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Black ★ Rock Shooter Beast figma + BLK Artbook by HukeBlack ★ Rock Shooter Beast figma + BLK Artbook by Huke

KeripoKeripo5 years agoReview
Black★Rock Shooter Beast figma + BLK Artbook
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Intro/Story

So normally I'm not really a fan of the Black Rock Shooter series. I suppose the reason for this is the same reason I'm not all that much of a fan of Hatsune Miku (despite writing a ~15 page report on her beatsportable.c...). Back when "Hatsune Miku" gave reactions of, "Who's that, a new anime character?", Kagamine Rin and Len hadn't been born yet, and searching for "VOCALOID" on YouTube yielded less than 100 results, I came across a video on NicoNicoDouga of a Miku song coupled with some pseudo-animated artwork by a Pixiv artist. That video was ryo's original "Black★Rock Shooter" www.nicovideo.j..., featuring artwork of an unnamed character drawn by artist huke.

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Screenshot of the opening of the original BRS music video


At the time, I thought, "meh". Wasn't the best of ryo's songs and while the art style was unique, I didn't think much of it. Fast forward a few months, tons of "Hey, is that Miku? No, that's Black★Rock Shooter!" comments popping up here and there. Fast forward a few years, BRS had developed its own fanbase. I rewatched the original video and a few 3DPV versions. Still, "meh". Out came the pilot OVA. Then out came a full OVA. Then out came a full TV series, the game, and all the figurines/merchandise, and pretty much anything and everything that could be milked. Suddenly there was a Black Rock Shooter, a White Rock Shooter, and Insane Black Rock Shooter, and a myriad of different characters spawned from a few conceptual character designs huke had drawn years before. It was quite startling. And I even then, I was still "meh".
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Until I came across pictures of Black Rock Shooter Beast. There was something about the character design that interested me. Maybe it was the blue crown, or maybe it was the sword. Or maybe it was the fact that it didn't have ridiculously long and spunky hair like all its other lookalikes PICTURE #506961). Well, whichever it was, it interested me enough for me to look around for if there was any PVC figure of her planned. There wasn't any, and so it didn't make my wishlist. A while later, I discovered that huke also happens to be the artist behind Steins;Gate (after seeing PICTURE #247389). I had watched Steins;Gate with my underclassmen in univ but had never played the visual novel. And so interest arose again slightly, but still not enough to warrant a wishlist addition.
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So how did I end up buying this? Impulse buy xD Long story short, I was wandering around killing time (I had accidentally arrived a few hours early to an event) and decided to drop by a local anime store that I had just heard about a while back (the "store" actually turned out to be the owner's home plus a huge warehouse). The owner and I chatted for an hour or so while I went through his stock, even though I knew I wouldn't find anything I wanted (ever since I started figure collecting seriously, I've focused only on completing my TYPE-MOON collection LIST #13040 with anything non-TYPE-MOON pretty much being impulse buys). I ended up coming across this sealed BRS Beast figma + BLK artbook set and impulse bought it (along with a cute Chocobo plush ITEM #111570 as a gift for a friend). While the $120 price tag (after the owner knocked it down from the marked $150 for me) is definitely far more than what it would cost to get from Mandarake (with shipping), it was a nice experience going through the warehouse and I don't mind spending a bit extra supporting fellow collectors (he showed me his Dizzy ITEM #42026 in his private collection but was unwilling to part with it).
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tl;dr story: I came across an anime hobby store while wandering around and impulse bought this. While I haven't made a habit of writing reviews yet and I'm sure this figma/artbook has been reviewed 4532452423 times already, I wanted to experiment a bit with my (relatively new) camera and learn to do some figma posing (I usually don't collect figmas, previously only having a few Neco-Arcs and one random Mari because I didn't realize it wasn't a PVC figure when I bought it in Japan). So here's my review/photo gallery, enjoy!

