Play Arts Kai Solid Snake - FINALLY, after a very stressful couple of weeks i finally got him. A 100% authentic one if i must say. I'd like to mention this also: 44 posts even before the actual review?! WOW! guys, thanks for the patronage. Ahem...Here's Snake by the way:
|The real me is no match for the legend.|
Well i guess this guy needs no introduction anymore, you won't be here reading my review if you are not familiar with the legendary Solid Snake in the first place. If i am not mistaken the only other action figures of Solid are created years ago by McFarlane and Medicom so the Play Arts Kai version is understandably highly anticipated. Anyway, Solid Snake is my favorite video game character of all time. Thought i just mention it...
|Looks like i'll miss my nicotine fix|
Packaging is very similar to Grey Fox, down to the shade of the box and the 25th sticker. Solid Snake's arsenal though could have been larger: SOCOM with suppressor (made of a very soft material / comes naturally bent from the packaging), FAMAS Rifle, alternate hands and the ever present instruction sheet. They should have included other accessories such as the Night Vision Goggles, Stinger or at least a pack of cigarettes. You may want to try arming him with 1/6 scale weapons. I believe they are compatible with Snake.
|A strong man doesn't need to read the future, he makes his own.|
Snake's face sculpt is faithful to the game, however, since the basis is not a CG model, the designers filled in some of the details such as his skin tone, shades on the contour of his face (fleshy pink/brown color around his eyes and cheeks), eyes (ashen light blue with a glossy finish similar to the teary eyed Battle Dress Snake) and lip color (light brown/pinkish), etc.
Details of his body armor are superb, very similar to the Big Boss Peacewalker figures: holster, ammo pouches, belt pack, etc. The armor finishing is semi-glossy. Snake's rifle even got a sling, a first for a Play Arts Kai weapon IIRC. His famous Bandanna (infinite ammo anyone?) is articulated as well and the tail is removable. Take note of that if you're going to read my next post.
|It's easy to forget what a sin is in the middle of a battlefield.|
|Solid Snake: There are no heroes in war. The only heroes I know are either dead or in prison. One or the other. |
Meryl Silverburgh: But Snake, you're a hero, aren't you?
Solid Snake: I'm just a man who's good at what he does: Killing.
|Unfortunately, killing is just one of those things that gets easier the more you do it.|
Articulation is very similar to the Sneaking Suit version of his dad (Naked Snake/Big Boss) including the arms and feet. They did not put hinges in his arms similar to Grey Fox, SSF4 and Dissidia figures though i, honestly, prefer it that way since his arms won't be too fragile to move. Balance is still an issue however though his is definitely better than Grey Fox's. He's not that top heavy as Fox but he still failed the kick test miserably.
More importantly, Solid Snake's scale is consistent with the Metal Gear figures. He looks to me a bit smaller than the Cyborg Grey Fox and about as tall as Kazuhira Miller from the Peacewalker line. He's significantly taller than his father: Big Boss, though that depends on which Big Boss figure you'll compare him with. Check out the scale below for reference.
The Metal Gear franchise has been around for 25 years and still going strong. Chances are you are a big fan of the series as i am so I suggest you get the Play Arts Kai Solid Snake figure. He's a solid (pun unintended) acquisition at 60-70 $bucks$. He's the best Solid figure so far and he's bound to get some back-up sooner or later (Meryl, Raiden, etc) and adversaries thrown in the mix (Solidus). Now if only i can do something to tell Square-Enix to give us Liquid Snake, that is going to be one heck of a family reunion.
I'd like to take this opportunity to warn you though that "alleged bootlegs" of this figure is already out in the market. I'll be discussing more of that on my next post. For now, it's play time as Grey Fox and Solid Snake dish it out against each other one last time:
|"no cigs, no boxes and no girls in their underwear doing sit-ups. *sigh* Shadow Moses used to be a lot more interesting"|
|If you ask me, there's no happiness to be found in death... no peace either. I'm leaving here alive.|
|Big Boss: "I am your father"|
|Naked Snake: "No, I am your father..." Solid: WTF?!|
|I smell a Snake Eyes custom...|