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What I Want From Amiibo Next

Kuribo shares his thoughts on Amiibo and what Nintendo can do to improve them further. Share your thoughts on the current state of Amiibo in the comments!

I was planning on writing this article a couple of weeks ago because we had almost no knowledge of new Amiibo releases and questions from Nintendo fans about the future of Amiibo were creeping in.  Had Amiibo lost their luster and were no longer selling well?  Did Nintendo have a clear vision for Amiibo going forward?  That got me thinking, what can Nintendo do to lure in new fans and bring some fresh ideas that will keep current collectors hooked?  I have a few suggestions for Nintendo that I thought I would share with you and I hope you’ll consider sharing your thoughts with the community in the comments down below.

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Versus LinkKeep Finding Reasons to Use Amiibo – This is my big suggestion to Nintendo for both casual and hardcore fans.  Amiibo’s coolest idea is that they unlock or can be used in games in fun ways.  I don’t think…

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Cat Toad 2.5″ Inch World of Nintendo Review

Looking for a cute and affordable figure from Super Mario 3D World? Find out if Cat Toad is worth owning or not!

Despite there being new World of Nintendo figures out there, I still am unable to find any and since I try to keep new content coming on the site I sometimes am faced with a dilemma.  Do I buy figures I don’t necessarily want just to be able to write articles?  Occasionally I do, but in this case I was at least a little interested in Cat Toad.  I love all of the Cat suits in Super Mario 3D World and while I haven’t been buying any of the Cat figures in the 2.5″ size, this is a figure I am happy to add to my collection since there isn’t a 4″ figure yet.  With that said, let’s take a closer look at this diminutive feline and see if it is worth the money or not!

Cat Toad World of Nintendo 2.5" BoxBox – The 2.5″ packaging hasn’t changed much over the years and is pretty…

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Fighter Kirby Statue Preorder Up!

Love Kirby and got $250+ to spend? Then there is an incredible new statue you might be interested in! Kuribo shares the details and shows off pics in his latest article.

If the Figma Samus was too cheap for your collecting tastes (or you’re just more of a Kirby fan!), then I have another figure announcement that might get your attention.  First 4 Figures, the makers of premium Nintendo statues, have announced their next statue in a growing Kirby line!  Fighter Kirby is definitely one of the cooler and most fun powers in Kirby’s arsenal so it makes sense that this statue comes after Sword Kirby.  As is usually the case with First 4 Figures, you can get this statue either as a Regular Edition for $250 or an Exclusive Edition for $260 that can also light up.  I really like the light up effect on this statue and the base is really top notch too.  I’m sure First 4 Figures knows that with a simple character design like Kirby, they need to add some exciting details.  If you’re interested in…

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Samus Metroid Prime 3 Figma Up For Pre-Order!

A new Metroid figure is up for pre-order. Read more for pictures and price!

While Good Smile has been teasing this figure for months, we finally get a detailed look and a fairly good idea of what this figure can do!  More importantly, if you’re interested in this figure you can now pre-order from Good Smile or any other major Japanese retailer like or Tokyo Otaku Mode!  It doesn’t look like there are any pre-order bonuses for this figure but going off past experience, the previous Samus figure in this armor sold pretty well and got a limited release so it wasn’t long before the price got high.  That isn’t to say the price isn’t already a little on the high side either.  At full price, this figure is just over $70 and that is before you pay for shipping!  Here is a look at the figure and my opinion on it will follow!

Samus Metroid Prime 3 Figma 1Samus Metroid Prime 3 Figma 2Samus Metroid Prime 3 Figma 3

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My Favorite Nintendo Nendoroids 2017 Edition

Kuribo ranks his favorite Nintendo Nendoroids in his latest article. Cute has never looked better!

While writing the recent review of Chris Redfield’s Nendoroid, I started thinking about how long I’ve been collecting Nendoroids and which ones are my favorites now after time has passed.  While I have a pretty good sized collection, there are a few Nintendo ones I don’t own (mostly the Fire Emblem ones) but that didn’t stop me from wanting to write a quick article ranking my collection and talking a little bit about each one.  This is not really a review and I encourage you to check out the reviews for each one if you’re interested in learning more about a particular figure.  Obviously, these are just my opinions so take them with a grain of salt.  If you own any of these Nendoroids, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Kirby-Nendoroid-Floating-Kirby1st Kirby Nendoroid Adding magnets to a Nendoroid ended up being a genius move…

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Splatoon Nobel Hard Candy Review

Need a sweet treat in between rounds of Splatoon? Check out Kuribo’s latest review of Japanese candy!

