Play Arts Kai Archive

  • I have such a love-hate relationship with Square-Enix and their figure production. I love Final Fantasy. I hate that we only get action figures from Squeenix themselves (and the occasional bust). While I must admit that the Play Arts Kai are awesome (I dearly love my FFXII Fran), they’re so expensive! Also I prefer scales, so obviously I’m a bit biased here. They had yet another Lightning out at NYCC, cause we absolutely need more of her, along with Terra, Zach, and a Cid who comes with Cait Sith! Dear Squeenix, if you sell him separately (or with the fatto catto body) I will but that shit so fast.

    NYCC 2017: Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy Figures

    I have such a love-hate relationship with Square-Enix and their figure production. I love Final Fantasy. I hate that we only get action figures from Squeenix themselves (and the occasional bust). While I must admit that the Play Arts Kai are awesome (I dearly love my FFXII Fran), they’re so expensive! Also I prefer scales, so obviously I’m a bit biased here. They had yet another Lightning out at NYCC, cause we absolutely need more of her, along with Terra, Zach, and a Cid who comes with Cait Sith! Dear Squeenix, if you sell him separately (or with the fatto catto body) I will but that shit so fast.

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  • Are Square-Enix’s DC figures a little too strange for you? Well don’t worry, friends, the Marvel line is here to save the day! Just kidding, they are pretty strange too. Unless, you know, futuristic gladiator Wolverine is a totally normal thing I’ve somehow missed out on. At least Doctor Strange looks pretty true to form? I will admit, Magneto’s scrap metal cape is absolutely amazing, and kind of ingenious. Could I do without the 6-pack armor? Yeah, maybe. But I want a metal cape of my own (that doesn’t weigh 6 tons, please).

    Toy Fair 2017: Square Enix’s Marvel Play Arts Kai Figures

    Are Square-Enix’s DC figures a little too strange for you? Well don’t worry, friends, the Marvel line is here to save the day! Just kidding, they are pretty strange too. Unless, you know, futuristic gladiator Wolverine is a totally normal thing I’ve somehow missed out on. At least Doctor Strange looks pretty true to form? I will admit, Magneto’s scrap metal cape is absolutely amazing, and kind of ingenious. Could I do without the 6-pack armor? Yeah, maybe. But I want a metal cape of my own (that doesn’t weigh 6 tons, please).

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  • Square-Enix’s DC line has always been a head-scratcher for me. The designs, from the first ones they put out to the Tetsuya Nomura designs, are so very strange and out-there. Maybe that’s the appeal! But they’re really pushing the boundary of “what even am I looking at” with their new Harley Quinn & The Joker. Because these seemingly normal Play-Arts Kai transform into… robot Harley and robot Joker. Wat. The Joker has some strange exo-suit going on and Harley looks like an extra from Bubblegum Crisis. I… I kind of love it. It’s just SO weird, and the Joker has about 20 thousand extra heads. Part of me is like “why” and the other part is all “think of the toy photography opportunities!!”

    Toy Fair 2017: Square Enix’s DC Play Arts Kai Figures

    Square-Enix’s DC line has always been a head-scratcher for me. The designs, from the first ones they put out to the Tetsuya Nomura designs, are so very strange and out-there. Maybe that’s the appeal! But they’re really pushing the boundary of “what even am I looking at” with their new Harley Quinn & The Joker. Because these seemingly normal Play-Arts Kai transform into… robot Harley and robot Joker. Wat. The Joker has some strange exo-suit going on and Harley looks like an extra from Bubblegum Crisis. I… I kind of love it. It’s just SO weird, and the Joker has about 20 thousand extra heads. Part of me is like “why” and the other part is all “think of the toy photography opportunities!!”

