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Expensive video game merch is nothing new. Whether it’s a Lego set or a giant, deeply threatening Pokémon plush, developers are happy to let players display their fandom for a price.
And when it comes to ultra-deluxe merch, Square Enix may be the best in the biz.
Recently, the famed publisher unveiled its most over-the-top collectible yet — a massive statue replicating concept art from what many consider the best Final Fantasy game.
The collectible in question is a 1/6 scale statue of Final Fantasy VI’s Terra Branford riding a Magitek Armor, as seen in a well-known illustration by Yoshitaka Amano.
The FFVI statue is the latest in Square Enix’s Masterline collection, a series of extremely large, detailed, and pricey replicas.
If you’re shocked at the size of the statue (about two-and-a-half feet tall), you’ll feel the same way about its price tag.
The massive FFVI statue will be available in Japan in 2023 for the equivalent of $11,600.
Even Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was taken aback by the price, tweeting (through translation) “Square Enix, are you okay?”
According to Sakaguchi, even the hand-made dioramas built for his studio’s game Fantasian didn’t cost as much as this replica.
Though its price tag puts the Terra Branford statue out of reach of... well, just about everybody, it is a remarkably beautiful tribute to FFVI.
Both Terra and her Magitek mount are immaculately detailed, right down to the Armor’s cockpit...
and the patterns on Terra’s iconic outfit.
The FFVI statue comes with a fancy stand with removable Moogles, so that’s a little more bang for your 14,000 bucks.
Terra herself also has multiple swappable pieces, so you can change up the statue’s pose.
Amano extolls the statue’s realism when viewed up close and in person — a luxury most people will never have.
The next most expensive Masterline figure, the Nier Automata Deluxe statue, costs about a quarter of the Terra statue’s price.
The same amount of money would pay for a Final Fantasy XIV subscription for about 90 years.
The savings-emptying statue hasn’t appeared in Square Enix’s North America store yet, but it will be limited to 600 pieces worldwide when it launches in 2023.