Amazing Transforming Busters!

It wasn’t too long ago that I blogged about Cloud Strife of the Final Fantasy world and his huge Buster Sword. I happened to know that an animated movie had been made about the series, called Final Fantasy VII: Advents Children. But what I was not aware of, was that “improvements” that had been made to Clouds Buster for this installment. I was rather speechless at what I found. Here, for your viewing pleasure is the new and improved Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII: Advents Children

Advent Children Buster Sword
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Now this sword is a doozy. This buster is significantly larger than the original already ginormous Buster, at 44in long, 7in wide and 1.5in thick. But not only is is larger than the original buster, in every dimension, but is actually 4 swords in one! This sword (or combination thereof) is a good 15 lbs of Cloud Busting steel! Talk about overkill!

Now I’m sure that with the kind of strength that the main characters of the final fantasy universe possess, swords like these would still be practical to wield in battle, however it does beg the question: Under what circumstances would having 4 regular sized swords be better than having one devastatingly large one, especially if you have only two arms to wield them with? Things that make you go “Hmmm…”

Regardless, the idea behind this weapon and the way it was put together is very original, and looking at the various individual swords and the amazing fit and finish, at least based on the graphics provided, is dynamic weapon art at its best. You can even see the attention to detail in the design and implementation of the built in guards on the two folding swords. A very unique and interesting piece. I totally want one…

Cloud Strifes Buster Sword – [TrueSwords]


61 Responses to “Amazing Transforming Busters!”

  1. June 19, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    I think I’m going to buy one. I really like the design and mechanics of it all. The movie is killer too.

    And again…(whispered)…..titanium…45%lighter that steel
    15lbs of steel would be 6.75 lbs of Ti.

    Really, you must understand this…to make the kind of fantasy movie weapons that I see you writing about, you really would need to step up to Titanium. Steel is just way to heavy for the kind of size these weapons are and for how agile they are wielded.

    Because of its high tensile strength for its density, high corrosion resistance, and ability to withstand moderately high temperatures without creeping, titanium alloys are used in aircraft, armor plating, naval ships, spacecraft, and missiles. For these applications, titanium alloyed with aluminum, vanadium, and other elements is used for a variety of components including critical structural parts, fire walls, landing gear, exhaust ducts (helicopters) and hydraulic systems. In fact, about two thirds of all titanium metal produced is used in aircraft engines and frames. An estimated 58 tons are used in the Boeing 777, 43 in the 747, 18 in the 737, 24 in the Airbus A340, 17 in the A330 and 12 in the A320. The A380 may use 77 tons, including about 11 tons in the engines. In engine applications, titanium is used for rotors, compressor blades, hydraulic system components and nacelles. The titanium 6AL-4V alloy accounts for almost 50% of all alloys used in aircraft applications.

    Due to its high corrosion resistance to sea water, titanium is used to make propeller shafts and rigging and in the heat exchangers of desalination plants; in heater-chillers for salt water aquariums, fishing line and leader, and DIVERS KNIVES as well. Titanium is used to manufacture the housings and other components of ocean-deployed surveillance and monitoring devices for scientific and military use. Titanium nitride (TiN) is often used to coat cutting tools.

  2. June 19, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    LOL, I can’t argue with you there. This is a cool weapon. Though, as I’ve probably noted before, fictional characters are not affected by real world physics. Steel swords like these would be reserved for game and movie characters, and would be really too heavy for any real human to use effectively.

    However, as much as I like titanium, I’ve always thought it was too soft/brittle for medieval style combat weapon usage. For small combat knives and display weaponry, sure, but I dunno if I’d use it for a fully functional combat sword… But then again, they keep coming out with new Ti alloys so who knows…

  3. June 19, 2007 at 4:48 pm


    Check this page out. But even they (the makers) state its downfalls. It’s a trade off. Steel IS better, but Ti works and is lighter. Too bad its 10 TIMES THE COST!!!

  4. 4 Rock_min
    July 7, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Originally the AC buster sword is 7 swords to be accurate but it seems to be theoretically hard to engineer how the blades are placed. but kudos to the designers who think outside the box.
    Wad matters it the looks the transformation is a secondary issue.

  5. July 8, 2007 at 1:38 am

    I agree… Much of what goes on in regards of anime weaponry often defy the laws of physics, So it’s still always refreshing to see someone make something that is at least aesthetically close to the weapon in question. Whoever designed this took it one step further, and did a fine job of it, even if it is short a few blades…!! 🙂

  6. 6 hiswizardeyes
    July 18, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for posting! That sword is so sick…and I can’t believe they made one. I guess if you can imagine it, it can be done.

