Figure Review: Clare – Claymore No. 47

May 19, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Merchandise, Photography

It’s quite rare for me to purchase figures that are outside the realm of moé. Often when friends, or even when my sister’s friends, look at my collection they notice that majority of the figures are all cute girls. That may be true but I do like to purchase a figure that is neither cute or sexy now and then. And that is where Clare of Claymore steps in. Although I would have to say that this figure was bought solely because of the Claymore hype when it was airing last year, but is it something I regret? Well hit the jump to check out the photos and read what I think.

Now I wouldn’t say that Claymore is a favourite of mine, but I did enjoy the series as it reminded me of what Berserk should have been. Except Claymore has chicks with big swords and aren’t exactly fighting against armies of evil, but are in fact slaying enemies that they are half of. Also I prefer the development of Claymore more than say Bleach. Still, when I saw the photos of Clare during last year’s Summer Wonderfest, it was pretty darn awesome looking, and I figured it would be good to have one.

If there is anything about this Clare figure that makes her stand out from the rest of my collection, she is shiny. Very very shiny. So shiny that I only need to take a glimpse at my cabinet and I can easily spot her. Only one of few figures in my collection that don armour (Clare is actually the 3rd or 4th) and although she stands out the most, the Claymore outfit is also the most simplest. Probably better that way since they need to move quickly if they want to kill youmas.

Clare comes with her standard sword with her emblem engraved into it, but she also comes with a second arm, which is the arm that Irene gave her. It’s actually pretty awesome if you prefer her to have that slight imperfection over the complete gray and silver look. The sword can also be wielded in her hand if you don’t want it hanging on her cape, which is also removable. Though I don’t know how many people would display without the cape since capes are cool! One annoying thing about fitting the sword onto her cape, I didn’t know the sword could be split into two parts. So I now have a small scratch on the sword from forcing in on.

Also something a little different this time, some black and white photos!

Product: Clare
Anime/Game: Claymore
Produced by: Megahouse
Scale: 1/8
Material: PVC
Release Date: December 2007
Price: ¥5,500
Available: HLJ (out of stock)

Having a quick think, this would have to be my first ever Megahouse figure. Though I have seen what Megahouse figures are like thanks to friends who own a few, but with this Clare figure, I think my expectations were both too high, but also too low. The overall figure itself is great in which there aren’t many visible flaws, seamlines aren’t all that evident (except for the one on her hair) and her face is the best feature. It has that really deep and menacing kind of look thanks to the silver in her eyes.

The down side of things that I could see is how both of Clare’s arms don’t seem to hold the sword properly. I had a lot of difficulty on getting the sword to sit in her hand. The base is probably the worst feature of the whole package. Clare is attached to her base with only one peg, so if you handle her by only holding the base and you accidentally tip forward, she’s gonna break. Though handling the base would also be difficult since it itself is very flimsy. As mentioned, I tried picking her up by the base and yeah, nearly fell over. But in the end, this is a pretty good figure of Clare, better than the one that Solid Works is going to be releasing. So a definite buy for those who are huge fans of Claymore.

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Photography Notes:

Really, I’m such a lazy bastard. I had this complete setup sitting on the desk for about 2 weeks and only recently finished the shoot. Within those two weeks, a lot of dust had gathered. Also I noticed of recent months that for every figure review I post up, another 2-3 figures arrive. WHEN WILL THIS END!!! Anyway the rocks came from an earlier indoor figure shoot I had attempted but it failed miserably, but alas it works well with Clare. I’ve also been meaning to do a lot more shadowing work and I figured Clare would be the best figure to start playing around with. Using only one light source and adjusting the shutter speed, I’m quite happy with the result. Not to mention that these photos pretty much have little to no post-processing required.

I also considered doing the entire photoshoot in black and white, but only certain shots came out really well in black and white. It’s probably been since high school since I did any B&W photography so it was fun learning how to make it look artistic in a sense and it may be something I’ll try again in other figure photo shoots.



14 Responses to Figure Review: Clare – Claymore No. 47

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valho

May 19th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I didn’t know the sword can be split in two either, so I have a few scratch mark on it too. I think I found out by accident haha ^^. Mine doesn’t hold the sword properly either, even worse if I use Ilena’s arm. Nice use of the stones, especially in shot #2

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Dancing Queen

May 20th, 2008 at 5:26 am

the photos look great. Megahouse figures are good but sometimes the bases are really terrible quality. at least you don’t regret buying her, i’ve gotten a few figure that i regretted buying later…

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morimoli

May 20th, 2008 at 8:21 am

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James

May 20th, 2008 at 8:46 am

Nice pics , i didn’t buy her and you make me regret it ^^

She looks really nice and i really love the black and white pics :)

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super rats

May 20th, 2008 at 9:11 am

The lighting you did is good for this figure. I haven’t taken any pictures in black and white since high school either.

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ron~

May 20th, 2008 at 10:58 am

nice lighting for this one, good use of the rocks too :) IMO, the color photos are nicer than the b/ws ^^

I still haven’t watched the series yet, but planning to :D

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gordon

May 20th, 2008 at 11:20 am

awesome shots as always. ^^

i have this clare figure as well but personally it’s not up to my standards. the face doesn’t look clare-like to me. hope some other company will release a good PVC of clare in future.

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Rin

May 20th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Nice figure.
For some reason, it scares me…
Awesome pictures!!!!!!
Like what you did with the rocks!!!

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lu-k

May 20th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

A very good figure from MegaHouse excellent model serie, as expected. But your right, the base is crap. Haven’t take of my copy yet since I have trouble with that base. The hole in her foot is larger than the peg, so the figure doesn’t stand. I have to try putting something like a little piece of paper To fill the gaps… but I am lazy too hehe, so in the meanwhile, Clare is still in her box. What a pitty :[

Anyway… lovely pictures with really appropriated lighting. b&w looks nice too. I have never tried to take pictures like that.

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Adun

May 20th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Dancing Queen: I usually don’t regret things that I buy.

Rin: A lot of people are saying that the look scares them, lol. And it was never my intention to do that in my photos.

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TDOMJ

May 21st, 2008 at 6:31 am

Not moe huh? I remember someone voting for Clare in the Saimoe Tournament. I was like wtf =S?

Anyway, this does look like an awesome figurine. I like the setting you picked as well. Claymore was a decent series.

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The P-Meister

May 25th, 2008 at 11:02 am

i like figure, but the best thing is the sword. the metal parts on clare really shine, unlike some which have dull grey paint on it.

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Nick

December 10th, 2009 at 2:29 am

I have a question. Clare’s armor is so shiny in these pictures. Mine doesn’t look like that. I know the on I have isn’t a bootleg but it is a 09 re-issue of the 07 figure. Did they change the paint or something?

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Adun

December 10th, 2009 at 6:36 am

Nick: The shinyness is an effect from the lighting that I used. There is usually no difference between initial runs and re-runs.

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