Play Arts Kai Noctis Lucis Caelum
At long (long,
looooooong) last, the prince arrives. Well I guess it technically
hasn't been that long since the figures officially went into
production, but I remember that first gray Noctis prototype ages
ago. It's since been improved. And so, the call of TEN
YEARS... is still happening, but I have these lovely figures to tide me
over. ...And now I need to recover financially.
The pre-order for Noctis popped up a fair while after the other three. I'm guessing the exact reason had to do with working out a manufacturing schedule, since there were a hell of a lot of figures expected to drop in September (including the limited edition Noctis figures that came with the Ultimate Collector's Edition of FFXV; the delay may have been a bit of a blessing in terms of not having to wait on those, though I can't be sure on any of this). It all seems to have worked out so far, anyway.
STUPID. BOXES. It looks nowhere near as terrible with the human eye, but the combination of black and white, grain and shiny just destroys my poor camera. Alas. When you line all of the boxes up, it supposedly makes one long picture... which would be great if I hadn't already dismantled Ignis' and Prompto's boxes. ...And mixed paint on top of Ignis' box. So, well. That's a thing.
As the son of King Regis, Noctis has been the rightful heir to the throne of Lucis from birth. The rigid life of royalty never suited the free-spirited prince, but with his kingdom in crisis and its crystal taken, he embarks on a journey to find the king within himself.
The crystal's blessings grant the prince the power to conjure weapons for himself and his retinue; his sworn shield, Gladio; his trusted adviser, Ignis; and his pure-hearted pal, Prompto. As they wage war to reclaim their homeland, the four forge bonds that transcend birth and blood.
The special arms Noctis conjures out of thin air are his means of both attack and defense; he can wield them to devastating effect against foes, or hurl them at distant targets to teleport away.
Yes "King Regis" actually means "king king" and yes it makes me laugh when it probably shouldn't.
Anyway. Along with this standard edition Noctis are two swords, the Sword of the Father and the Engine Sword, two open hands, two fist hands, and two sword-holding hands. Of the type where you have to gently work the sword hilts into the hands, which is still a little nerve-wracking, but I haven't broken anything yet so hey.
Also mildly uncomfortable, sure, but the humor makes up for it.
And again, the ability of these figures to balance is seriously impressive. Particularly when I was wondering about those thin boots and tiny little ankle joints. *cough* He's a delicate prince, alright? It does take a bit to find that sweet spot of just the right balance, but he can get there. The toes of those boots also rotate, which is helpful.
In conclusion, for all four main FFXV figures, yeah they're expensive. Even at a discount, they are pricey figures which are larger than a lot of the others on the market. They're also incredibly well made, well detailed, look just like their video game counterparts, and actually have an incredible range of motions. Plus, they can stand on their own a good deal of the time. Worth it. I am very poor now, but it's worth it for the stupid toy adventures to follow.
And let's face it, I'm probably going to continue to display them in various hugging poses. For my own emotional recovery after the game.