As we all know, SE ties up with Kotobukiya to produce most of their merchandise. So far, we have had the famed Playarts series, and the various Monster/Summon/Guardian Force series. There’s also the FF Weapons series coming up. The Master Creature set I mentioned, which has summons from the various Final Fantasies, really suck.
And now, to go even one step further, it’s Final Fantasy Mechanical Arts – featuring various mecha/vehicles from the games and movie. Each of these are probably the size of the AC Bahamut, though there is no official statement on the exact size yet.
There will be five different figures in this series, each costing 3465 yen (in other words, don’t get them all). Release date for Japan is December 2006 but as usual, for Square stuff, let’s wait for the US versions to be released a couple of months later for 2/3 the price.
Actually, the size could be even smaller because the materials used are ABS and diecast metal. The previous SE figures were mostly PVC.
The five are:
Not all would’ve bought the big-ass super Fenrir that came with either the LE or the mass produced Playarts. These unlucky fools can now get this cool bike. As usual, it cannot do the sword-flipout mode. Not too interested in this one for obvious reasons.
Oh yeah for the realllly reallly rural people, this one is Cloud’s motorbike in FFVII: Advent Children.
Now this is cool. Very cool. Exhaust pipes may be the scourge of Mononoke Hime, but it is the vehicular penis – the bigger and more numerous, the better. Kadaj’s bike is the Tripeman of Final Fantasy, with three megahuge exhausts and two side ones. To top that, there are even four heavy machine guns mounted on the front. The massive airintakes add even more manliness. So how does this masculine beauty get itself ridden by a fag of a silverhaired wimp? BUY.
I got lost here. What is this? I haven’t seen anything like it. The design looks like something out of FFX but this series seems to focus on FFVII and its spinoffs. I’m guessing it’s from Dirge of Ceberus but someone please share the truth.
I’m reminded of Noein’s monsters though, with its colourful and grotesque appearance, mouth like section and flailing stuff all over. NO BUY unless I find out what it is.
Ah, one of the most recognisable symbols of modern gaming transportation – the Highwind epitomises the spirit of FFVII, with its sleek and futuristic design contrasting with a metal plated crudish exterior and also incorporating an anachronistic mode of thrust. Like why does Cloud use a sword when laser cannons exist?
There are actually a couple of Highwinds out already but these were all coldcast and prohibitively expensive. The more recent release of an airship, the Sierra, is just fucking ugly. So I hope this version can live up to the high expectations of nostalgic fanboys. BUY.
BIg guns are manly. A big gun with a girly name is even sexier. It’s like calling your big chinchin Tiffany. Now that is sexy. Anyway, the Sister Ray is the final form of the Junon Cannon, that was dismantled and converted to a Mako Cannon fueled by Midgar’s reactors. Named Sister Ray with the lovably hated Scarlet, Head of Shinra’s Weapons Development Department, it’s basically just a giant gun with a couple of pistons. BUY!
Out of the few, my favourites would be the Sister Ray and Kadaj’s Bike. These are probably a confirmed buy, with the Highwind in consideration. The thing about Square Enix Merchandise is that the promo pictures are huge lies. So try not to pre-order anything but adopt a wait and see attitude. These tend to have tonnes of stock anyway due to the big production run which caters for sales worldwide.