With Splatoon 2 on the horizon, I thought it might be a good time to “wet” your appetite for ink with some delicious hard candy!  I spotted this candy at my local international grocery store and decided to buy it for the reasonable price of around $3.50. Nobel’s Mario gummies were a big hit in my recent review, so should we expect the same for the hard candy?  Read on to find out!

Splatoon Nobel Hard Candy PackagingPackaging – The Splatoon candy comes in a size that is very comparable to the small bags of Lifesavers you see in grocery stores across the U.S.  One big advantage to Splatoon candy is the packaging is much cooler than Lifesavers!  The ink patterns and Splatoon art look great and catch your eye in the store even when surrounded by other Japanese candy.

Splatoon Nobel Hard Candy OpenedUnbagging – After opening and pulling out all of the contents of the…

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New World of Nintendo Figures Spotted!

Some new World of Nintendo figures have been spotted from many of your favorite franchises! Kuribo shares the details in his latest article.

While I haven’t seen the most recent 4″ inch figure releases here in Ohio yet, according to the World of Nintendo Reddit and Amiiboking718, a new wave of 2.5″ inch figures have hit retail!  It looks like the following figures are released in this new wave:

Doctor Mario, Red Bob-omb, Blue Baby Yoshi, Larry Koopa, Purple Squid (reprint), Link (reprint), Skull Kid (reprint), Boo (reprint)

New World of Nintendo 2.5 Figures Image courtesy of amiiboking718 and

It has become common for new World of Nintendo figures to just show up in stores and while this wave is heavy on reprints and a repaint, that has also been somewhat common as of late.  Of the new figures, Baby Yoshi and Larry Koopa both will be a hit with Mario fans and I suspect Larry Koopa will be hard to get based on how tough the Koopalings are to get in Micro Land which was also made by Jakks…

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Phazon Suit Samus World of Nintendo 4″ Inch Figure Review

Kuribo tracks down an elusive figure and one that Metroid fans may be interested in his latest review!

The one character that has eluded me since I started collecting World of Nintendo is Samus.  Metroid figures seem to be always be the hardest to get in each wave and I can’t remember seeing many in-stores before so when I saw this one recently at Target, I knew I had to buy it.  I like the Metroid games pretty well even if they are not among my absolute favorites but I love the character design of Samus.  She is perfect for figures because Samus is sleek and has that cool metallic armor.  Since World of Nintendo is a budget line, I was also curious how good the actual figure would be.  Articulation is usually not the strongest part of World of Nintendo and obviously, Samus is the kind of character where you really want that.  With that said, let’s take a closer look at Phazon Suit Samus!


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Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo Plush Review

Kuribo examines the softer side of Nintendo figures in his latest review. Check out whether World of Nintendo Tanooki Mario is worth your hard earned cash!

One thing I often see while hunting for World of Nintendo figures are boxes of plush near the plastic figures.  I often take a look to see what is there just out of curiosity but have yet to buy one.  When I saw my favorite Mario power-up represented in plush form, I couldn’t pass it up!  While I’m still new to reviewing plush, I am really happy to share my thoughts on this little guy.  So without further ado, let’s jump into the review!

Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo Plush FaceDesign – One of the things that I noticed immediately is how well-designed this plush is.  The face looks very close to Mario’s video game likeness outside of his pupils being slightly uneven. The Tanooki suit is also well represented in soft form!  The rest of the textures including the ears and the tail all help make this a cute and surprisingly accurate version of Mario…

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Chain Chomp 2.5″ Figure World of Nintendo Review

Kuribo reviews a figure of a classic Mario enemy and explains how you can use it for some fun displays.

I don’t often pick up 2.5″ figures because there are so many released and I think the 4″ figures are more interesting to own and review but occasionally something unique comes out in this size or just catches my eye.  That was the case with this Chain Chomp that I spotted in Target recently.  The price was great at $3.50 and I had a hunch that I could use this in a fun way with some of my existing figures.

Chain Chomp World of Nintendo BoxBox – This might be the first 2.5″ figure I’ve purchased that comes in the open box packaging.  These first were used at Walmart but because I don’t shop there, I’ve never actually seen them in person.  I think Jakks came up with this idea to let a child touch the toy and which in turn makes them that much more likely to beg their parents to buy it.  Not…

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Bokoblin Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Review

Kuribo examines what is surely one of Nintendo’s ugliest Amiibo and shares his thoughts on whether it is worth your cold hard cash!

