As an $11,500 piece of Final Fantasy VI merch is revealed, FF creator Sakaguchi asks "Square Enix, are you okay?"
Square Enix has revealed the latest in its ‘Masterline’ series of figures - a statue of Terra from Final Fantasy VI riding atop some Magitek Armor. It’s beautiful. The catch? It’s also the better part of $12,000.
The Square Enix Masterline figures and statues have always run into four-figure price brackets, but this is the first time such a statue has exceeded 5 figures in price. As revealed by Square Enix on twitter, it’ll retail for 1,485,000 Yen in Japan, and while we don’t have prices for the West confirmed just yet, that pricing translates to a little over $11,500 USD.
The figure is undoubtedly gorgeous, though. Hand-crafted, there will only be 600 units produced worldwide. Japan will get 150 units; the rest will seemingly be allocated depending on how many orders are placed. Once 600 orders have been placed, orders will close and that will be that. It’s very much a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The video announcing the statue, embedded above, features legendary FF artist Yoshitaka Amano next to the enormous 1/6 scale statue, marveling at a piece of his visual design brought to the real world in a way never seen before.
If you’ve got deep pockets, it might be the ultimate piece of Final Fantasy VI memorabilia. You will need very, very deep pockets, however. The statue will be released next July.
One person bemused by the price was Final Fantasy creator and FF6 Producer Hironobu Sakaguchi. On twitter, Sakaguchi quote-tweeted the official Square Enix announcement of the statue’s price and release date.
In the tweet, Sakaguchi noted that the statue is more expensive than the dioramas his studio used to craft the world of their most recent game, the RPG Site award-winning retro RPG throwback Fantasian - which also happens to have been heavily inspired by Sakaguchi's memories of working on FF6. He also suggests that Square Enix might be going too far, with a laugh.
He rounds off the tweet with a perfectly reasonable reaction to a five-figure piece of video game merch: “Square Enix, are you okay?”