~Keripo


Box

The set came in a sturdy cardboard box with some simple text and designs on both sides and a sticker of the US wholesale distributor, AAA Anime, on the side (not photo'd). Simple box, nothing much to say about it.

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Box holding the figma blister and artbook, does its job


BLK Artbook

This artbook is HEAVY! At 240 thick coloured pages, its only rivaled in my collection by the TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm art book ITEM #119286 with its 400 pages (which are thinner though, so they both end up having roughly the same dimensions). The artbook has three sections: Black Rock Shooter, Steins;Gate, and Others. The Black Rock Shooter section also had a few pages at the end for the Black Rock Shooter Beast character, including a picture of the figma itself. Really felt like it was added in just so an exclusive figma could be produced and packaged together to be sold. I've already seen most of the BRS artwork, but having not played the Steins;Gate VN, much of that section was new to me. The Others section was quite random, with some designs looking as if they were BRS characters that didn't make the cut. The only picture of note to me was one of a pink-haired loli maid wielding a machine gun. I had used that artwork before in one of my old gamin forum sigs (the game in question was Forsaken World closed beta and the crappy forum sig can be seen here: i22.photobucket...).

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Front cover of art book

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Random pages from the Black Rock Shooter section

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The Black Rock Shooter Beast pages

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Random pages from the Steins;Gate section

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There were quite a number of fanservice pages in the Steins;Gate section

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Assortment of various other artwork by huke

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Here there be dragons (in the Others section)

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Awesome pink-haired loli-maid weilding a machine gun (in the Others section

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Back of art book


Black Rock Shooter Beast figma

The figma was far lighter than the book. I don't collect figmas so I don't know much about them, but judging from pictures I see on MFC, it seems pretty standard fare.

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Figma box front, back, side, overview

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Inside is the figma in a blister, a cardboard padding, and a post card

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Post card that came with the figma - I always wonder what people do with these (or do they actually use them as post cards?)

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With the cardboard padding layed out - there's designs on it like the cardboard box

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Figma in blister

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Various parts of the figma - didn't take pictures of the normal no-blue-eyes front hair piece nor the closed-eyes faceplate

Figma posing

I had a bit of fun experimenting with my camera (Sony DSC-RX100) for this. I had just finished reading a basic photography book and was trying to take pictures in the various different manual modes (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc.) and the BRS Beast figma provided the nice dynamic poses that I wanted. I also found that I could prop up the thick white cardboard sheet (that came with the two A3 posters from the TYPE-MOON Fes BD set blog/6303&b...) and use it as a background for clean review-style shots.

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Figma in various poses, most of which were inspired by the official shots

After much experimenting though, I concluded that my photography skills aren't good enough to produce anything better than what I could get from the camera's Auto mode (which, instead of setting a dial for aperture and exposure for example, you set a dial for "Distance" and "Brightness" and the camera auto-calculates all the parameters for you). All the shots in the last section were in Auto mode with some setting tweaks. Oh well, at least the shots turned out nice. I think. Please let me know, this is my first time posing and photographing a full body figma.

~Keripo
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Keripo 「ケリポ」
SpaceDyeVest (5 years ago) #1346884That artbook looks impressive. As for the figma, I never even saw this before...and, as usual, everything from BRS never disappoints. I really love every figure, figma, and nendo that comes out of the BRS fam. Good purchase.
Also, who is the lovely maid featured on the left-hand side of the page, standing atop a purple base? I really like her.

The full picture can be seen PICTURE #623227
The item in question is ITEM #517

~Keripo
5 years ago
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That artbook looks impressive. As for the figma, I never even saw this before...and, as usual, everything from BRS never disappoints. I really love every figure, figma, and nendo that comes out of the BRS fam. Good purchase.

Also, who is the lovely maid featured on the left-hand side of the page, standing atop a purple base? I really like her.
5 years ago
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Thanks for the review~!

And for the post cards and art cards that are sometimes included with figures. I always keep mine in the box of the figure it came with. Because when I would use it, the figure isn't "complete" anymore!
5 years ago