Today we will have a quick look at the Bring Arts Nier Figures. Nier is spin off 2 game franchise by Square Enix. The 2nd one Nier: Automata was something of a hit and appeared on PC, PS4 and Xbox. Unfortunately if you want the play the first game in the series you need a PS3, however it is also almost completely unnecessary to understand automata aside from a few Easter eggs.
Bring Arts are 6″ Figures, however compairing them to other 6″ figures I have they are a bit on the small side. The first Nier release was 2B which also came with a machine. If we look at 2B first, she comes with a sword, unmasked head, Pod 042, swap able hands, weapon holding ring and a stand. Pod and the weapon ring can be attached to the stand but not he figure and as such the figure is really meant to be displayed with the stand.
The other part of the set is the machine lifeform who comes with a bucket. This particular one has the non-hostile eyes. This has a nice paint job and I just love the designs of the robots in this series.
The 2nd release was a 2 pack of machine lifeforms. They start as the same base of the one which came with 2B but has hostile eyes and loads of accessories. First up is one set of full size legs, which should be used with the supplied stand otherwise it is very hard to stand. Various weapons, a sword, replacements for the arms which mount a gun or saw blade
Finally we have Kainé from the original Nier game (RepliCant/Gestalt). Much like 2B she comes with the same stand, 2 Swords and swappable hands. She also comes with Emil’s head
As for other releases in this line, A2 and 9S are out in Japan at this point, a revised 2B is also on the way, as well as a Nier figure from Replicant.
Also widely available for whatever reason are Knock-Offs of these figures. So if you see one for sale for around $15/£13 its probably one of these. You can tell its a KO by the paint on the robot that is nowhere near as good as the original and the copyright information is not present on the back. KO 2B has loose hands that do not grip very well, the top of the stand is not textured but fully clear and just generally not a well made.
Combiner, Gestalt, special team, whichever your preferred name are the power house in any given battle. The exact size of the combined form in any given scale is open for debate which ultimately leads to a compromise between individual bot size, parts forming parts and total combined size. Here we are taking a look at a legends scale combiner by Iron Factory; War Giant and its recolour Catastrophe. First off the Individual bots.
This of course is a 3rd Party representation of the combaticons, original sold in 3 sets of 2 figures, IF-EX22, IF-EX23 and IF-EX24 these are fully transformable and each have their own weapons
Now your probably wondering what the 6th figure which was part of IF-EX24 is and if you are thinking it is the combined parts are something similar, you would be quite wrong.
In fact we have a recolour of IF-EX16 as combiner hunter Arcee with her massive sword. Sadly there is no equivalent in the IF-EX24X Catastrophe set.
Speaking of IF-EX24X it is the recolour which was only sold as a compete set. It is a representation of RID2000 Baldigus/Ruination, which was a 2000 reuse of the original combaticons toys and designs in different colour scheme in a completely separate show. As already stated there was no IF-EX16 recolour nor did it have a gun version of Shockwave which was present in the original IF-EX24 set. Speaking of the combiner parts.
Rather handily the combiner parts combine by themselves into a free standing bust type thing which is great for storage. The weapon also combine into a large rife which are far as combining weapons go is very well done.
The combined form is also quite will done. Good articulation, the chest and legs stay together very well, however the arm conections are not the best been more peged in that actually connected. It is quite easy to disconnect them while trying to position them but are easy enough to reattach.
The original comes with a non-transformable Shockwave in gun form, it can also hold the IF-EX21 in gun mode but it is a bit bigger. All in all a great set with a more uncommon repaint which also looks good. The use of parts forming helps the size of the combined form while keeping the individual bots in line with the other iron factory figures. It is not quite as big as the maketoys combiners I already have but as it is unlikely there will be any more released I am happy enough with this scale and hope to see others
As a final note if your after this set be careful buying them as individual sets. IF-EX21 is almost impossible to find, I luckily found my set on Amazon Japan of all places, it was over the usual retain but as I already had the other sets so there was not much choice.