Tagged: Final Fantasy XIII-2

New Arrivals: The E3 tie-in edition

E3 (which you all should know as a “Big Honking Video Game Trade Show”) is currently going down in California this week, where the likes of Sony, Nintendo Microsoft and dozens of more developers and publishers  announce/show off/pimp out hundreds of new and upcoming titles. My ass has zero pull in the gaming industry (as opposed to the very-little-to-none that I have in the Comic Biz), which explains why I’m currently streaming the 3DS conference opposed to enjoying sunny California….indoors with other sweaty nerds and bloggers. On the brightside, I ain’t paying $10 for a Hot Dog for dinner.

My lameness aside, let’s talk a look at some new video game related figures we’ve gotten in recently. I mentioned we got in a ton of new Square Enix Play Art releases in the last article, so now’s the perfect time to look at them. First off, we have Nathan Drake, from the hit Playstation franchise Uncharted. Nate’s sporting a solid sculpt, but man, those elbow joints are disgusting, and they make the arms look a bit odd. Squenix could have definitely done a better job of hiding those, as that sort of thing is usually not a problem for them. At least they put some extra effort into his shoulder articulation, to increase pose-ability.  In terms of accessories, Nathan’s sporting a pair of extra hands, and 3 different guns straight from the game; a T-bolt-Sniper rifle, aAK-47 and his trademark .45 Defender. From Final Fantasy XIII-2 we have Serah Farron, who ironically was the lead for XIII-2 despite her sister getting a figure first. While not as articulated as N-Drake, Serah doesn’t suffer from odd elbows joints. Like Drake she does come with variant hands, and her weapon can turn from a sword into a bow, which is cool. The third new release is the highly anticipated Solid Snake figure from Metal Gear Solid, a figure I’ve mentioned at least twice in the past.  While Snake easily has the best sculpt out of the 3, he’s the only one of the trio that does not come with any variant hands, and only two weapons, a SOCOM handgun, and his FA-MAS rifle. It’s worth nothing though that he IS made of several different materials and  has been given different textures to emphasize how realistic his gear looks/feels; as well as the ability to attach his rile and handgun to his back and side via a sling. Also scratch that no variant hands comment, he does, and Squenix really needs to update that info on their site. Each of these figures retail for about $60, and if you’re a big fan of em, I recommend you pick them up, as it’s going to be awhile before any other company can offer a better product. These are easily some of the best video game figures available on the market. Continue reading

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New stock and the revenge of the shameless plug

FIRST SHAMELESS PLUG OF 2012!!: Hey FP Faithful, on April 15th, I’ll be out in Chicago at C2E2, speaking on a panel titled “Cosplay: What You Didn’t Want to Know and Didn’t Quite Ask”. I’ll be up there with my wife and friend Kenneth making an ass of myself and discussing costumed things, so if you’re in Chicago that weekend for the convention  and don’t want to hear J.M.S. talk about some comics he didn’t finish, come by and watch me make an ass of myself.

This week we’re gonna start off looking at 2 new Play Arts Kai figures we got in recently. The 1st would be the Joker figure I mentioned a few weeks back when I was looking at the P.A.K. Batman figure from the Arkham Asylum line.  Much like the Batman figure, the Joker is well sculpted and super articulated, especially when it comes to the detailing on his suit, as well as his facial expression and manic hair. In terms of accessories, the Joker comes with  a set of Wind-Up Joker teeth (this makes sense if you played the game), a gun, a variant closed left hand, as well as a variant right hand that can grip said gun. Much like the Bat, the Joker goes for about $60, and will make a great companion to the Batman and eventual Harley Quinn figure Square has/will put out.

On the more Final Fantasy side of things, we have Lighting as she appears in the recently released Final Fantasy 13-2. I haven’t played FF13-2, but this a dope figure, and I REALLY like the fact that Square has sculpted her hair in translucent plastic. Then again, the entire figure is well sculpted, as there’s some crazy detail in that armor, as well as that feather-half skirt she’s rocking. Accessory-wise, Lightning comes with a pair of variant hands, shield and sword(Really wish these figures came with stands still). She retails for $55 and will be joined by her sister Serrah in the coming months. We’ve actually sold out of this figure a few times this year, so if you want her and see her on our shelves, pick it up immediately!! Continue reading

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Best of 2011: Super late edition part 1

By Chris Troy

My 2012 is off to a brutal start, as the first day of the year started with me having no power in half of my apartment for 4 days, but rebounded when I went down to DC for MAGfest 2012 for another 3. The latter was rad, but explains my absence. NO WORRIES, NOW I’VE RETURNED, I CAN TALK ABOUT TOYS THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR, SEVERAL OF WHICH YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE AT FPNYC!! So without further delay, my ultimately meaningless list:

Let’s start off with some import goodness shall we? While not the strongest year for Figma as a brand (IMO, people who love them some Madoka may disagree), Max Factory managed to pop out a few rad figures this year, one of them being the Figma based on Evangelion 2.2 ‘s Mari. In a sea of Asuka/Rei merchandise, Mari was a welcomed addition and her Figma, which came with a cockpit and a ton of variant parts and accessories, was great. In addition to that, the Dorothy (of Big O fame) Figma dropped as well, and I am bias as hell towards Big O merch, so that makes the list. Also Robocop, because, well, he’s Robocop; why wouldn’t he, right? 2012 looks solid too, as we’re expected to get a Figma based on Guts from Beserk, as well as Samus Aran of Metroid fame. This is best in life. We still have the Eva girls and Dorothy in stock BTW, as well as several other characters I couldn’t tell you about.

Revoltech had a stellar year, especially if you’re into giant robots. Evas? A ton of them, all of them rad. Zone of the Enders finally got some love, with the release of Jehuty, and more are on the way apparently, which pleases me to no end. A ton of American properties got some love as well, including the likes of Iron Man, War Machine, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee, rocking their Michael Bay designs. 2012 looks to be full of more giant robots AND more movie stuff, including the likes of Pixar movies NOT named Toy Story. In the words of Achewood‘s Ray Smuckles “That’s alright, coz that’s okay.” And wrapping up the super pose-able import toy trinity is SH Figuarts: which, while delivering awesome Godzilla, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Megaman X, and One Piece figures, stole my heart with the release of their Tiger and Bunny line. This line is hot, and I think we had the Tiger and Bunny Figuarts in for like a few hours before they sold out. We do have a nice variety of non-T&B Figuarts still in stock though, so hey, it’s not a complete loss if you come in looking for some. We also got a ton of new Gunpla in this year, including kits from the new series Gundam Age. Continue reading

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