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"I said I'd live out both our lives... Easy to make that promise..." Welp, here's how I'm celebrating the release and my completion of the FFVII Remake. On my Facebook page, I put this set up on an old gimmick named Frank's Wishlist, but deemed it too expensive to pick up. Since then - after its release, every time I went back to the Philippines for family functions, I'd go to the Data Blitz in Alabang Town Center to see if the set had gotten picked up yet. Then one day, in the middle of June 2019 and I'm back in Vancouver, I get a call from my mother asking what I wanted for my upcoming birthday. I ended up asking her if we can somehow get this at a good price - and if not, they didn't have to get me anything. To my surprise, she went to the store and because the people there have known my family since I was in the first grade, she was able to get it for a REALLY good price, which has not been disclosed to me. BASICALLY, I'm really lucky to have parents that support me in this hobby. I owe pretty much my entire collection to them, and one day I hope to pay them back somehow. I guess, in a way, this review is for them. Miss you guys, you're always welcome to visit! Anyway, point of that intro is "I'm a bit late to this party, and I've been waiting to get my hands on this set since its release in October of 2018". And boy howdy was the wait worth it. As it happens, I also have the original Play Arts Cloud and Fenrir set back home in Thailand - however I broke Cloud's leg trying too hard to get him low on the bike, and the entirety of the front axle came off the chassis. That set on it's own wasn't bad at all! However, this set strove to improve what they had on that original "Non-Kai" 2005 release. By God, did this set deliver. I'm going to start with the appetizer that is the newly updated Cloud figure before getting into the meat of this review. The sculpt is the exact same as the original Play Arts Kai Cloud release. The updates however lie in the accessories included and the paint job. The paint job features newer, more dramatic shading than the original release, with darker shade tones in the vest and the hair. He also comes with two newly-sculpted hands for holding the handle bars of the bike, as well as a hand that holds a removable cell-phone. A new sword that Cloud comes with is the inactive version of the First Sword of the Omniblade. It features an all-new sculpt that does not show the inner workings, as well as a more folded-up hilt. It is also shorter than the "active" version. Additionally, Cloud comes with an all-new headsculpt that sports his riding goggles. and alternatively, also comes with goggles that you can wrap around his neck with the headsculpt sans goggles. Other than that, he comes with the same swords that came with the original release, but also with very slight changes to the paint jobs, with more shading added for wear-and-tear. My only problem with the figure is that some paint from the vest rubbed off onto Cloud's right arm, so now he's got weird indigo spots. Another problem I have is the inactive First Sword doesn't fit into the holsters in Cloud's back, which is inaccurate, as in one scene in Healin Lodge, Cloud actually has it stowed there. There is a possibility that it's a problem with my figure alone, but honestly, that's highly unlikely due to how meticulous the sculpt of such a figure is. Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty. The brass tacks. The belle of this ball: The Fenrir Motorcycle, Cloud's steel steed throughout his misadventures in Advent Children. Considering this is a Play Arts Kai set, they had to size up the bike by almost twice the size of the original release. To top it off is some crazy-ass attention to detail. The chassis features all these pipes and the exposed inner workings of (what I think to be) the engine has all these rivets and exposed gear. Looking at that area alone is enough to start a bit of an information overload due to all that sculpted detail. Unlike the original release, however, there are no diecast metal parts, BUT this bike is one freakin heavy chunk of perfectly sculpted plastic. My guess is, they took the 3D model of the movie, scaled it down to PAK size, and then printed it in the needed materials. The wheels have really cool and slick treads, and seem to be made of a really solid and hefty rubber. It could possibly also be made of hard plastic with lots of traction, like the FiguArts Batpod. The only metal part I can think of is the articulated kickstand. As I touched up on earlier, the bike sports a few points of articulation. The first of which, is the aforementioned kickstand, which can be