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Fate/EXTRA Caster EXTRA 1/8 by Phat CompanyFate/EXTRA Caster EXTRA 1/8 by Phat Company

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Hello everyone, today we'll have another review and this time it's a scale figure. I intend to persuade my friend into buying the figure, but in the end, god knows why I ended up buying her myself. It backfired hard on me.

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Alright, today's review is Caster EXTRA from Fate/EXTRA series, one of Type Moon most successful series (albeit all of their series is awesome) following Fate/Stay Night, Hollow Ataraxia and many more. I have to admit, I am not a big type moon fan. Type moon had a role in my journey to otaku-ism, not a big one but surely they're there on my footsteps. Caster (also known as Tamamo, Tamamo-no-Mae and Misukume) is made by Phat Company, one of GSC's branch making my resolution even weaker than before.

As I haven't played Fate/EXTRA yet, I don't know anything about her, well yes I got few infos here and there, but I haven't had the time to personally learn about her without playing the game so here's wiki to the rescue:

A beautiful girl who servedEmperor Toba during the late Heian period. She was said to be the disguised figure of a white-faced, nine-tailed fox. Her childhood name was Misukume (藻女, ?). Working in the palace since she was 18 years-old, she later became a court lady of Emperor Toba under the name of Tamamo-no-Mae. She was said to have gradually gained the favor of Emperor Toba with her beauty and extensive knowledge. Supposedly, her appearance was that of a twenty year old.

In Fate/Extra, Tamamo-no-Mae is a soul that branched off from Amaterasu and her true identity is not that of a nine-tailed fox, but rather is treated as one of the facets of said goddess.

That concludes the brief introduction to our lovely goddess' fragment. Now let's move on to the review, shall we?

I know that Tamamo has been released for quite some time and she also has been resold few months back, but I usually haven't got the money for her upon either release or resale date since most of my expenditure goes on another way. This Saturday though, as I said I meant to poison one of my friend since Tamamo is going for quite a low price on the internet, but upon my conversation with the seller, my plan backfired on me.


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Welp, what's done is done and there's no use crying over spilt milk, I seal the deal. Since it's Saturday and most of the shipping company went lazy on themselves, I decided to pick her up myself, there's also this saying that "if it's cheap then it's too good to be true" making me worried about the authenticity of the figure. Boy, am I glad I've decided to pick her up myself since she's on a superb condition, no flaw and original to boot.


The Package


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Starting from the package, I love how simple they made the package, it's slim but it fit it's effective. Most new figures have the tendencies to make their package size over the top *coughracingmiku2011cough* with the box being twice the figure size.


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I love the scheme, the blue is really nice, and the window design is great with it's zig-zaggy design, making it less plain of course. The font chosen is nice, and the white really stands out over the black blue background.  A nice close up of Tamamo's face are being displayed up front while there's a big preview of her on the backside of the box. No space is wasted for nonsensical shit they usually throw at us.


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The blister is surprisingly tight! Probably the tightest I've ever opened so far, and the popping sound is super loud. The effort needed to open the box is great, but it show just how much protection they give to the figure to keep it from moving around and giving it extra cushion. All in all, the package is great and I commend them for it!


First Look


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Being a Ponytailed Onee-san Femdom fetishist, it's awfully wrong for me to buy her. You heard me right, I don't even like kemonomimi (Beast's ears) to begin with. Let alone kemonomimi, the only categories that Tamamo has in common with my liking is her ample breasts. Yet I still bought her, she has this strange aura around her that makes me can't resist her, all I can say about her is that she's incredibly cute I can't even lump her into my random PVC statue section in my display.


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A good look at Tamamo tells you that it looks really great from all directions. I like the colors she's given, not many PVC figure will have this much variety on one character. The blue kimono works well with the white and gold lining, it's also in contrast with her tail and her hair but surprisingly they matched real good. Her yellow eyes compliments her personality well and that little fang of her is really enticing.


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Another thing is that her weapon (mirror) or what she called Yata no Kagami is beautifully sculpted. I really love how they put a reflective surface (some says it's a reflective sticker) instead of a dull paint. Not only that but the backside of the mirror is also detailed to the fullest. I love the design on the back, gold and red lining really works!


The Details


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Detailing on Tamamo is good, although it's not flawless but I can tell that they're putting a lot of details to match the amount of colors around her. Starting with her cute face, I can't see anything wrong with her face at all, everything is great and well painted. I have to commend on the outfit, as you can see that the gold lining is neatly painted on the tip of her sleeves but sadly the white part on her kimono had a sloppy paintjob. It is only showing if you look at her closely or on macro settings, so it's fine I guess.


