Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi does not approve.
Say What? The Final Fantasy VI Statue Worth over $11,000
You've heard of Crafty Creations, well say hello to Costly Creations. It's far less difficult to fathom why Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda is rubbing his hands to the thought of NFTs when witnessing the company's recent activity. Because a recently released Final Fantasy statue is set to expose just how many superfans are willing to burn money on collectibles. But at least they're starting in the physical plane.
The Final Fantasy statue in question is undeniably impressive. It depicts Final Fantasy VI's Terra Branford astride a Magitek Armor mech, attended by a few Moogles and brandishing her signature sword, Enhancer. It is also priced at ¥1,4585,000 (about $11,500).
The statue was unveiled over the weekend as part of Square Enix's Masterline series. This collection of collectibles includes statues from other Final Fantasy titles as well as Nier Automata statues. Though compared to this Final Fantasy VI statue, they are but a fraction of the price.
The behemoth of a collectible was created by Prime 1 Studio under the supervision of the illustrious Final Fantasy concept artist Yoshitaka Amano himself. An admittedly heartwarming video shows Amano talking about the statue as he sits beside it, demonstrating the sheer scale of the piece. "It is very impressive," he says.
While that may be true, whether it's worth nearly $12,000 is certainly up for debate. A sentiment that was echoed by the Final Fantasy series creator himself, Hironobu Sakaguchi, who took to Twitter to ask if Square Enix was "okay", also asking "Isn't this a bit much?"
The answer, we fear, is probably 'no', as we imagine the 600 models available will sell regardless. And if any of our Japan-based readers are ready to sink a cool ¥1,4585,000 on a Final Fantasy VI statue, Japanese pre-orders are open now, so be our guest. 150 of these statues are reserved for buyers in Japan, with more information on global shipping to be announced at a later date.