Jack Garland’s here… Only one can be the greatest!

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin Play Arts Kai: Jack Garland

Manufacturer: Square Enix | Pre-order deadline: March 21st, 2022

After switching over to the Famicom, there was a time when I wasn’t happy with anything I was creating. I thought of retiring from the game industry and I created Final Fantasy as my final project. That’s why the title includes the word ‘final’ but for me; the title ‘Final Fantasy’ reflects my emotional state at the time and the feeling that time had stopped. They say that technologically, it’s good to keep going, and each time, we give it our all and expend our skills and energy until we can go no further; this is what I consider to be the ‘final fantasy’.

The words above come from Hironobu Sakaguchi; the creator of the Final Fantasy series and one of the most influential developers of all time. Born the “swan song” of Squaresoft in 1987, the first chapter of this popular long-life saga appeared on December 18 of that year for Famicom, the story was quite classical (a party of four youths known as the Light Warriors must defeat the evil forces of a dark lord – the archdemon Chaos – to restore light, and save the world), but its innovative gameplay mechanics and the huge world made it a true legend among the gamers, selling several million of copies, through the years this once niche JRPG became one of the most played one in the 80s and 90s.

A Tale of Origins and Endings!

Based on the hugely beloved table-RPG game Dungeons & Dragons; since the first episode, this series offered an alternative to the common swashbuckling stories adding charismatic characters (especially if we talk about enemies like Kefka, Sephiroth, Ardyn, or Caius), vast continents, epic quests, and much more. All these elements contributed to building a truly legendary series that transcended the binary gaming world to appear in dozens of books, anime series, movies, audio dramas, and thousands of passionate tributes all over the world. If you remember well, like all the creation myths; also the Final Fantasy story started from the darkness… and in the first chapter of the series, darkness means Garland!

But we live in a different era, in which the concept of the multiverse can be found practically everywhere, and Final Fantasy makes no exception; in fact, in the upcoming Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin we can re-live the story of the first Final Fantasy from a different perspective… the one of Jack Garland, an aspiring Warrior of Light that is determined to eradicate Chaos from his world!

Fully equipped with his legendary black armor and the mighty sword; the finest knight of Cornelia comes in all his majesty. Following the Play Arts Kai tradition; Garland can take any position we want thanks to the joint structure that allows him to get ready for any battle against the agents of Chaos. Created under the watchful eye of Tetsuya Nomura; fans will be pleased to know that the darker character in the Final Fantasy series has been turned into a real hero, the hero we need right now. Standing at 330mm; there are very few pieces that will overcome your friends and fellow collectors with jealousy and awe like this one!


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