being 2011 version of Racing Miku! This time it's a bit different from the ones I have so far, as it's a guy - more specifically Emiya Kiritsugu from novel and later anime adaptation Fate/Zero.
Emiya Kiritsugu is the protagonist of Fate/Zero, the prequel of Fate/Stay Night. Trained in magecraft, and also an expert in tracking and assassination, Kiritsugu is known to be a "Magus Killer", killing or crippling his magecraft capable enemies with ruthless tactics.
Anime blogger Nopy made an interesting post discussing on the character's ideals and personality. I personally like how Kiritsugu stands out from other typical heroic protagonists due to his beliefs and "relatively" realistic approach towards moral issues, which isn't all that glorious.
The figma was released sometime in September 2012 for a retail price of 3800 Yen.
The figure and accessories: Calico M950, Thompson Contender, Walther WA 2000, firing effect parts for Calico M950 and Thompson Contender / WA 2000, a pair of lower arms for shoving hands into the jacket's pockets, 6 extra pairs of hands, a figma stand, and 4 cigarettes (not shown in the picture).
Front view of Kiritsugu. His large feet compared to the female characters mean he stands quite easily.
His default face has his eyes looking to his left. He may look a little strange head-on as there's a hole in his mouth, which is a slot for inserting a cigarette.
Cigarette in his mouth. There is a spare one in case you lose it, as it's pretty small to handle with.
Apart from the chewed and smoked cigarette, there is also a different one, which looks new and unused, and can be held on a special right hand as seen in the picture.
Introducing the sidearms: First is the Calico M950 pistol, which is capable of automatic fire.
The Calico M950 can be coupled with a firing effect part.
The second piece of sidearm is the Thompson Contender. Historically a single shot break-action pistol, Kiritsugu's gun is special as he has access to special cartridges specially crafted to take out his magus enemies.
The Contender can break open. The figure has a special left hand holding a cartridge for Kiritsugu to reload the gun.
A different firing effect part is provided for the Contender, which is also compatible with Kiritsugu's third weapon - the WA 2000 (to be mentioned below).
Dual wielding the Thompson Contender and the Calico M950
Both of the lower arms can be exchanged with those for Kiritsugu to put his hands in the pocket.
Kiritsugu's third gun is the Walther WA 2000 sniper rifle. It's historically a heavy sniper rifle with fewer than 200 units produced, and Kiritsugu's rifle has two scopes mounted for tracking his enemies down.
Holding the WA 2000 with a pair of hands specially provided for the rifle. It's not easy putting the right hand into the rifle's grip though!
Holding the WA 2000 in a very impractical way... But that's the best pose I can come up with to make him look like aiming down the scope. ^^;
The third and last face is a smiling face featured in the last episode after the showdown of the final battle. I won't put spoilers as for how it comes about. Nevertheless, it feels odd and is not easy to implement it on this particular character most of the time.
And a few more poses before the conclusion:
Emiya Kiritsugu is my first male character for my figma action figures, as well as the first character I've bought that is from TYPE-MOON's Fate series. He comes with a good number of accessories, and it's quite easy to pose with. While his smilig face looks a little odd in character, the other serious faces are a pleasant to display with.
The figure is also fairly tall, making him stand out among most other characters, especially the girls. While figma Saber Fate/Zero version and figma Irisviel von Einzbern will be great to complement Kiritsugu, for some reason I feel that figma Golgo 13 can be a nice match for him too due to their job as assassins. :o
One final picture to put the mood of the figure in place. I hope it looks okay!