Play Arts Kai Bayonetta – Review

From the popular video game Bayonetta (available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360), comes the titular character Bayonetta in Play Arts Kai form.  The sexy witch with a penchant for style and flair is here to battle it out on the tabletop (and look stylish while doing so).  There aren’t many figures of Bayonetta that aren’t statues, so it’s good to see her get the “action figure” treatment.

First Impressions:

The first thing you may notice about the figure is that she’s quite tall, even for a Play Arts Kai (or PAK for short) figure.  The fact that the game character has those looooong legs makes it all the more apparent here.  It can be difficult for some manufacturers to do glasses right, but I think they got it right here.  The tiny lenses aren’t much to work with, but you can see her eyes clearly through them.  They say that “black is slimming” and with Bayonetta’s mostly all black theme, it creates an even more slender shape (apart from the “wings” that drape down from her upper arms.  Makes her look like some sort of sexy Batman).  It’s difficult to say how tall she is compared to other PAK figures since they don’t really scale well with each other, even between figures from the same series.

Sexy and Sassy!
Sexy and Sassy!

Accessories:

Bayonetta doesn’t come with a lot of accessories here, given the amount of weapons that become available in the game.  She does come with her standard issue guns Scarborough Fair – so called since they are named Parsley (ever joyous), Sage (ever strong), Rosemary (ever reminiscent), and Thyme (ever courageous) – much like the old ballad says.  Also included are 2 sets of hands – left and right open/flat hands and left and right hands for holding 2 of her pistols (the other 2 (Rosemary and Thyme) can slot in behind the heels of her shoes).  Any of the pistols can be held in her hands, but only the smaller ones can slot in behind her shoes.  A bit disappointing that she doesn’t come with a stand given the amount of action that she gets into in the game.  It would be good to re-create some of her more dynamic poses and a stand would really help in that regard.  An extra face or two would have been nice also.

Bayonetta's Gear
Bayonetta’s Gear

Articulation:

Her head is connected with a ball joint which offers a pretty good range of motion.  Since she wears her hair up, it doesn’t get in the way of movement.  She can’t tilt her back too far but that’s due to the sculpt and not because of hair getting in the way.  Her arms don’t lift up at the shoulders very far but the swivel allows them to rotate all the way around.  She has a swivel in each bicep and the joint in the elbows allows for a decent arm curl – she can touch her nose or pull off a “glasses push” pose with the help of the joints at the wrists.  Ball joints in the chest and hips allow for some movement.  They have a good turning/twisting motion, but not so much in the tilting department.

"Glasses push", Bayonetta style
“Glasses push”, Bayonetta style
Ready for action!
Ready for action!

The legs are connected at the hips with ball joints which give a pretty good range of motion, and there is a double swivel in the ankles.  The knees, however, feature a type of double joint that allows for decent movement at the cost of looking kind of silly in its execution.  It’s often referred to as “peanut knees” due to the shape of the joint and is unfortunately a mainstay of the PAK line.  I’m only aware of one PAK figure that has “peanut elbows” as well (looking at you, Edward Elrich) but there may be others.  It is often this “peanut knee” feature that turns some people off the PAK line entirely.  For me though, I can look past it if it’s a character I really like or if the character has a robotic/cybernetic style which would make the “peanut knees” not as noticeable.  How visible the joint is also depends on your posing.

Stylishly dangerous
Stylishly dangerous

It’s also worth mentioning that the “wings” are also poseable.  They are connected to the upper arms with a double swivel, but they also have a bendy under wire running through the length of each wing and across the base as well.  This allows you to curl the wings a bit if you need to when you re-create some of her more dynamic poses.

The heel guns aren't just for show
The heel guns aren’t just for show

Conclusion:

If you’re looking for a good action figure of Bayonetta, then Play Arts Kai’s offering is a good place to start.  It might even be the only action figure option out there, apart from custom builds or dolls.  There are plenty of statues but they are nowhere near as much fun as being able to pose Bayonetta in lots of different ways.  The lack of accessories and a stand is a bit of a downer though.  She’s still lots of fun and is definitely worth considering picking up if you’re a fan of the game (or games, since Bayonetta 2 is available for Wii U), or if you don’t mind having a sexy witch with a penchant for style and flair amongst your toy collection.

Bayonetta by Play Arts Kai can be found at the link below along with other figures in the Play Arts Kai range.

Fighting angels is hard work
Fighting angels is hard work
Sam Gideon (from the PlayStation 3 game Vanquish) providing back-up
Sam Gideon (from the PlayStation 3 game Vanquish) providing back-up
What do you mean you only have one gun?
What do you mean you only have one gun?
375mL Drink Can for Scale
375mL Drink Can for Scale