With my usual slow down in reviews over the summer, it wasn't just Ninja Turtle toys that piled up. Over the last few months I have accumulated a small
mountain of new figures from Jakk's Pacific's World of Nintendo lines. Sadly it appears that their six inch line isn't going to survive past the second
series. But the four inch and the smaller two inch lines are still going strong. Series 2-2 and 2-3 of the smaller line has seen a few new Super Mario
Bros. enemies in the form of a Goomba and Chain Chomp, a red pikmin, the male Villager and Tom Nook from Animal Crossing and even the first Splatoon
character, an orange squid. They have also relaesed series 2-1 and 2-2 of the four inch line. Series 2-1 gives us a Wind Waker version of Link, a Para
Trooper/Koopa Trooper, a red repaint of Yoshi and White repaint of Tanooki Mario and another Star Fox character, Falco Lombardi. And series 2-2
includes Cat Mario, a Red Toad, Princess Zelda from Ocarina of Time, Skull Kid from Majora's Mask and Slippy Toad from Star Fox. And if that wasn't
enough, I also finally broke down and bought one of the larger Shy Guy figures from series 1-4 of the four inch line. That's eighteen figures that I
have picked up in the last few months and I haven't even been able to find all of the two inch line series 2-3 figures that I want. So in the interest
of keeping this from being a monsterously long review, I'm going to use my white tanooki leaf and skip most of the minutia of going over each figure
with this review and let the photos speak for themselves.
Packaging - 8/10The packaging design remains largely the same. They have kept the accessories visible for the four inch line which is a nice change. And the overall design works well to tie together the variety of license while still allowing you to easily distinguish them on the store pegs. The one issue I do have with them is the use of Wind Waker artwork and logos for Princess Zelda and Skull Kid in series 2-2 since neither of those figures is based on that game.
Sculpting - Falco, Slippy, Skull Kid, Zelda & Squid 5/10, Cat & Tanooki Mario 6/10, Others 7/10The sculpting for these figures is the same simple, clean style as the previous figures. How well that works varies from figure to figure. In general, the Super Mario characters look great. Mario's two outfits could use some fur texture though. It works well for Wind Waker Link as well. Zelda and Skull Kid are more detailed. But they still look just a bit too cartoon-like. That goes for Falco and Slippy as well. But at least the style is consistent. The smaller figures are surprisingly well done as well. The orange squid look nice from the front. But he is also quite flat. That does allow it to glide along the ground as they do in the game. The pikmin is nice, but very small to be sold on its own. Tom Nook is great. He actually looks almost identical to the Tom Nook Amiibo. The Villager is a bit smaller and both of them could use bases to stand as their feet are tiny. They can stand. But they are not very stable.
Paint - Skull Kid 5/10, Zelda 8/10, others 7/10The paint work on all of the figures is pretty simple and clean. There's no real problems with them either in terms of neccessary details being missing or quality control issues. But they also don't really stand out in any way either thanks largely to the simple style. Zelda is a bit more elaborate due to all of the details of her costume. But other than the printed graphics on the banner on the front of her skirt, there's no real detail work. The Skull Kid is the one figures I do have a problem with. When I think of the Skull Kid, I picture a character dressed in burlap rags that are quite dirty thanks to his time living out in the woods. The figure is completely clean and the colors seem way too bright in my opinion. If I had more ambition, talant and a second figure, I would love to see him given a paint wash just to dirty him up a bit.
Articulation - Chain Chomp & Squid 0/10, Pikmin, Villager & T. Nook 3/10, Toad 5/10, Skull Kid, Koopa Paratrooper & Goomba 8/10, Others 7/10The four inch line packs a surprising amount of articulation into all of the figures. Unfortunately the character design for most of the characters with their short little limbs negates a lot of the range of motion and usefulness of the articulation. There are a few notable standouts both for the positive and negative. Toad's limbs are so small that there just isn't room for much articulation. Both the Skull Kid and Koopa Paratrooper have way more articulation than I would have expected, especially on Skull Kid. If not for the fact that his joints are both a bit ackward and too loose, he would have been nearly perfect. Obviously articulation is more limited on the smaller figures. Chain Chomp and Squid have no articulation at all. The Pikmin have rotating necks. And Villager and Tom Nook have rotating necks and shoulders. They're not terribly impressive. But I wasn't expecting much at this size. But I do have to call out the Goomba. He has just a single ball joint where his top and bottom portions connect and it doesn't even give much verticle movement. But it is far more range of movement than I would have expected and more or less covers the entirity of what a Goomba is actually capable of in the games. It's subtle, but enough to make the Goomba to be one of my favorites.
Accessories - Pikmin & Squid 4/10, other 2 inch figures 0/10, Falco & Shy Guy 3/10 Toad, Slippy, Zelda, Yoshi & Koopa 4/10,
The only accessories included with any of the two inch figures are the stands included with the pikmin and the orange Squid. And those were
only included since those figures wouldn't be able to stay upright without them. Why they didn't also include them for Tom Nook and the Villager
who also barely stand is rather confusing. Each of the four inch figures has at least one accessory: