Play Arts Reno Review

Reno is one of the Turks (a group of Shinra covert operatives) from Final Fantasy VII and FF7 Advent Children. During FF7 he is an enemy to Cloud and the main group, however in Advent Children, he aids Cloud in his fights. He is a cocky, cynical, somewhat lazy, and at times just goofy character.

I got this Play Arts figure for free! Yes for free, because his head was detached, luckily with some effort, the shop owner was able to pop it back in for me. It’s not super sturdy, but it stays if I don’t move it around much, and I don’t want to glue it.

and without further ado: this is the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Play Arts Reno. It was released in 10/2007 and was manufactured by Square Enix.

Packaging: Well I didn’t take any pics of the box, was too lazy to dig it out of the storage. Its just the typical Play Arts box. Flat black in color, with circle tape! Also, the font that says final fantasy : advent children (or something similar to that) is in small silver letters, and the viewing window is rectangular with nothing blocking it. If the font is big and the carboard that the font is on blocks part of the viewing window, then its probably a bootleg (for better visualization of a bootleg AC box look at my vincent review). I may still post box pics in the future.

Accessories: He comes with a typical Play Arts stand, a bunch of extra hands, most of which can hold his weapon, and his weapon (the baton). The baton has the same type of weapon grip style as the kingdom hearts toys. There is a hole in the handle of the weapon through which the peg on the hand is inserted. I prefer the hands that simply wrap around weapons.

Sculpt: The sculpt on this toy is excellent! His hair is great and not too chunky! It is also made of a soft plastic so it was a little bit of give. His jacket is likewise made of a soft plastic. The only bothersome parts of the sculpt are that there is a gap where his arm connects to the jacket body… Also the gap where his head had to be force back on (I assume most wont have this particular problem). Some of the joints, like the one in his torso, look a bit awkward, but that is to be expected of Play Arts.

Paint: The paint on this toy is typical for Play Arts. High quality, great face, but a few flaws here and there. There are no paint smudges or bleeds on the figure at all, but there does seem to be some staining on his shirt. His shirt is stained slightly yellow, could it be from the jacket rubbing against it for so long?

Poseability: Ok this Play Arts is seems alot more flexible than my other final fantasy ones (not including the Play Arts Kai line). Don’t get me wrong, he CANT be place into any pose imagineable, but compared to say Sephiroth or Cloud, he has a wider range of movement.

Overall: This is a really nice figure for big fans of FF7 (which I am), fans of Reno, or people who can’t rest until they own all the figures in a set (sometimes I fall in this category also). However, for those who dont fit into the above three categories, I’d say pass.


Got Dead Master Nendoroid and Play Arts Reno!

Probably should have posted this yesterday, but, I finally got the dead master nendoroid from Black Rock Shooter that I have been waiting for!

I bought her at a local anime shop (yesterday) for only $55, and then as a surprise got the Play Arts Reno as an added bonus! He was free!

Yes, that’s right, free! I noticed in the shop that the head had come loose and was no longer connected to the neck. The store owner opened the box and tried to get the head back on. While the head did pop back in, it falls back off at the slightest touch. So, I ended up with a free toy, slightly defective, but hey….it was free! Best day ever!

I did not even break my new years resolution of buying only one toy a month because Reno was free! ok, enough of that.

Look forward to reviews and pictures of these two toys in the future! (I actually have a backlog of toys to review, and wish I had a better way of organizing my review page, yikes =S).