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I like how fluffy her ears look, with the fur bursting from the inside, it gives a sense of volume on her ears. The tassels on her sides sculpted finely, although it isn't dropping naturally.


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Now just look at the details they give to the mirrors, be it on the front or the back, it's stunning no matter how you see it.


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Speaking about details, her gold lining on her back is also not an ordinary scribble. It's actually are gold tails, 8 tails to be exact to compliment her only tail to depict her as Tamamo-no-Mae. Goddamnit, she's too cute.


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Another thing that I find to be cute is her right hand. It's as if she's making a shadow hands of a fox, well remembering that she's said to be a nine-tailed fox, I'm not surprised. But it's a nice touch and it adds more appeal to it. I can look at her all day and it will still retain it's cuteness.


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I like how her breasts are contained in her kimono too, I am sure it can burst out anytime but I think logic doesn't really applied here.


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Her backside is a beauty, I love how her bare back showing and there's also a slight view of sideboobs due to the wardrobe's looseness. The tails also add aesthetic points to it, and the mirror's back is just perfect contrast combination to complete it.


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Moving down a bit, I spotted something irregular on her side thighs, no it's not the incomplete pale shading, I see stripes! Shimapan! I never get the sense of what's the big deal with striped panties, I seriously can't understand what's so important about panties being striped and whatnot since what I really care is how clean it is on the outside and the inside. I'll leave that to you guys who actually enjoy what a striped panties mean to you.


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The Base


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Moving on to the base, Tamamo's base is boring, it's a conventional clear blue square base. Although it consumes less space, I expect more for her base to match the figure itself. She's also supported by only one feet making me worried if it is gonna lean later, but after almost a year, no one has complained about her leaning and I hope it will stay that way forever to come.


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People also complaining about how her feet isn't fit to her base, well I have the same problem at first, and this is how I get her on her final position at her base. You probably can see a slight gap between the base and her feet.


The Flaws


Now that I've endorse her for quite some time, let's move on to the part where probably some of you love the most, The Flaws.


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Most of Tamamo's flaws are minor, but I'll break it to you anyway. Since a lot of people complained about having black dots and few shading problem, I'd expect mine to be imperfect before making the purchase, but some of the flaws are positioned in places I seriously hate to see.


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First thing first, as I said earlier, the white paint isn't really neatly painted, it's quite a mess here and there. There's also few black dots on her right sideboob, it's probably isn't really visible but it surely annoy the hell out of me. The gold lining also isn't finished perfectly but I can live with that since it isn't that noticeable.


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There're few seamlines on her bang, as well as her ribbon, there's also glue trace on the place where her hair sticks to her ribbon.


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But, the one I hate the most is there's a black spot on her tails, it's big and it's visible thanks to black being dominant over orange tails. I tried to erase it but it's no use, if any of you has experienced it and have a fix for this kind of problem, please let me know.


Comparison


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Tamamo is quite huge for a 1/8, she's said to be 20cm high but I think she exceeded it a little. Never tried to measure her for real though. Here's few comparisons with other PVCs to give you a sense of how huge she is.


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She's probably the same size as ALTER's Ignis (if not bigger) and apparently almost on par with Max Factory's Ignis. Mind you that ALTER's is 1/8 and MF's Ignis' is 1/7. That put her on ALTER's humongous scaling system, which I really love. Then comes Kotobukiya's Christie Monteiro, despite of her being 1/7 but Kotobukiya's confusing scaling system has made her smaller than Tamamo by a large margin, great job Koto.


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Score


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  • Sculpting : 9/10 The sculpt is incredibly accurate and her kimono's movement flow really done the job. Though some of the details aren't flowing as it should be, it's still one great feat, especially the hands and the tails. Not to mention some tiny details like her hands and her mirror.
  • Paintjob and Details: 8.5/10 I would love to give her a perfect score, but the few flaws really brings it down to me. Especially the tail one, if all is done correctly I wouldn't hesitate to give it one more extra point.
  • Base: 7/10 Well, not really my base of choice but it works.
  • Posing: 10/10 Perfect score? Yes it is, I love how cheerful her pose is, seriously. The playful attitude and childish aura emanating from her, supported by her cute face and hand gestures it's as if she's asking me to play with her. I would if I (or Her) could.
  • Price: 8.5/10 Her retail price of 7600 Yen-ish is a great deal for her, she's huge, almost as huge as 1/7 and her details are perfectly executed. Except for the one I bought, I get her for under 50 bucks, so I will give her a 11/10 for mine.


