Friday, May 26, 2017

Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant Weirdest JOKER designed by Tetsuya Nomura

The reimagined Batman archenemy Joker figure pictured below is designed by Square Enix’s famed character designer Tetsuya Nomura who is best known for his work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series (he's currently directing both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake).

The Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant JOKER figure stands 285 mm tall (about 11 inches) and offers quite a bit of customization. The figure comes with seven different facial options, with different faces and masks available to switch the look of Joker. There are are also different hand options and a set of machine-like arms / exoskeleton / wheelchair that appear to be quite flexible in terms of how they can be used. Nomura’s unique take on the Clown Prince of Crime is part of Square Enix’s DC Universe Variant Play Arts Kai line

It appears Nomura had a wide range of ideas in mind for the Joker. As such, the figure includes no less than seven interchangeable head options, including a fairly traditional Joker face, one that seems ripped from a Final Fantasy game and another that looks frighteningly demonic. There are other headwear options as well, including a red hood and an ornate harlequin mask.

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Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai the Joker by Tetsuya Nomura will ship in Japan this September. The figure is listed at 32,184 yen on retailers like Amazon Japan and AmiAmi, which works out to about US$290. It is also listed at SG$360 (discounted to SGD325 at TFH). That's a lot of moolah for this type of action figure, and it's not even a high end high quality Hot Toys collectible figure.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That is so not worth the asking price. And I thought that the Tetsuya Nomura Batman was pushing it.