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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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New Kirby, Pokemon Nendoroids Announced!

Kuribo shares an onslaught of new releases from Japan. Are your favorite series getting new figures? Find out!

In a surprise bit of timing, the same weekend that Toy Fair is going on in New York, Japan also does a big toy show called Winter Festival.  This is one place you can always count on new Nendoroids and Figma to be announced from Good Smile Company and this year is no different.  A lot of the figures are being announced without any images of the actual figure so in my list below, I only including images where you can see an actual figure instead of artwork from a video game.  Here is a list of all of the releases:

Samus Figma from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

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Sakura Nendoroid from Fire Emblem Fates

Pikachu Nendoroid

Lillie Nendoroid from Pokemon Sun/Moon

Ash and Pikachu Nendoroid

Red Figma from Pokemon

Ice Kirby Nendoroid

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Kirby & Robobot Armor Nendoroid

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While none of these franchises are new to Good Smile Company, it makes…

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Pokemon Mega Construx Line Coming!

Kuribo updates Pokemon fans on new building sets coming their way. If you’ve wanted Pokemon Legos, this is as close as you may get!

A while back, I did an article suggesting that Nintendo considering dropping the license with K’Nex and making an actual building toy line that would appeal to young and old Nintendo fans.  According to Kotaku, an idea similar to this is in the works and while license isn’t coming directly from Nintendo (and instead the Pokemon Company), someone is finally bringing us some toys based on building blocks!  The company that was once known as Mega Bloks who had or have several video game licenses including Assassin’s Creed and Halo will be getting the Pokemon license.  There is limited information as far as what the sets will be like but it looks like they may be Pokemon centered instead of being larger building sets like you see with Lego.  While these initial sets seem small (which would make them friendly to kids and to everyone’s wallet)  I could see…

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New World of Nintendo Figures Spotted!

Kuribo shares some breaking news that will make Mario and Splatoon figure fans happy!

If you’re a fan of figures then you might be aware that this weekend is New York Toy Fare which is where many of the biggest figure companies announce new figures.  Jakks Pacific is no different and the collectibles site Entertainment Earth has leaked a picture of new figures coming our way which was fortunately spotted by Reddit user Blastoon_.  While there aren’t necessarily a huge amount of surprises in this image, there is definitely enough to wet your appetite!

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All of these figures look pretty solid though there is heavy reuse with the Mario and the Bowser Jr. figures.  Could we see a Shadow Mario to go with the Mario Sunshine themed Bowser Jr.?  That would be really exciting.  It is a little disappointing that Inkling girl comes with the same gun as Inkling Boy.  I also am concerned with how Lakitu looks.  The seam in the cloud…

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Nobel Super Mario Cola Gummies Review

Kuribo reviews… gummies!?! Find out if these Mario candies are worth importing from Japan!

What is this a food blog now?!  With Nintendo figures releases slowing down I thought why not take a look at something a little different for this next review?  In Ohio, there is a really big international grocery store I love to visit when I can and I happened to walk past one of my favorite sections (Japanese candy), and I saw Mario gummies.  The gummies were $2 so I figured why not check them out and share my experience eating them!

nobel mario gummiesPackaging – The huge cast of Mario characters on the wrapper looks great (if maybe a bit busy) and is possibly false advertising.  These are Mario gummies but as you will see, there is nowhere near the kind of variety in the gummies as the artwork makes it look like.

nobel mario gummies openContents – So what is inside?  About 15-20 gummies in two flavors: cola and ramune.  There are in…

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Inkling Kid World of Nintendo 4″ Inch Figure Review

Find out why Kuribo thinks the new World of Nintendo Inkling Boy figure is one you don’t want to miss if you’re a Splatoon fan!

I don’t know how you loyal readers feel but I can’t help but feel like I’m on a roll with so many great Nintendo figures to review lately.  The most recent example of this is the World of Nintendo Inkling Kid figure.  As I’m sure I have said on the site, I’m not really a fan of Splatoon.  I played the game for a couple of weeks and just couldn’t really get into it the way I would have liked but from the moment I saw this figure, I knew I wanted to review it.  The quality looked so good and it looked like the accessory is something different than other World of Nintendo figures I’ve purchased.  As a result, I’m excited to take a look at this figure and see if it is one of the better World of Nintendo figures I’ve reviewed or not!

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Yarn Poochy Amiibo Review

Kuribo investigates the latest Amiibo release from Nintendo to see if the adorable Yarn Poochy is worth a purchase.

There have been some great Amiibo releases lately but for a lot of people, there was one particularly cute figure we have been waiting for.  I was really excited to pick up Yarn Poochy and as soon as I finished work on Friday, I went to Best Buy and bought mine.  Yarn Poochy is being sold alone for $17 or with Yoshi’s Woolly World on 3DS for $50.  I’m glad Nintendo released this on day one just as an Amiibo-only option instead of forcing diehard fans to buy the game twice.  Yoshi’s Woolly World is a fantastic game but it may have been months months ago since you last played it so you might be wondering, do you want an Amiibo from a game you already beat?  Well if you like the Yarn Yoshi Amiibo at all, then the answer will probably be yes!

yarn poochy amiibo boxBox – I have praised the…

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Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild Announced!

Kuribo shares news about a new and very cute figure coming for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. See pictures and pre-order information!

It is always a good idea to keep your eyes on Good Smile’s website because they are often teasing new figures on there.  This time around it is none other than a Breath of the Wild themed Link.  What is interesting about Link this time is he comes in two versions like most of the Figma Zelda figures have.  You can get him with Epona and a slew of accessories or a more simplified version without Epona and an undoubtedly lower cost.  I’ve taken a few of the most enticing pictures from their blog to share below and will provide a link for you to see more if you’re interested.  This figure looks exceptional and while previous Links have not been the best action figures, this one looks too cool, especially since other Links can ride Epona too if you want.  The crossover appeal of Nendoroids is one of the…

View original post 126 more words’s Most Wanted – Fire Emblem and Advance Wars Miniatures

As part of Fire Emblem week, Kuribo shares his thoughts on a cool idea for new Fire Emblem and Advance War figures.

When I heard that one of my favorite sites, was having a Fire Emblem week, I started to think about how could celebrate and for whatever reason a new and awesome toy idea popped into my head that I want to share with all of you.  The strategy games made by Intelligent Systems have been quite popular for a number of years now and while Fire Emblem and Advance Wars are in some ways very different games, there is a figure idea that could be well-suited for both series.  Mini-figures or miniatures could capture the top-down/overhead view of the games and possibly be a way to simulate some of your favorite battles from the games.  There are a number of miniature based board games and wargames out there that are very popular and both of these series would be perfectly suited both for gamers and Nintendo collectors.

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Star Power Mario 4″ Inch World of Nintendo Figure Review

Kuribo reviews a rare, unique, and very cool figure from Super Mario!

It seems like at any given time there is always one hard to get World of Nintendo figure I’m seeking and it takes weeks, if not months to get lucky enough to track it down.  For me lately, that has been Star Power Mario.  I collect most 4″ Inch Mario figures in World of Nintendo and when I saw a shiny new one, I had to have it.  With a figure like this that is harder to find, you always have to ask yourself: is this figure worth the trouble?  What makes it different than the other Mario figures that have been released?  Find out in the latest World of Nintendo review!

star power mario world of nintendoBox and Rarity – The packaging is typical of Mario figures and while this design has worked well thus far.  Jakks Pacific might considering shaking it up at some point and giving us something a little different.  With…

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