Thursday, February 11, 2016

Play Arts Kai Meryl Silverburgh Part 1

The second Meryl Silverburgh to be reviewed on the blog?

Returning to Square Enix's Play Arts Kai series after the review on Gabranth in October last year. ^^

Play Arts Kai Meryl Silverburgh
Production company: Square Enix
Release date: September 2012
Price: 5,800 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Merchandise link

After flipping through my old photos, I discover that Meryl Silverburgh arrived in my collection after Bayonetta, Jeanne, Gabranth, Cammy, Chunli, Lightning and Serah Farron - roughly following that purchase order. Among the bunch, she's just behind Gabranth when it comes to overall figure size I believe, even though costume-wise, the character is not as heavily armored as Gabranth or Lightning. ^^

Speaking of figure size, the steep inflation of the Play Arts Kai series over the years makes Meryl seems like a huge bargain in hind sight. ^^; Using the upcoming Lara Croft as an example, Meryl would probably be priced at around 13,000 Yen if she was indeed a recently announced release. ^^; Interestingly, but perhaps with a sense of worry for her fans: since Meryl from "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots" has yet to make her entry in the Play Arts Kai line, I'm very certain she won't be of the same price as this "Metal Gear Solid" version if she does get announced in the unknown future.

Even for Lara Croft used in the example above, there's a 7,600-Yen price difference between the first Play Arts Kai version released in 2013 and the upcoming version, with just four years between the two releases. ^^;

On a separate note, even though I like the character - pretty much the only reason behind this purchase, I don't think I'll be getting the "Metal Gear Solid 4" version if she does get announced. Besides the price matter, I already have an action figure of that version of Meryl actually - ZCGirl 1/6 Sniper Muriel Black Ver. XD

Character name and emblem of Play Arts Kai on the bottom right corner of the front cover.

The logo of "Metal Gear Solid" and copyright information on the bottom left corner.

Released in 2012 when the game franchise was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, a commemorative emblem can be seen printed above the character name.

The figure and all the accessories can be seen clearly through the front window.

Closeups on the content.

Simple design style for the sides, top and bottom of the box.

A few images of the figure on the back of the box.

Comparison of Meryl Silverburgh's box with that of Cammy.

The box size difference is an indication of the figure size difference between the two. ^^

Box open.

Package content.

Front view of the box content.

Package content with the clear plastic cover taken off.

The figure is held by the plastic tray so firmly that she doesn't move one bit even when the tray is being held in an upside-down position. ^^

Closeups on the details.

Rear view of the box content.

Closeups on the details.

A straight out-of-box display of Play Arts Kai Meryl Silverburgh.

A simple backdrop that depicts a smoke screen? ^^
The large character of "Kai" at the bottom is consistent with the design in other Play Arts Kai releases.

A simple instruction sheet that shows how the option hand should be attached onto the figure and how Meryl's weapons can be stored in separate containers on her waist.

More images of the figure coming up in the next posting. ^^

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