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  • Sometimes I wonder to myself, “what the hell is going on with the Kingdom Hearts franchise?” 2 came out over 10 years ago, and it’s probably going to be a while before we get 3 (or even any info on a release date, sigh). Yet there are multiple side games with bizarre names like Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary passage- and Dream Drop Distance. Who comes up with these? Are they given LSD and locked in a room where Animal Collective plays nonstop until the come up with a sufficiently trippy title? Truly a mystery. Square-Enix had 2 Play-Arts from the franchise on display: Sora from KHIII (toys before game seems to be so common nowadays), and Aqua from Birth by Sleep. There’s also some amazingly cute vinyl figures of the various cute/evil critters that populate the world. Who doesn’t want a tiny Heartless lurking around their apartment?

    Toy Fair 2017: Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts Figures

    Sometimes I wonder to myself, “what the hell is going on with the Kingdom Hearts franchise?” 2 came out over 10 years ago, and it’s probably going to be a while before we get 3 (or even any info on a release date, sigh). Yet there are multiple side games with bizarre names like Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary passage- and Dream Drop Distance. Who comes up with these? Are they given LSD and locked in a room where Animal Collective plays nonstop until the come up with a sufficiently trippy title? Truly a mystery. Square-Enix had 2 Play-Arts from the franchise on display: Sora from KHIII (toys before game seems to be so common nowadays), and Aqua from Birth by Sleep. There’s also some amazingly cute vinyl figures of the various cute/evil critters that populate the world. Who doesn’t want a tiny Heartless lurking around their apartment?

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  • Final Fantasy used to be my gaming lifeblood. I have sunk so many hundreds of hours into those games, and they were absolutely my most anticipated releases. Until XIII, which I have tried 3 times to get into. Like literally, I’ve restarted the game 3 times hoping to feel the spark. Nada. So while I pre-ordered XV, I still haven’t touched it. Basically at this point I’m just waiting patiently for the XII remaster, sigh. At least I have my Fran Play-Arts to keep me company! They had quite a few Play-Arts Kai from the FF world at Toy Fair (though sadly none from World of Final Fantasy, how cute would those be?). There’s Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, Nyx Ulric, and Cindy Aurum from XV, and Cloud & Barret from VII. Then there’s what I am all about: plushes! Chocobos to fill the void in your heart, Moogles to make you happy. And a bonus slime from Dragon Quest, to go with the 5 million you probably already own if you’re anything like me.

    Toy Fair 2017: Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Figures

    Final Fantasy used to be my gaming lifeblood. I have sunk so many hundreds of hours into those games, and they were absolutely my most anticipated releases. Until XIII, which I have tried 3 times to get into. Like literally, I’ve restarted the game 3 times hoping to feel the spark. Nada. So while I pre-ordered XV, I still haven’t touched it. Basically at this point I’m just waiting patiently for the XII remaster, sigh. At least I have my Fran Play-Arts to keep me company! They had quite a few Play-Arts Kai from the FF world at Toy Fair (though sadly none from World of Final Fantasy, how cute would those be?). There’s Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, Nyx Ulric, and Cindy Aurum from XV, and Cloud & Barret from VII. Then there’s what I am all about: plushes! Chocobos to fill the void in your heart, Moogles to make you happy. And a bonus slime from Dragon Quest, to go with the 5 million you probably already own if you’re anything like me.

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  • Tired of Batman, Batman, and more Batman? Well believe it or not, there were things other than Batman at Square-Enix’s booth this year! Kingdom Hearts, Predator, Appleseed, Assassin’s Creed, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. It’s almost like there’s a world where I’m not having constant flashbacks to scary Batman designs. On topic, you know what I really want from them? A Runner Play Arts. So so bad. And of course a Hell-Hound to go with it.

    NYCC 2014: Square-Enix’s Booth Overview

    Tired of Batman, Batman, and more Batman? Well believe it or not, there were things other than Batman at Square-Enix’s booth this year! Kingdom Hearts, Predator, Appleseed, Assassin’s Creed, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. It’s almost like there’s a world where I’m not having constant flashbacks to scary Batman designs. On topic, you know what I really want from them? A Runner Play Arts. So so bad. And of course a Hell-Hound to go with it.

