ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
“The sleekest and most elegant jaeger ever created, Saber Athena is the fastest in the fleet, wielding twin blades in hyper-acrobatic combat.”
Saber Athena was kind of advertised as Pacific Rim: Uprising’s equivalent to Striker Eureka, a secondary Jaeger that would get a lot of focus. That was not the case. Honestly, I was a bit shocked by how little Saber Athena there was in the movie. The expected secondary Jaeger turned out to be Bracer Phoenix instead. Nevertheless, Saber Athena, like all the Jaegers, did at least get her moment to shine.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Saber Athena was figure 232 in Bandai’s Robot Spirits line, as the second figure sequentially in the second series of Uprising-themed figures. The figure is one of the shortest in the set, standing just shy of 6 1/2 inches tall and she has 35 points of articulation (the fins on her back provide for some extra mobility). Saber has perhaps the most delicate and ornate sculpt of all the Jaegers in this set. She uses the same basic style of construction as the others; a skeleton with armored pieces. The sleek and slighter build of the armor means that Saber also gets the most range out of her joints of all the Jaegers. She’s just a heck of a lot of fun to pose, especially deep running poses. The detailing on the armor is sharp, clean, and very concise. She’s a great recreation of the on-screen design, and melds accuracy with playability quite well. Saber gets more paint than the other Jaegers; it’s still not a ton, but there’s some decent detail work, especially on the identifying numbers and insignias. In addition, the slightly pearlescent plastic that was used for the majority of her armor looks really slick, and makes her one of the coolest looking of the Jaegers when the light catches her. Saber is pretty well accessorized, including two sets of hands in gripping and flat poses, as well as her blades in both twin and combined configurations. Compared to some of the other Jeagers, that’s pretty great, though I’d imagine it’s more to offset the slightly smaller nature of this figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After managing to find Obsidian Fury at Toys R Us, I was keeping an eye out for both Saber and Guardian, but not having much luck. I’d pretty much resigned to have to order the pair of them online. That said, a few weeks back, I was out with my family, and we decided to catch a movie (Isle of Dogs, for those curious; definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it). We got to the theatre with about an hour to kill, so we decided to stop in the Barnes & Noble next door. I wasn’t expecting to find anything, but I wandered over to collectibles aisle and boom, there was this figure staring right back at me. I was actually pretty darn excited, let me tell you. Saber was possibly my favorite of the new Jaeger designs (well, barring November Ajax, who is just boss), and it translated really well into an action figure.