While Square Enix/Play Arts Kai had dialed back the scope of their showing at Toy Fair 2014 a bit compared to previous years, the new pieces on display were plenty to get excited about.
Their biggest focus this year, given the success of the line, was rolling out more DC Variant figures. Hawkman had a commanding presence due to his metallic gold finish and enormous wingspan. Joker, Harley Quinn, and Darkseid will also be getting similarly styled figures, all loaded with articulation and sporting fantastic sculpts. Keeping up with its Arkham line, PAK will also be releasing figures based on the Arkham Origins video game. New versions of Batman, Robin, Deathstroke, and Joker were on display, modeled after their in-game counterparts.
Considering how well gaming licenses do for them, it was no surprise to see a prototype mech from Titanfall being shown. Even in its early, unpainted stages, this figure is shaping up to be incredible. The mech suit itself features an opening cockpit hatch with a pilot figure hanging on to the top. The size and heft of the piece are impressive and the final version will include light-up features as well. Speaking of powered mechanical battlesuits, Appleseed will be the inspiration for two upcoming figures. Based on the likenesses of the series two protagonists, Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires, these prototypes were incredibly detailed and a must-have collectible for fans of the series.
Altogether new to the Play Arts lineup were a vinyl minis series called ‘Variant Static Arts”. These squat, cute looking figures were mainly modeled after characters from different Final Fantasy titles, although Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batman were representing for the DC Universe as well. The biggest surprise reveal to me though, was also a favorite from DC – an action figure of Watchmen’s Rorschach. Complete with three changeable heads, and a grappling hook accessory, he also comes with a spray can and lighter which the character can hold to make a rudimentary flamethrower (it even comes with a sculpted flame attachment). Packed with articulation and super-detailed right down to the stiching on his trenchcoat, this is probably the nicest Watchmen figure I’ve seen so far. Hopefully he’ll make enough of a splash that PAK will want to roll a few more out. I’d image they would do an incredible job with the likes of Night Owl and Ozymandias.
Check out the gallery to see all the great stuff Square Enix/Play Arts Kai was showing off this year: