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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Play Arts Kai Raiden - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

I was caught off-guard by the sudden arrival of the Play Arts Kai Raiden from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance game. I thought he's still at least a week away, well, anyway, seems like they prefer to strike while the iron is hot and quickly followed up with an awesome figure days after the release of an equally awesome game. 
And the packaging alone oozes with awesomeness...
Back in January of this year, i christened a new "King of Kais" when Solidus Snake made his appearance but seems like his reign would prove totally short-lived. As Jack took over the throne and the crown of his adoptive godfather. Simply put, "Raiden is the BEST Play Arts Kai figure from the Metal Gear line" so far.


We're all pretty familiar with Raiden but for his new solo game i have to do some checks. Seems like a new antagonist emerged 4 years after the Liquid Ocelot Insurrections and Raiden was crippled by an attack of the Desperados leaving him with a modified exoskeleton and an eye-patch... I'm yet to get to the end of the game so i'll stop there.
Anyway, he comes fully armed: his blade and detachable sheath, a combat knife, 3 kunai knives and sheath, pair of alternate hands, pair of alternate feet, his visor aaannndddd... he's got a stand, finally! I did not remove it from the inner tray though and, oh!, i forgot about the instruction sheet!
What i like about him is i don't need to tell you the details, the pictures are worth a hundred words already. The sculpt and paint apps blend so well and the details are well-crafted. His overall balance is also pretty good for a 1/8 figure, well, as compared to the previous MGS PAKs and considering he's still sporting his heels. He's also the 2nd figure i got which bears no paint issues out of the box (Solidus is the first). I guess i got lucky with my random pick.
Raiden's removable combat mask is a nifty addition to the figure and a possible glimpse at the future MGS releases. The interchangeable feet is also a first in a PAK figure as far as i can remember though Bayonetta beat him when it comes to weaponized foot gear. The stand is welcome when you're trying to pose him holding his weapons on his foot though i'm not really a fan of the pose.
As good as Jack is, he's still far from perfect. His sheath got the knack of getting loose or ruining his balance and his arm movements are limited (compared to Grey Fox) by his moveable, soft chest piece. There are some angles that Fox can do which Raiden cannot because of his intricate armor design especially when posing the feet. His hair piece also tend to get loose and his neck movements are somewhat limited by the bulky design.
Like i mentioned, Jack's the biggest Metal Gear Play Arts Kai figure to date probably on account of his high heels. I'm not a big fan of his heels and i'm quite happy that they gave this figure's feet design a more primal look.
So what's the verdict? GET him! Even with another Raiden figure coming soon this one is bound to be a classic. I can imagine him being sold out / out of stock soon enough.
Anyway, how did Jack get his Cyborg Ninja skin @ MGRR?

21 comments:

  1. NICE ! I Got this one too @ below SRP on Datablitz ! I must agree that this one is epicly a MUST-HAVE ! heard rumors too na nagkakaubusan na ito sa market. I believe in that rumor kasi who could resist this masterpiece ? Hopefully wala sanang bootleg @.@

    Anyhow sir, may facebook group po kaming ginawa, Play-Arts Kai Philippines Trading group, since wala po kaming group na makita on Facebook na mostly from PH ang members. I would like to invite you to join our Group -- >

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/398679733552957/

    You're very welcome here since some of the guys here are from PTK (some. LOL)and you can update us from your new findings and reviews and the like. :)


    Again, thanks in advance ! More power sir and keep the reviews on-going as it helps fellow PA-Kai collectors :)

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    1. thanks bro, sure i'll join the group. our community is slowly starting to grow.

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  2. Thank you, sir ! :) yes it's starting to grow and hopefully it will continue ! :D

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    1. sent invitation na...using my wife's account. Reyes surname. thanks.

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  3. Wow, this guy looks so awesome. I can't believe hes out already. I hope i can get him soon before he really does sell out!! Only concern is the loosened hair part. Do you mean loose as in, it could break if bothered too much? Great review.

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    1. not really, it has the tendency to get loose over time since you remove that part to put on the visors.

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    2. Oh, that's good to know. I still wonder when liquid and younger raiden will come out. I ordered solidus recently, shoulda waited for raiden instead. He is pretty friggin awesome and bigger.

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  4. Which store did you get him from?

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    1. Datablitz buddy, they brought him first locally.

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  5. Even though I have this preordered at GTO, I still bought one from Datablitz because their preorder price is just to hard to pass up. I'll just keep the other one and sell it if this becomes rare.

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  6. It´s a great figure. I don't have it yet, but I have the impression that the letters "Transhominid Systems GmbH" aren´t present at the top of the mask

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  7. nice review man and a very nice figure
    can't wait till my pre order came out

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  8. are the Datablitz Play Arts Kai figures authentic? Hindi ba bootlegs?

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  9. When i watch your awesome reviews, PAK figures become like celebrities. I just got my PAKraiden earlier today and i couldn't believe it!! I thought i would be hunting for him like gray fox. Anyway, point is when i got him, it was like meeting JT from Hawthorn Heights or Kyo from Dir En Grey. Like he was a celebrity i thought id never meet. Well, those were musicians but you get my point :) Just wanted to share that feeling my friend haha!! I also got my battle dress big boss, forgot to tell you, 100% authentic with typical QC but im not picky. Next stop; Gray Fox, Liquid, and MGS2 Raiden!! And of course any other PAK MGS release!! Great Reviews, coming from a "fan" haha!!

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    1. That's great news buddy, congrats on getting Raiden. (Yeah i know Hawthorn Heights but unfortunately not Dir En Grey). Anyway, we're all psyched up for the human Jack and Liquid PAKs soon.

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    2. Cant wait till they come out. Till then ill be anxiously waiting for their release date, or preorder date. Love Hawthorne and Dir En Grey though you might find DEG a bit too extream haha.

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  10. Hi there - just a quick question - where did you get the changable head for Cyborg Ninja?!?

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  11. If you don't mind me asking, I've been debating on how to store my boxes from my own personal play arts collection. What do you use or do with boxes from your figures? Are they safe if put in bigger cardboard boxes and set on the top of my closet(my closet has a wide shelf across the top that's pretty spacious) or should they just be stacked on one another up there without the cardboard covering? Again, if you dont mind me asking. Thanks!

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    1. no problem, i used to have a separate shelf for those but right now i placed a 3 layer rack for the boxes.

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  12. i suggest a close up picture on the parts., for this is mass produced, and flaws are present i assume?., plus the bottom of the box should be shown serial number wise.. so it could ba an in depth review of the kit to help us what to fix., i know play arts Kai is superior next to hot toys when it comes to details., just a suggestion sir im hoping still.. for there are alleged bootlegs of solidus present and raiden is not safe from bootlegs...

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