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Square Enix Play Arts Black Widow Comes In From the Cold

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I'll admit, when Square Enix hinted the Black Widow would be joining its Marvel Variants line, I was a bit concerned. The Variants line is filled with some fairly radical redesigns of familiar characters, and some of the artistic choices made for the DC Variants line's female figures left little to the imagination. However, once I saw the prototype at SDCC this year, I was actually excited to see the final version. The Black Widow on display there wasn't quite as massive a departure as some previous Variants figures had been, and showed a lot of unpainted promise for the final release.

This week, Square revealed the fully-painted prototype, and the images (courtesy of ToyArk) show off a Black Widow that's actually really close to her comic book counterpart. Only Iron Man, Spider-Man, Venom and Thor have been shown off in this form to this point. Each of those is still immediately recognizable, but share some influences that are instantly noticeable as Play Arts style. The new Black Widow, while proportionately rocking some Taylor Swift legs, doesn't appear to look that drastically different from iterations of her design that we've seen in her comic book past.

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Variants and Video Games: The SDCC Stars for Square Enix Play Arts

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Though Square Enix had more than a fair share of existing product on display at SDCC '15, the company still managed to bring a few new pieces to the show, too. The Variant line has been a fairly big hit for Square, allowing for some more radical takes on familiar characters like Batman, Superman, Iron Man and Spider-Man. Though a tad pricier than most other collectibles featuring your favorite comic heroes, there's an undeniable personality in Square's products that you just don't see anywhere else.

Though the DC version of the Variant line didn't have much new, beyond yet another look at the incredibly divisive Tetsuya Nomura Catwoman, the Marvel line saw two Avengers leap into the fray. Black Widow joins Iron Man and Thor in the Play Arts series first, with Captain America coming some time after Natasha. Both are easily identifiable as the characters you've grown familiar with over their published lifespan, but feature that hallmark Squeenix style. Widow has a lot of detailing in her uniform, which makes up for how she's traditionally not outrageously outfitted. She's buttoned-up pretty well, too, and it's nice to see a Widow figure that isn't letting it all (or most of it anyway) hang out.

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Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix Play Arts’ Alternate Heroes Take Center Stage

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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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Link Ink: Square Enix Joker And Harley, ‘Gotham’ Gets A Full Season And Deadpool As A G.I. Joe

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Link Ink: A Gritty Reboot For ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Powers’ Poster Unveiled And Michael Keaton Talks Batman

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: Square Enix’s Darkseid Figure, ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Release Date And A ‘Betty Boop’ Animated Movie?

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: ‘Young Justice’ Returns (On ‘Teen Titans Go!’), More LEGO Movies On The Way And The ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Blooper Reel

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: Square Enix’s Comic-Con Batman Figure, ‘Robotech Academy’ Kickstarter And A Timeline Of Marvel Movies

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Link Ink: Final ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Trailer, A Comic Book Vending Machine And New ‘Kikaider’

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Toy Fair 2014: Square Enix’s New DC Comics And ‘Appleseed’ Play Arts Kai Figures

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Square Enix went big -- and, it turns out, little -- this year at Toy Fair 2014 with a hearty display of upcoming DC Comics and Appleseed Play Arts Kai toys, plus a new line of DC Variant Static Arts Mini figures.

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