Well, the wait is finally over and I have one of my most requested characters in action figure form. What’s even better news is that Good Smile has picked up a few more of my favorite Nintendo licenses and Samus won’t be alone on my video game shelf for long!
Usually in my first few paragraphs I like to talk about the history of the character and why I like them. But what can I say about Samus that I haven’t already stated twice (here and here)? But if you don’t care to read paragraphs of my verbal gushing, just know that to me she’s the greatest female video game character of all time.
One of the more difficult aspects of toy collecting seems to be finding decent action figures of the characters you love. It’s a bit better today with McFarlane’s Halo and NECA’s Player Select lines, but it still seems like Nintendo is as tight fisted as always when it comes to doling out licenses. Until recently it was difficult to even find respectable Mario figures, and while nice, I still wouldn’t refer to the Global Holdings figures as “action”.
But the Good Smile Company has somehow struck a deal with Nintendo. (I’m thinking they used black magic and a possible pact with the Devil, since they’ve also recently turned up a deal with Studio Ghibli!) Whatever dark arts they used was well worth it, because fans finally have the chance to reenact epic battles and or team-ups between Samus, Link and Pit. Hopefully that’s just the beginning.
The Samus Aran Figma is based on her appearance in the Other M video game. Even though the game play wasn’t too bad, Samus’ personality wasn’t in line with how the character had been previously portrayed. The game kind of left a bad taste in my mouth which was mostly derived from her characterization. But I was fine with her physical depiction and the design of the suit she used in game is a great model for an action figure.
To me, the sculpt is damned near perfect. The suit itself has a nice combination of sharp edges and manufactured curves that look more like a robotic soldier than an environmental suit (which has always been an interesting aspect to me). Even if this isn’t your preferred suit design, it still makes for a great looking and unmistakable Samus figure.
Most Figma figures are generally in scale with each other, especially characters from the same source material/anime/manga. Either way, most of the figures clock in around the five inch mark. But Samus, at nearly six inches, has to be one of the tallest Figma figures created so far. I know she’s the tallest one I own, dwarfing even the svelte Aegis and practically fitting in perfectly with the new Marvel Legends Iron Man. I really like this aspect of the figure. After all, she is wearing a gigantic battle suit. I just wonder how small she’ll make Pit and Link look when they’re all together.
One of my favorite things about this figure is her paint apps. From what I can tell, the entire figure was made out of white plastic and then painted with these amazingly vibrant metallic colors. What’s even more interesting is that each color gives off its own distinct look. The yellow is has a very pearlized style, while the red is a bit glittery, and the orange just looks like basic metal. The blue of her gun also has that same glittery sense. All the blacks and neon greens of her suit are in a matte color and do a really great job of absorbing light and creating contrast. Her visor is probably what stands out most. It seems to have been painted with a metallic green on the inside, giving it a nice translucent yet reflective feel. Continue to page 2…