flipped up or down depending on how the consumer would like to display it. The front axle can also rotate laterally, but only -- I wanna say forty degrees. Enough to make it look like the figure is steering via the rear wheel. Just as well, the handle bars are on ball pegs. This adds a bit of realism to the poseability of the bike, and also makes it easier for the Cloud figure to hold them. This bike sports a predominantly glossy black paint job. The seat is more matte, and all the accent parts (which, honestly, are just all the exposed parts of the bike) have a nice brass colour, featuring some nice airbrush shading, conveying the wear and tear of Cloud's usage of the bike. There are a few silver accents on the bike though, like the gas cap and the exposed upper part of the chassis that houses the headlight. Since I just mentioned it, the bike also features a light-up system! It requires three LR44 batteries (the small button ones - not included, sadly), which would be housed in the little air-intake on the bottom of the bike. The lights themselves are decently bright, as evidenced by being nicely picked up in such low exposure shots. Finally, the black parts of the front axle can both be removed, in order to peg in the racks that "house" six of Cloud's swords. It's a really cool display option that gives this set more versatility in posing. Honestly, Square Enix could have just released just the bike for the original Play Arts Kai Cloud release (Ala Bandai-Tamashii with the FiguArts Batpod for their Dark Knight figure), and includes all the new accessories Cloud would have. That would've cost both consumers and manufacturers less money in buying/making this set. However, I'm still glad I get a new Cloud figure that I can display on the bike, whilst I have the other Cloud figure doing dynamics on the top of my "Japanese Imports" shelf. Lastly, I'd like to add that I still hate the stands that Play Arts Kai figures come with. Square really gotta come up with better designs than that. It does the job, but goddamn is it ugly. Hell, the stand that came with this figure has loose holes in the "stem", which can be annoying when one is trying to display Cloud off the bike in a dynamic pose that NEEDS a stand. All in all, I'm really glad I finally have this set. Its versatility in posing is almost on par with the FiguArts Batpod. It definitely improves on the original Play Arts release from 2005, and even adds more. However, for it's price point, I can only recommend this to people who REALLY enjoyed Advent Children. If you're a Final Fantasy VII super-fan (and ONLY super-fans), but don't like Advent Children or Cloud's design in the movie, I'd suggest waiting for the Ultra-Special Edition of the FFVII Remake that includes a Play Arts Kai set featuring Cloud and the Hardy Daytona, which is about the same price as this - BUT includes the game. Honestly, in my opinion, that's a steal as you're paying the price of the figure, and pretty much $10 for the game. Point is, only get this if you can afford it, and if you REALLY liked Advent Children and it's designs. Either way, Square Enix put a lot of love into this figure set, and it shows. Special thanks again to Kiko and Celine Rosario for picking this up for me! I can't be any luckier. + Amazingly meticulous sculpt on the bike + Newly updated Cloud figure with new accessories + Highly realistic paint job with no bleed at all + Bike is versatile as hell and adds so much posing options for both itself and the Cloud figure - Paint rub off on the right arm from the vest - Batteries not included - First Sword don't fit in holster - I hate the stand If you're in the Philippines and want games or collectibles, look no further than Data Blitz! They have everything for your gaming needs, like games, PC accessories, consoles, and gaming collectibles! Their collectibles include a lot of Japanese import figures, so if you're into that, definitely go to Data Blitz! Additionally, here's a link to my Facebook page for more reviews and photos!: https://www.facebook.com/FranksFigurePage/ More pics below! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Final Fantasy Bring Arts Cloud Strife Another Form
JayC posted a topic in Action Figure NewsCloud Strife from the "Final Fantasy" series gets a new Bring Arts figure, with lots of ways to vary his look! Based on illustrations by Tetsuya Nomura, this figure features careful attention paid to the details of Cloud's clothing and facial features. The cloak over his left shoulder can be exchanged for a single demonic wing, and he's also got his Buster Sword and four different hands. Order him for your own collection today! You can pre-order this now from HobbyLinkJapan.com.