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Figure Unboxing and Review: Learning with Manga! Fate/Grand Order Collectible Figures

For those of you who're avid players of Fate/Grand Order, you might have come across the chibi-fied versions of the heroic spirits during the 2017 and 2018 April Fool's Day events. Alternatively, you might have been reading the Learning with Manga! series by Riyo. The characters and their antics will put a smile on even the most bitter player's face; like me whenever I'm unable to snag the featured SSR servant even after spending all of my available Saint Quartz. Everyone's up to something silly in any given chapter, with the two main characters being too absorbed in romancing the many servants at their disposal and said heroic spirits having a ball of a time doing whatever catches their fancy in that particular chapter. Imagine my surprise when Good Smile Company actually announced a line of mini figurines featuring these 'Riyo-fied' characters. Hitting the pre-order button was a no-brainer, despite the protests from my wallet.

There are 6 figurines in each carton, with each box holding a different character. They're all displayed on the front and if your favourite one isn't in this 1st series of figurines or even the 2nd one released last month, you'll just have to wait for the 3rd one that'll be announced sooner or later. I'm surprised that the series isn't following a theme, such as characters from Fate/Extra, Fate/Stay Night or Fate/Apocrypha. They appear to be a mishmash of servants other than the female main character (known affectionately as Gudako) and Shielder (or Mashu Kyrielight). The rest include the ever-present Artoria Pendragon, idol-wannabe Elizabeth Bathory, Fate/Apocrypha's Jeanne D'Arc and Cu Chulainn's mentor Scathach. If you're worried about the figurines being too big, fret not. They're only around 3cm tall, perfect for your office cubicle or desk top.

Compared to Nendoroids or Figmas, these collectibles are idiot-proof to assemble and display. Cleaning them is a breeze as well. On the flip side, the quality of the figures themselves do not reach the standards that Good Smile Company's Nendoroids, Figmas and scale figures have set. There are minor issues with paint and detailing but you do get what you pay for. Fortunately, it isn't something that you notice unless you're inspecting them up close. Do handle them gently as they're not the most sturdy toys around, with Mashu's shield breaking after she fell from the top of my PC's monitor one too many times. Again, it isn't a large problem and a dab of superglue should be able to fix it in a minute.

All in all, I'm happy with my purchase despite the minor problems that these figurines have. They make for a sight for sore eyes and my work desk at home is now a little more fun to be at. Now the only problem would be making space for the 2nd and 3rd series of figurines. But it's definitely a problem that I'm happy to deal with.

Written by ET

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