Released in Japan In February, the first batch consists of five different designs each sold separately. Fans will no doubt find these very familiar: Cloud’s Fenrir, Kadaj’s bike, the good ol’ airship Highwind, FFX’s Continental Circus and Midgar’s Sister Ray.
Despite the 3465yen (S$45) price tag slapped on each figure, they are disappointingly small-sized. I got Kadaj’s seemingly monsterish bike, only to find myself clutching a 12-centimetre micro-machine. But one thing Square Enix cannot be faulted for is quality and attention to detail and this is where the Mechanical Arts shine.
Instead of just Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) that is a staple for most toys and figures, Kadaj’s bike is made from a combination of that and die-cast metal, adding much sturdiness and weight to the frame. Heavy toys are better toys, unlike electronic appliances, which strive to be portable.
I like how every little detail is faithfully replicated, be it the intricately moulded engine, the free-spinning hard rubber tires or even the functional suspension system. The paintwork is reasonably sharp for such a complicated machine with no noticeable artifacts. To top it off, the bike’s matt painting style really fits the grungy punk feel so exuberant from its use of triple exhausts and air-intakes. Stark contrast to the slick and glossy design of its nemesis, Cloud’s Fenrir.
The bike can stand on its own via an extendable leg. A gunmetal painted and labeled base is also provided.
Personally, the miniscule size of the replica machines put me off getting them. Compared to the enormous Playarts’ Fenrir which comes with an action figure of its rider Cloud (S$120), the Mechanical Arts just does not feel like value for money. Size does matter. Unless you like ‘em small, like some toy collectors.
This release is a Japanese release. It is the norm for Square Enix to officially release the same set in North America for a slightly lower price after a few months.
The above figure review was featured in the Singaporean Gamers’ magazine Playworks. And can be purchased at:
Treasure Land by Toyntoys
18 Cross Street, #01-25/26
China Square Central
Tel: +65 64386806
Oh yeah, as for why this series is typically Japanese, it’s a size thing. In case you guys felt there wasn’t enough of the usual Riuva crass and scorn in this review!