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Claymore - Clare by MegaHouseClaymore - Clare by MegaHouse

PlamsPlamshace 2 añosReview
Claymore - Clare
Excellent Model - 1/8 - Claymore No.47 (MegaHouse Shueisha)

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I still can't believe I actually have this figure! If there was an absolute "grail" among my wished figures this is it. And to be honest, part of me probably thought that I will never be able to get my hands on it. Even now, seeing Clare... I have to double check to make sure if she is really there! XD

Warning: This review will be picture and text heavy. Also my photography skills are not very good.

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(It is Clare! Come on! One of the best kick-ass ladies ever!)

The order
I have wanted this figure almost since the moment I started collecting, but there were so many difficulties surrounding every possible purchase that part of me thought the actual possibility of me ever buying it, to be quite slim. First of all it is a really old figure. The original release is back in 2007. Being old, naturally means that it will be hard to find and even if you do find it, chances are the price will be quite high. There was also the fact that the majority of reviews I read on the net were actually of the bootleg, not of the original. The number of people mistaking the two is also quite high. And because of that, I was a little afraid that if I manage to buy it someday, I might actually end up with a bootleg. Now, take into account all that... Then me seeing the figure on AmiAmi, all those fears gone in seconds... May be I could set some kind of record for "fastest purchase ever"... XD You get the picture.

Packaging
Well... You can tell that it is an old figure even by the box. It feels old just touching the cardboard. The design is simple and kind of greenish. Thanks to the well placed "windows" you can actually get a good feel of the figure even before opening the box, which is good. Also... The only authenticity sticker is blue and is placed on the top right front corner of the box and nowhere else. So, yeah. Just saying. Because there are no other stickers on anything and I had to double check to make sure everything is in order.

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Sculpting
Clare's sculpt is good, great even, but has a few inconsistencies that many people may not find all that annoying, but I kind of do. For example her hands or to be more precise her fingers. She is dressed in a full bodysuit, including gloves, but for some reason she has visible fingernails, which is strange. Also there is this line on top of her hair, which looks kind of funny, since there are no other lines on her scalp. I mean there could have been some way for this line to be hidden or masked and the fact that it isn't is kind of irritating to me. They just left it like this... (It is visible even on the production photos... O.o) Apart from that... The claymore, her cape, boots and the different parts of her suit are very, very well made. So much that I can almost forget my irritation. Her face! That face! So, so awesome!

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Posing
One of the things I instantly loved about this figure is the posing. She looks both feminine and elegant as well as strong. The way the wind is slightly moving her hair and cape is very well shown. Combined with the overall look and feel of the figure the presentation of Clare as a character is very well done. I am sure that even someone who has not heard of Claymore before just seeing her will instantly know that despite her beauty she is someone you should not mess with. Also, a nice surprise was that you actually have quite a few display options. The only other figure with so much possible display variety I have is Alter's Shizuo. With cape, without cape, holding the sword, not holding the sword, with bandaged arm or without it. So, so many options!

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Painting
Again very good. Her face is amazing! She is so, so beautiful! If you look up close you will see that her eyes are glittering. She even has lashes painted. Just amazing! True beauty! The metallic parts of her armor are also very nicely done. They look like real metal, which is neat. Her boots, the sword. Everything is really and I mean really well done. But... She does have a few dots here and there, also a few incorrect lines, a little smudge on the wristband of her left hand... Also there is a small paint transferring issue as well as a paint scrapping issue. The paint transferring occurs when she holds the claymore. The gray spots will appear on the inside of her hand. The paint scrapping, I was unpleasantly surprised to find on the sword. The part of the cape which holds the sword on her back will leave a few lines on it the moment you put it in. Which is kind of unpleasant.

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Base
It is white! And it should be entirely white! Plus there should be a Claymore logo carved into it as well as Clare's sign. Nothing else. All white! While it may be a little too plain for my taste, combining it with all the metallic parts of Clare's clothing if there was something else on it I think the attention might have shifted a little bit too much, so being entirely white actually works very well for this figure. A fact I don't like is that the figure is a bit shaky placed on the base, but then again quite a few from my figures are the same, so not really such a big problem.

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Enjoyment
Simple words can't describe how happy I am to have this figure! Despite her minor flaws she is more beautiful than I ever imagined she would be. And just seeing her on the shelf next to the other figures I get a certain degree of accomplishment. I also feel kind of hopeful... For now I have a figure I thought I would never, ever have so may be no other figure is really all that unobtainable, which is a good feeling.

