First impressions do fail once in a while. The FFX Playarts set for one, was something I had a horrible initial impression of because of the previous few Playarts releases and the packaging.
But turns out that with a decently bright and blue setting sort of resembling Spira, these colourful action figures do look almost like they’ve stepped out of the actual game. I took these pics a few weeks back.
Playarts has come a long long way since the initial Advent Children set, especially for the male characters. The female ones like Tifa, Seplhie, Rinoa all look horrible though. The pricing is quite good as well since I bought the US version, about 42 Singapore dollars for each figure.
Today, we’ll just focus on Tidus, the lead. Tidus has a pretty unsually asymmetric outfit, with an arm guard on his left arm and a longer trouser leg on his right. Parts of the clothes including the right trouser leg, outer black layer are made of soft vinyl and flexible. There’re actual metal chains too, on his neck, wrist and waist. The clothes are so wonderfully and perfectly detailed, you can even see the individual shoelace buckles painted bronze. It helps that FFX’s costume designs are quite good, especially compared to the shite that was FF8.
Tidus has a nice healthy bronze tanned skin colour. His hair is well done, sharp and spiky enough to look like the real thing although a more pearlescent colour could have added to the blonde. Tidus’s face looks like him too, blue-eyed and all. Playart male faces are quite well done compared to the females.
Poseability is pretty good. Not as insane as revoltech mind you, but the joints don’t show up too bad thanks to good sculpting and his clothing style. His left arm does not use a regular pivot joint but a 45 degree angled one which combined with the adjacent rotating one creates an interesting range of postures. His sword arm isn’t as flexible so slash poses are rather limited though. The shoulders have two joints, one pivot and the other rotational, so it almost replicates a human shoulder save for a few degrees worth of movement. Most playarts do have this already though. Neck is a ball and socket, with human-like poseability except upwards. Torso can be twisted left and right. Knees are 90 degrees, so that isn’t too good. There’s one joint, a ball one, at the hip but movement is difficult thanks to his clothes. His leg can be rotated though for more natural standing. Two joints in each foot make for very down-to-earthly stable standing.
One problem is putting Brotherhood into the right hand. The sword grip is incredibly stiff and it took me quite a while to prise it open so I could slot the blue blade in. The sword itself has always been my favourite sword design in the game, so I’m happy about the great replication with translucent blue PVC and fine detailing of the hilt and guard.
The "cloth" tassle at the end is pretty stiff though.
The thing about reviewing action figures is that you have to pose them and I’m not too creative with poses. I just can think of the standard few.
Overall, Tidus is affordable, a great replica of the character, finely detailed, good to pose and comes with not only the cool sword but also a stand and extra hand options. A good buy!