Play Arts: Street Fighter IV: Chun-Li

Today, I am looking at the fairly large-scale version of Chun-Li, which is the first of two figures to come out by Play Arts.  There are two more slated to come out in the next few months.  But why dwell on what is to come when I have a perfectly good figure right here in my hands.

Here she is in all of her packaged glory.  I thought this was the best way to show her with all of her accessories.   An extra head, flat hands, and the pieces to give her power floating in the air.

She is really well done.  Lots of good paint went into her design, with everything from the dark tights, to the glossy multi-colored outfit, to the worn boots.   Can’t complain there.  As with the other Play Arts figures in this size, Final Fantasy and Halo, she has some really nice articulation.  Good head movement, and upper torso.  Her arms have really neat movement at the shoulders to bring the arms forward across her chest like above.    The hips have a few different joints that allow for different poses.  Unfortunately, the tops of her legs don’t pose too well, making for mostly standing or crouching poses.

The knee is double jointed, but the piece that holds the upper and lower legs together looks really fake compared to the rest of the leg, and is shiny.  The legs do end with a ball socket for the feet, which is really nice, but does not hold her giant body in very dynamic poses.

Chun-Li comes with a great addition of hands as well as the power she throws out.    You can see the not-s0-nice knee joint in the middle of the leg.  The more you move her around, the further the leg parts move away from one another.   With her being so top heavy, and the joints having trouble holding the weight, this is about as dynamic as you can make the display.

For my money, I still liked the NECA version of Chun-Li better.   Bigger is not always better as we can see here.  With over twice the cost, there is not much that makes it seem like twice the worth.

Now that I have thoroughly bashed on poor Chun-Li, I am going to gear up for the Ryu that came out at the same time.  I picked them both up at the same time.   Where I was saying Chun-Li was a heavy figure, Ryu is actually REALLY heavy.   The box seemed to weigh twice as much as Chun-Li.    So, come back next time for a look at the other figure.  Who will win  the first battle?  FIGHT!!!

One response to “Play Arts: Street Fighter IV: Chun-Li

  • bd77

    Now with most Play Arts, I do find the knees bit… odd.

    Standing upright is okay, but when bending the legs… yeah. >.>
    Then again, its something akin to their signature as each figure maker has their own style.

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