Final Fantasy fanboys can rejoice, for Square Enix has twisted the nipple harder for the good of us all. For the slow, I mean "milk".

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:

Fenrir
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.





Kadaj’s Bike

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.





Continental Circus
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.





Highwind
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.





Sister Ray
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.


12 Responses to “Figure News: FF Mechanical Arts Brings Us the Old n’ the New”  

  1. 1 Samejima

    Wow…cool… btw, please post some Keroro fix figuration when available. thanks…

  2. 2 Tsubaki

    tjhan doesn’t buy keroro figures.

    That Continental Circus looks like it’s from ffx8. Looks more like the Seed’s Garden to me.

  3. 3 Erwin

    The Big Circus thingey is indeed a Garden from FF8, Balamb Garden, to be precise. For those who haven’t played FF8 this is actually quite a spoiler, since the Gardens are academies, of which it was not known that they could fly.

  4. 4 tj_han

    I thought it could be, but decided that it wasn’t because I didn’t remember it that way. Hmm I played FFVIII. Strange because the other four were FFVII.

  5. 5 prazole

    continental circus is from Final fantasy X
    look here..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPMFXfNk1IM

    i dont know why it is so confusing unless u didnt finish FFX..

  6. 6 Samejima

    Tsubaki do you buy keroro figs? I saw Keroro fix fig at dannychoo’s site… they had a mech.

  7. 7 tj_han

    Oh prazole! You win the pie for the correct answer. So I was more correct than the others lol. I guessed that it looked like something from FFX. I finished the game but that was long ago and it didn’t leave much of an impression because frankly, it wasn’t the best FF. Other than the magnificent Rikku. I did like the battle system, character designs and blitzball concept and actually the story was pretty intriguing too. But that love shit ruined it for me. I hate love.

    FFVII did not have stupid love.

    Anyway Samejima, I do know of Keroro Fix Figuration and have seen it many times. I just refuse to spend money on such. I buy stuff that scream "Buy me!" but Keroro goods are weak.

  8. 8 Claude

    its almost a given its scary that i’m going to get the sister ray

  9. 9 Tsubaki

    @samejima I only have 1- Keroro commando trading figure set, which cost a bomb.

    @tjhan It’s funny you didn’t like the love story. I kept replaying the last part to watch the final video. Sure Tidus was annoying, but heck their story was goood. And Rikku’s just god sent. Permently in my party. She has the first person I worked on to get her legendary weapon (god hands) too.

  10. 10 Monketh

    I actually prefer Fenrir much more over Kadaj’s Bike, the Fenrir is sleek and sexy while the latter is just bulky and ugly. The Sister Ray model does look pretty cool, I do like my big guns.

    As for the airships I don’t really like FFX’s Continental Circus, the whole look of it disagrees with me. The Highwind, on the other hand, is a real beauty I may need to secure some shelf space for this one.

    One thing that bothers me is the lack of a FF8 Ragnarok model, I fell in love with the artistic beauty of it’s design on first sight.

  11. 11 tj_han

    I just realised Fenrir has more exhaust pipes than Kadaj’s bike. Lol. Anyway, I think a factor is the novelty. I have seen Fenrir and its model a billion times so I may have gotten sick of it. But bulky bikes are the American way isnt it.

    Kadaj’s bike reminds me of Sakura Taisen’s steam punk monsters.

  12. 12 Lunarius

    And now, i have a dream of Balamb Garden University :)

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