Though Square Enix may be more famous for its video games, the company's had a lot of success over the years with its action figure properties in the Play Arts Kai line as well. Though initially Square focused on its own properties, during the past decade, we've seen the company interpret various movie and comic book licenses in its own unique way. Toy Fair 2015 featured a smaller sampling of Square's upcoming Play Arts Kai figures, but what we saw showed the company still has an incredibly unique eye for design.
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When last time we saw the DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai versions of Aquaman and Cyborg, the figures were standing stoically in a glass case at NYCC. With the figures' upcoming release in the third quarter of 2014 approaching, however, Square Enix has cut loose with new promo images each of the roughly 9" tall toys.
When it comes to giving Robocop a cinematic reboot... not every fan is super stoked -- especially since the original film's amor design is basically discarded in the first trailer. Fortunately when it comes to Square Enix's Play Arts Kai figures based on the franchise, there's a little something for everybody. Not only will the black 2014 Robocop played by Joel Kinnaman be getting a 9" figure, but so too will the classic suit immortalized by Peter Weller. There's also going to be a figure based on the new armor, only sporting the original Robocop's silvery colorways. Each of the figures comes outfitted with multiple hands and Robocop's signature sidearm(s). The pricing and release info has yet to be announced, but they probably won't stray too far from the new Robocop film's February 7, 2013 release date and the usual $80-90 PAK price point. You can see all three Robocop Play Arts Kai prototypes as shown at Square Enix's New York Comic Con booth, after the cut.
Square Enix's gradual DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai reveals over the past few conventions seem to finally be reaching a full-color conclusion. This week at New York Comic Con Square Enix showcased its full line (so far), including painted Cyborg and Aquaman figures. Like Superman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, Batgirl, and two versions of Batman, Aquaman and Cyborg will come with interchangeable pieces and stand more than 9" tall. The release dates for both figures are currently to-be-determined, although it's likely they'll follow Superman and Supergirl's second quarter release and debut sometime in the third quarter and retail in the $80-90 range. Hit the jump to see the latest DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai figures.
Square Enix's Play Arts Kai takes on the last cousins of Krypton previously showcased at SDCC have finally received a shiny coat of paint. New images of the DC Comics Variant Superman and Supergirl in all their blue, red and yellow glory have arrived, giving fans a solid (if not telescopic vision-enhanced) look at both of the 9.5" tall strange visitors from another planet.
Two of the newest (or... youngest?) heroes from the Assassin's Creed world are set to debut as part of Square Enix's Play Arts Kai line. Hatchet-weilding Assassin's Creed III protagonist Connor and the swashbuckling Edward Kenway from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag are both set to join the 9.5" tall line of heavily detailed and accessorized action figures in the not-too-distant future.
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