Figure Review: Clare – Claymore No. 47
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!
Produced by: Megahouse
Release Date: December 2007
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.
Check out other reviews:
- No.47 Clare at Toys Workz
- Figure Review: Clare of Claymore, Let’s Play More! at RIUVA
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.