Late last year we got word that not one but two toy companies would be taking on the characters from last year's excellent videogame Resident Evil 5 -- Hot Toys and Square Enix. While the Hot Toys versions certainly looked every bit as well made as what we normally expect from Hot Toys products, they also retailed for $139.99 per character, which is not necessarily in the budget of every collector.
Luckily, Square Enix stepped up to the plate with their Play Arts Kai line, which you can buy separately for $39.99 a pp or as a set for $74.99. Due out this month, the price is certainly much more affordable than the Hot Toys versions, but what about the quality? Hit the jump for a closer look at these poseable pieces.
I'm at a point where I hate showing off the standard box shot. Yeah, I know you need to see what your figure is being shipped in, but at the same time, who really cares? It's just a box, and if you're anything like me you're just going to store it in another bigger box and not think about it again until you move. Do I sound bitter? I have no right to, when at this point I could build a pretty serious fort out of my toy boxes.
So here's our Chris Redfield. SO MANLY! He is highly poseable, as you would imagine. While the sculpt is good and the hair is much better than the last Play Arts set we reviewed, there's one thing I really don't like -- the texture on the face. I get that Chris is a guy and everything, but his skin looks rough and bumpy. The expression itself is spot on, however. I go to a great place for skin car, Chris -- maybe after you finish killing all those Arficans, you should go get a facial?
Chris comes with a nice variety of accessories, as does Sheva. Guns, knives ... what more do you need?
Here's your total selection of weapons between the two figures. I like that big knife! As you can see, each smaller weapon has a hole for the peg that each character's hand has, helping you to secure the weapons in place.
I was underwhelmed by the Sheva figure for one weird detail that I just could not ignore -- she has this odd smear of blackness across her eyes that kind of looks like Pris's makeup from Blade Runner. On Pris, it looked cool. However, since Sheva is not a Nexus6 android, it doesn't really make sense here. Why this strange shading?I like the overall sculpt, but I could have done without that one detail.
At any rate, the figure is still cool. The body detail is great and Sheva looks all sexy as you would expect. The poseability allows you to do a ton with her, and she has tons of little neat details like holsters so you can load her up with weapons. She stands on her own, as does Chris, which is a relief to me because I am about to complain about the stands now.
I think my bitch here is kind of a personal one, because the stand is sturdy. That said, I find it ugly and I feel as if it detracts from the figure itself when you actually use it to display them. However, I'm more than aware this is a personal preference -- obviously some collectors will not be bothered by this.
So, do we like em? We do. I had my qualms when it came to small details, but in the end these are excellent toys, especially for the price point. I wish Sheva's paint was a little bit lighter, and I would have preferred different stands, but in the end these are tiny details that really do not take away from the figures in the end.
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