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3 Responses to Square Enix Hitman Absolution: Play Arts Kai Agent 47 Action Figure

  1. Morbid
    Morbid August 26, 2017 at 7:01 am |
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Could have been better, but still worth buying, August 6, 2013
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    Morbid

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    If you’re a fan of Agent 47 or the Hitman series, this is a decent figure that you’ll want to add to your collection for sure. The sculpts for 47 and his accessories are spot on. He stands in place very easily. The paint job is decent at best. His hands are sculpted well enough to hold his guns. The jacket is cleverly made out of soft plastic to allow the arms to move more freely. And the articulation you’d come to expect from Play Arts figures is mostly there. But it’s far from perfect. It still has several flaws that keep it from being a must-have for anyone else.

    The movement for the head is severely lacking. It’s sculpted to fit onto the ball peg like a helmet, which not only looks ugly in profile view, but also serves to restrict where you can turn it. He can’t look up at all, which is kind of disappointing. He also has those ugly knee joints that’s typical with most Play Art figures. I don’t know why Square keeps using them, but that’s just something we all have to live with, I guess. On 47 though, they’re not as bad looking to me as his legs are pretty thin compared to other figures. As long as you keep his legs bent at a 45-degree angle, they won’t look all that terrible when you pose him.

    You may be bothered by the fact some of his signature weapons are missing. I can’t fathom how they couldn’t have included a fiber wire and another set of hands to hold it with. 47 doesn’t just rely on his guns to get the job done, so this makes no sense at all. It’s like making a Deadpool figure with no katanas. 47 also comes with the wrong sniper rifle. As far as I can tell, the one that’s in the package looks like a black variant of the PGM Sniper. I could be wrong. Whichever one it is, it may be the same one he had in the Sniper Challenge mode they made for Hitman Absolution. Regardless, any long-time fan would know that 47’s sniper rifle of choice is the W2000, so the decision not to go with that one instead is pretty odd to me.

    And even if you’re willing to overlook that, there’s no excuse for why this sniper rifle should have its stand sculpted onto it and not be made separate. If it can’t be removed, then the only real use this sniper has is for poses where 47 is sitting down near a surface he can rest it on when making a hit. He can hold it standing up if you want, but that built-in stand just makes it look silly.

    They also could have put more time into the paint work. The sculpts on his weapons are nicely detailed, and I also like that the Silverballers are painted with a nice gun-metal finish. However, they only have flat color washes and no shading. That totally undermines the rest of the work they’d put into them. And I don’t know if this is an issue with the whole line-up, but there’s some color bleeding out from the gun handles. The sniper rifle has many of these same issues, save for the bleeding. But one thing you’ll notice right away is the scope is painted with the same black wash as the rest of the rifle, when it should be given a more lit-up color to give it distinction. So these weapons, while decent, are not up to par with some of the accessories from the more recent Play Arts figures.

    47 himself doesn’t have any serious paint issues to where it’d necessarily become a problem for me, except for his face. The skin tones were wisely chosen, but the application is questionable. While the bone structure is nicely accentuated, there’s just too much of a contrast between the darks and the midtones. In the end, it just makes the face look dirty. On the flip side, you can see that the bar code on the back of his head is done pretty well. Even the numbers are legible enough. I don’t know how they did it, but I have to commend them for doing such an extremely good job. My only complaint is the bar code stands out way too much. It’s too big, and the black color isn’t subdued enough. In fact, there’s hardly has any separation between the bars at all, making it look more like a patch of hair from a distance. It’s not too big a deal, but I do think it’s pretty ugly.

    I’m personally okay with how the rest of the figure is painted. I do need to point out though that if they wanted to keep his design current, they missed some of the finer details that I know they were capable of replicating. His tie, for one, is just a flat red. None of the intricate patterns on the tie that appear in the games are there. The same applies to the missing stripes on his shirt, which could also have better shading as well.

    Overall, while there are some glaring flaws with this figure, I still think it’s solid enough to warrant buying it. I certainly would not have paid full price for it when it first came out, but the price has dropped substantially since then. It’s definitely worth the $40 it’s selling for at most online stores, so if you’re a Hitman fan, I’d say go pick it up. You won’t regret buying it. But if you’re more of a casual figure collector…

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  2. Mario Y
    Mario Y August 26, 2017 at 7:45 am |
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An awesome figure, the joints are all smooth (well, December 13, 2016
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    Zak

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    An awesome figure, the joints are all smooth (well, except the ratcheted ones). It looks and feels great, very high quality. I almost hated opening it and having it out in the open, but it stands so nice on my desk I couldn’t leave it tucked away
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  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 26, 2017 at 8:15 am |
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    meow, April 10, 2015
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    Mario Y

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    This figure is so great and awesome. Only problem I have is the packaging being a little tight. Accessories were a bit hard to take out and be careful with the rifle its fragile. grest figure weird packaging.
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