Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ridley Amiibo Nintendo, 2018
Day #2,068: February 21, 2019
Super Smash Bros. Ridley Japanese Packaging in America
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Item No.: No. PUAA-NVL-C-AACW-USZ-CO Manufacturer:Nintendo Includes:n/a Action Feature:Works with a lot of stuff Retail:$15.99 Availability:December 5, 2018 Other: The First US Ridley Figure?
Unless there was some low-run Japanese keshi in the 1980s I missed, this a Super Smash Bros. Ridley Amiibo may be the first toy of the character. Each game with Ridley seems to change the character's appearance a bit, and you could probably do a pretty robust toy line just with the different versions of the alien menace from the NES original and stuff surrounding that appearance. The instruction booklet artwork is a bizarre, gorgeous creation that menaces me by not existing as a toy. The current look is the Amiibo, which looks a bit like the recent Smash Bros. trophies with some changes. The purple and pink coloring has been consistent with most recent games, but the crest on the head seems longer and the mouth is a little different.
Ridley has a sort of an expanded steel pattern on the interior of the wings, looking a little like the game but less organic. The "veins" don't extend to all sides of the wings, but it's close. Claws are painted, as are the points on the wings. A visible energy blast from the base looks nice, but most of the other figures in this line don't have that - granted, most other ones aren't giants either. This is a smaller figure of a large alien, so things like this help set it apart from its human-sized companions.
The painted mouth interior, painted teeth, and painted pink elements between plates in the skin are impressive. Sculpting is good, but seemingly softer than other Amiibo figures I've bought. The figure sits on the stand perfectly, and looks like it should be stable over time despite thin limbs. This is a tough thing to do well, but the plastic seems sturdier than a lot of other thin-limbed figures I have bought lately. We won't know for sure how well it will hold up until it starts to sag down the line, if that's a thing that even happens.
I'm a sucker for toys from the Metroid series, and they're far and few between. The USA got nothing during the initial game releases, and slowly we've had a Samus here and there and a couple of Metroids. Ridley is a welcome addition, and with the likes of Mother Brain and Kraid there are still a few other characters that should be easy sellers should someone decide to actually produce them. Sure a brain in a jar isn't going to be an "action" figure, but it would be cool. Ridley is amazing as a design, and the giant wings and thin limbs translate surprisingly well to a tiny figural statue. An action figure might sag and collapse under the weight, so Nintendo did a nice job here making a good - but not spectacular - first attempt at the character. Obviously, recommended.
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