Kingdom Hearts II’s Riku is newest addition to Play Arts Kai lineup

Like the gaming experience it’s inspired by, this figure is both elegant yet beautifully haunting. Check out theĀ Kingdom Hearts II Play Arts Kai Riku, a new installment in a series already renowned for its meticulous attention to detail. This nine-inch figure by Square Enix and Sideshow Collectibles represents an epic partnership between two of the most well-known toymakers in the game.

He features a cool blue, vivid colored paint scheme to recreate the in-game look in three-dimensionality. Riku’s signature Way to the Dawn keyblade is revamped with intricate paintwork. Click on the image below to get started!

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Kingdom Hearts II’s Roxas No. 2, new from Play Arts Kai

The 2005 Square Enix action RPG was as stellar a hit as any of the video-game heavyweights of the noughties. It spawned a novel and a manga spin-off, and was known for its darkness and complexity in comparison to its predecessor. Roxas is a “Nobody”, an entity that came about as Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora briefly lost his heart.

Help the boy from Organization XIII catch hearts with his Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades. To bring his character from the screen to real life, he comes with a salt ice cream accessory, interchangeable hands and a display stand. Standing eight inches tall, he’s the size we’ve come to look forward to from Square Enix and Play Arts Kai. Roxas is just big enough to render him a deluxe figure and just the right size to display alongside your other Play Arts Kai and Kingdom Hearts figures.

Nothing like a Keyblade to show you're 'bout it.

Nothing like a Keyblade to show you’re ’bout it.

Make Every Day Halloween with The Nightmare Before Christmas!

As storefronts put away the pumpkins and bring out the fake snow, perhaps it’s time to find something to bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas. And naturally, there isn’t anything better for that kind of thing than Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s classic stop-motion film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The newest addition to our tNBC collection is actually from Kingdom Hearts, a video game franchise bringing together the world of Disney and the Final Fantasy universe. And fans of both will be very pleased with the quality and general awesomeness of the new figure:

From the Play Arts series, this gorgeous figure comes complete with alternate heads/expressions and multiple points of articulation in addition to being packaged with his loyal companion, the ghost dog Zero. All hail the Pumpkin King!

And if you want more from the film, check out our Nightmare Before Christmas page and find the likes of Jack, Sally, the Harlequin Demon, Undersea Gal, Dr. Finklestein and more as figure, plush toys and assorted collectibles! Click below to check it all out!

Kingdom Hearts’ King Mickey and Christmastown Sora Figures

Imported from Japan, we’re proud to announce that we’ve set up the pre-order pages for two brand new additions to our existing collection of Kingdom Hearts figures. Shipping in a few months, you can now get your very own Christmastown Sora (see below) and King Mickey, both from the folks at Square Enix’s Play Arts manufacturers.

Both the figures are about 7 inches tall (as in, their line is seven inches give or take a few on individual figures) and the models are brilliant, taken directly from the designs in the game. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy ’em.

A word about Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts!

Looking at the concept art (see a little more at Blast Magazine, it seems pretty obvious that Epic Mickey is going to show us a side of the mouse we’ve never seen before. With a dark deconstructionist feel permeating both the imagery and the words that we’ve seen and heard about the upcoming game, it should be very interesting to watch how it all plays out. Previously said to be Wii exclusive (it might still be), it promises to be an experience unlike any other. And if you’re a fan of Nintendo’s latest console, you might find, as I have, that they still haven’t used the Wiimote to its full potential. According to reports, Epic Mickey will try to change all that.

Personally, I can’t wait.

Of course, this wasn’t Mickey’s first foray into the video game world. Far from it! In fact, I still remember loving Mickey and Minnie’s Circus Adventure when it first came out years ago. But most recently, he was part of the unlikely combination of Disney and Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts. And I am pleased to say that we’ve got KH merch available over at CmdStore so if you’re a fan of the game or just a few of Disney’s greats, check ’em out!

New Kingdom Hearts Pre-Orders!

Shipping later this month, you can now pre-order the next wave of Kingdom Hearts toys from Square-Enix and Formation Arts. Unlike previous waves, this one doesn’t feature articulated figures, instead creating statues with bases that capture not only a particular character, but items and decor that bring to the pieces the mood of the game.

This series unites Sora, Minnie Mouse and fan favourite Jack Sparrow, who lounges atop a treasure chest. They look great on display and make a very cool addition to any player’s toy shelf. They can be purchased individually or as a set of three (for a savings of $5.90). Check ’em out!

Final Fantasy: VII now downloadable + Figures!

From Gamespot.com

LOS ANGELES–The entire game industry is working overtime because of this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the people working on Sony’s PlayStation Network store are no different. Ordinarily updated only on Thursdays, the online storefront for the PlayStation 3 and PSP is getting three new volleys of content this week for North American consumers.

Has the statute of limitations on spoilers for this one passed yet?

Sony opened up the release spigot Tuesday with the addition of two hit PlayStation games to the downloadable catalog: Final Fantasy VII and Medal of Honor. Final Fantasy VII is the oldest game in the Square Enix series yet to be remade, but at least those clamoring for Cloud and Sephiroth will be able to relive the original story for $9.99. Meanwhile, Electronic Arts’ original World War II shooter Medal of Honor will cost the more standard $5.99.

The rerelease isn’t the only Final Fantasy-related content new to the PlayStation store. Sony also put up new themes, trailers, and wallpaper for the upcoming PSP fighting spin-off Final Fantasy: Dissidia. Rounding out the releases are free downloadable content for Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and a slew of E3 trailers for Uncharted 2, Fat Princess, Heavy Rain, and more.

That’s obviously awesome news for everyone about my age who was hopelessly devoted to FFVII on Playstation or, as in my case, PC. It’s still one of the most impressive RPGs ever made and it remains to be seen whether this re-release will lead to a remake. Fingers crossed!

And for more, an old favourite game meets my other passion, action figures, in a ton of toys from the folks at Square-Enix.

And if that isn’t enough, be sure to check out the Kingdom Hearts figures. Some are on pre-order and some are already in-stock, but like the game they’re from, they make a great and unlikely addition to the collection.