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Thanks for reading and once again, sorry for my crappy photography skills.
Believe me they are not doing this figure any justice! ^^"
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Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

Comentarios16

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clc (hace 2 años) #11280354Kinda of sad that they didn't continue the line. They could have made at least Teresa to go with Clare but oh well... (-_-) The figure looks gorgeous though, and the art style is nice and clean. Congrats on obtaining your grail! (^-^) She looks really great! *thumbs up*

Thank yooou! *big hug*
hace 2 años
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Kinda of sad that they didn't continue the line. They could have made at least Teresa to go with Clare but oh well... (-_-) The figure looks gorgeous though, and the art style is nice and clean. Congrats on obtaining your grail! (^-^) She looks really great! *thumbs up*
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Dragneil (hace 2 años) #11188689Unfortunately there are countless amounts of anime that are 12 eps or 25 eps and just change and rush the end and make the series look crap overall, which in my opinion was done with the claymore anime.

Oh yeah for sure! I bet like 99% of the Claymore fan base will agree that the divergent story of the anime release was done very poorly and from my personal experience has turned off a lot of other anime fans from the show. They all liked where it was going up until the end of the anime...
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Azaizer (hace 2 años) #11182140Nevermind, I managed to find a place where I could read the last Chapter 155. I guess it really is complete. Well that's good to know! Glad they actually finished it! I'm very surprised it ended up having a happy ending because there was so much damn tragedy in the overall story itself. I'm glad how things turned out in the end though. Clare finally found the peace and happiness she deserved...
Here's hoping there is a reboot of the series and they do the ENTIRE series from start to finish true to the original manga. That would get more Claymore merchandise coming our way in the future!

Unfortunately there are countless amounts of anime that are 12 eps or 25 eps and just change and rush the end and make the series look crap overall, which in my opinion was done with the claymore anime.
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Dragneil (hace 2 años) #11172961mangafox.me/man... Literally one more chapter after that lol

Nevermind, I managed to find a place where I could read the last Chapter 155. I guess it really is complete. Well that's good to know! Glad they actually finished it! I'm very surprised it ended up having a happy ending because there was so much damn tragedy in the overall story itself. I'm glad how things turned out in the end though. Clare finally found the peace and happiness she deserved...

Here's hoping there is a reboot of the series and they do the ENTIRE series from start to finish true to the original manga. That would get more Claymore merchandise coming our way in the future!
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Dragneil (hace 2 años) #11172961mangafox.me/man... Literally one more chapter after that lol

It won't let me read it though =(
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Azaizer (hace 2 años) #11169409If it already ended then the rest of the remaining chapters must have not been translated into English. So far the last chapter I see available to read online is Chapter 154 - Strength and Heart which doesn't have an end to the series. If you know where there is more to read please direct me because if there is a complete ending to the manga I definitely want to see the conclusion!
mangafox.me/man... Literally one more chapter after that lol
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Dragneil (hace 2 años) #11163893Err.. I'm pretty sure from reading the manga, it ended early last year if I remember correctly maybe even late 2014. Unless I have missed something.

If it already ended then the rest of the remaining chapters must have not been translated into English. So far the last chapter I see available to read online is Chapter 154 - Strength and Heart which doesn't have an end to the series. If you know where there is more to read please direct me because if there is a complete ending to the manga I definitely want to see the conclusion!
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Azaizer (hace 2 años) #11078964Well there really is no reason for them to NOT continue making more Claymore stuff as the Manga is still very much alive and ongoing. My guess is that the series isn't as popular as they'd like it to be in order to sell more figures and be able to cash in on it.

Err.. I'm pretty sure from reading the manga, it ended early last year if I remember correctly maybe even late 2014. Unless I have missed something.
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Lyncfs (hace 2 años) #11031085Nice review! you hit on a lot of great points. Claymore still remains one of my favorite animes. Despite Clare not being a very complicated figure and not as refined I still love her for the nostalgia. I wish they would revitalize the series and make better figures!

Well there really is no reason for them to NOT continue making more Claymore stuff as the Manga is still very much alive and ongoing. My guess is that the series isn't as popular as they'd like it to be in order to sell more figures and be able to cash in on it. Hopefully, some other company might be willing to take a chance on a Claymore figure line and change that,...but I wouldn't hold my breath for it sadly.

Great review though! I'm a big Claymore fan myself! First came to know about it through the anime which I loved (aside from the changed end from the manga path just to give the anime series an ending..) and then I wanted more so I went ahead to read the translated english manga. It's a shame the anime didn't go further into the story as it just got better and better the more it progressed. Maybe we'll see a reboot or some studio create the next Arc in the series sometime down the line (kind of like what they are trying to do with the anime releases of Berserk).

I've wanted this figure for a long time now, it's just the timing has been so bad. Usually when I see one available on AmiAmi, Mandarake, or MFC it's at a time where I don't have the funds for it due to getting other figures LOL. I'm sure one day I'll land on a good time and pick her up for sure though! Clare is one of my all time favorite heroines so I'll like to add her to my heroine collection I will start up eventually (which will also include: Iria from Zeiram, Armitage III, Motoko Kusanagi, Satellizer, Saber, and of course Clare!
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