NYCC 14: It’s All Good Smile
Though New York Comic Con isn't typically a place where there are many new action figures and collectibles on display, this year's event proved to be quite different from the norm. Not only were big name companies out in full force, but manufacturers like Good Smile even debuted some new and amazing items for the first time.
Doubtless, many of you are already familiar with Good Smile's Nendoroid and Figma lines. There have been countless anime, manga, and video game characters brought to life in those series before. While there were some impressive figures and statues on display from the likes of 'Attack on Titan' and 'Kill la Kill', the stuff that caught our attention lied solely in the video game realm. Good Smile has already produced a Nendoroid Wind Waker Link and a Figma version of Skyward Sword Link. The next in that wave will be based on the most recent adventure, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds [A previous version incorrectly attributed this figure as coming from The Legend of Zelda 2. - Ed.]. While there were no images of the actual in-production figure, the art style from that era should provide as vastly different Link than the two already available from Good Smile.
Elsewhere, Good Smile's biggest gaming license lied in the Metal Gear Solid realm. The already announced Revoltech Mini Snake and Cyborg were out in full force, but we did get our first look at the upcoming Figma version of Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid. None of his accessories were accompanying him, but the sculpt looked sharp, and the articulation appears to be on par with the rest of the Figma line. Until the final version comes out though, it's hard to judge just what we'll be getting from this figure. Granted, the only other figure that even comes remotely close is Square Enix Play Arts Kai's Solid Snake, but that sold out so fast, it's impossible to get one for less than a few hundred dollars. At least we can look forward to having a somewhat affordable Snake on the market in the coming months.
Additionally, there were some high-end statues from both MGS: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on display. Snake/Boss looked really sharp and appropriately stoic, even in prototype form, but the Raiden statue was the standout at the booth for us. The pose, the fabrication and the base all come together to present one of the most divisive Metal Gear characters as a formidable hero. This is the kind of Raiden statue that could do well to win over some more fans. It's just incredibly bad-ass. Hopefully we'll see a more finished version in a few months at Toy Fair.