You can always tell a new Disney movie is out when you see merchandise start popping up in every form imaginable all over the place. From cereal promotions, to action figures, party favors and stationary, it's amazing somebody actually has to sit down and think of as many different products as they can to slap the movie's name on some piece of plastic. While we get cheap breakable toys that hardly come close to imitating what it's supposed to in the movie (usually), Square, among other companies, does things a little differently over in Japan.
While not everyone knows about them due to their usual Japan-only nature, there's been a ton of various collectibles, jewelry, figures and products based on games in Japan. This update of course focuses on the massive assortment of Final Fantasy goods, sold through DigiCube, a subsidiary of Squaresoft that sells not only toys, figures and jewelry based on the highly-popular RPG series, but they're also the makers of official strategy guides, artbooks, etc. for Squaresoft games. Some of these include the Xenogears 'bible', Xenogears: Perfect Works, one of the most sought-after books by game players, and the Ultimania line of guides for games like Final Fantasy VIII and Chrono Cross.
To provide all of you with some insight as to just what kind of stuff there is out there available, we've scoured the internet for just about every product we could find. Granted, RPGFan's picture galleries have always had some pictures for these products, but they were a mere sample of what all there is. Until now. While I mentioned these are Japan-only, in recent years, many of the figures have been released in North America. Originally a license used by Palisades Marketing for Final Fantasy VII - IX products, Diamond Comic Distributors is now handling all things Square, including all the upcoming Final Fantasy X figures, and the Chrono Cross statues that were never released by Palisades. On that note, most of the FFX figures you'll be seeing here should make it to North America in the first half of 2002.
Now then, I think that's quite enough of an introduction. On with the pictures:
Final Fantasy IV
- 2 metal figurines, 1 cold cast scene
Final Fantasy V
- 4 metal figurines, 1 cold cast scene
Final Fantasy VI
- 7 metal figurines, 1 cold cast scene
Final Fantasy VII
- 5 metal figurines, 6 vinyl character figures, 1 Highwind model, 1 cold cast scene
Final Fantasy VIII
- 19 miscellaneous products (3 new), 22 Guardian Force figures, 4 metal figurines, 6 vinyl character figures, 5 resin statues, 1 cold cast scene
Final Fantasy X
- 18 miscellaneous products (10 new), 8 monster figures, 8 vinyl character figures
Final Fantasy Creatures
- 9 creatures
The last link above is the new line called Final Fantasy Creatures. Volume I contains 9 creatures, both good and bad, from Final Fantasy VII - X. Though an exact release date is uncertain, they should retail at 1,800 yen, or about $15 US, depending on where you import.
Whew. All in all, that's 108 product pictures, which should hopefully keep you busy for quite awhile. Now then, if you're interested in buying these works of art for yourself, there's a few places to do so. If you live in Japan, there's the source, DigiCube (just click the ShopCube button).
For anyone else, there's both Game Music Online, who sells various collectibles, along with game soundtracks; Himeya Soft, who sells import games and Final Fantasy collectibles (located in the 'etc JP' link on the left), and then there's local stores. Suncoast Motion Picture Company sells toys like these and may have current ones, though they only sell the ones released domestically, where GMO and HS import them. If you're able to get your hands on these, congratulations. If you're able to get one of the highly-detailed (and highly expensive, at around $240 US) resin statues from FFVIII, well, I envy you to be honest.
Update: It was brought to my attention that game retailer NCS also carries some FF products as well.
Finally, these pictures were compiled from a few sources. Most notable of course is DigiCube, where most of the pictures came
from. Some of the Final Fantasy X figures came from Figures.com, and two from a site on About.com.
On a very minor final side note, along with the products, all of the picture pages for Final Fantasy IV - VIII were reformatted to match our current layout. Not the most important news, but you never know when this kind of information will come in handy. Or not.