Play Arts Red XIII and Cait Sith
ago (okay, four years tops), these two were released onto the
world. At that point I couldn't really afford them, so I
passed them by. Boy was that stupid. Afterward, I was unable
to track him down at conventions, and venturing onto Ebay
was... almost as agonizing as it is right at this very moment,
actually. But then clouds parted and there was a sane seller and a damaged box and holy hell
I paid nowhere near what Ebay's asking and not much more than
the original retail value. Mine.
You can see the "box damage", but...
seriously, it's just a lot of rubbing. Nothing's been
crushed, the factory seals were still perfectly in place, the
box is just as stable as if it'd come right off the factory
floor. But because of a bunch of scuffs, I got a major
And the back, just 'cause. The only
other figure I have from this set is Sephiroth.
Naturally. Though perhaps one day I'll go after
Vincent. I mean... Vincent. Far less scary than
the AC version.
And then of course I ripped them out
of the damn box. Only four pieces of tape
were in my
Right off, I was actually quite
impressed with Cait Sith. For such a tiny
figure, he's got a lot of detail and articulation.
But like I said, he's
tiny. And really delicate
is why I didn't bother changing his megaphone
out for a plain hand, the only additional part
this set comes with. Just not worth the
But, y'know. This
is what I was really waiting for. Red
XIII, also known as Nanaki, is really more
impressive than I'd thought. Yes, the
joints are rather obvious, but this was a
2008 release and before Play Arts Kai came
along. For a Play Arts figure, this is
awesome. Mostly because all the joints
. That's been a
rarity in my experience. Though his
neck doesn't have as much range as it
appears. His tail has wire inside,
which... I hope will hold up for a long
time. Don't want to be replacing that.
I love the
detail. The eye, the earring, the
feathers, the hair, the symbols; fur is
textured in, but not overly so.
The seams aren't immediately
noticeable. He has shinies.
His tail is also partially transparent
for that flame look.
And for some reason this just amused
me. So obviously he can stand on
his back legs with the help of his tail,
and... uh... howl? Dance?
Whatever it is that he's doing, I'm sure
he's doing an awesome job.
It seems... kinda
wrong to take an ass shot of Nanaki,
but... well, everyone else gets one,
no idea why I remain friends with