Consumed by the very blade he wields, Soul Calibur‘s antagonist Nightmare is getting a new statue produced by First4Figures.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Bandai Namco’s revolutionary “Soul” fighting game franchise. What originally began as 1996’s Soul Edge for arcades and the original PlayStation the following year, the 3D fighter was one of the first to feature weapon-based combat, with each fighter’s blade of choice having its own unique properties. The admittedly convoluted “tale of souls and swords eternally retold” spawned five core titles, a free-to-play Sony-exclusive game, and a hack-and-slash spin-off for the Nintendo Wii.
Though Soul Calibur‘s weapon-based combat is now common practice within the Fighter genre, the series also popularized the concept of “Guest Characters”; not to be confused with a cross-over fighting game (i.e. Marvel VS Capcom, The King of Fighters, Super Smash Bros.), Soul Calibur games from SCII and beyond featured a minimum of one character from another franchise. Past Guest Characters have included Link (The Legend of Zelda), Heihachi Mishima (Tekken), Spawn, Ezio Auditore (Assassin’s Creed II trilogy), Starkiller/The Apprentice (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed), KOS-MOS (Xenosaga), Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia)and Darth Vader and Yoda of Star Wars fame.
The Guest Characters are just some of Soul Calibur‘s iconic characters to wage war over the past 20 years, but very few are as symbolic as the series antagonist, Nightmare. What was once the knight Siegfried Schtauffen, Siegfried became the hellish warrior Nightmare upon wielding the cursed Soul Edge, the dark counterpart to the sword of light magic Soul Calibur. Nightmare acts as both a host to the cursed sword and the spirit Inferno, and later the Soul Edge incarnate through his discarded armor.
Premium-level collectible manufacturer First4Figures recently revealed their own take on Soul Calibur‘s iconic villain, preserved as an upcoming collectible statue. Standing at a massive 55cm/22in, First4’s Nightmare statue depicts the hellish character as seen in Soul Calibur II. Each statue is hand-painted, hand-numbered and shipped with a First4Figures “Certificate of Authenticity”, enabling the owner to purchase another First4 Soul Calibur collectible with the same number. A limited Exclusive Edition is also available for pre-order, featuring LEDs in Nighmare’s helmet and a custom base inspired by the volcanic final stage of Soul Calibur II.