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Conclusion


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What can I say more about her? She's drop dead gorgeous, as Type Moon rarely release a scale figure for their side characters, it's all about Saber and Rin and Saber again, few Shikis and Arc then it goes to Saber again. I find her to be a rare case and I just had to buy her when tempted by the price I've got. Despite of the flaws, I can't see any other reason not to get her, the flaws isn't even that major anyway, and no news of her being a leaner as well.


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In the end, company name really helped how a figure final product will be. Under the shadow of big name company, GSC, Phat Company has done a great rendition of Tamamo and it's really recommended for everyone to get her. Be it fans or just a regular PVC lover.


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Here's Signum, over and out.
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MugenTenshinFRD (6 jaar geleden) #1270769Nice, that's lucky! The seller wouldn't know about the original prices.
However, then I wonder how he actually managed to get the scale figures and why.
If I find this figure for a good price someday, I will buy it. A good price would be about ¥6000 shipped or lower if I'm lucky.

I actually asked if he's serious selling her at the price he offered me (40 bucks) and then he said "well, I'm tired on holding her and the other Scale Figures so I guess I'll drop the price". He did have some other scale figures below 50$ some limited items actually priced above 100$.

Good luck on hunting!
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Signum (6 jaar geleden) #1270534Thank you :)
Yes, as I replied to the previous comment, the seller is a SHFiguarts seller, he apparently trying to sell some scale figures but unfortunately he doesn't understand about them and selling it on the wrong turf. Just as he gets into my hunting ground, I snatched her instantly :3.

Nice, that's lucky! The seller wouldn't know about the original prices.
However, then I wonder how he actually managed to get the scale figures and why.
If I find this figure for a good price someday, I will buy it. A good price would be about ¥6000 shipped or lower if I'm lucky.
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Tarkana2 (6 jaar geleden) #1268700Great review!
Thank you :)
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romax (6 jaar geleden) #1268468Nice review! I've just recently got her too this week and she's my favourite scale figure now! :D
I played the game before knowing her and she's really damn cute! I think you'll like her more when you finish the game (of course, completely unlocking all of her scenes). ;D

Thanks! Haha, I haven't even played the game for real, I only know her by name and some little knowledge my friend gave me. Sure I'll play the game, I have look at some scenes and gameplay on youtube, it's interesting!
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SpaceDyeVest (6 jaar geleden) #1268158I have seen her for about $50 and even lower on a couple of sites recently. I love the colors (A LOT) and the pose, but her mouth just really annoys me for some reason...I totally prefer the face on this garage kit version of her- ITEM #96705 -but then I remember that it's a garage kit and I'd have to learn how to paint one of those first (although I plan on trying one out next year...and I'm already bracing myself for disaster).
Yes, the garage kit is good, I love this one better ITEM #62318 since the face is a bit more adult, but I don't really like the sculpt haha.

Yeah, the recent comments on the item page also stated that she's being sold like crazy and there's discount everywhere.
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MugenTenshinFRD (6 jaar geleden) #1268129Really nice review!
How did you manage to get her under $50?
I was planning to get this figure someday, however, I can't find it for a good price.
Cheapest would be ¥7500 shipped for me.

Thank you :)

Yes, as I replied to the previous comment, the seller is a SHFiguarts seller, he apparently trying to sell some scale figures but unfortunately he doesn't understand about them and selling it on the wrong turf. Just as he gets into my hunting ground, I snatched her instantly :3.
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Great review!
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Nice review! I've just recently got her too this week and she's my favourite scale figure now! :D
I played the game before knowing her and she's really damn cute! I think you'll like her more when you finish the game (of course, completely unlocking all of her scenes). ;D
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I have seen her for about $50 and even lower on a couple of sites recently. I love the colors (A LOT) and the pose, but her mouth just really annoys me for some reason...I totally prefer the face on this garage kit version of her- ITEM #96705 -but then I remember that it's a garage kit and I'd have to learn how to paint one of those first (although I plan on trying one out next year...and I'm already bracing myself for disaster).
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Really nice review!
How did you manage to get her under $50?
I was planning to get this figure someday, however, I can't find it for a good price.
Cheapest would be ¥7500 shipped for me.
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