  7. October 26, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    i think that blades design was done incredably well its sturdy imaginative but still simple also as far as the amount of blades goes you only have 2 hands anyways so its already got double the amount able to be held P.S. I DEFINETLY agree about the titanium thing

  8. November 9, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    LOL Yeah, sure, titanium would make it lighter, but then what fun would that be? 🙂

  9. 9 ShadowRaven
    February 22, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Love this thing oh and BTW its not 15lbs its 25. . . . .

  10. February 22, 2008 at 2:24 am

    25 lbs?!? OI Vey!! Hey Sinza, about that Titanium…?

  11. 11 Cloud
    February 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    well i love all the sword from anime and final fantsay but i wanna buy this one i think hmmmm i wanna know where can i get more of those sword so i can look witch one i sal get ;)i got a site but i dont have it any more -.- stupid sister crasst my pc 😐 4 days ago 😐

  12. February 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Cloud,
    Unfortunately I don’t think the site I originally found it on sells it anymore, and I haven’t been able to find one since… Sorry…

  13. 13 DolphinLord
    March 8, 2008 at 6:41 am

    i agree it would be lighter with titanium… but it needs all 7 swords, without it its jst a remake of the sword not a proper model of it… would you look at a model if you knew it was not the same… say the mona lisa, same guy makes 2 copies of it… 1 is the full thing (original) and the 2nd is a remake with a few tweeks in it (a down-graded remake)… you wuld look at it the same…

    when it comes to detail im dead serious… i dont care if it has 100 pieces, i dont want a remake that has 50 i want the full thing and LOOKS the same… i want the full thing so it IS the same…

  14. March 8, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Well, DL, I agree with you 100%. There are many reproduction swords that aren’t really reproductions. They are little more than weapons that have been inspired by the sword they are supposed to be replicas of. What the replica sword companies don’t seem to realize is by doing this they often remove the elements that make a true replica so desirable…

    But the problem is that making a 100% accurate replica of some swords (like this one) can get really expensive, and unfortunately there are enough people out there who would buy an inferior copy to make it worth producing cheaply… I really hate that, but that’s how it works…

    There are quite a few companies that make excellent replicas, but unfortunately they can’t replicate every single movie weapon out there, so they pick and choose only the most profitable and popular few… A shame really…

  15. 15 roan
    March 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    wear can i buy that sword obove please tell me

  16. March 17, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Sorry Roan, I’m afraid they are no longer sold… They got sold out pretty quickly and it appears there was only a limited run of them made…

  17. 17 Mark
    April 4, 2008 at 1:21 am

    So there is no way to get the sword at all

  18. April 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Not unless you track down one of the people who bought one and offer them all of your worldly possessions, an arm, a leg and your first born for it…

  19. 19 cloude strife
    May 1, 2008 at 12:44 am

    i have a more acurate version its perfect it weighs 21.7 lbs. and i can weild it so quit complaining

  20. 20 Niccolo
    May 1, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Wow. You’re lovely company. You have just as much charisma and communication skill as the real Strife.

    Say, I have another use for your ‘perfectly weighted’ buster sword. Wanna find out?

  21. 21 Niccolo
    May 1, 2008 at 6:59 am

    -_- Sorry, Phyreblade. Just not in the best of moods at the moment. I know, I shouldn’t be answering blog-posts like this… but eh. Honestly, it’s a victimless crime… right?

  22. May 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    LOL No, not exactly victimless ROFL, but no worries…

    Cloude, do you realize that being able to lift and swing a sword is not the same as “wielding” a sword? Anyone can lift a sword, even a heavy 22lb behemoth (and believe you me, 22lbs is absolutely ridiculous for an actual combat sword) but that doesn’t mean you could actually fight with one…

    And BTW, I DEMAND PICS!!! 😀

  23. 23 risako
    May 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I totally agree whit you (phyreblade)

  24. 24 Pwnzer
    May 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    They never actually showed a decent shot of the sword or it’s components in the movie, they were usually moving too fast. You know what would be really cool, is if you could somehow get the dudes who made the movie to release pictures of them onto the internet….

