Heeey! It's a Play Arts Kai action figure of Square-Enix's cover boy, Cloud Strife from FFVII: Advent Children! Should I give a bit of the game, the movie and Cloud story? Nah, most of you guys know him already, he's like the Mario of Final Fantasy. Now, I don't want to race to get this or get left out because the stores ran out of stock, so I earned and prepared an extra cash and pre-orded this toy, and it's my very first pre-order. I just hope that there are less or no factory damage or any other issues on this awesome and surprisingly cheaper toy than Tifa.
I pity you. You just don't get it at all.
There's not a thing I don't cherish.
~ Cloud Strife ~
[left] Box front view
[right] Box back view
|That looks very promising|
This Cloud action figure looks awesome. The presentation and quality of this toy is really high and a major upgrade over the classic figure. But this is just my first impression after unpacking it.
|Viewing Cloud on 4 sides|
|Check out his face|
|So many belts and straps!|
|Arms are kinda buffed|
|Showing off the longer right glove|
|Cloudy Wolf sculpt|
|That pants is baggy|
|Nice shiny shoes... or boot?|
|It's real cloth, I tell ya!|
|Even the straps looks real because of those tiny details|
|The bulky-looking 4 sword holsters.|
Another great upgrade from the classic is that all the swords are included on this new PAK action figure, everything is here! with an addition of an assembled version (we will talk about that later), more replaceable hands and a sleeved left arm.
|The Main Sword|
|This Hollow Edge is not really hollow on this toy|
Side Swords' both sides
I'll just call these, "Side Swords". Can't think up of a better name, sorry.
|The Fusion Sword|
|Cloud's well-known pose.|
Cloud can hold this pose without falling off balance. But the hands can't hold up the Fusion sword that long. They easily fall off.
|Tsk, tsk, tsk, SQEX!|
|See those scratches?|
|Yay! More hands... and an arm!|
|Sleeved left arm|
|Shrugging about the Fusion Sword's chipped area.|
|All swords kept in the holsters|
|Now that's awesome!|
|Display stand with instructions on the blister packaging|
ARTICULATIONS, POSING AND SCALING
Because of Cloud's design, the articulation points works great. But that doesn't mean some of these joints have problems (hopefully mine is problem-free). Problem or no problem, everything can be worked out... unless it gets broken, ouch.
|Good thing his face is not on emo mode.|
[left] Neutral stance
[right] I think he posed like this in the movie when he's using the Blade Beam limit break
Classic PA Cloud doesnt have chest articulation, but this new PAK version does. He can now do some more action poses thanks to the soft chest piece. The straps around Cloud doesn't hinder the chest, abs and waist articulations which all of them have nice range of motion.
|I cheated on pulling of Cloud's fighting stance by using an open left hand|
[left] Defensive stance
[right] Ready stance
The left shoulder pad is adjustable because it's ball hinged. It doesn't hinder the left arm's movement.
[left] Prepared to defend from an aerial attack
[right] Attacking an enemy mid-air
Legs can twist like a real normal leg can. Cloud can technically sit, kneel and do the kicks and probably the splits (I don't want to stress test the toy) because of the double jointed knees that looks weird when folded because the articulation cuts are noticeable.
|Cloud is suffering from Geostigma.|
|Blade Beam attack released!|
|Pulling off a Finishing Touch Limit Break|
|Cloud and Tifa|
|Sora, Cloud, Tifa and Lightning|
|Raiden, Cloud and Leon|
|Reenacting a scene from the movie|
I didn't find any problems on my Cloud PAK, everything is intact and functional but I heard rumors of some Cloud PAKs having both left feet, loose joints and/or poor paint application, so better check the figure first before purchasing it. I'm lucky that the only quality issue that I found is the small chipped area of the assembled Fusion Sword which can be fixed by minor sanding and applying paint on it.
I got one of the hottest PAK figures of all time! I'm pretty sure that he will go out of stock quickly. This new and very satisfying PAK version of Cloud is a colossal update from the old PA version. It's very presentable (another conversational piece on the table or shelf), durable and came with complete set of swords and extra hands. I have a feeling that SQEX will make a separate Fenrir bike that have a working sword rack on the sides this time, if that bike comes to reality then I guess I will pre-order again. See you on the next toy review!
Here's another nice edit of Cloud doing some Braver Limit Break.
|Bahamut Sin sure had it coming|
This is my 100th post on this blog, so... Huzzah!