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Figure Review: Chloe von Einzbern (FOTS Japan)Figure Review: Chloe von Einzbern (FOTS Japan)Review

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WeboshidoriWeboshidoriHace 1 mes
Greetings as usual,

The time has come for me to review my Chloe von Einzbern, the most frustrating figure that I own.

It's not as though the figure has so many deficiencies that I'd call it poorly made; quite the opposite, the figure is so just below what it could have been, and that is where I refer again to the word "frustrating". What's more, I don't hate or even dislike the figure. It's simply the fact that I had to alter my perspective on figure collecting, spurred from the beginning of this ownership experience, to be detailed in the review.

Kuro was the definition of an impulse buy. This was the last one that J-List had available at that time, and I just went for it; not even accounting for the shipping, it cost $150, the most I've ever spent on one figure.

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The box is very peculiar. For one thing, it is very large for the figure itself being only 1/7 scale and about 8 inches tall. For another, the figure was not encased in a transparent plastic shell, but instead in the middle of a gargantuan housing that looks to be made of either styrofoam or cardboard, cradled within some deep-black velvety sheets. The unboxing experience felt like I was unwrapping a present or unearthing some one-of-a-kind artifact.

This box is not a demerit for the figure, and I just detailed it because I've never received a figure packaged like this before; just doing an educated guess, FOTS probably did this to give the figure an air of luxury and exclusivity because, and I know that I can't see how every figure is packaged, this is the Rolls-Royce of figure packaging.

The only assembly needed is the base and, interestingly, a tuft of her hair; the latter seems like such a trifling piece to be standalone that I wonder why they couldn't just make it part of the figure to begin with.

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But this base is really not good. It does its job, but it looks way too small and cheap compared to the figure's level of craftsmanship. Beyond that, the peg to go into her foot is painful to insert; really, it felt like a nail, and it looks like one. I actually had to give up on the peg going in all the way from what it was doing to my finger, which unfortunately means that the figure never stays flat on any given surface, because the base can go up and down along the peg's height, with the base always being pushed up from how the peg rests.

For the figure, I'll begin with the good, because as I'm writing this, I'm getting an ever-increasing feeling that I'll be needing some cheese with my wine: to begin, her hair color has this vivid flair in its pink without being overly bright or reflective, and the tufts that spring out, along with the meticulous attention paid to her hairline, are truly exemplary. To go on, her tan skin is very polished and without any defects save for one darker-looking freckle shape on one of her legs, which I can't decide as being intentional or not, and her smile and pose are very charming without being too exaggerated. And to conclude, the swimsuit doesn't look like it was just slapped on, as it has a natural appearance with folds in accurate agreement with the pose.

Unfortunately, there is one flaw regarding the fitment of the legs to the swimsuit itself: each leg possesses a visible gap where it's meant to be attached to complete its side of the hip line; enough for a fingernail to fit in. This is more prominent for her left leg, and when viewing the figure from above, this leg piece sticks out slightly, and is not fluid with the rest of the body.

What's more, I don't know if I did this during the assembly, it was hit badly during shipping, or it's an original defect. What I do know is that the legs don't move around, and they are solidly attached like it was meant to be that way. At the time, I was really disappointed; this was the first figure that I'd bought after a 4-year span, and I felt like I didn't get the quality that I paid for.

But because I can't do anything about it (and really, a figure's fitment not being just right is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things), I rotated her so that her left gap is not in view, and put a shorter figure in front of her right gap. This continued after I put her in my Detolf, but after I took the photos for this review, I decided to put her in front on the top shelf and to the right, not behind another figure.

The reason is that I decided to be thankful that I got this figure. I was focusing way too much on the one "imperfection" that I was missing out on the fact of owning an otherwise quality item. The reason why I didn't buy a figure for so long is that they all had just one thing "wrong" with them (except for my Yui; that figure is the closest to perfection), and I like collecting artbooks more anyway.

But I had the wrong perspective; I found out that collecting is not only about pursuing and owning collectibles that the collector likes, but also that the enjoyment comes from appreciating every factor of a given item, regardless of the value judgement given from the collector, because these are what make that thing unique.

I love collecting figures now more than ever before, and I will treasure them all, no matter what "defects" they may have.