  25. 25 Pwnzer
    May 2, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Here’s my view, it’s anime, who cares if wielding something is in the realm of possibility, bigger is cooler. And anyway, action movies and comics and whatever else are meant to bring us things that are otherwise unobtainable. That’s why we make them, to experience things that are too cool for our reality to allow. And now I’ve gone all philisophical on you guys.

  26. May 2, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Pwnzer,
    You make a good point. That is one of the primary functions of Anime, and movies in general. An escape from reality. The ability to suspend your disbelief, and live, at least for a while, in a world of implausibility. I certainly cannot argue with that. I love anime for that very same reason.

    And if someone has actually managed to make/find/purchase an exact replica of the movie sword, more power to them! My only pet peeve is when people confuse the movies with reality. I like to keep them separate, because, one is real and the other is… well… fantasy…

    In a fantasy world, anything is possible. So I find it silly to try and make concrete comparisons and statements about how a fantasy weapon should operate in a fantasy world, because, lets face it, it’s pretty much arbitrary, based on the limits (or lack thereof) set by the mind of that worlds creator, and it’s fans.

    But in real life, you have boundaries, you have reality, you have measurables, past experience, and physical laws to guide you… These I can quantify. So this is the perspective from which I do most of my reviews. I’m not denigrating those of you who prefer to remain within the realm of fantasy, please, go right ahead, I’m just saying that for the purposes of this blog, I prefer to keep the two separate, and focus on the real world aspects of the blades I post about…

  27. 27 Pwnzer
    May 3, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Actually, I just noticed a problem with the sword/swords in the picture at the beginning of this thread. The base sword is wrong, in the movie it’s a two-edge weapon, and it can expand to become larger and make room for it’s attachments. It’s also missing the sword with the handle that is in the blade. If I can find a way to put this picture I got off google on here, I’ll show you.

  28. May 3, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Indeed, this sword is not a perfect replica, but rather a reasonable facsimile based on the movie sword… The real sword, as you can probably imagine, would be very difficult to duplicate…

  29. 29 Pwnzer
    May 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    If it’s even possible at all.

  30. 31 Niccolo
    May 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    It’s not impossible. Provided you can rearrange the laws of physics on the fly.

  31. May 4, 2008 at 12:00 am

    LOL Ah, yes. Good point. In fact, I’m thinking FlatSpace technology, like in Ultraviolet… 🙂

  32. 33 mantorok09
    May 10, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Well actually the true AC buster sword is 6 in one, not 7, but yeah there isn’t a single decent shot in the movie to actually get a good view of it. So here are two sites that show the AC buster and all of its blades and how they connect.

  33. 34 Niccolo
    May 10, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Wow. That’s insane.

    Someone actually built the thing? Talk about determination!
    Actually, looknig at the first shots, I see it’s just a model… still, rebuilding that fully life-size would be fun. Probably totally useless in battle since the thing looks to be about the size of a person and weighing in at something reasonably close to that, but still. Points for being cool.

  34. May 10, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Hey Mantorok,

    Thanks for the pics! Those are pretty cool. Pity it’s only a model. But it actually does a pretty good job of showing the various parts of the Uber Buster… Making an accurate replica would definitely be a cool, though maddeningly difficult project…

  35. May 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    WEll sad to say the link that I followed to trueswords.com they no longer carry it. if anyone knows where I can buy one PLEASE let me know.

  36. June 5, 2008 at 3:49 am

    ok first of all………………….i kove zelda games and ff7…………and i gotta say cloud would dominate links ass.i mean clouds got omnislas ( which owns any and all things in hyrule and any other world)…..and if you’ve ever seen advent children you can tell he weilds it like it weighs one freaking pound……i mean c’mon are we serious cloud vs link is like arnold schwarzenegger vs a butter fly……i love ya link but cloud owns all……peace

  37. 38 Niccolo
    June 5, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Well, that was random. Not entirely too sure where that came from, but hey. At least it wasn’t a bile-fuelled grah post… like some o’ them have been.

    Y’know, I really am of half a mind to try and build this bugger. I have absolutely no idea how to implement the locking system, though. What do you think if I made the core blade magnetised?

