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Let’s Review: Figma 445 Matou Shinji and SakuraLet’s Review: Figma 445 Matou Shinji and SakuraReview

ZoidsFanatic2ZoidsFanatic2Hace 5 meses
Remember when Figmas were fun? When Max Factory made Figmas of mascots and porn actors, or when you could get Yoshika for the princely sum of 35 dollars and you didn’t have to spend extra for a pair of hands. Yes, the good ol’ days of Figma when if you didn’t like school girls you could fuck right off. I reminisce about those days. When Figmas were affordable, came with a bunch of accessories, and were nothing but a bunch of slice-of-life action figures. And Golgo 13

Boy! With an introduction like that I think I may have spoiled my review! Today we’ll be looking at the Figma two-pack of Sakura and Shinji. Now, right off the bat this two-pack caused a storm of controversy because, and I’ll place this is spoilers here, View spoilerHide spoilerShinji abuses and rapes Sakura regularly. In Heaven’s Feel route, Sakura eventually snaps and murders Shinji. Not that anyone minds. So, you can see why making them a two-pack exclusive, especially Sakura who’s a fan-favorite, is a dick move. But don’t you worry! The dick moves only add up as we look at this train wreck!

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First we have the box and if you look on the back we have this lovely image of Shinji holding Sakura hostage with a knife. I would make a joke but even I’m not heartless. Mostly.

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Out of the box and these two smell. Like, actually smell. Mine had this very strong chemical smell coming off them as soon as I opened the box. Now, for those of you reading this in the future, at the time of writing a certain virus has been causing a pandemic. So the smell could have been some chemical applied to kill the virus, or more likely a mold release. Regardless of the source, the smell eventually faded away after a few hours. Well, the fragrance, they still fucking reek. Shinji, ironically, more.

So for accessories... keep in mind, I paid one-hundred and fifteen bucks for this, you get a knife, a book, and a school bag. Sakura also comes with extra arms and special hands, so she can hold her school bag. Shinji gets two extra faces compared to Sakura’s one.

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Seriously!



Now I’m going to derail the entire review here and complain. What. The. And most importantly. Fuck. Now it’s not so much of a matter of the piss-poor accessories that bothers me, but why does Shinji get two extra faces and Sakura gets one? I’m not going to use the word “misogyny” here, but I will use the word “cunt”. Max Factory, you’re massive cunts for what you did here. You’re cunts for making this a two-pack. You’re cunts for giving this set barely any accessories, which they have to share might I add. You’re cunts for giving Shinji the attention and not Sakura. You’re cunts for slapping a one-hundred-and-fifteen dollar price tag on this.

I’d go on, but I don’t want to lose my cunt privileges. So, Sakura has two faces, so she can be either happy or traumatized because God fucking forbid we have her any other expression. Like blushing. Or laughing. The RAH came with three faces, why not give Sakura an extra face? Even then, I dread to think what Max Factory would do. So much so I'm not going to focus on that anymore as it makes me mad!

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So yeah, outside the piss-poor accessories they come with the usual assortment of hands, instructions, and stand with bag. Usual fair. Articulation? Yeah, it's fine. Standard articulation and none of the joints gave me any trouble. Speaking of articulation, there was some talk and or complaints about Shinji being a head swap of Shirou. I can confirm that... it's kinda not the case.

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They share the same body molds and Shinji's torso is re-tooled to have the collar fully closed. He also has new shoes. Paint application is a bit different, with Shinji's suit being a different shade of brown. Paint deco's also slightly different, the shirt sleeve is white as opposed to the dark-blue on Shirou. Shinji is missing paint deco at the bottom of his shirt, so points for Shirou.

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We’ve gone too long without a picture or Shinji being beaten up.


As for Sakura, at least her sculpting is good. Paint deco is also good minus a few tiny spots of red paint bleed. Oh... and her socks aren't painted all the way up and you can see the molding.

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Now normally I'm not one to nitpick but, let me rephrase myself again, one-hundred-and-fifteen-dollars. Her hair is articulated at the back so that's a nice feature, I guess.

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So, what's my verdict? This is going to be hard. While reviewing the two, I had fun. It was fun to pose then and play with them, and hurt Shinji. Yes, they smelled weird, had barely any accessories, and Sakura had the sock problem. But they were still fun. Which is why it hurts me so much to give the set my first ever zero.

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If I was being completely fair, the score would be a 6.


Why a zero? Because while the figures are fine, Max Factory and Type-Moon are the ones I need to drag across the coals. We’ve given Max Factory enough shit for now, so I’ll shit on Type-Moon. With Sakura regaining some popularity thanks to the Heaven Feels movies, you would think someone with an ounce of common sense at Type-Moon would smack Max Factory and tell them to redo Sakura. Give her more accessories, View spoilerHide spoileralternative parts for Dark Sakura, don't put her in the same pack as fucking Shinji! This is made worse by Sakura not being Rin or Saber. Yeah, Sakura gets some love, but this was the only chance at a Sakura Figma... and it’s been blown. I highly doubt she’ll get a stand-alone release or that an alternative costume will be made. At best, we can hope for BB and her gang. But they’re not Sakura, are they? It’s not the same.


Max Factory is also at fault for the aforementioned issues listed above, but also because this set just feels sloppy. I always considered the Fate franchise the pentacle of Figmas, because at least they don't fuck them up. Now I'm having to rethink that. These two, along with the fuck-up with Merlin has now made me wonder if any future Fate Figmas will have problems and quality starts plummeting?

