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REVIEW: Kuroshitsuji Undertaker ARTFX J figureREVIEW: Kuroshitsuji Undertaker ARTFX J figure

evenstar88evenstar881 månad sedanReview
Here comes a review for the newest figure in my collection, I have had this figure for 1+ weeks now. I had waited for months since the pre-order for the re-release came out and finally it is here, the Kuroshitsuji Undertaker ARTFX J figure! It features the character Undertaker from the Kuroshitsuji or Black Butler series (just in case you missed the title AND the thumbnail XD). This is a very PICTURE-HEAVY review, as my reviews all are.

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I was extremely excited for this figure, the re-release was announced just at the time I was getting interested in Kuroshitsuji figures (especially of the Artfx J line) - and his aftermarket prices were at an absolute crazy level. So when the preorder came up, I wasted no time placing an order for the rerelease from AmiAmi (which also made it my first order from AmiAmi).

He was shipped by registered SAL (because I am a cheapo when it comes to shipping XD), and I spent an agonizing 3 weeks to wait. SAL usually takes 2 weeks to reach my doorstep but for some reason, my national airport sent the parcel down a different route causing it to be rerouted twice and delayed.

I was so relieved and excited to finally have it, 1 week late from scheduled and arriving simultaneously with my Mandarake order which had been placed a week later.
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THE BOX: 9/10
The front and sides of the box are identical in design to the Sebastian one (my review for the Sebastian ARTFX J figure is here BLOG #41687), except for the imprinted name and the inner background of the box. Again, I must say that the Victorian gothic style is lovely with the contrasting black and silver colours. The inner background of the box resembles a flower wallpaper and is a much darker grey colour than Sebastian's.

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The back of the box is a beautiful blue-grey colour and features images of the Undertaker figure, and contrasting metallic silver motifs and the trademark silver rose.
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THE PACKAGING: 9/10
The packaging is secure enough - the figure and base are housed in the same plastic shell and the scythe accessory in a lower plastic shell.
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The instruction manual for the figure is taped securely to the bottom of the box, and basically instructs on how to fix the scythe to the hand before securing it to the main body of the figure (more on this later).

There are three pieces for this figure - the main body, the scythe and the base.

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THE BASE: 8/10
The base is in the form of a weathered, broken chess board - which is really quite realistic with the faded yellow colour and cracked parts. It is a very nice contrast to Sebastian's sleek black-and-white chessboard base.

Also thought the colour contrasted nicely with Undertaker's overall black and grey colour scheme.
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There is only one inlet in the base, and the clear wide peg holding Undertaker's right foot fits very nicely into it. Very simple and fool-proof. Again, can we just appreciate the realistic cracks across this chessboard base? Seriously neat work :D
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The only little critique I have regarding this base is the weight of it. The base is very light and the support of the heavy figure is through one mere peg only - but they had compensated with a very wide peg for surface area so it does not do too bad. Still when I move Undertaker around fixed to the base, I feel a bit of anxiety.

It would have been nicer to get a heavier base and one peg per foot for better stability. But I guess they did not want to make the overall figure heavier than what it already is.


THE SCULPT: 10/10
THE PAINT: 9/10
The sculpt on Undertaker is truly beautiful, much more complex than Sebastian's in my opinion and Kotobukiya did a great job with it regardless. The face and hair are done great, both the eyes are painted well with that vivid green shade - even the scars across his face and neck. He looks absolutely and simultaneously mischievous and sexy ;) The cloth folds of his top hat are detailed well, as well as the small braid and his nails.

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The full extent of Undertaker's hair can be appreciated from the back - and it is really quite impressive. His hair is set as if in motion and they sculpted each individual strand really well - and in two layers to boot. The hair also turns translucent toward the tip, which is a really nice touch - and here I was thinking this design was only utilized for female figures XD
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The long top hat of Undertaker's is also very nicely done - the folds of the cloth give off an impression as if it is in motion like blowing slightly in the wind.
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I honestly thought Undertaker's clothing was very well-done in this figure - given how plain the colours and outfit was in the series. The overall robe of Undertaker is matte black and very nice and the scarf over his shoulder is coloured grey. I am quite happy with this darker shade of grey on his scarf (the colour is strikingly lighter in the anime) as it does not clash with his hair colour or steal the attention away. The folds of the scarf are fantastically detailed.
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The details of his prayer beads and the mourning lockets are also very nicely done. The chain of the mourning lockets is a real movable chain - though I personally wouldn't mess with the fragile thing. The lockets are nicely painted.
The different folds of Undertaker's robes are wonderfully sculpted - and lends a very dynamic feel to the figure. The bottom robe is even made up of two layers.

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The attention to details extends to his shoes and other accessories. Check out the sleek silver shoe buckles and grey straps of his boots.
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And then comes the secondary attraction of this figure - and the only removable accessory of Kotobukiya's Undertaker. It is none other than his Death Scythe - and it is one definite hell of a scythe (the lame pun).

The scythe is beautiful - in all its macabre and mysterious glory. It is a rustic silver colour and almost as tall as Undertaker himself. The scythe blade is thin and thus can be fragile - so handle with care.

