Nintendo’s Amiibo figures have turned into a plastic swag gateway drug for me. The crafty Square Enix decided to start a new swag line called “Static Arts Busts”. The line will feature plastic sculptures of their iconic characters in unmovable, but epic, poses. Guess who they chose to be the first one? Sorry bank account, I really had no other choice…
I’m both impulsive and impatient so I preordered this back in June from a reputable store in Hong Kong. These were up for sale in the Square Enix official US store, but our Canadian dollar is terrible when compared to the mighty US greenback. It was actually cheaper for me to buy it overseas. It arrived Monday wrapped in enough bubble wrap to protect it from an apocalypse. They will definitely be getting my business in the future.
The statue is on the small side measuring in at 17 cm tall (just under 7 inches). It is significantly smaller than a Play Arts figure, Square’s other pose-able swag line. I knew the measurements when I ordered it, but it felt smaller in person than I had pictured it. The statue is made of a soft textured PVC plastic, and the overall build quality is superb. Even though it is static, the statue appears to flow like Lightning gracefully swings her Gunblade in the game. Her facial features are spot on, and all the little details on her outfit are well done. Crystals are a big part of the trilogy, and it was a nice touch having a crystal like base for the statue.
I’m excited to find out who No. 02 will be, but I have no intention of collecting all of the Static Arts Bust line. I’ve committed to becoming a 100% complete Amiibo collector, so I have to be picky with other plastic things, until I win the lottery of course. Anyone who pays attention to my ramblings has probably picked up on the fact that I idolize Lightning (my username/avatar is probably a giveaway too). I have the Platinum Trophy for all 3 Final Fantasy XIII games, and I have spent 300+ hours over the course of a year with Lightning and her companions. I try not to bore everyone with my personal life, but it was a difficult year for me. It eased my troubled soul to find a fictional character I could really relate to. Since I have a strong emotional attachment to the character, this plastic item will forever have a special place on my desk. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Lightning. I also have high hopes for the future characters they will be releasing.
Weekly Gaming Progress
The long load times are starting to become a big annoyance. I was defeated by the Core Foundry boss a few times. Each failure resulted in a 2+ minute load time wait to try again… I also encountered stutter-y graphic glitches during gameplay and one that ruined a cutscene. I haven’t seen any more glitches since the 300MB patch they released this week though. The story still has me intrigued enough to look past the faults. It’s such a shame they didn’t spend more time polishing up what could have been a true masterpiece. I have unlocked all of the coloured shots, recruited more Corebot buddies, Seth and Duncan, and the big bad has been revealed. I’m having fun blasting through the optional dungeon areas before continuing on with the main mission. Joule’s weapon and Mack are both at level 18, and Seth and Duncan are just a few levels behind.
Still fighting my way through the Feral Ghoul infestation that has plagued the Commonwealth. I think I’m close to finished with the Minutemen side quests so I have started focusing on the Brotherhood of Steel ones. My character is at Level 12 and must hate me for neglecting the main mission of seeking out her son. I’ll go to Diamond City, eventually. A recent blog entry from Physics has reminded to treasure my time in this game. It’s always a bit sad when we finally reach the end of an epic journey.
I have conquered the brutal Wizzrobes of the 6th dungeon, and I’m getting ready for the 7th. I am following a guide so I know there is a Hungry Goriya waiting for me inside. I need to pick up some Bait before I try to tackle the next level.