What is the ugliest Amiibo you own?  No matter how you answer, chances are good you don’t like the paint or pose and not the actual character design.  Bokoblin takes Amiibo in a more grotesque direction that is somewhat uncharacteristic for Nintendo franchises.  This makes the Bokoblin something different than anything we’ve seen before.  The only question is: do we actually want an Amiibo that is “ugly” to look at?

Bokoblin Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo BoxBox – One part of this Amiibo that is not bad to look at is the packaging.  Even the leering Bokoblin in the background looks nice on the box art.

Bokoblin Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo FrontPose – Bokoblin have generally been pig-like creatures in Zelda and this one not only has that appearance but to make it look even more repulsive, it is short and hunch-backed.  That limits how dynamic the Bokoblin can be posed but he certainly looks angry and ready to fight something…

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Link Rider Breath of the Wild Amiibo Review

The Breath of the Wild Amiibo reviews keep coming! Find out if Rider Link is worth your money or not!

When Amiibo first were coming out, I would buy them in bunches on release date.  Any Amiibo, no matter whether I thought it would be common or not, I would get it, because who knew when I would see it again.  More recently, I’ve been buying Amiibo as I review them and not worrying too much about scarcity.  Well it would appear that these new Breath of the Wild Amiibo are selling quite well and several stores I’ve checked near me have sold most or all of their stock.  Nintendo will absolutely be making more but for the short term, it may hard to track these Amiibo down.

Based on my experience, the one Amiibo you are likely to see on shelves right now is Rider Link.  I picked him up a week after release and the stores I have been to seem to have Rider Link and nothing else…

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Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Review

It is one of the most expensive Amiibo released to date. Is Guardian worth owning? Find out in Kuribo’s latest review!

While I was obviously excited for the new Archer Link Amiibo, I was also really curious about the Guardian Amiibo.  Maybe it was just in my mind but Guardian looked in the promo shots like one of the biggest Amiibos yet and it was going to cost more than any Amiibo outside of Mega Yarn Yoshi.  Then the intrigue grew with rumors that Guardian was cancelled.  Fortunately, that rumor proved to be false and in many ways, that makes me appreciate that Guardian is finally released now even more.  I’m looking forward to sharing my review of this ground-breaking Amiibo so let’s jump into it!

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo BoxBox – This is yet another example of awesome Nintendo artwork and design.  That image in the background is striking and the fact that this Amiibo is so big doesn’t hurt!  I forgot to snap a picture of the back of the box in my…

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Link Breath of the Wild Amiibo Review

Kuribo reviews one of the most anticipated Amiibo in quite some time. Is Archer Link worthy of your shelf? Find out in the newest review!

After a long week of work, I looked forward to picking up some of the new Zelda Amiibo to review here on the site.  I work close to a Best Buy and a Target so I figured Best Buy would have all of the Amiibo I needed. To my surprise, they were almost completely wiped out of Zelda Amiibo.  A single Guardian and a single Bokoblin was all that was left!  Since I figured many of you would be interested in a Guardian review, I purchased it and worried that maybe the Zelda Amiibo would not be so easy to get on release day.  Fortunately, Target had nearly all of the Amiibo and they were well-stocked too.  I now assume that the Zelda Amiibo should be easy to get since they are supporting a huge game release but your experiences may vary depending on where you shop.  Hoefully, this brief…

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Blue Yoshi World of Nintendo 4″ Inch Review

Kuribo reviews an overlooked World of Nintendo figure and explains why Mario fans shouldn’t sleep on Yoshi!

If there is one World of Nintendo figure I have passed on buying over and over again, it is Yoshi.  There are a number of repainted versions of this figure and they’re usually the ones leftover on store shelves once the more rarer figures have been sold.  Perhaps there is just something not as exciting about a common figure too and that is why I kept passing Yoshi up.  Since Meijer still charges $10 for World of Nintendo 4″ inch figures and I had a coupon to get a dollar off, I decided to pick Yoshi up and see if I’ve been missing out on anything.  In short, I have.

world of nintendo blue yoshi boxBox – Much like the figure which has been rereleased several times, the box is something we’ve seen many times now in World of Nintendo and at some point, I hope Jakks will experiment a bit more with their Mario…

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