Technically known as Soulcalibur, the Bandai Namco 3D fighter originally began as Soul Edge in 1996. And PlayStation gamers in America, Europe and Australia might remember it as Soul Blade. If you’re a fan of the series, which has continued with Soulcalibur V, Soulcalibur 2 HD Online and Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, then check out the Soul Calibur 2 Nightmare Statue from First4Figures. It’s available to pre-order now from Play Asia until February 27th, 2017.
You’ll obviously recognise Nightmare as the evil alter-ego of Siegfried Schtauffen until becoming a separate entity from Soulcalibur 3. And you might have seen him originally appear in one ending from Siegried in the home version of Soul Edge, where the sword of the same name consumes him. Having captured it from the pirate Cervantes de Leon, the sword takes over his mind to start killing people and gathering their souls.
And over 20 years, he’s regularly been mentioned as one of the most memorable fighting game characters, along with Soulcalibur regulars Astaroth and Heishiro Mitsurugi. So it’s a fitting tribute to have a 1/4 scale statue made of him, which stands an imposing 22 inches tall.
The Soul Calibur 2 Nightmare statue has been cast in high quality polystone with a huge amount of attention to detail, including the corrupted flesh on his body. It comes with the massive round black base, deluxe full colour packaging and an authenticity card.
It’s a mightily impressive statue as you’d expect for £333.11. But it’ll definitely take pride of place in the home of any Soulcalibur fan. It’s available to pre-order now until February 27th, and is due to ship in the third quarter of this year.
If you can’t quite stretch that far, it’s not a bad time to collect the games of the Soulcalibur series. The original home versions of Soul Blade are still available for a reasonable price online. And more recent games are widely available across all platforms, including the Sega Dreamcast, and Sony PSP.
Anyone else still got a soft spot for Voldo? It’s not often you get to battle as a 67-year old, although no-one has ever stated whether he’s older than Tekken’s Heihachi Mishima, who appears as a playable guest character in the PS2 and HD Online versions of Soulcalibur 2.