It’s been a long time coming. Seriously. It took me around 8 years to complete this set of Final Fantasy VIII statues by Kotobukiya. I finally won my last statue which was of Zell, Irvine, and Diabolus last week and it arrived today. Honestly, I checked eBay everyday to check if this would be up and the last time I saw this auctioned off was in October or November of last year. Today I felt like a huge part of me is now complete which may sound really shallow of me, but this is a huge accomplishment in my little world of Final Fantasy collectibles. Enjoy the pictures!
I was so lucky because I didn’t pay as much as I expected to, maybe because parts of it were chipped, but I really didn’t care. The damage isn’t that noticeable at all and not as bad as the Selphie, Quistis, and Leviathan statue was. What I had trouble with was removing the dust on it. I guess the previous owner displayed it for a while and it really accumulated some dust. I used a damp paper towel and I was able to clean it up and make it shine a bit. What I really hated was trying to get into the little nooks and crannies because I kept poking myself from all of the horns and such. Every few seconds I was like “ouch . . . ow . . . aya!” I was afraid I was going to break a horn, but luckily nothing else broke.
Now to the characters:
Now on to the main feature of the statue — Diabolus himself.
I love the red and black color scheme. The sculpt of this is really fantastic. Not detail was left out. I really like the veins popping out of his neck. It add such intensity and character and almost brings the statue to life (which I really don’t want to happen in real life because he’s on my headboard and might attack me in my sleep).
I am so glad that I have all of the statues now. I have the entire set on my headboard and it looks so epic! I seriously sat on my bed and just stared at them for a really long time just admiring the details and the colors of all of the characters. I really need to take pictures of them all together just because I feel like showing off. You don’t know how excited I am about this right now. I don’t know if I am more happy that I completed the set or that I don’t have to constantly keep checking eBay for one of these guys. I can take a breather from eBay for now as my collection is rounding out nicely for now.