Artist Joaquin Baldwin has created Final Fantasy VII figures based off of in-game models.
We're going to put it right out there and say that Final Fantasy VII is an ugly game. Go ahead and adore the story, characters, gameplay, world and music all you want, but lord almighty has that game not aged well visually. That being the case, can someone please explain to us why we adore these 3D sculptures so much? They're based off of the same in-game models we just finished criticizing, but somehow these figures are just about the most charming bit of (unofficial) memorabilia we've seen in a long time.
Made by artist Joaquin Baldwin, the various figures were all created with the aid of a 3D printer. Currently, he's selling them individually on his Etsy page where fans can pick them up for about fifteen to thirty dollars a piece. It will be interesting to see how long that lasts; we're guessing that Baldwin doesn't have Square Enix's approval for any of this. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of Final Fantasy VII, we're going to go right ahead and place these in the "must have" category. Seriously, what are you waiting for? We're ordering a Chocobo (along with Cloud, Sephiroth and Red XIII) as we speak. When you're done that you can then check out Baldwin's YouTube channel, where he's also posted some nifty original animated shorts.