Saturday, February 22, 2014

Action Figure Review: Tidus and Yuna Play Arts Kai

"Listen to my story. This… may be our last chance." ~Tidus, Final Fantasy X

Please enjoy listening to this nostalgic music as you read this review.

Packaging: Following the new Kai Arts packaging, both Tidus and Yuna come in detailed, colorful boxes with snap-open Velcro clasps. The box art is gorgeous and attractive. The insides contain explanations on the characters and series (reminiscent of the narrator in Dissidia, if you ask me). Props on the packaging, SQUARE!

Paint job: Really lovely, especially when you compare them to their previous figurine releases. For example, Tidus has much more shading this time around, which gives him a more realistic, dramatic look. The skin tone has multiple shades to it, which is much more attractive than the single color used in the first Play Arts line. I noticed just one or two very minor paint smudges. The paint job gives an impression of maturity, as these figures are becoming more lifelike in their details.

The new Play Arts Kai Tidus (right) next to the older, original Play Arts model (left)
Articulation: Tidus boasts of very thorough articulation. In fact, the only two areas that are not flexible are his hips and his left wrist, which is restricted by sturdy upper-arm armor. Otherwise, almost all other locations are flexible—neck, shoulders, chest, legs, ankles, bottom of the shoes, shoulder guard, etc. Admittedly, the chest rotation looks slightly awkward as it misaligns his vest straps.

Yuna is more restrictive. While still graced with a reasonable flexibility, her legs in particular seem to suffer. Unlike Tidus, the bottom of her boots is not a separate piece, and there is no side-to-side movement allowed by the ball joints in the ankles. Because of this, getting Yuna to stand up (especially if you get a figure with a slightly crooked shoe base) can be a bit tricky without a stand. The wide sleeves of her garb sometimes restrict how much her hands are able to turn at the wrists as well.

Accessories: Tidus comes with Brotherhood (which is almost as tall as he is), his Blitzball, an exchangeable face with the eyes closed, and three additional hands: (1) an open palm for holding the Blitzball, (2) a gripping hand for holding the sword, and (3) a slightly open hand for simple visual diversity.

Yuna comes with a slightly more modest variety: two open hands, an interchangeable face with the eyes closed, and her rod. She arrives with her closed-fist and staff-holding hands attached.

The figures each come with the new Kai Arts line stands. These new stands are bulky and transparent. They require assembling and, from my personal experience, just aren’t as effective as the classic black-stands-with-metallic-cinches were. They’re a hassle to put together and they take up a large area of your shelf. The figures can balance just fine without the stands, fortunately, making the stands pretty unnecessary for these two (unless you want to give them a very dynamic or unbalanced pose).

Negatives: Tidus’ sword-holding hand is loose, which on the one hand makes it easy to slide the sword into his grasp, but on the other hand makes it easy for the sword to slip back out again. Certain areas are not flexible, particularly the left wrist. His necklace and pendant are sculpted directly into his neck, unlike the previous Tidus figure, whose pendant hung loosely from his neck by a delicate chain. Something about the proportions between his head, neck, and chest seem a bit… off… but perhaps this is due to the fact that the open vest makes his neck look longer. Lastly, he can only hold his props in his right hand, meaning that you can’t pose him to hold both the sword and the Blitzball simultaneously.

Yuna suffers from some inflexibility in her boots, which can make posing her slightly difficult. The fingers on her open hands are very delicate and should be handled with caution. The wide sleeves of her garb can restrict the rotation of her wrists. 

Overall: Rejoice, fans of Final Fantasy X—these are the figures you’ve been waiting for! SQUARE is kicking off the release of Final Fantasy X HD in style, and these figurines are the perfect way to commemorate your love for the occasion. Giving these figures an overall rating is difficult. In comparison to their previous Play Arts figures, this newer Tidus and Yuna truly shine with more articulation, a better sculpt, more realistic shading, plenty of accessories, and a snazzy paint job to top it all off.

As independent figures, these two lovebirds are impressive pieces to add to your collection. Due to some of the negatives listed above, however, they aren’t flawless. For the fan, the imperfections won’t matter, though. You’ll be too busy reliving nostalgic memories of Spira and the tears you shed during that last, glorious CGI cutscene.

I’m proud to give the new Tidus and Yuna Play Arts Kai figurines 4 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Those action figures look awesome! :) I've been dying to play Final Fantasy also. XD I just don't have a compatible system. :P The music is very pretty too. :)

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    1. Please..Please I beg you give me Yuna's closed fist hand please... with her price skyrocketing mine came without it so disappointed Square Enix's customer service is horrible and won't even bother :'(

      Please...I'm begging you if you still have her!