  38. June 7, 2008 at 12:24 am

    @Billy Bob
    Hey I can play this game too…

    Yeah well DUUUUH!… srsly… Link is just a glorified Elf. He’s a pretty bass ass little elf, but an elf nonetheless. Now Cloud is a freakin’ genetically engineered bio weapon. A super soldier, for all intents and purposes… This isn’t even a fair comparison…

    ROFL… 😉

    I dunno about magnetizing the blade. Magnetizing regular steel wont last under repeated impacts. It’s magentization will slowly deteriorate. You could try embedding a neodymium slug in the blade somewhere though…

  39. 40 OneWingAngel
    June 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Um, i definitely agree that the FF7 AC sword that cloud wields is AWESOME!!
    And as a Mech. Engineering student, I will be attempting to make one as soon as I can get the money and materials…
    But…on a technical note…does everyone realize that this sword is in no way the ‘Buster Sword’ that everyone keeps calling it?
    The sword that cloud wields for the majority of the movie is Ultima Weapon (Combo)…and it is a combination of six other swords plus Cloud’s ultimate weapon from the course of the game.
    He uses different parts of the sword at different times, but when it is all together it is Ultima Weapon, not the Buster Sword….Sorry to rain on everyone’s parade…
    (The buster sword DOES make an appearance in the movie though…Cloud stuck it in the ground atop a cliff outside of the destroyed city of Midgar as a monument and memorial to Zack, the black haired guy for anyone who has watched the film.)

  40. 41 Niccolo
    June 12, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Hahaha… there ya go, that shows just how much we know.

  41. 42 OneWingAngel
    June 12, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Sorry if that sounded bitter or know-it-all-all ish, but I just had to say it.
    I’ve been playing FF7 at my friends’ request for the past several weeks. So everything is really ingrained in my head.

    Oh, and as far as the magnets go…I don’t think that you’d be able to find anything that could hold them together while you wielded it without being WAAAY too heavy, or without utilizing electromagnets and a big power supply…

    I think that there is a good way to implement a locking system…but it would require some precise machining and would create cavities within the blades, possibly weakening them a bit.
    But, if you watch the movie, notice that when he puts blades together, it makes a definite ‘click’ sound and all sorts of stuff. Therefore, I’d suggest using an internal ‘carabiner clip’ type system so that the other blades lock in one way, but can’t slide back out. Then to release, you would have to make a push button or pin like on camping poles. If the holding slot was small enough, there would be very little vibration during wielding.

    Anybody who’s got a stocked shop and wants to try, then let me know… : D

  42. June 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    wow i owned quite a few fantasy weapons (including the classic buster sword) but im definitely going to try to buy that buster sword aswell

  43. 44 cj jack
    June 19, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    one thing about the fantacy wepons and equipment is the companies are being asked not to make ad much of them or stop making the items because stupid people have been doing stupid things with the replicas this making the items un safe for example there was a d&d game were a kid was impaled and had to go to hospital b/c they thought the remake fantacy shild would hold up to a full blow from a war hamm like thing(broke his mar i thing i would have to look in to it again) that is also another reason you can not get ANY of the zelda items like the shild or master sword any more(of course just for the looks they dont make them to be used)

    BUT any ways for other weird or kool articles simmilar to that go to theis web site it is really kool fark.com i enjoy it they have like 10ish articles a day about that kinda of stuff and every day news that cnn wont tell you

  44. June 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Hey, thanks for the edumacation. I had actually thought about that, because while I haven’t actually seen FF:AC, I’ve seen enough clips of it, to remember that it was indeed the buster sword that was stuck in the ground on the cliff… I just assumed they called both of them Buster Swords… But what you are saying makes more sense…

    Also I disagree with you about the magnets. Niccolos idea has a lot of merit. Perhaps not the entire blade, but rather with inserts it could probably be done. You would be surprised at how strong neodymium magnets can be. Some of them are so strong that they are considered hazardous materials LOL… All it would really a take is a well thought out design with the magnets placed at strategic points to make it work…

    @cj Jack
    It’s interesting you mention the possibility of restrictions on weapon replicas. People can be really stupid. But it think it’s even stupider to make it the manufacturers burden. even if the make fewer blades, whats to prevent an idiot from being one of the few who gets one? It’s a stupid restriction IMHO…

  45. 46 Somegirl
    June 26, 2008 at 12:53 am

    duh any rpg gamer can tell you that magic swords only weigh 1/10 of their real world counterparts.

  46. 47 Darth Vader
    June 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    i am.. your father!!!

  47. July 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    And therein lies the problem… 🙂

    @Darth Vader
    No… You’re not… 😛

  48. 49 Sigit
    August 4, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Where and how much can I have this buster swords (Cloud Strife Final Fantasy Adcent Children)
    Also can I get the details of this swords (pictures maybe?), like is it have seven pieces and can be combine as one?

    Please Reply as soon as possible.



