Play Arts Kai Advent Children Sephiroth
Seemingly a million years
ago, the movie sequel to Final Fantasy 7, Advent Children, came at a
time when Square-Enix figures were... simpler. Cheaper.
Both in price and in presentation. They were smaller and
didn't have a whole hell of a lot of articulation, but it was more than
enough to satisfy the fans who just wanted figures of their favorite
characters. ...Technical villains or otherwise.
Much like what happened with Riku, I rather promised that if there were ever a Play Arts version of one-winged Sephiroth, I would snag him immediately. SOME YEARS PASSED. I didn't expect Riku, but I sure didn't expect the actual release of a Play Arts Kai Sephiroth, with optional wing, and truly enormous sword. Magical. And, uh. Well. Pricey. Though I admit I got a large discount on him as per usual. Still kind of. Ow for the bank account. But let's see if he was worth it, shall we?
The fact that I miraculously somehow managed to get
a decent picture of the front of the box was surely a sign. Of
some kind. I mean, just. Look.
It's worth noting that the box is notably a bit bigger than the standard PAK boxes, because there are some large pieces inside. So yeah, extra shipping charge.
2 Years after the events of an epic battle...
In the wake of the epic battle between Sephiroth and Cloud two years prior to the events of FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN, the eco-terrorist group “AVALANCHE” continued their fight against The Shinra Electric Power Company in order to protect the planet. In those intervening years, Cloud lived a peaceful life taking care of orphans while running his delivery service. His heart still ached from a deep sense of remorse and grief as he continued to feel over his lost comrades. One day, an unexpected request for his services came in to Strife Delivery Service: Cloud's protection from Kadaj and his gang. Cloud soon discovered that the client was none other than the former president of Shinra Electric Power Company himself – Rufus Shinra.
“I will... never be a memory.”
A burning hatred for everything in existence
A hero, fallen from grace and dragged to the depths of hell.... This is Sephiroth. A burning hatred took root in his heart upon realizing the origins of his birth: JENOVA cells implanted in him were from the same being that once brought destruction and calamity to the planet. His passionate contempt was not only directed toward the Shinra Electric Company, who had condemned him to his horrible fate, but to everything around him, everything he had ever known, believed in or trusted, leading to the notorious Nibelhiem Incident. His rampage of madness continued, driving him to plot the destruction of the entire planet and everyone on it, but his plans were foiled by the planet itself, which released its power like a defensive burst of anger.
However, his hatred for everything did not heal or disappear over time, even with his apparent death, and he would drift through space to plan to create a future for himself on a new planet, as his “mother” JENOVA once did... What will become of his hate-filled tour of destruction and chaos?
Sephiroth's signature weapon is a katana named Masamune. It is most notable for the incredible length of the blade, which surpasses even the height of its wielder. Depsite its impressive size, Sephiroth van swing the weapon with ease, and his swordsmanship is just as extraordinary as would be expected from a SOLDIER who is better than the rest.
Sephiroth very obviously comes with a big-ass wing, a big-ass sword, two fists, a sword hand, and three various open hands. I guess one's the "drama hand". 'Cause you gotta.
Also please take note of that left foot and how smooth and easy the bend at the ball of the foot is there. Bliss. It was bliss. That's usually so difficult or wrong, but not here. ...That's generally a Play Arts Kai thing as far as I know, though, not specific to this figure. It's still nice and should be noted.
Look. At the detail. And the size. Of this wing. I am pleased even if the separations are a little odd in and of themselves... but they also kind of aren't.
But here come my two actual gripes about this figure, both on prominent display in these pictures. That point where the layered hair meets, where it's just black? Yeah. Yeah. That's kind of... what happened there? Sure I can fill it in myself, but there's a little annoyance in having to, as it's not subtle. And neither in the enormous seam line down his back. I guess this could technically be considered part of the coat... but... it looks like a mold seam line. A very deep, very obvious one.
...Considering those are my gripes, I can adjust.
Definitely the same character in the same outfit. Otherwise, they're kind of worlds apart. The joints on the old Play Arts figure are so worn down that it took several minutes to balance him just right so he could actually stand, but that was clearly before locking joints. While I realize the new lamp bulb kind of over-lights the faces (argh), those are also worlds apart.
Worth the wait and the money? For me, yes. Not just because I'd said I'd buy him way back when, but also because it's another example of what I love in these figures: a lot of movement, a vast range of posing possibilities, good detail, and very much recognizable. Once again I am happy. But a little hopeful that S-E won't be coming up with any other must-haves for a while, because my bank account has been sobbing for some months now.