SDCC 2014: Square Enix Play Arts Kai

It’s always a joy for me to visit the Square Enix booth at events like SDCC – they’ve always got a slew of their Play Arts Kai figures from their video games, DC, and movie licenses. Most of the usual suspects were there – notably, DC Variant figures continue to see heavy activity (sadly, my picture the most interesting of them, the Harley Quinn, was blurry).

Some licenses are seeing a slow-down, at least in terms of display space. I saw only one Halo figure, while Street Fighter and Rorschach from Watchmen was a no-show, despite the fact that it hasn’t hit production yet. The Square Enix rep couldn’t definitively explain Rorschach’s absence, but it may be as simple as a lack of display space. However, with no other Watchmen figures on display, I wonder if that DC sub-license has stalled.

SDCC 2014: Square Enix Play Arts Kai Arkham Origins Batman Available to Pre-Order

Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai lines have been favorites of mine for some time, and I’ve been a big fan of their figures from the Batman series of figures that started with Batman: Arkham Asylum. We’re now up to Arkham Origins, and for San Diego Comic-Con this year, Square Enix has an exclusive color variant of Batman.

There’s been some price creep over the past couple years (like with most action figures), to the point where these seem a bit out of reach. At $99, this would be the most expensive Play Arts Kai figure I’ve picked up. The run is limited to one thousand pieces, half of which are available to pre-order at the Square Enix site.

This will likely be a fast sell-out, so pre-ordering may be key. Happy shopping!

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Free Shipping at Sideshow Collectibles for Some Great Deals with Gift Card

As a thank you for hitting 100K followers on the Sideshow Facebook page, they are offering free shipping on a bunch of products, including some from Hot Toys, Medicom, Square Enix, their own stuff, and more. When combined with their May the 4th $25 gift card, which is still redeemable and good through May 31st, there’s a whole bunch of options up for grabs.

Here’s the full list of collectibles available at Sideshow that are eligible for the free shipping and gift card combo. The free shipping deal expires May 29th at 3PM PST. Happy shopping!

Toy Fair 2014: Square Enix Grows Play Arts Kai DC Presence with Watchmen, Arkham Origins, and More DC Variants

Square Enix is one of the companies I love to visit at the shows – their Play Arts Kai figures always amaze me, and I’m a big fan of their DC stuff in particular. At this Toy Fair, they introduced a couple more DC lines that look pretty solid right out of the gate. I’m a big Watchmen fan, and while I’ve been temporarily sated with Mattel’s recently concluded Watchmen 6-inch line, it looks like I’ll be collecting again with the Play Arts Kai Watchmen. Rorschach is the only one revealed thus far, but it’s a great start.

Since Square Enix has been in the game with Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, it’s not surprising that they’re in with Batman: Arkham Origins too. They’ve got Batman (of course), Robin, the Joker, and a really impressive Deathstroke on display.

Their DC Variants line, which features a broad range of DC characters re-imagined in Square Enix style, has been hit or miss with me – call me a purist. At this show they’ve added Hawkman, Joker, Harley Quinn, and Darkseid to the line-up. These will mostly be passes for me, but what do you guys think?

Photo credit: Comics Alliance – many more pics, including more DC and Appleseed

Weekend Toy Run: Save up to 50% at Shop DC Entertainment’s 2nd Black Friday Sale

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I know it’s the holiday season and that we should expect sales, but I’m exhibiting my crotchety old man ways and hating on the overuse of terms like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the like. A couple weeks ago, I was at my front door screaming at the neighborhood kids to get off my lawn when I heard about Brown Thursday and Mattycollector’s 8 Day Cyber Monday Week that started on Tuesday, and nearly had an aneurysm. [/rant]

This weekend, you’ll be able to pick up a bunch of stuff from DC Collectibles at Shop DC Entertainment’s “Black Friday Returns!” sale. For example, the MAD Just-Us-League figures are back on sale for over half off. But there’s even more stuff – 337 items in total on sale, including action figures, busts, statues, phone cases, and clothing. The sale features DC merchandise from other partners too, including Mattel (Man of Steel and DC Unlimited stuff), Square Enix Play Arts Kai figures from Arkham, DC LEGO sets, and DC Mimobots from Mimoco, to name a few. There’s even the Hot Toys Camo Tumbler.

The best discounts are on the DC Collectibles stuff, as you might expect. I’m just trying to prep myself for the next couple of Black Fridays until Christmas (which thankfully falls on a Wednesday) is over. Bah humbug!

DC, Marvel, and Star Trek in Entertainment Earth’s Daily Sale

There’s a few notable items up for sale today only as part of Entertainment Earth’s Black Friday week 5-day sale.

They also have the DC Unlimited Injustice Batman and Injustice Superman figures up today but we all know those didn’t turn out so nicely. For the items up for the full 5 days, many of the Square Enix Play Arts Kai figures sold out fast, but they still have the Super Street Fighter IV Ken and Sakura Play Arts Kai figures for a steal at $35 each. Happy shopping!

Entertainment Earth’s Black Friday 5-Day Sale Started Today

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Geeze – I’ve been checking the Entertainment Earth website all month for their daily deals, and I almost forgot to check the start of their Black Friday Week 5-Day Sale, which kicked off today. The sale works like this: they’ve got a bunch of items (78 when I checked) that are on sale for the next 5 days, as well as items that are only on sale for that particular day. There’s six additional items up for sale today.

With a sale like this, there’s usually something for everybody. I pulled the trigger on some Square Enix Play Arts Kai figures that I’ve been eyeing for a while. They’ve got Street Fighter, DC variants, Batman: Arkham City, and more – and they’re all 50% off. And EE also has a free shipping for orders over $50. Great sale!

Weekend Toy Run: Square Enix Play Arts Kai Catwoman and Zod On Sale at Entertainment Earth

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Whoops – meant to post this earlier today, because Entertainment Earth is offering 40% off selected Play Arts Kai figures from Square Enix. It’s part of their 38 days, 38 deals promotion that’s underway and ending November 26. But each deal ends only lasts a day, so be quick if any of these are on your want list.

I’ve got the Catwoman and paid full price – this is a bargain on an excellent figure. EE also has the Dead Space 3 Isaac Clarke and the Metal Gear Solid 2 Solidus Snake on sale. Happy shopping!

Weekend Toy Run: Square Enix Play Arts Kai Street Fighter on Sale at Amazon

I noticed this weekend that the price on my Amazon pre-order for the Square Enix Play Arts Kai Ken from Super Street Fighter IV dropped down to $59.99. That’s down from the regular $69.99 at which Sakura is still priced. Because of the Amazon price guarantee, I automatically get the lower price. Ken is targeted to come out fighting later this month.

Also noticed that the prices on the earlier waves of the Street Fighters has also dropped, thanks to competition between third party sellers. Not a bad time to pick them up – they’re terrific hand candy and I have really had fun with them.

SDCC 2013: Square Enix Play Arts Kai (Preview Night)

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It feels like there’s been a shift in the development of Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai lines. Its roots are in its video game licenses, but this show, most of the new products in the pipeline are in the various DC licenses that they’ve added over the past couple years. From Arkham Asylum / City, they’ve moved into the Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel in force, and they’re continuing to move forward with their DC variants line.

They have two cases that are still covered – if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on Arkham Origins. Any other guesses?

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