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Play Arts Kai

Square Enix photo
Square Enix

SDCC 2016: Square Enix

Batman's going crazy
Aug 01
// Tianxiao Ma
You can count on the Play Arts Kai brand to bring some unique (if not overly busy) interpretations of some of your favorite comic book characters. I found a couple such figures at the Square Enix booth at SDCC. They were part...

The Tetsuya Nomura designed Hatsune Miku can now be yours!!

Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Bit late to the party but for those of you who remember the Tetsuya Nomura Designed Hatsune Miku and were not scarred for life, she is now available for pre-order on your preferred online store! It's just that.... Oh god...
SW VPAK Darth Maul photo
SW VPAK Darth Maul

Play Arts Kai enlists Darth Maul as its newest Star Wars Variant release

I'm okay with this. In fact, I'm pleased
May 25
// Andres Cerrato
I was not that thrilled with the Variant Play Arts Kai Stormtrooper. Vader was too edgy for my tastes while Boba Fett had my attention. As Square-Enix moves to the next entry to the line, I'm completely down for their Darth M...
PAKV Boba Fett photo
PAKV Boba Fett

Play Arts Kai Boba Fett and Stormtrooper, what could go wrong?

Hope you got empire full of cash
Mar 27
// Andres Cerrato
I'm still not sure what to make of the Play Arts Kai Variant Series. It's cool that they're willing to take risks with beloved characters, but I'm not exactly much of a fan of some of the results. I really don't know what to ...

Final Fantasy photo
Oh, plus three other characters
Square-Enix's much asked about Play Arts Kai Red XIII (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) is finally up for pre-order... along with three other FVII:AC characters who aren't talking wolf-lions. PAK Red XIII was shown last J...

Variant PAK Hatsune Miku photo
Variant PAK Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku goes from Letterman to new Play Arts Kai

Anything is better than that performance
Oct 09
// Andres Cerrato
[Update: Now with actual images. Duck face?] Yes, we all have seen that thing that happened last night. (In case you haven't it's after the break.) It's now time for better things and with New York Comic Con opening in just u...
New Play Arts Kai photo
New Play Arts Kai

Hideo Kojima teases Kid Mantis for Play Arts Kai line

An interesting choice from Metal Gear Solid V
Sep 16
// Brian Szabelski
Hideo Kojima is back doing what he does best outside of making games: teasing Play Arts Kai figures on Twitter. This time around, it's the mask-wearing child from Metal Gear Solid V better known as Kid Mantis (mostly bec...
SDCC: Play Arts Kai photo
SDCC: Play Arts Kai

SDCC 2014: Square Enix - Other Play Arts Kai

Jul 26
// Brian Szabelski
Having touched base on the comics and Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts related Play Arts Kai, let's wrap things up from the Square Enix booth with a look at everything else in store: The Atlas from Titanfall was at the booth...
SDCC: Square Enix FF/KH photo
SDCC: Square Enix FF/KH

SDCC 2014: Square Enix - Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix's classic franchises well represented at their booth
Jul 26
// Brian Szabelski
What kind of Play Arts Kai display would it be without some Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts news to share? Apparently, Square Enix feels it wouldn't be much of one, since they've brought along several new prototypes for San...
SDCC: Square Enix - DC photo
SDCC: Square Enix - DC

SDCC 2014: Square Enix - Batman/DC Play Arts Kai

The many faces of The Dark Knight
Jul 26
// Brian Szabelski
Tetsuya Nomura's Batman wasn't the only Caped Crusader at Square Enix's booth this Comic Con. In fact, Batman was well represented alongside the DC Comics universe, with at least six other Batmen on display. Hit the jump to check out some of the new Bat-Info on the Play Arts Kai line!

Painted PAK Fran coming to SDCC?

Jul 13 // Scarecroodle
Final Fantasy photo
Remember what the dormouse said
Hidemi Matsuzuka recently tweeted an image of a painted Play Arts Kai Fran (Final Fantasy XII) along with some accompanying text which apparently translates to, "Painted towards the comic-con-exhibition in ‼︎" Fa...

