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Review: Dead Master (Original Version) by Good Smile Company

It seems like many years ago when I first laid my eyes on the prototype of this figure! It was back when my other half and I were getting into figure collecting and one of the very first figures that I really REALLY wanted. I was actually quite worried about how she’d end up like after hearing many reports of Good Smile Company’s questionable quality control lately and started to think that we’d end up with some deeply flawed monstrosity of a figure while she was shipped out to us! Since I had been looking forward to her and wanting her so much for so long, I would have been disappointed with anything less than a near perfect figure so let’s see how Dead Master holds up agaisnt my almost unreasonable expectations..

Oh, and please click on the photos if you’d like to see them at full scale!

Dead Master Orig ver by Good Smile Company

Dead Master herself needs no introduction to fellow collectors but if you have managed to somehow avoid the hype surrounding the Black Rock Shooter franchise then you can check out Dead Master’s page on the Black Rock Shooter Wiki if you’d like to know more about her character.

The figure is manufactured by Good Smile Company and sculpted by Akeji, the same guy who did the very popular Black Rock Shooter Original version and Black Blade version figures. She’s a 1/8 scale and quite a decent sized 1/8 at that.. especially when you add her large base to her height! Price wise, Dead Master retails for around 9800 yen.

Dead Master Orig ver by Good Smile Company

The level of detail on Dead Master is almost absurdly high. From her intricate horns atop her head down to her amazing base.. I honestly can’t fault her sculpt at all and despite her rather static pose, she’s got a decent amount of motion happening which is shown in her dress ruffles and the bottoms of her pants.

Dead Master Orig ver by Good Smile Company

While the paintwork on my Dead Master is great, it’s been kept very simple with little to no shading but she doesn’t really need it with the folds sculpted into her clothing providing natural highlights and shadows.

Dead Master Orig ver by Good Smile Company

In the above photo is her face and hair without the green lighting I’ve used shining over her (‘cept that part that snuck onto one of her horns, oops) and you can see that she’s kept some of the green tint in her hair although it’s a lot darker than as shown some of the promo shots. The front spiral curls in her hair are made from a soft plastic so thankfully they’re not actually as delicate as they look!

Dead Master Orig ver by Good Smile Company

Dead Master’s dress is one of my favourite parts of this figure and I was really happy to discover that like her hair, the lower part is made from a softer type of plastic too! I wish Max Factory had made her Figma’s skirt like that! The way that the ruffles and folds have been sculpted is fantastic and the little white bow is cute although I do wish they’d used the same type of pearlescent paint for it that was used on the Figma. The only issues I have with her dress is the noticable seam line running down her side.

Dead Master Orig ver seam line

And here is a macro shot of her seam line which looks a lot worse in my photo that it actually is, haha. I’m assuming it’s there because they used a softer type of PVC for this part of the figure and needed to put a seam line somewhere?

Dead Master Orig ver wings

Dead Master’s wings are made from solid black plastic with a touch of dark brown shading and not the translucent material (like the Figma) I was hoping for but now that I look at it closely, I think the solid plastic suits the look of this statue a little more. You can probably see how the wings clip into her back and I didn’t manage to get them all the way in though you can only notice this when you view the figure from above.

Dead Master Orig ver base

The base is almost a work of art itself although how those skinny little arms of hers can manage to wield her scythe with enough power to do damage like that is beyond me! Both the paint work on the scythe and base itself is really good and I love the grungy kinda look to them. The base is very solid and has no trouble supporting Dead Master at all, she sits on it well and was easy enough to get onto the pegs that connect her to the base. Her scythe simply slides into one of her hands and sits in a large crack in the base.

Dead Master Orig ver base

Here is a shot of her base without the scythe obscuring it, I love it! I also love her cute little shoes.. considering looking for a pair like that for myself, haha.

Dead Master Orig ver skull

She comes with the option to display her with or without one of her skulls. The skull itself is attached to one of Dead Master’s claw like fingers and it’s been made so that you simply take off the whole finger with the skull attached and replace it with another finger without the skull that’s been provided. I actually didn’t know this until my boyfriend found the finger without the skull attached on our office floor and asked me about it.. oops! Accessory wise, she also comes with a loose black chain which you can just drape where ever you like over the figure. Sorry for the blurred photo of the skull, I was playing with macro tubes at the time!

Dead Master Box Dead Master Box

I also apologize for the dark box shots but I wanted to show off the cool glow in the dark feature of the skulls! There’s one on each side of the box and I thought it was a nice, if a gimmicky, addition. Her box is on the large side so be prepared for a sizable shipping bill if you choose to get her posted.

Overall, I feel a little bit silly for worrying about this figure so much and for having such little faith in Good Smile Company! Dead Master is easily a stand out in our collection and looks every bit as gorgeous in person as she does in her promo shots. She’s currently being displayed with our Black Rock Shooter Animation ver. and looks fantastic next to her. I would recommend her to fans in a heartbeat, I wonder if GSC’s Animation Version of Dead Master to be release early 2011 will live up to this version?

We purchased her from online store Hobby Search for 7933 yen which is about 15% off her full retail price. They still have some in stock as of writing here if you’re interested in getting her! She’s also in stock at AmiAmi for a great price of 7280 yen and HobbyLink Japan have her in stock for 9333 yen. I’m not aware of there being any bootlegs of her as of yet but be sure to buy her from a trusted seller just to be safe!

I’ll finish up with a couple of extra photos that I took while messing around, thank you very much for reading!

Dead Master Orig ver closeup

Dead Master Orig ver extra

The Black Rock Shooter Figma she’s holding fell apart as soon as I took the above shot since it’s been really hot here lately and the blu-tack holding her together decided to melt!

  1. December 7, 2010 at 6:28 am

    She is really beautiful, doesn’t she?

    • Zai
      December 7, 2010 at 10:27 am

      She really is! πŸ˜€

  2. December 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Hey youre fast in completing your reviews =D
    Your DM looks great, not cute but stylish, her outfit gives her a lot of elegance.
    from the back she looks also quite nice.

    In the brs franchise she is used to be the antagonist, personally I also think she looks a bit scary, so be careful when you’ll fall asleep, and draw off her scythe first. haha

    I like her face in this shot deadmaster_10.jpg, with her expression and these interesting details in her eyes.

    Uhhh you’d nearly lost the spare finger, always these small parts, eh? πŸ˜‰
    The loose chain is a nice extra I think.

    are you interested in the anime version of DM,too
    her face in the prototype pictures looks really nice

    • Zai
      December 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

      ‘Cause I didn’t have anything to do today! And I’m not as creative with photography as most people and take mostly boring straight on photos, hehe.
      I think she looks great from most angles too and even cute from some of them. I think she probably just looks kinda evil to most people though. xD

      Thank you, I like her face a lot from that angle too although she’s nice straight on also.

      Mm, I’m so bad with small parts which is bad when we have so many Figma too. I was really happy that they included the chain!

      I’m not really interested in the animation DM, I think one DM is enough for our collection. She’s looking really great so far though, I agree! I would worry about her pose though since it gets very hot where I live and I’d be always scared of her leaning although I’m sure she’s probably pretty well made, lol.

  3. December 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures, I really like green light ! I had BRS Original Version, but not this one. I like face on this adaptation, but I prefer Dead Master Animation base ^^ More original !

    • Zai
      December 8, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment and compliments. ^^
      The BRS Original is beautiful. If she wasn’t released before we started collecting then we most likely would have gotten her but chose to go for the BRS Animation version instead.
      The DM Animation base is really awesome too! I love how the all the Animation versions have the chains decorating the base although they seem a bit flimsy when being attached. xD

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