Final Fantasy X Various Merchandise
From:
Kotobukiya
Included in set:
Varies by merchandise

Hot on the heels of the release of Squaresoft's hugely popular Final Fantasy X for the Playstation 2 and the subsequent release of the figure line by Bandai, Kotobukiya is primed to flood the market with a variety of collectibles to empty the pockets of every Final Fantasy fan. It pleases me to say that each of these collectible lines are well done, a few steps above the Bandai toy line.

Vinyl Figures - Much like the Final Fantasy VIII line of vinyl figures, Final Fantasy X is getting a top notch group of vinyl figures, averaging around 12 inches in size. Included in the line is Tidus, Yuna, Rikku, Auron, Kimahri, Lulu, Yojimbo and Seymour. While most of the vinyl statues are well detailed and fairly stuck in their poses, the Tidus figure has 18 points of articulation. Also coming out is a line (similar to the monster line for Final Fantasy 8 by Palisades) of monsters averaging around 6.5 inches in size, including: Varuna, Iron Giant, Anima and the Ultima Weapon. The final piece to this collection is the awesome Bahamut figure, which is eight inches tall with 20 points of articulation and an 18 inch wingspan. If you love the design of the characters and monsters in this game, these toy lines will be on your most wanted list. The only drawback I see is the hefty price tag that comes along with most vinyl models.

Plush Toys - This set of two small lines is for those who bought up the Vivi plush dolls when the PlayOnline site came out. Or, for those who just love cutesy plush dolls. The 4 inch line includes Cactaur, Chocobo and Tonberry. The 10 inch line includes Mog, Big Tonberry, Big Cactaur and Worker Chocobo. If you or anyone you know loves plush toys, these toys are good for them.

Etc. - Along with these are a variety of other things, including t-shirts, posters, wall scrolls, and lunch boxes. For those who had a hard time finding anything for Final Fantasy 9, you should be happy to know that there seems to be no end in sight. T-shirts include Tidus and Yuna, Ifrit, Valefor, Bahamut and Yojimbo, to name a few. Lunch box designs include Tidus, Yuna, the Characters and the Aeons. All are of top quality.

It's obvious that this time around, Squaresoft want to merchandise their game as much as they can, cashing in on a market ripe with fans. To be honest, die hard fans may find themselves a little strapped for cash. For more info, check out Kotobukiya's site, or Squaresoft's Merchandise section.

- - Kinderfeld

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