Today I’m here to review one of those figure you know –I did at least, you must get long before they even go up for pre-order. This particular figure by Phat! Company of Nero Claudius (or Saber EXTRA) is one of those items I waited for with no patience at all. The company proposes this mildly sexy figure of Nero in a mostly red kimono, a kneeling pose and a kind of weird face; basically a combination I’m not able to ignore.
Nero arrives in a normal, pretty decent box, where the figure is slightly visible thanks to the clear plastic on the front of the package. There is no assembly at all to do with this figure as Nero only needs to be placed on her base to be ready for display. Nero is sculpted in a 1/6 scale and stands about 19 cm tall, thus this figure is actually able to make itself notice when placed on a shelf, even on a crowded one.
That’s also true thanks –and mostly to Nero’s kimono, which surely is eye-catching with its multiple folds an its bold and contrasting colors, not to mention the beautiful pattern it is covered with. Nero’s outfit is highly detailed and surely very well done, quite faithful to the original illustration the figure is based on.
Phat! usually doesn’t stand up for the quality of their figures, and this Nero figure isn’t something flawless like one could expect from some other top tier manufacturer. I believe that this company’s strength is more in the ability to make eye-catching figures from very popular and loved series than focusing on quality; I also believe that this is somehow fine, at least with me, because thanks to the great and well executed designs of Phat!’s productions one is able to ignore some otherwise bothering rough production flaws.
With this premise, I can still say that Nero Claudius is on overall a good figure in terms of quality. The sculpt is fine, and I can say the same for the paintwork. The most noticeable flaw I can address in this figure is the lack of proportions in the whole sculpt; Nero has a quite big head with the lower parts of her body, and in any case everything below her neck but Nero’s breasts, that result too small if compared with the rest.
I suppose that this choice is due to a bad attempt to create some sort of sense of prospective and I believe that Phat! could have just left the proportions of Nero as they were in the illustration. Although I’m not too bothered by this issue, as I tend to focus more on the whole appearance of the figure than on relatively smaller details, I think that this still remains a problem that could annoy many other collectors.
Taking about the other perks of this figure, I can address quite some, thankfully; from the great quality of the paintwork to the intricate details on Nero’s kimono, to continue with servant’s lovely face and well sculpted hair and finishing with the beautiful, shiny black with gold details square base the figure comes with.
I’m very pleased with this figure and, although it really isn’t one of those figures you can deem as perfect, I’m satisfied with it. She’s definitely not my favorite item of my collection, but Nero by Phat! surely is able to make me want to stare at her for a while when I enter my collection room; and that’s always a good sign!