Tomopop Review: Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper

Jun 14 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Play Arts Kai Helena HarperFigure Manufacturer: Square-EnixRetail Price: ¥8,800; currently on sale for ¥5,720Previously Available At: HobbyLink Japan Although I own a number of Play Arts figures, this is the first time I've gotten my hands on a Play Arts Kai figure. The packaging is certainly something of an upgrade, as it includes an additional flap to protect the window. The back of the box, however, features a somewhat average mix of product images along with a teaser for Leon S. Kennedy. The inner flap contains a character bio along with some weapon details... which is great because I didn't know the name of that handgun and now I won't run the risk of sounding like a rube by getting the make wrong. The window features some decoration at the bottom but otherwise provides a view of the figure and her accessories. The stand is hidden behind that black tray. The stand is glued onto a card insert which also lists some instructions. Many of the instructions are self-explanatory (such as changing out hands), but it shows you how to put the stand together. The stand is surprisingly cool. It's fully adjustable (there's a hexagonal peg which fits into any of the holes on the extension) and is reasonably sturdy. It comes with the choice of two claws (one large, one small) for the connecting piece. Unfortunately the claw to extension connection isn't terribly strong. There's probably some workaround for the issue, though. It did manage to hold Helena in place long enough to take a jumping photo. The other accessories are an alternate set of hands (one with a trigger finger), a Piscator (handgun), and a Hydra Shotgun. The Hydra Shotgun has a neat design but, at least in Resident Evil: Revelations, didn't seem to be a terribly useful weapon. The sculpting and paintwork on Helena is pretty great, especially when it comes to her outfit. There's a rich use of color on her vest and pants. You'll also notice a lot of ruffles sculpted into her pants. Granted, the shoulders look a bit off and the joints don't look great in flesh portions, but those are relatively minor (and expected) issues. The butt is rather interesting... well, in ways besides the sculpting. The whole groin-plate is made from a soft, rubbery plastic which not only conceals the joints (making them less invasive) but provides more clearance so the joints themselves are less restricted. I'm not sure if that's a line standard, but it's really cool. Decidedly less cool is how Square-Enix handled the neck, which only features jointing at its top for the head. Given that the PAK line is supposed to be more articulate than its predecessor, you'd think they'd add a lower neck joint as well. Besides that, the neck sculpting is a little awkward. I think it's because they wanted to make the neck long enough that the hair wouldn't impede the articulation, but it seems odd from certain angles. The actual face sculpt is attractive enough. The shading brings out some distinction in the face although it stands in almost stark contrast again the other flesh-colored portions of the figure. The figure's overall jointing is good in most areas. The articulation includes a ball-jointed head, ball-jointed shoulders with an additional shoulder span joint (for forward/back), bicep rotation, ball-jointed elbows, ball-jointed writes, an upper torso joint, a lower torso joint, ball-jointed hips, and hinged knees. There's also what might be a ball-joint at the ankles but I had difficulty in getting a full range of motion. The pistol can be stored in Helena's holster but it needs to be really pressed down to get the top strap around it. The downside is that it's *really* hard to get it out again. Given that this is my first Play Arts Kai figure, I was curious to see how it stacked up against my Play Arts figures; especially because I had heard that the PAK line was taller. I wound up grabbing two Play Arts figures not in a display (thus avoiding a potential domino effect), the Advent Children Yuffie and a... well, version of Vincent. While I'm not sure that they're the best reference points, there's a definite size difference at play. All things considered, Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper is a pretty decent figure. The sculpting is great, the paint is good (except the flesh tones), and there's a good range of articulation (with well-concealed joints in places). I suppose the only sticking point might be the price, but the cost is somewhat reasonable for the size and, I might add, is currently marked down at HobbyLink Japan. [Big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending out this review sample]
Review: Helena Harper photo
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E3 2014: Square-Enix photo
Including the exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2014!
E3 2014 is in full-swing and while most of its attendees are plugged in and glued to screens of various sizes, several booths displayed toys as well as electronic media. One such booth was Square Enix and their headliners wer...

Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

PAK Advent Children Tifa probably isn't the best follow-up to Fran

More of the same?
May 17
// Scarecroodle
In a move sure to elicit a groan or two,  Hidemi Matsuzuka unveiled two images of an unpainted Play Arts Kai Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Tifa. These photos come hot on the heels of a newly revealed PAK FFXII Fran ...
FFXII Fran Play Arts Kai photo
FFXII Fran Play Arts Kai

Hidemi Matsuzuka teases Final Fantasy XII's Fran Play Arts Kai figure

The sexy bunny lady returns!
May 16
// Rio McCarthy
What's that in the mist? My favorite bunny lady in the Final Fantasy universe has arrived in figure form, and I guess it's better late than never. Final Fantasy XII's Fran has been teased out on twitter by Hidemi Matsuzuka, a...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

Get the jump on the Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon pre-orders

I tossed a pun up in the air...
Mar 25
// Scarecroodle
Pre-orders for Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon have literally fallen out of the sky and landed on our heads. Although many of the usual suspects have yet to list Dragoon, the jumpy among us currently have an oppor...
Watchmen photo

Play Arts Kai Rorschach takes to the streets with new photos

Who watches the people who watch people post photos of the Watchmen?
Mar 18
// Scarecroodle
Scarecroodle's journal. Saint Patrick's Day yesterday. Streets filled with drunks and insanity. Bigger news is that Hidemi Matsuzuka unveiled new photos of Square-Enix's upcoming Play Arts Kai Rorschach. Same Rorschach seen a...
Batman photo

