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Capcom and Sony have some great new figures arriving this spring from Square. The Street Fighter line continues this April with both Cammy and Akuma joining the already released Ryu and Chun-Li. With all the articulation included, it’ll be easy to recreate some of the more outrageous poses these world warriors often find themselves in. Additionally, each of the figures will come with special move accessories.
You can see Cammy’s Cannon Drill attachment on display, and though it wasn’t shown, Akuma will come with a hadoken accessory. Also shipping this April are Kratos and Nathan Drake. While Kratos has received figures from several different toy companies to varying success, this will be the first time Drake is brought to life in plastic form. Both sculpts are based on the third entries in each character’s respective franchises. Creating figures based off of normal people like Drake is a challenge, but fans should appreciate just how perfectly Drake’s half-tuck has been recreated.
Above: Oh no! Someone cut off chibi-Cloud's face!
And no Square Enix Toy Fair booth would be complete without at least a half-dozen new Final Fantasy figures. Only one new Play Arts figure made an appearance though. Serah will be joining Lightning in the Final Fantasy XIII-2 line. Like Lightning, the Serah figure is a completely new sculpt from the Final Fantasy XIII version. A new series of Final Fantasy creatures will be coming at some point this year as well, but the biggest new addition to the Final Fantasy figure line are the new Play Arts minis. Set to retail for $20, the first wave will consist of Cloud, Yuna, and Squall will kick off the chibi-inspired figures.
Each character comes in a two-pack, which features the same character in two different outfits. There are a variety of faces, hands, and accessories to be included with each figure, so there will be a modicum of customizability for fans. The Japanese versions will be coming with word balloons with sayings from the game written in kanji, though there’s no word yet if that feature will make it to the American version.
Above: Final Fantasy monsters never looked so physical
Even though many of Square Enix’s figures cost as much as the video games the characters star in, there’s an unmistakable benchmark for quality the company is trying to set. That said, it’s refreshing to see that Square is continuing to branch out beyond their own licenses. With a slate of figures from major titles like Mass Effect 3, God of War, and Street Fighter all set to drop in the first half of 2012, the future looks bright for the Play Arts line.
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