Riding On The Fate/Zero Waver
The next big figure to be released in the Fate/Zero franchise is none other than the feeble Waver Velvet. Both Mega House and Alter will be releasing his figure so I’ve prepared a little comparison post that will cover both. As a bonus you can also get a glimpse at the upcoming Mega House Rider figure.
Waver Velvet is perhaps the black sheep of Fate/Zero. A shy and feeble boy that enlisted into the Grail War without understanding what it was, Velvet proved to be the only pure-hearted combatant. The decision to make a figure of him instead of the other, more iconic, servants goes to show that somewhere along the way Velvet has won the favor of the viewers.
Mega House Waver Velvet
The first Waver figure comes our way courtesy of Mega House and will be released in late March 2013. This Waver comes with two face: his “normal” expression and a slightly agitated expression. Other props include a book on epic poems he borrowed from the library and a blood-red stand.
Mega House is also planning on releasing figures of Rider, Gilgamesh and Lancer in the near future. The first two pictures of Rider are from Waver’s figure description page and as such can be considered a mockup. However the last one was taken in the MegaHobby Expo Autumn 2012 that took place this month and show what appears to be a sample of the final product.
Alter Waver Velvet
Later in April Alter will release their own version of Waver. This figure will be part of their Altair line that targets the
fujoushi female fans. This waver also comes with two face plate: shy and shier. He has a clear base and is accompanied by a mini Rider figure. Interestingly mini Rider is just 5mm short of your average Nendoroid Petite figure.
Comparing the Two
Both figures are 1/8 scale renditions of Waver and both figures are plain, since Waver as a whole is a plain young man. However, that is where the similarities end. There is a big gap in quality between the two figures. Mega House’s figure is not as accurate or attractive as his Alter counterpart. I strongly believe Mega House got Waver’s eyebrows and lips wrong. The book he is holding is also a questionable addition and I think a different object, such as his “admirable great tactics” T-shirt, would have been more appropriate.
The Alter Waver is more polished and (from the picture alone) seems to have better coloring. I should deduct some points off his overall score for having two faces that are hardly that different. However, If we take into account that both figures are targeted at the female audience, and that this audience will probably love that vulnerable look, Alter’s rendition of Velvet is spot-on.
Of course, all of these pale in comparison to the mini Rider figure included with the Altair Waver. I’m sure many otaku who don’t have even the slightest of interest in Waver will buy this figure just to add Rider to their Nendoroid Petite or Bandai’s Chibi Arts‘ collection. Other figure collectors might want to wait for a more impressive rendition of Rider and the rest of the Fate/Zero Servants.