Life In Plastic: MINI TOY REVIEW: Samus Aran (Nintendo Amiibo)

Samus-Exploration

Many many years ago, Metroid was a new game on the NES, and Li’l Riddy played it. Oh, did I ever! Sure, my big sister beat the game before I did, but I really loved Metroid. The only thing missing was a good Samus toy! I continued to love Metroid, to the point where the second internet forum I ever joined was Metroid-themed, so many years ago… ahem. Anyway, a few toys have shown up recently, but they have all been insanely expensive. Alas, what was I to do? And then… AND THEN… Nintendo announced their Amiibo line, which implemented a similar electronic gimmick as the Skylanders toys. And included was… a Samus! How did I respond to the possibility of finally owning a Samus Aran toy?

Samus-Amiibo

Hm. Nyes. Well, as I said, Amiibos work much like Skylanders – you scan them, and they bring a programmed character into a game (in this case, Super Smash brothers). There’s a lot more involved in it, but, well, I lack a Wii U, so I know nothing!

Samus-Aran

Samus Aran is roughly 3 3/4″ inches tall, just the tiniest bit shorter than a Star Wars figure. It’s too bad, a little bigger and she would have been awesomely in-scale. But for what it’s worth, that sculpt is awesome!

Samus-Close

Samus is wearing her “modern” Varia suit, in the style she has worn since Metroid Prime. It’s the same outfit you see in Super Smash Brothers, and does have a few differences from previous designs. She’s more obviously feminine, for example, and the armor surface is soother. I’d love to see a Super Metroid design, or even a classic NES outfit one of these days!

Samus-Feet

Samus is posed in contrapposto, with her heels off the ground because she is in mid-step. To keep her feet firmly anchored to the base, the figure fudges things a little bit and just fills the empty space. These aren’t high heels, they’re just there to keep her from wilting or snapping off!

Samus-Battle

And yes, Samus is playable despite the static pose! As any mini-figure collector will tell you, you don’t NEED articulation to be playable… though to be honest, I can’t wait for the announced upcoming World of Nintendo Samus Aran. I also want a Ridley. And a Kraid. And lots of Metroids, oh please! Samus Amiibo should run you around $15, and although she’s a hot seller, there have been enough produced to fill the shelves. So, if you’re a fan of Metroid, keep looking for one, and enjoy!

Samus-Stand

Advertisements

One response to “Life In Plastic: MINI TOY REVIEW: Samus Aran (Nintendo Amiibo)

  1. Pingback: Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Samus Aran (World of Nintendo) | Nerditis·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s