Every night for the last couple of weeks, I’d go to sleep wishing for the post man to wake me up in the morning with a parcel for Luth and I. I was hoping it’d arrive early on in the week when I had heaps of free time but unfortunately Black★Rock Shooter arrived from Japan on Thursday so I’ve only just got around to taking a good look at her now and it was.. well, a rather interesting experience full of much joy and almost as much woe but my god, she’s gorgeous!
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Black★Rock Shooter (B★RS) is a character of slightly confusing origins. She was created by a Japanese illustrator called huke and rose to fame after she inspired a Vocaloid song creater called ryo from a band called supercell to make a song about her using Hatsune Miku (Black Rock Shooter is often thought to be another version of Miku but that is not the case) to sing the lyrics. Her character soon became so popular that she has inspired many figures, fanart and even an OVA. If you’d like to know more, check out her character page at the Vocaloid Wikia or the Black★Rock Shooter Wikia. Below are the videos for both the original BRS video and the anime OVA. A copy of the OVA just so happens to be included with this Figma!
Black★Rock Shooter by Hatsune Miku:
Anime OVA Trailer:
Anyway, back to the Figma. We preordered Max Factory’s Figma Black Rock Shooter back in April from Amiami for 2080 yen which was 20% off her retail price of 2667 yen. We chose the unregistered SAL small packet shipping which came out to be 780 yen so all up she cost us 2860 yen (36 AUD and around 34 USD). She’s about standard Figma price, which is great value considering her quality and extras!
The very first thing I noticed while opening Black Rock Shooter was her level of detail, it’s fantastic for a figure that’s Figma sized. Her paint work is pretty decent too.. her hair in particular. There are a few overpaints here and there but nothing I’d notice unless looking for it. Articulation is good, the Figma we received has joints that are firm but not stiff except for one but I’ll get to that soon! Most of her extra hands have jointed wrists with the exception of her sword holding hands that allow her to point the sword forward. Her cannon holding hands are great, I was really worried I’d snap them while trying to get her to grip onto the cannon but the fingers are quite soft and flexible.. it takes hardly any effort to get her hands wrapped around the cannon handle. I’ll talk more about the cannon shortly because when I went to repose her after the above photo, this happened..
Yeah.. I broke my BRS Figma after only getting two poses out of her. It would have happened eventually anyway, I’m not all that gentle with my Figmas and her chest joint is made from some cheap clear plastic stuff and isn’t like regular joints. She pretty much just fell apart while I was moving one of her legs. I’ve read of other people breaking their BRS Figma at the same joint when trying to remove the protective plastic she comes wrapped in so be sure to pull it out gently (maybe with tweezers if you’re having trouble) and definitely don’t try to take that joint apart because it will probably break. Thankfully, I found a quick fix and was able to go on with my photoshoot!
Yup, good ol’ Blu-Tack! I was going to super glue her but couldn’t find it but I think I might keep using the Blu-Tack now.. it actually increases her poseability by letting me twist her chest around further and she stays together really well! I would still much rather not have a broken Figma though, haha.
All fixed! I love the shininess of her jacket and boots. I was actually worried that I’d leave fingerprints all over them but nope, it’s not an issue at all. I think dust will be a bigger issue. I dusted her before taking photos but a lot was still showing up in some of my photos. But dust aside, she’s very photogenic.. I’d say apart from VN02 Miku, she just may be the most photogenic figure we currently own!
Her Rock Cannon is bloody huuuge, taller than the Black Rock Shooter Figma herself. You can see in the above photo that it comes with it’s very own Figma stand which has a special claw that clips into the top of the stand and grips onto the cannon. The cannon can be a little unwieldy due to the sheer size of the thing and might take a little time to get posed properly. Although it’s not particulary heavy, it’s just so big that it initially made the stand collapse until we tightened one of the screws in the stand!
The joints on her twintails are nice and solid with a good range of movement. They’re nice and easy to move up and down and they also rotate.
Her jacket also has two joints at her backside and like her twintails, move up and down and also rotate. I was surprised at the amount of poseability I could get from both of these things.. good strong joints too. The peghole for the included stand is a little lower than my other Figma pegholes, right there on her backside!
Unfortunately, Black Rock Shooter came to us with a couple more defects than just a weak chest joint. Her hip pops out on one side side (see above photo) and is hard to shift back down into it’s proper position when it does that. A couple of her hands are also reeeally loose and will fall out by themselves sometimes but we plan to fix that with a coat or two of clear nail polish.
Her box is larger than standard due to her accessories and the opening flap on the top is also different than the standard, it has a little tab in the center to easily open and close it again with little risk of damaging the box. If you’re new to the Figma line, there are a variety of photos of BRS doing different poses on the back if you need any ideas! I use them often since I’m not all that great at posing.
Black Rock Shooter is an SP Figma and you usually get something like a game or DVD with a SP so it was pretty much expected for Max Factory to include the DVD for the recently released Black Rock Shooter OVA. It is, of course, in Japanese but has subtitles for 7 different languages including English. It’s also region free so it will play on any DVD player, no matter where you live! I personally really enjoyed the OVA so if you haven’t seen it yet, I’d recommend you check it out.. if only to see huke’s amazing character designs in action.
Black Rock Shooter and all of her accessories! She comes with 3 different faces (one neutral, one yelling and one with closed eyes), two fringes/bangs (one with eye flame attached), 10 hands, 2 chains, 2 standard Figma stands (one for cannon support), 1 claw attachment for stand, one Black Blade, one Rock Cannon and 1 di:stage cover (not shown in photo).
Despite the flaws, I love her. I’m still looking at her and thinking wow, I can’t believe that’s a Figma! She’s so gorgeous and I think she may have stolen Rider’s place as my favourite Figma to date. I think she’d make a welcome addition to anyone’s collection even if they’re not a BRS fan and a great start to anyone new to the Figma line. If you do plan to purchase her, keep in mind that there are bootleg versions of this figure so only buy from trusted sources and stay away from ebay unless you know how to spot a bootleg. At the time of writing, she’s still in stock at Amiami for 2080 yen and Hobby Search for 2266 yen.. both of which I highly recommend!
Thank you for reading!