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So, that’s it then. While I enjoyed the set, I can’t in good conscience recommend it. It just makes me have to ask, what happened to us, Max Factory? When did the fun stop? When did you guys become one of my most hated companies? I don’t want to hate you, I want to support you. Maybe the problem was me all along? Maybe I told myself that Max Factory was great, that maybe they actually read all those emails I sent and at least enjoyed them. I got into collecting because of Figma, but now my feelings have turned into bitterness.

I guess, Max Factory, the problem isn’t you, but it’s me. You never tried to break me, or annoy me, or please me. You don’t know I exist and I just pretended that what I said mattered. That you and I have this love-hate relationship. I suppose I should just stop this silly make believe and face facts. And that’s that.
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I was hype when Sakura was getting a Figma. It all came crashing down when Shinji was included with her. Sigh, hopefully things go well and they release Dark Sakura or her other outfits. Goddamn, Sakura needs more LOVE!
Hace 5 meses
Sakura could have been a decent end note to my figma collection, but sadly I just can't do it with this two pack.

To me, this is not an actual two pack to some degree. Sakura is just kinda of an accessory for Shinji in order to recreate certain scene from the anime.
Hace 5 meses
I must say, I’m not into the Fate franchise and have no desire to be (the most I’ve watched was half of Fate/Stay Night, 1 ep of Fate/Zero that was boring af, and the Emiya cooking show only because I like anime centered on making food), so my forage into this whole thing is mostly for aesthetic reasons without paying heed to their background since I have no attachment to anything.

So with that being said, if anybody doesn’t want their Shinji, sell him to me. X’D I like the way he looks aesthetically. You dont see a lot of male characters with long-ish wavy hair, and I like his deranged faceplates.
Hace 5 meses
So when I saw the title I thought "who would ever buy a Shinji figure?" and then I saw the first image and it's a pack...Jesus poor Sakura lmao.

I mean I love that Japan is still releasing extremely dark and messed up stuff for every niche imaginable without giving a damn about "controversy" but this stuff definitely not for me.

Though to be fair, it kinda makes me want to buy this only so I can put Shinji in the microwave and tell Sakura that everything is gonna be okay.
Hace 5 meses
Whenever I think about owning this set (heavily discounted, should it ever come to that), it's purely for Sakura and the hope that Max Factory will redo Medusa at some point. I guess there's some value in getting to torture Shinji, but I would definitely want to save up for, say, figma!Gilgamesh before this set.
Hace 5 meses
Nice review, ZoidsFanatic2.

Not gonna lie, this is a complete fuck-up from Max Factory. Sakura is one of the three main girls from fate, she totally deserved better than that botch. I don't mind her being paired with her "brother" (yeah, we all know how much of a walking piece of shit he is, but that's not the problem here), but seeing how she only has two faceplates feels like getting spat in the face, and I say this as someone who prefers Rin.

Truly, the golden age of Figmas seems to be far behind us...

View spoilerHide spoilerOh, and on that picture where Sakura holds the knife, she seems to consider leaving this world where, it's a known fact, we can't have nice things.
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theladozzHace 5 meses#77178752View spoilerHide spoiler
I see. I know basically nothing about figmas so I'll take your word for it, but to me it would seem like a huge missed opportunity if they didn't make at least 1 black sakura. Or if they want to do these pairs for some reason they could make a really fucking good one of sakura and rin from towards the end of the route. Hell even I would be tempted to buy that despite not caring too much for figmas.


You’re talking about the company that never made an Iilya despite Iilya being,

A: A popular character in the series
B: having her own show that has not only four seasons but a movie

What’s annoying is they have done good two-pack. The Girls und Panzer ones are... well not bad, the newest one coming with a bunch of stuff, and they did Splatoon two-packs that again came with a bunch of stuff. There was no reason why Sakura and Shinji would have been bad outside of incompetence.

A Rin and Sakura two-pack (with a new Rin in her red shirt) and then a Shinji and Rider two-pack would have been perfect. Four new Figmas that made perfect sense.
Hace 5 meses
View spoilerHide spoilerZoidsFanatic2Hace 5 meses#77178646Figmas are a two-way thing. Type-Moon loves their Fate Grand Order characters, while Max Factory doesn’t like making new versions of the same figure unless they’re going to sell or are really pushed to make a new one. So given the universal negative reception to this two-pack (on the West at least), neither Type-Moon or Max Factory are going to bother with the two again. Here they are, buy them if you want, we don’t care because we have five saber faces lined up that are going to sell and that we’ll shower with care.

I see. I know basically nothing about figmas so I'll take your word for it, but to me it would seem like a huge missed opportunity if they didn't make at least 1 black sakura. Or if they want to do these pairs for some reason they could make a really fucking good one of sakura and rin from towards the end of the route. Hell even I would be tempted to buy that despite not caring too much for figmas.
Hace 5 meses
theladozzHace 5 meses#77178591Why was this the only chance for a sakura figma? When the final part of heavens feel comes out she will probably gain more popularity. Or u think they will only do black sakura after this?

Figmas are a two-way thing. Type-Moon loves their Fate Grand Order characters, while Max Factory doesn’t like making new versions of the same figure unless they’re going to sell or are really pushed to make a new one. So given the universal negative reception to this two-pack (on the West at least), neither Type-Moon or Max Factory are going to bother with the two again. Here they are, buy them if you want, we don’t care because we have five saber faces lined up that are going to sell and that we’ll shower with care.
Hace 5 meses
Why was this the only chance for a sakura figma? When the final part of heavens feel comes out she will probably gain more popularity. Or u think they will only do black sakura after this?
Hace 5 meses
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