I first read about the release of Play Arts Kai Dante from Devil May Cry 3 @ FFM...uh, yeah, that's the more famous version of Dante with the man-bra and sculpted abs...and i'm a bit perplexed, thinking if i should let my awesome Devil May Cry 4 version go. It got worse when i saw that he's packed with all the weapons of DMC4 Dante + 1.
Fast forward months later, i got him together with his twin, Vergil, and decided to do a comparative review instead of my standard review for Play Arts Kai figures. This will mark the first time i'll be doing this so please feel free to add more info and provide constructive feedback.
The packaging is a lot different since a lot more accessories and weapons are included. The DMC3 boxes are equivalent to almost 2 regular sized Play Arts Kai boxes. They also have the cover flap with a nice creative representation of the characters. Although the DMC3 packaging are definitely more attractive than the DMC4 figures i still find the box too bulky and space-consuming.
WEAPONS and ACCESSORIES
This is where the DMC3 Dante clearly edged out the DMC4 version. They basically have the same weapons, Rebellion, Ebony and Ivory but DMC3 also got Nevan. I'm not really a fan of it but i must concede that it's a really nice addition for display purposes. I'd like to mention also that DMC3's Rebellion is a bit longer than the DMC4 version though it's a bit softer and the paint job isn't as good.
SCULPT and PAINT JOB
Ok, here's where the DMC4 version still holds a clear advantage over the new Dante. I mentioned on my Play Arts Kai Dante - DMC4 review before how awesome the DMC4's paint job and details are and i still maintain my position. The aesthetic design of the DMC4 Dante is still superior versus the new one, not to mention, a lot more handsome as he's supposed to be and his face actually exhibits (half smile/half smirk) an emotion unlike the frozen generic stare of the DMC3 version. He beat the new one on the costume details, paint job and face sculpt. The DMC3 Dante's got parts that aren't even painted, check out his man bra, paint is present only on the visible areas. Try lifting his coat and you'll go "WTF?!" SQEX got a bit L.A.Z.Y. while painting him it seems.
Check out the paint job as well as the texture of the coat. I don't really like the shiny coating on the new Dante compared to the 1st one though his coat is thicker. I do love the holsters though, the DMC4 version could really use those.
ARTICULATION, BALANCE, PLAYABILITY and POSEABILITY