Exclu Review by Stan Russell.
If you have seen any part of my Instagram feed, or looked at my Facebook page, you will know that I have an incredibly unhealthy obsession with the Square Enix Play Arts Kai line of action figures. Some say it’s an obsession, but I think it’s just good, clean, healthy fun, and there is nothing wrong with collecting a bad ass toy line such as this.
After I got my first ever PAK figure, I quickly realized that I am a huge fan of what they are doing, and have been collecting them ever since. One of my newest figures from this line is this variant Deadpool, and I have to say, I am not disappointed in one bit. Let’s dive in and take a look, and maybe, just maybe, I can convince more people of how awesome this line is!
- One (1) 10″ action figure
- Three (3) heads
- Thirteen (13) hands
- One (1) rifle
- Three (3) throwing daggers
- Two (2) swords
- One (1) sheath
- One (1) knife
- One (1) figure stand
Holy shit, what doesn’t come with this figure!! I mean, I’m still trying to figure out how they packed all this stuff into one box without making it the size of a piece of carry on luggage.
There are hand options for days, and should be no way possible that you can’t get the pose you want because of lack of accessories. Let’s go over them, and hope I don’t forget any: two fists, two gun gripping, two thumbs up, two relaxed, two knife/sword holding, two finger pointing, one salute/dagger holding hand, and a partridge in a damn pear tree! Each one of the hands has a specific purpose, but I really love the inclusion of a thumbs up, and finger pointing hands. They were not needed specifically, but with this being Deadpool, it’s always good to have quirky hand options.
He also come with three different head options. One with both eyes wide open, like he just got shot down main street, one squinty eyed version, and one with one eye squinted, and one eye regular. While these are all pretty cool options, I really would have liked to see an option where his eyes were just normal. You can’t just do a static pose because he does not have a resting face, but I am thankful for the options we did get.
And since this is deadpool, he does come with a plethora of weapons as well. His main weapon is this large, sci-fi looking rifle/canon type gun. It looks fantastic, but I do feel it is a little big, but this being the variant line, it fits in just fine. He also comes with his two swords, and a knife, so you can get plenty of poses of him slicing things up. There are also three throwing daggers, but I have left these intact because I know I will lose them the moment they are broken free of their plastic restraints.
If you have never seen one of these close up to look at the sculpt, I implore you to find one ASAP and take a look. I can describe it here, and show some pictures, but you truly won’t understand the level of detail until you really get up close and take a look. Now the design of the variant line might not be for everybody, and I understand that, but at a pure sculpting aspect, it’s freaking amazing!
Every line, every crevice, every small detail is so perfectly sculpted, I don’t even know where to begin. The unique details that are all over this figure, from the heads down to the toes, are so crisp and clean, I can compare it to a Hot Toys sculpt. There is not a single point of detail that is simply painted on, but instead they are all sculpted. With this being a variant line, it is not just a Deadpool sculpt, but a unique way of bringing this metallic, armor type of design that I absolutely love. The liberties they took with the design is amazing, and I think is a big part of why I love this line. I like things that are well constructed, and have a unique look, and this definitely does not disappoint.
I truly can’t describe the beauty of the sculpting job done on this figure, and while it may seem like I’m overly gushing about it, I am! They did an amazing job here, and can’t find one little thing to complain about with any of the sculpt.
If the sculpt on this figure is amazing, what they have done with the paint is beyond superb. Every square inch of this figure is painted beautifully, and there are small amounts of detail and paint everywhere you look. The main red is this brilliant metallic color that just screams awesome! The cloth looking parts look just like cloth, with a duller coat of paint that helps break up the overall red theme going on.
Each piece is painted it’s own separate color, with these nice blacks, silvers, and greys for all the unique pieces on the sculpt. They mix and match between what is metallic, and what is a duller coat, and considering Deadpool is mostly all red, I think they did an amazing job with the paint scheme. The figure is also incredibly weathered, and there is a dry brushing all over. There is black painted in all the crevices, and the scratches are this gold type of color. While some may say “why the hell gold??”, I think it looks great and fits in with the overall color scheme perfectly.
Like most figures, the articulation is probably the weakest point on this guy. And by weak, I mean, still pretty fucking awesome, but in the pure scale of awesomeness, it’s the lowest on the scale.
The head and neck both have their own joints, so you can get some great head movement. There is this butterfly type of joint in the shoulders, which allow for some nice movement in front of the body. The arms can rotate all the way around, and there is some rotation at the shoulder as well. There is upper arm rotation that is hidden pretty well by the bicep straps. He has the standard PAK elbow joints that allow for am amazing amount of movement. There is lower arm rotation, followed by your standard PAK ball type wrist joints that allow for full rotation, and swivel either up and down, or left and right. All of these joints are ratchet type joints, and feel really solid.
There is a ball joint in the chest area, and another ball joint in the waist. Both of these joints combined allow for fantastic body movement, although the forward bend is a little limited by the gun pouches that are on his chest. The legs can move forward, back, and out quite a bit, and again, these are all ratchet type joints so they are really solid. There is upper leg rotation that does break up the sculpt a little, but not too bad. He has double jointed knees, followed by a ratchet type of ankle joint. Unfortunately, the indents that are on the ankle are not positioned perfectly, so he is often leaning forward, or back. This is something I have seen on almost all of my PAK figures, and I’m hoping they can get this figured out at some point. He also has a nice toe joint that looks great and feels really solid.
Overall, the articulation is fantastic, but due to those ankle joints being a little wonky when standing up straight, I have to take a point off, but so far, he can do pretty much any pose that I want to get him into.
Play Arts Kai figures usually go for around $150 USD, and I feel this is a decent price for most of their figures. I have seen some that come with hardly any accessories, and feel that price is a little high, but not with this guy. With everything he comes with, I feel you get a nice bargain for the price.
This line falls nicely between that Hot Toys and Mezco/S.H. Figuarts price scale, and I for one, am fine with that.
This figure from Square Enix is such a piece of art, I sometimes forget that it is actually an articulated action figure. Every aspect of the unique design is done to perfection (in my eyes), and this has to be one of my all time favorite figures.
While I feel that Square Enix does not do that great with human heads and sculpts, when it comes to non-human faces, I feel they excel. This is by far my favorite toy line, and I won’t stop until I have them all in my collection!!
If you do not own one of these Play Arts Kai figures, what the hell are you waiting for. If you are looking for your first one, you can’t go wrong with the variant Deadpool figure. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Last modified: August 24, 2018