A Belated look at new Play Arts

Alright so y’all bought Hawkeye #11 this week right? You better have, because I’m going to be writing all about it. Soon. This time it’s all about toys.

So we’ve gotten a but-ton (Ton O’ Butts?)  of new toys in recently, mostly Play Art Kai figures because Q1 2013 was not fair to Square Enix and they need the money. I’d feel bad, but yo, Tomb Raider was not selling 5 million copies in the first month, that’s strictly a Call of Duty number right there. A shame, because the game was great, NOT UNLIKE THIS NEW LARA CROFT PLAY ARTS! Solid transition, I know, thank you.

FLASH FACT: Lara was originally available back in March if you pre-ordered the $100 special edition of the game. Looking back, I probably should have picked that up, because that would have resulted in a $40 Play Arts figure. OH WELL, AT LEAST THIS WAY I CAN WRITE ABOUT IT FOR THE BLOG RIGHT?!? :: weeps bitterly ::: Anywho, I don’t know what’s up with the elbow joints with these newer Play Arts figures, but I’m not a fan of em. However, the rest of the figure is dope. I like how the paint job given to the figure makes Lara “dirty” which makes a ton of sense given the survival element in the game. Also man you need to say why you dig it or you sound like a creeper. And while it’s not a big deal, I really like the packaging. The white looks a ton nicer than the usual black boxes, and the cover photo is sweet too. Accessory wise, Lara is strapped with a hand gun, axe, bow and arrow and a quiver, plus variant hands. This is without a doubt the most excited I’ve been for a Play Arts in awhile, and she’s worth the $70 if you’re fan. Which I am. GOODBYE $70 I WOULD HAVE BLOWN ON SOMETHING STUPID, LIKE BILLS!

Tomb Raider isn’t the only game Squenix made a figure for as of late (see the bazillion Metal Gear figures I’ve mention). Both Street Fighter and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 got figures released (Note: I’m fairly certain they were suppose to be SFxT figures, but something must has happened with the rights I guess.) recently! Representing Street Fighters is Guile and Ibuki, and on the TTT2 side of things it’s Kazuya Mishima and Jun Kazama. Both females have the weird elbow joints  like those I’ve mentioned with Lara, because, of course they do. And the dudes have weird knees joints, which I guess is to help articulation, but can problematic visually sometimes. But all 4 capture the art styles of their respected series quite well, especially the Jun one which has a killer paint job. The Tekken Play Arts also see the return of stands being packaged with  stands, which is nice, because if there’s any Play Arts that need to be packaged with stands it’s the ones based on fighting games. They’re also available at $70 a pop, as well as repainted versions of Cammy and Akuma from the 2nd wave of SSF4 PAKs.

And the winner of “Play Art I never thought I’d ever see is Major Henry Varro from Starship Troopers Invasion. SST: Invasion is apparently a straight to DVD animated movie, which I just discovered existed via a Google search. Regardless of it’s origins, it is DOPE, despite it’s tiny-ass wrists. But aside from that, it’s a pretty solid figure, and reminds me a lot of the Vanquish and Halo figures that Square Enix has put out. The downside is that it’s pretty limited in the accessories department- 2 ammo clips, assault rifle and variant hands. Still, nice to see a more obscure property being tackled by Square. Not sure if $70 nice though to be honest.


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