Tetsuya Nomura is best known for his design work on Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts (for better or for worse). But he’s also known for designing the world’s most bizarre Batman figure, which turned the Dark Knight into... well, the giant Final Fantasy dragon-god Bahamut, basically. Now he’s back to do the same to the…
This new action figure by Square-Enix is Joker meets Batman by the way of Kefka from Final Fantasy VI. It’s kind of amazing.
Batman has been a lot of absurd things to Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai toy line—cowboy, steampunk internet fever dream, unholy draconic Final Fantasy abomination, and yes, sometimes just plain old Batman. This latest figure is a little less plain and a little more joyously crazy: Samurai Batman is finally a thing once…
If you’re familiar with the frequently ridiculous batshit insanity that is the Metal Gear Solid franchise, you’ll look at the above picture of a dog, in a sneaking suit, with an eye patch, and holding a knife it its mouth, and treat it as perfectly normal. The rest of us, meanwhile, will go “buh-whaaaaa???”
There’s a certain soft edge to Captain America designs. Round shield. Rounded helmet. Even his old chainmail was usually round-edged. Not Square-Enix’s latest figure in their Marvel Variants line—this Cap is so angular he could poke your eyes out every time you went even remotely near him.
“The kids love the Batman! They love the gears and the steams and the punkiness! They also love mashing things together!”—someone, somewhere at Square-Enix, before deciding to unleash this wonderfully insane action figure onto the general populace.
Play Arts Kai is back with another crazy entrant to their Marvel Variants line, and—wait. This figure isn’t that crazy. It’s quite restrained, in fact. And kind of totally badass. And it’s Black Widow! Who made this figure, and what have they done with the real Square-Enix?
When he wasn’t busy adding a hojillion extra arms to Batman, esteemed Final Fantasy director and character designer Tetsuya Nomura lent his own particular brand of insanity to Play Arts Kai’s variant Catwoman. Now we’ve got an even better look at the figure, and it’s still ridiculous in all the right ways. WHIP TAIL!
Between spiky Thors and scary Predators, there’s been quite a few reveals for Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line recently — but that’s not stopped them from lifting the lid on their latest Star Wars toy today. Although this Darth Maul isn’t as wacky as Play Arts Kai at it’s best, it looks absolutely awesome.
The Predator was already a pretty extreme design. Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line just took that extremity, ripped its spine out and then used it as a club to beat the extremeness to death. Oh dear.
Sure, this new Thor toy doesn’t come with an amazing circle of spinning hammers, but adding a great big piece of plastic to Mjolnir to make it look like it’s swooshing through the air is a definite plus. It’s all in the swing, right?
Last year we got our first glimpses at the sheer insanity of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts designer Tetsuya Nomura’s take on Gotham’s Dark Knight for the Play Arts Kai Variant Series. But now Square-Enix have revealed an even better look at the wings, claws, and power armour of this truly bizarre Batman.
The harlequin suit is out, and the skirts are in, as Play Arts Kai’s Arkham Knight turns its attention away from cape-swooshing Batmen and introduces Harley Quinn’s latest look. And it seems like Square-Enix have also managed to put the plastic in “plastic surgery” a bit literally while they’re at it, too.
We got some great looks at what’s coming in the Play Arts Kai Marvel series at Toy Fair earlier this year, but Square-Enix have released a closer look at their take on the webslinger — and while he looks pretty smashing, he also seems to have the most pointless bits of extra armour Spider-Man could ever want.
We've not seen much of Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Variant takes on the Star Wars universe, but what we have seen so far has been pretty damn awesome. But now the line is getting even better though,with the addition of these tricked out versions of Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper!
Last week we got a few teaser images for Play Arts Kai's latest Batman figure, and while it wasn't up to the usual craziness levels we've come to expect from Square-Enix, it looks great. However, new pictures reveals there is one, slightly kooky and fun aspect to the toy: a rotatable cape for maximum swooshiness.
Part of what makes Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai line great is its willingness to go completely insane when it comes to creating a variant for a figure — especially for their Batman figures. But sometimes they don't need to rely on batshit insanity for a good figure. Sometimes it just needs to look fantastic.