Square Enix Releases Images of the Play Arts Kai Batman Arkham Origins Joker and Robin Figures
Square Enix has just recently released final product images of their upcoming Play Arts Kai Batman Arkham Origins Joker and Robin action figures. They first revealed them at SDCC last month and now we get to look at the final product and the accessories that they come with.
Last year I bought a Play Arts Kai Arkham City The Dark Knight Returns Batman, which I am really impressed with and these look no different. I have not played the Arkham Origins game but I’m aware that these characters appear in the video game. I have to say right off the bat I really like the look of these figures.
The look of Joker from Arkham Origins is not much different from the previous two Arkham games and from what I have seen of the game this figure looks exactly like how he does in the game. I really like the amount of detail that they have put into this figure with the shading and dry brushing that’s on the figure. The long purple coat and green waistcoat really stand out. You can even see the intricate pattern on his waistcoat. On the back of the coat you can see the dust and dirt all over it. It’s beautiful. The creases and folds throughout are done beautifully. His shoes are given a glossy finish and look perfect. The rest of the figure has some slight gloss on it, though it looks mostly matte.
The Joker’s face sculpt is dead on too and is painted very well and looks exactly how he did in the game with the dirty white face paint, the red lips and the bright green hair. The look on his face is the classic Joker with his big wide smile; like he’s found something so despicable so side splittingly hilarious and is about to laugh himself to death. It’s a really psychopathic look.
He’s fully articulated just like all standard Play Arts Kai figures. He also comes with a standard Play Arts Kai stand. An alternate head sculpt with a slightly more serious head sculpt with him smiling with his mouth closed which looks just as good as the wide smile one. He also comes with four interchangeable hands, which are gloved just like the originals to hold his knife and revolver. The ones he has on are half-open palms. He also comes with a large revolver and knife that is very well detailed especially the revolver.
The Robin in Arkham Origins is Dick Grayson who’s Nightwing in Arkham City. He’s wearing more armor than Tim Drake did in Arkham City. I have to say I prefer this outfit to the Arkham City one. There’s a lot of detail in this figure. From the outfit and cape with all its creases and folds, to the armor where you can see it all come together. The armor really stands out with its different shades of red. It looks new too and there’s glossy coat to it, which looks really brilliant.
The cape has purple bluish hue with the yellow underside, which is common in different interpretations of the character. It’s not too long either. The “R” logo looks really subtle, as the yellow is not too bright which I really like. The pouches on his belt are very well done too. There’s not too much detail to them but they have a great dry brush effect to them. The head sculpt looks great too and very much like the character of Dick Grayson. The hairstyle is done very well and the mask is done brilliantly. The expression on his face is slightly cocky, confident and serious which suits the character perfectly.
Like the Joker, he is fully articulated and comes with a Play Arts Kai Stand. He also comes with six interchangeable hands to hold his batarang and staffs. His batarang is very well detailed and looks more like a bird, which is apt for his character. He also comes with two versions of his staff standard & shield version. I really like how his logo is incorporated to the standard version. The shield version comes has a more prominent logo and has some weathering on the shield part which looks really nice. The yellow looks really muted too.
I have to say I really like the look of these Play Arts Kai figures, as I do most Play Arts Kai figures and I would really like to get them. If you’re a fan of Batman or just any of the Arkham Origins games, these are simply must haves. They will cost $99.99 each and will be released January next year. They are currently available for pre-order here.