Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Action Figure Review: Pink Yoshi from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo series of action figures has quickly become one of my favorite lines to collect. It's exciting because so many of the characters we're seeing in this line really haven't been widely available as action figures before (and at least not in a similar scale and style). This line is filled with unique sculpts due to the interesting and often bizarre proportions of Nintendo characters so it makes sense that Jakks would try to recoup the tooling costs of new molds here and there by creating some simple paint variants. One of the easiest ways to do that is releasing multiple color variants of Yoshi, a character who legitimately does have an army of multicolored brothers and sisters. Today I'm looking at the first repaint of the standard Yoshi figure that was released late last year: Pink Yoshi! Ready for a closer look at this pink dinosaur from series 1-3 of Jakk's World of Nintendo line? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 4 1/2 inches tall.

Articulation: Ball jointed hips, swivel/ hinge shoulders, and a swivel neck.

Accessories: Cardboard question mark block, Yoshi egg.

Non-Scalper Price $10-11 dollars.
 The Positives:

*I like the range of motion in Yoshi's shoulders and hips (he can hold a kicking pose with no hand support needed) and he feels nice and durable. Honestly considering Yoshi's odd body type, that's not too bad for this line. He is fun to play with even if he's not at all what you might call super-articulated.

*The sculpt is nice. It's simple, but I think that is really in keeping with the look of most Nintendo characters. Bright, rounded, and colorful is the name of the game here. Everything looks right to me except the nose, which I mentioned in my previous review of the series 1 Yoshi. I think it's just a bit too big and tends to obscure the mouth and eyes when displayed or photographed. It's not a deal breaker, though, and the figure still looks quite nice.

 * While Pink Yoshi first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, he first wore yellow shoes in Yoshi's Story. This figure has the bright yellow shoes (with a lighter colored sole) and overall, considering the style of the figure, seem to identify him as the version of the character from the New Super Mario Bros. series.

*I love the accessories that come with the World of Nintendo figures. The Yoshi egg is a simple hollow plastic piece that comes encased within the cardboard question block. You can get Yoshi's arm to clutch the egg against his body if you're skilled enough. Honestly, many of the power-up items from the Mario video games are almost as iconic as the characters themselves and it's fun to get another Yoshi egg.

The Negatives:

* The only real disappointment here is that there is definitely some sloppy paintwork around the spikes on Yoshi's back. As you can see, the pink of his skin definitely goes too far up the orange spines with some fairly uneven separations between the colors.
 Yoshi's a fun toy and it's still amazing to me that we're getting so many new Nintendo toys available in store shelves. While I haven't seen Wal-Mart carrying these in stores yet (and Target's support comes and goes) Toys 'R Us, K-Mart, and Walgreen's have been consistently good about stocking these. Pink Yoshi is a Good figure, just like his predecessor Green Yoshi, and definitely adds a nice color mixture to your display. I'm not sure how many Yoshi figures Jakks could release before it seems like we're getting too many Yoshi's but one a year doesn't feel like too many.

As mentioned above, I've also reviewed the series 1 Yoshi figure from this line. I've reviewed a number of other World of Nintendo figures as well:

Blue Toad
Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong
Fire Mario
Fox McCloud
Princess Peach

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