PAK Batman Arkham Origins Deathstroke and Batman get official photos

Deathstroke may be a hit... and a slash... and a gunshot
Mar 04
// Scarecroodle
Square-Enix's upcoming Play Arts Kai Batman: Arkham Origins Batman and Deathstroke have received some official product images which show off Deathstroke's accessories. The mercenary will apparently come with his customary bo ...
PAK MGS5 Quiet photo
PAK MGS5 Quiet

Play Arts Kai MGS5 Quiet gets some more exposure

I think you already know what I'm going to say here
Feb 27
// Andres Cerrato
I've had my share of words regarding the upcoming release of Play Arts Kai Quiet. With two new shots released courtesy of Hideo Kojima's Twitter, we can once upon gaze on the tranquil nature of Quiet. This time, let's just fo...
Toy Fair 2014 Square-Enix photo
Toy Fair 2014 Square-Enix

Toy Fair 2014: Square Enix debuts its newest figures

Bahamut and more in full glory
Feb 16
// Andres Cerrato
Square-Enix has made a lot of strides in its offerings. The Play Arts line evolved into Kai and in more directions than just the company's own game lineup. The Variant line for DC Comics, for example, has been fantastic so fa...
Final Fantasy photo
Final Fantasy

New Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon photos jump out

Who said white Dragoons couldn't jump?
Feb 04
// Scarecroodle
Hidemi Matsuzuka has posted two new photos of Square-Enix's upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon (previously seen at NYCC 2013). While I wasn't sure what I thought of the figure when we first saw it unpainted, I've quickly ...
MGS Play Arts Kai Quiet photo
MGS Play Arts Kai Quiet

MGS 5 Play Arts Kai Quiet sneaks out for a preview

Such character design. Many opinion.
Jan 20
// Andres Cerrato
If you remember a couple of months back, Hideo Kojima let us in on some of the details for Quiet, a new character introduced in the latest installment of the franchise. I had my own quips as to his reasoning for the design, a...
Star Trek photo
Star Trek

Hidemi Matsuzuka shows images of PAK Star Trek figures

I think I've been seeing too many Spiderman promos
Jan 08
// Vanessa Cubillo
We first saw Square Enix’s Star Trek Into Darkness PAK figures painted at NYCC. Now Hidemi Matsuzuka has taken to social media to share official images of Kirk and Spock. It’s interesting, the pictures of the fig...
PAK Aquaman, Cyborg photo
PAK Aquaman, Cyborg

Prepare to recruit PAK Aquaman, Cyborg to your team

Pre-orders up for July release of Square Enix figures
Dec 26
// Brian Szabelski
The latest DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai figures to hit pre-order are Cyborg and Aquaman, the two remaining Justice League core members who weren't released yet. Like the other DC Comics Variant figures, they're a different...
Arkham Origins photo
Arkham Origins

Play Arts Kai Arkham Origins Deathstroke and Batman

Dec 09
// Scarecroodle
Photos of Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke and an unpainted Batman have popped up on TAG Hobby. PAK Deathstroke looks fantastic. While both Mattel and DC Collectibles have taken stabs at the char...
PAK Ground Zeroes Snake photo
PAK Ground Zeroes Snake

PAK Ground Zeroes Snake ready for pre-order action

No espionage needed ... just some patience until next year
Nov 29
// Brian Szabelski
After appearing at SDCC and NYCC this year, Square Enix's Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Solid  V: Ground Zeroes Snake not only is up for pre-order, but is finally appearing in color with new promo shots. Snake's got his ...
LR:FFXIII Lightning PAK photo

Lightning Returns: FFXIII Lightning PAK gallery

This striking lady is my favorite rendition yet!
Nov 29
// Rio McCarthy
Holy cow. I thought I liked the design of the Lightning Play Arts Kai from Final Fantasy XIII-2, but this one takes the cake for me. I really hope somehow I can get my hands on the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII versio...
Variant PAK photo
Variant PAK

Take a look at Variant Play Arts Kai Aquaman and Cyborg

Justice for all!
Nov 26
// Martin Siggers
Square-Enix's line of 'Variant' Play Arts Kai - new redesigns of classic DC heroes - has been a big hit so far, producing some flashy new takes on time honoured designs. Now we've got shots of the next two entries in the rang...
RoboCop PAK pre-order photo
RoboCop PAK pre-order

Play Arts Kai RoboCop pre-orders go online

Is your Directive 4 to pre-order him?
Nov 18
// Brian Szabelski
Square Enix's shot at making the original (and best) RoboCop for their Play Arts Kai line has entered pre-order stage! Yep, we're moving closer to the legendary cyborg cop's release, and it appears his paint job will feature ...
Metal Gear Solid 5 PAK photo
Metal Gear Solid 5 PAK

Relieve your phantom pain with Snake and Skull Face

Getting all up in your ground zeroes
Nov 09
// Tianxiao Ma
The next console generation is almost here, but the wait for Metal Gear Solid V will be considerably longer. Seeing these two Play Arts Kai reveals just makes me all the more anxious. I haven't gotten around to Metal Gear Ris...

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