I actually thought the scythe would be rather heavy but it wasn't at all - and I don't know if I was more happy or disappointed. It looked quite hefty in the pictures but I guess a light accessory would pose less risk of damage to the figure in the long run - since we have only Undertaker's one small hand to hold on to it and one light base for support.
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The top handle of the sycthe features a top halve of a skeleton - the skull is wrapped in thorns with great anatomical detail down to the ribcage and backbone (scary long clavicles XD). Very realistic, I like it.
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The end handle of the scythe ends in the pattern of a lower vertebrae. Also detailed nicely.
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It is pretty simple to fix the scythe into position. First you have to remove Undertaker's left hand (it slides out very easily - or at least mine did) and then you just have to carefully wedge the scythe handle between his fingers (and, do watch his long fingernails while you are at it). After you have the scythe fixed to his hand, you then attach said hand back to his body - and you will be all set.

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THE POSE: 10/10
I give this figure's pose full marks, mainly because I cannot think of a better way to pose him and showcase everything this figure has to offer. I think this pose is just perfect - he looks mysterious with just enough cheekiness. His hand touching the hat draws attention to his face - the eye-catching scythe is curving in front of him - and his clothes are dynamic too. Everything is just... in fantastic position.

The scythe can be rotated so you are free to pose it any way you like. You can have the top end of the weapon touching the chessboard base for stability (which is how I pose mine) or you could have it higher up in his hand so it floats above the base.

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The side views of Undertaker are also very good. At certain angles, there's just something very wizard-y about his appearance - with his long top hat and robes and long-handled weapon, he looks like a Dark wizard with a modified evil broomstick XD

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More pictures!
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FINAL THOUGHTS
I thought Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Sebastian was very good - and I think the Undertaker is an even better figure. The sculpt, paint and pose are fantastic, and the figure is rather heavy in weight (and I love heavy figures) - which gives off an impression of an elegant gothic figure.

The base design is fantastic and so is the scythe weapon.

The only things I would prefer would be a heavier base and weapon - but those are just very little nitpicks. I love this figure!

I am currently awaiting my order of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Ciel Phantomhive as I am writing this - so here's to hoping that I get Ciel successfully without trouble and when I am writing a future Ciel review, I will be awaiting a Grell XD (just as a rant, Grell is so very difficult to find in the market and his resell price is so expensive whenever I find him). (UPDATE: Turns out I had to cancel the Ciel order because the figure store lost one of his accessories. Oh well.)

So back to Undertaker, should you get him? Yes, absolutely! You don't even have to be a fan to get this, I think his figure design is that good. If you like the gothic or macabre, he would make a great figure for said collection. If you are a Kuroshitsuji fan, then it goes without saying that this figure is compulsory XD

I would rate this a 9.5/10.

PROS
- Fantastic sculpt and representation of character
- Fantastic pose
- Cool weapon accessory
- Nice base design

CONS
- Light hollow base
- Light weapon and somewhat fragile blade
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Betyg9/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

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evenstar88 (1 månad sedan) #52120959Thank you! I think you mean the shimmery and cool blue dress that belongs to Aniplex Ciel instead? ;) My ordered figure is the ARTFX J one - the one with Ciel sitting on the horse chess piece :D I have yet to get my greedy hands on the Aniplex one T.Too ah sorry i did mix them up oops. Ohhh I want the artfxj one though, would love to see the review when you get him :)
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moonstarfc (1 månad sedan) #52120832He was my very first figure (all the way back then) and was a great introduction to the hobby.
Now if Grell could get a re-release that would be nice! I did end up buying Grell a couple years ago but mine has some paint scratched on the hand (from trying to place the chainsaw). So I would love to buy another one at a decent price. I think Grell's the only one that never got a re-release unfortunately :(

Yes, I need Grell too! I found it a bit strange that he never got a re-release - I actually thought his figure looks grand, especially with the red colour.
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Solarstormflare (1 månad sedan) #52109998Great review! I never liked undertaker enough to put out the cash to buy him but i do really like the figure! I already have two scythe figures and both of them are made of really light plastic so maybe it's an industry trend? And oh wow i hope you like the artfx j Ciel! He is easily one of my favourite figures. My favourite thing except for the pose is how shimmery and cool his blue 'dress'? Is!
Thank you! I think you mean the shimmery and cool blue dress that belongs to Aniplex Ciel instead? ;) My ordered figure is the ARTFX J one - the one with Ciel sitting on the horse chess piece :D I have yet to get my greedy hands on the Aniplex one T.T
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evenstar88 (1 månad sedan) #52120625Thanks! I feel the same too, and considered myself really lucky to have him for a re-release, what with my late start to the collecting hobby. Better late than never I guess ;)
He was my very first figure (all the way back then) and was a great introduction to the hobby.

Now if Grell could get a re-release that would be nice! I did end up buying Grell a couple years ago but mine has some paint scratched on the hand (from trying to place the chainsaw). So I would love to buy another one at a decent price. I think Grell's the only one that never got a re-release unfortunately :(
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moonstarfc (1 månad sedan) #52085215Nice review! I absolutely love this figure, I bought the original release and it's just beautiful. I think it's one of the best Kotobukiya figures I've seen, mine is absolutely flawless.
Thanks! I feel the same too, and considered myself really lucky to have him for a re-release, what with my late start to the collecting hobby. Better late than never I guess ;)
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Great review! I never liked undertaker enough to put out the cash to buy him but i do really like the figure! I already have two scythe figures and both of them are made of really light plastic so maybe it's an industry trend? And oh wow i hope you like the artfx j Ciel! He is easily one of my favourite figures. My favourite thing except for the pose is how shimmery and cool his blue 'dress'? Is!
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Nice review! I absolutely love this figure, I bought the original release and it's just beautiful. I think it's one of the best Kotobukiya figures I've seen, mine is absolutely flawless.
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