Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Little Mac Amiibo Nintendo, 2014
Day #1,649: February 28, 2017
Super Smash Bros. Little Mac Punch Out!!, It's Not
Super Smash Bros. Amiibo Wave 3 Amiibo
Item No.: No. NVL C AAAR USZ Manufacturer:Nintendo Includes:n/a Action Feature:Works with Super Smash Bros. and a lot of other stuff Retail:$13.99 Availability:December 2014 Other: Formerly Scarce
The Super Smash Bros. Little Mac Amiibo has sat packaged in my photo room for over two years. I bought it because I wanted a figure from the Punch Out!! games, but it stayed packaged because I didn't know if there would be other Amiibo figures I'd want more that I might need to trade to get. Two years out it seems silly how Amiibo-crazed people were for so long, but some of these are impossible to find in retail stores but can be bought online cheaply. Especially if you want the Japanese ones.
Complete with his golden base, Little Mac is indeed little. With his base, he stands about 2 3/4-inches tall and has no articulation.
What's interesting here is how he was made - you can see that he's largely molded in color with limited paint applications. The green hands? Green plastic. The pale flesh? Molded in flesh. Mike Tyson's tiny nemesis has white and silver highlights plus a painted face, but is surprisingly largely squirted out in color. Most action figures are one to three colors of plastic with loads of paint. The reason you want your figures to be molded in color is that they generally hold up better to wear and tear. If a figure's hair is painted, the paint can be rubbed off. If it's molded in that color, it remains the correct color if worn down.
This largely works well - the classic challenge of having white details show up bright against a dark color plastic remains, with shoelaces that are cleanly painted but not as vibrant as one might have hoped. The face is painted well, although the kind of plastic used for his flesh has a tiny bit of a translucent quality that sucks some of the detail out of his small nose and mouth.
In Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Little Mac has multiple costumes in various colors, although this one matches how he looked in the first few matches of the original NES Punch Out!! and Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! games.
The Amiibo line was cool because it is, on some level, the Nintendo collector figure line that nobody could get approval to make. There are very few Little Mac products out there - some trophies from Mattel and an Applause! PVC figure come to mind - so something like this was kind of a big deal when it first hit. We may never get Mike Tyson for licensing reasons, or King Hippo due to the world being unfair, but this is something. It stands nicely, was painted well, and is indeed little. I'd say snag it if you see it, mostly because it's one of very few collectibles from one of the most popular video games of the 1980s.
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