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  • I feel like it’s very strange that we continue to get figures from a 9-year-old movie that’s based on a 17-year-old game. I mean, yeah, Cloud is still popular. Sephiroth is still popular. You know what people actually want? For you to redo FFVII in glorious technicolor. But, hey, apparently that isn’t happening right now. But more Cloud Play Arts are! I know, right? We just don’t have enough of those. There’s also a Red XIII, who I will never complain about. Because when it comes to cat-related things, I am a terrible hypocrite.

    NYCC 2014: Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy Advent Children Play Arts Kai

    I feel like it’s very strange that we continue to get figures from a 9-year-old movie that’s based on a 17-year-old game. I mean, yeah, Cloud is still popular. Sephiroth is still popular. You know what people actually want? For you to redo FFVII in glorious technicolor. But, hey, apparently that isn’t happening right now. But more Cloud Play Arts are! I know, right? We just don’t have enough of those. There’s also a Red XIII, who I will never complain about. Because when it comes to cat-related things, I am a terrible hypocrite.

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  • Are you ready for yet another set of Arkham Whatever-installment-they-are-on Play Arts Harley Quin in “this outfit is slightly different/more tacky than the last one”? How about 20 different editions of Batman, including (of course) super extra black outfit, less black outfit, (note the lack of HUSH OUTFIT PLZ SOMEONE), Western Batman, Gladiator Batman, strange cyberpunk-steampunk fusion Batman, and more. So much more. In fact, we have like… 1 non-Batman character! Wow, actually it’s three. Progress, guys. Progress.

    NYCC 2014: Square-Enix’s DC Comics Play Arts Kai

    Are you ready for yet another set of Arkham Whatever-installment-they-are-on Play Arts Harley Quin in “this outfit is slightly different/more tacky than the last one”? How about 20 different editions of Batman, including (of course) super extra black outfit, less black outfit, (note the lack of HUSH OUTFIT PLZ SOMEONE), Western Batman, Gladiator Batman, strange cyberpunk-steampunk fusion Batman, and more. So much more. In fact, we have like… 1 non-Batman character! Wow, actually it’s three. Progress, guys. Progress.

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  • We went from very little Halo merchandise from PVC manufacturers to… quite a bit, in a short amount of time. But Square-Enix is a veteran in this field. If we went to a convention in the past few years, chances are there were some Halo Play Arts there. Case in point: 2013, 2012, 2011. And now, 2014! This year they only had one on display, an Anniversary Edition of Master Chief in his Halo 2 getup. Cause, you know, his outfits just change so very much between installments.

    NYCC 2014: Square-Enix’s Halo Play Arts Kai

    We went from very little Halo merchandise from PVC manufacturers to… quite a bit, in a short amount of time. But Square-Enix is a veteran in this field. If we went to a convention in the past few years, chances are there were some Halo Play Arts there. Case in point: 2013, 2012, 2011. And now, 2014! This year they only had one on display, an Anniversary Edition of Master Chief in his Halo 2 getup. Cause, you know, his outfits just change so very much between installments.

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  • So were you not satisfied by the Final Fantasy x DC mashup at Square-Enix’s booth this year? Do you want even more strange, nonsensical variants of comic characters? Perhaps Spider-Man in a suit so overly-defined he looks like a robot. Or an Iron Man with a super slimmed down mask that kind of looks like a skull. Well then man oh man will you be satisfied when you hit the jump and check out what oddities S-E has for you this time around.

    NYCC 2014: Square-Enix’s Iron Man and Spider-Man Variant Play Arts Kai

    So were you not satisfied by the Final Fantasy x DC mashup at Square-Enix’s booth this year? Do you want even more strange, nonsensical variants of comic characters? Perhaps Spider-Man in a suit so overly-defined he looks like a robot. Or an Iron Man with a super slimmed down mask that kind of looks like a skull. Well then man oh man will you be satisfied when you hit the jump and check out what oddities S-E has for you this time around.

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