Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo Nintendo, 2014
Day #1,733: June 26, 2017
Super Smash Bros. Wii Fit Trainer In Amiibo Land, Princess Rescues You
Super Smash Bros. Amiibo Wave 2 Amiibo
Item No.: No. NVL C AAAH USZ Manufacturer:Nintendo Includes:n/a Action Feature:Works with Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Maker, and a lot of other stuff Retail:$13.99 Availability:November 21, 2014 Other: Gone, Potentially Forgotten
Novelty matters. The Super Smash Bros. Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo was one I ran out to buy immediately, in part because I was assuming I might actually collect the entire Amiibo range at one point. Exclusive unpleasantness stopped that real quick, but I figured this may well be the only Wii Fit Trainer figure we ever saw as a collectible - so I snagged it. The whole Wii Fit fad came and went quickly enough to see Wii Fit balance boards at Goodwill for five or ten bucks rather quickly, which is pretty amazing for such a nifty peripheral. Surprisingly many games use it, the majority of which do not warrant individual Wikipedia entries. It's great for shovelware for little kids or parents without access to Metacritic. Anyway.
With her base, she stands about 3 1/2-inches tall and has no articulation. Her costume is pretty nifty - she has a WiiFit logo on her shirt, the whiter-than-white skin, brown hair, and simple grey eyes/brows. She's mundane, and that's really interesting - the head looks like a 1980s action figure, with surprisingly good detail on her shirt and a costume that's mundane today and would probably be banned for being too skimpy 30 years ago. You might recall that ladies in boy's toy land were scarce, and things like bikini tops were even less common until the 1990s.
Stick to a Smash Bros. logo base, the figure has a big clear plastic boot to ensure stability. It's also kind of ugly, but you don't want the figure leg snapping or sagging under the weight of the figure. It happens - if you put the 3 3/4-inch K-2SO or Battle Droids on a display base, over a few days they tend to sag and fall over.
There's not much to the costume, as it looks like fashionable and simple workout clothing. The pants are tight, but not skin tight - there's a little thickness there so you can see the layers aren't merely painted on. The white skin parts seem to be separately molded and inset in black pants, which should help keep them from scuffing when you leave it in a box, getting battered around for 20 years until you remember to get it out. The eyes and hair are painted straight, but there's something just a little off about the whole face that bugs me.
It's kind of funny to see a figure with zero points of articulation showing off her flexibility, but here you go. It's certainly novel and as a collector of video game crap, I couldn't not have one - but it took me about two and a half years to finally open her, partially because I realized I was in a rut and partially because I wanted more Amiibo figures to go "grocery shopping" with in Zelda. Hey, at least the figures serve more of a purpose than a Smash. Bros. character holder. For the regular retail price she's a charmer - for the time being, there really is nothing else like her.
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