While once the subject of derision as player two Luigi has come into his own thanks to getting some real personality at the dawn of Nintendo's disc generation. We saw him gain even more personality than Mario in Luigi's Mansion, and he had a pretty solid year of games just a few years ago with the likes of Dr. Luigi, Super Luigi Bros. Wii U, and Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon. Still, he's not included with this year's board games - he's a separate piece, and a pretty neat one at that.
The tiny figure comes on a display base molded in geren with painted gloves, coveralls, and facial details. There are a few smudges, but on the whole it's the right color and paint is even and clean. I'm more than a little surprised to see three colors of paint on his eyes in addition to tiny eyebrows and sideburns. Back in the 1990s, you would be lucky if the figure had anything beyond being molded in gren plastic - this one not only has painted stitching on his pants, but painted yellow buttons too. It may not be the Luigi toy of your dreams, but at the size (and price) it's pretty impressive.
His powers include forcing other characters to skip power-up die rolls and also causing another player to drop coins and skip their power-up die roll. I've never played the game, so I assume this is some sort of sick burn.
Given how long a person can be in a hobby, things like this - tiny figures, in the guise of game pieces - can scratch the collecting itch without taking up a lot of room. I've always been a little envious of those who started their toy hobbies with mini-figures, because it might take a long time to fill up more than a closet.
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