Took her long enough to come out from her rabbit hole. Her Play Arts Kai figure is already good to go for mass production than Cloud and Tifa, but I guess the Advent Children (and other bunch of) PAKs got prioritized. Other reasons for her very long delay, MAYBE, is SQEX didn't want to spoil the HD treatment for FFXII, speculation much. Of whom am I talking about? Why it's Fran, Final Fantasy XII's bunny girl or Vierra.
"That's what sky pirates do, they fly do they not?"
The packaging coffin-type and its design is based on FFXII logo's colors. The magnetized front cover shows a large product shot of Fran action figure and the standard logos mostly seen in PAK boxes. The back of the box shows more product shots of the toy. She's the first to have an official FFXII PAK figure. No PAK teasers for another FFXII character.
|Opened front cover|
|Fran is unboxed and ready for her review|
This is her first Play Arts Kai action figure. She's lucky because PAK standards are now high when it comes to sculpt, detail and number of articulation points.
|Viewing Fran on 4 sides|
|Wow, she looks pretty!|
|Fran's Vierra ears. They're really detailed|
|You may decide not to connect the ponytail to give Fran a sort of haircut|
and she'll still look good.
|She wears minimal armor|
|Fran without the ponytail.|
Fran's back looks really great and I'm not just talking about her butt.
|The silky cloth.|
This side of the cloth, is not glued, see its tab?
|The arms looks good. |
If you notice a little scar-like sculpt there, both arms have it so I guess it's intentional.
|Check out the details on the leg armor, so cool.|
|Fran's heeled Vierra sandals.|
I only played FFXII for a short time at my bestfriend's house, but I played and finished its direct sequel, Revenant Wings, so I got a gist of Fran's preferred equipment.
Fran PAK only got a bow and arrow and a single gripping hand for each accessory. She only got the necessary stuff, SQEX should've included some hands or an alternative face/head.
|That's all her stuff.|
|Fran's bow. I don't know what it's called.|
|Just one arrow? I want more!|
|Both of these hands looks really good but they have a weak grip on the bow and arrow|
|Holding the bow|
|Now she's ready to fire her arrow.|
|The display stand.|
ARTICULATIONS, POSING AND SCALING
|Fran giving us the grumpy stare.|
Fran's head moves well, it can do a full 360 rotation. The ponytail on her head is ball-hinged in case that you want to pose her like she's moving or the hair is wind-swept. The ponytail is also heavy and affects her head and chest articulation. No neck articulation.
Fran's upper-body articulation and figure design makes her lean much better. Her chest and waist moves pretty good just don't overdo the posing on torso parts or the toy's gaps will get exposed.
|Aim for a kill|
|Quick bow-firing action pose|
|Crouching for better aiming stability|
|"Better reload quick."|
|This shot can be interpreted as firing an arrow under a huge Esper.|
... or an evasive-limbo-bow-action!
|I just noticed that Fran, so far, is the only non-Nomura designed FF character that's made as a large scale Play Arts Kai figure.|
|Fran with the Kingdom Hearts boys|
|Fran is so tall!|
Hatsune Miku (V-PAK) is shorter. Catwoman (V-PAK) is a bit shorter than Fran, making her the tallest female PAK to my collection. They all look good with each other.
|A cyborg ninja, a psycho, a bunny girl, and a government agent.|
They're almost like an unstable team that fights for justice.
I found few issues on my Fran figure. While I'm posing her for the review, I noticed that one side of the transparent silky cloth on her abs is not glued, same for the "rippled" part on her crotch piece, its tab that connects it on the crotch piece is also not glued. I fixed them with a super glue which is pretty easy. And lastly, as usual, there are some paint drops, the worst paint drop is a black paint under her left side hair.
Cue that Final Fantasy victory fanfare for Fran's arrival to the Play Arts Kai line of action figures and my collection! Fran as a rookie PAK passed on almost everything: Great build/quality, she's super poseable, she's way cheaper than Riku and Miku, talk about inconsistent pricing. I'm very happy to acquire this figure, I wish she had a bit more accessories though. I bet even non-Final Fantasy fans will buy her too. Get her fast, this bunny will get out of stock soon. I'm looking forward to see Vaan, Penelo, Basch, Balthier, Ashe and especially Gabranth as new FFXII Play Arts Kai figures. Make it happen SQEX!
Oh yeah, this is one of my favorite super-edits!
|Bounty hunting somewhere in Dalmasca Estersand|
Cheers and Happy Collecting!