  49. 50 infinity
    August 9, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Sweeeeeet! I wish they weren’t sold out.. ='( I spent about 5 hours tryin to find a replica!!!!!
    Well, im gonna buy the ultraviolet sword from trueswords.com. that might help appease me a bit.. but it still wont be able to flip open… or cut my neighbors car in half. =(
    Oh well. It’ll sure be an upgrade from the PVC pipes me an my freinds train with right now ^.^

  50. August 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah, these got sold out very, very quickly. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find one since i wrote this post. I imagine they all got bought pretty fast, and since there were only a limited run made, have entered the realm of the highly sought after collectors item… Haven’t been able to find one since, in spite of looking high and low for it…

  51. November 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    wow that is sweet man so dame cool

  52. 53 pc
    January 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    actualy being able to weild something that big is impossible unless you where supper human or a demon. But im guessing the way it all locks together is accurate slots (much like a crossbow bolt in a crossbow) and magnitism

  53. 54 Raymond Myers
    March 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    The 6-piece sword isnt the buster sword. In Advent Children, Cloud stands at Zacks grave where the Buster Sword stands in the ground. Besides the Buster Sword has 2 holes in it and the 6 piece one doesnt…

  54. April 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hey Raymond,
    Yea, I think most folks realize this isn’t the original Buster sword, however, I think the Term “Buster Sword” has become the generic term for any oversized sword Cloud wields. So in the absence of any uniques specific name, I think it is safe to call this a “Buster” sword… 🙂

  55. 56 HiroX382
    April 15, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    My friend and I actually bought the sword pictured from a local imports shop and its fairly small scale model missing some very important pieces and functions (the smallest pair on the side dont unfold, you have to unscrew the peices) while it is hard to tell in this picture, the back edge actually is a blade so it does hold true there. The actual given name for the sword is the “Combined Sword” and a functional full size version of it was created from the concept art from the movie and is now hanging up in display.

    this is concept art from the FFVII crew

  56. April 15, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Hey Hiro,
    Thanks for the info, I’ve had quite a few people tell me this isn’t the “Buster” sword, even when differentiated from the original by referring to it as the “AC Buster Sword”, though I think you are the first to actually provide an alternate name… Though I think I’m still gonna call it the “Combined Buster Sword”… The “Combined Sword” just doesn’t sound as cool… 😀

    And yeah, exact accuracy is often difficult (read “expensive”) so few cutlery shops really try to go for the gold in that respect… It’s a pity..

  57. 58 Khazgoroth
    April 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Aren’t neodymium magnets a bit dangerous when combined with large, pointy and possibly sharpened pieces of steel ? I mean it shouldn’t pose a problem to the designer and builder of the sword and implicitly its mechanisms, but I wouldn’t trust the aforementioned sword to any guy that played the game and wants an exact replica. What I’m trying to say is that every time I picture this behemoth in a real-life situation, I can’t help but imagine a guy trying to pull one of the inner swords from their magnetized “sheaths”, which of course could lead to terrible accidents. I actually like this “lesser” sword replica because it’s clearly a hard and tedious process to build and also wield this kind of portable armory, so its creators are really not to be blamed, but commended for their initiative and ingenuity. In fact, I remember seeing a video on youtube not too long ago about some guys that forged an exact replica of the original Buster Sword and it was a burden just to hold it up in a decent battle-like position. A good idea would probably be for these huge swords (like the FF series or Berserk anime) to be crafted from some other kind of softer but lighter metal or alloy. Because let’s be serious, the word “battle-ready” is laughable to say the least when talking about these beasts.

    By the way, I just found this blog and I absolutely love it. Cheers.


  58. April 30, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Hey Khazgoroth,

    Yes, handling raw neodymium magnets can in fact be dangerous, however in a practical application like this one, the dangers could ideally be engineered out of the practical mechanics of the design. It would probably be the most dangerous for the people constructing the weapon, than it would be for those using it…

    And about light weight swords, the first post of this thread, Sinza suggested Titanium, which I do think would be an excellent idea for a replica monster sword…

  59. 60 Teplous
    January 17, 2013 at 12:22 am

    in response to the titanium over steel comment
    titanium cannot hold a sharp edge after the first few hits the blade would be damaged to the point of not being very effective at cutting, whereas steel is able to hold its edge even after continuous hits.
    however if you were to have a dulled out titanium sword with no actual blade, for the purpose of smacking the crap out of the person i suppose that would work.

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