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The problem with FOTS is they don't use PVC ,instead they use PMMA (a far more brittle substance, much closer to resin) or they slightly chemically-altered ver of PMMA, they call PVC-L(ike). This us most-likely a polymer mix of PMMA with another more elastic material to create this, to reduce the brittle nature of the material. The problem here is that there are quite some issues with this approach;

First and foremost manufactoring cost should be much lower, yet prices are not significantly lower compared to similar PVC figures from diffenrent companies.
Secondly, because the result is less flexible is allows for less room for error in the manufactoring process and increases the chance of badly fitting parts and seamlines, meaning a stronger QC process is required to maintain standards. They tend to be hit-or-miss in this aspect.
Thirdly the material remains far more fragile than PVC, which shows when they use this material for small pieces like hair(e.g. twin-tail strands) or accesoires, which often arrive broken.

It is good to see they finally started using a propper packaging material for brittle material like polystone or resin, instead of the normal plastic inserts they used before (which is the industry standard for PVC figures). Sadly these kind of materials rarely survive a long SAL travel.

I find all of their practizes misleading and too much like playing russian roulette.
Which is a gash darn shame, considering they managed to get some licenses from great artists and exceklent sculptors.

I'm happy your Chloe survive the journey undamaged and you found a way to enjoy her, despite her flaws. Maybe stirr away from FOTS and their PMMA and PVC-L material in the future if you wish to avoid such apparanr flaws in your future figures. I recon those lot will always be a bit of a gamble.
Hace 1 mes
FOTS, Insight, Pulchra, Apricot Blossom, and Figure X were all owned by B'Full (parent company). They now merged into B'Full. Buying figures from these companies is liked gambling. Their figures have many issues with painting, soft legs, and broken parts due to poor packaging and poor manufacturing. When you shop on Solaris Japan, they explicitly said that about 70% of the figures by this manufacturer break due to poor manufacturing. Please be aware that the risk of this figure arriving broken is high and you will have to fix it yourself. They cannot offer any refunds or other compensation for any damages.
If you really want a figure from them, I would recommend getting it from the aftermarket.
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Honor_HandHace 1 mes#79493387Chloe is my favorite girl from Fate/kaleid, no doubt, and this figure you have here is one that is sadly missing from my collection. I love these swimsuits and this cheerful pose and expression are just perfect for me. I haven't made my move on getting this one because, well, it's a bit expensive nowadays. Plus FOTS seems to have this bad reputation around here. I can't say for myself. I recently purchased ITEM #740996 , so I'm hoping to evaluate their quality myself soon.
As for that detail on the base, I know that feeling. My ITEM #397024 has pretty much that same issue going on, in that, for whatever reason, the pegs won't go inside her paws all the way. Which makes the figure appear to be floating ever so slightly over her base. Eventually, I convinced myself it was just a small defect, and that the rest of the figure is just great everywhere you look. :3
Anyways, thanks for the review. It was a nice read and very informative. ^_^ A few more pictures would have been great to go with the text. It'd have given us more of a chance to marvel at how cute Chloe looks in that sukumizu too. x3


Thank you for your reply. I had more pictures taken, but they were really out of focus for some reason; I've been using my phone camera so far, but when I was taking the pictures for this review, I thought "I need to use a standalone camera", which I'll be doing from now on. It's an older Canon but I hope that it'll suffice until I get a newer one.
Hace 1 mes
Chloe is my favorite girl from Fate/kaleid, no doubt, and this figure you have here is one that is sadly missing from my collection. I love these swimsuits and this cheerful pose and expression are just perfect for me. I haven't made my move on getting this one because, well, it's a bit expensive nowadays. Plus FOTS seems to have this bad reputation around here. I can't say for myself. I recently purchased ITEM #740996 , so I'm hoping to evaluate their quality myself soon.

As for that detail on the base, I know that feeling. My ITEM #397024 has pretty much that same issue going on, in that, for whatever reason, the pegs won't go inside her paws all the way. Which makes the figure appear to be floating ever so slightly over her base. Eventually, I convinced myself it was just a small defect, and that the rest of the figure is just great everywhere you look. :3

Anyways, thanks for the review. It was a nice read and very informative. ^_^ A few more pictures would have been great to go with the text. It'd have given us more of a chance to marvel at how cute Chloe looks in that sukumizu too. x3
Hace 1 mes
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