Japanese raccoon dog. They're pretty adorable and they have a long history of being connected with folklore. They're also often represent in statue form, thus the reason for Mario having the ability to turn into a statue. While we just got Fire Mario in the last series (a simple repaint of the basic Mario), Jakks figured they needed to get another version if the mustachioed plumber out ASAP. Well, here's Tanookie Mario! Learn more about this one after the break...
Height: 4 inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, ball jointed hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged knees, a swivel tail, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Super leaf and a cardboard "?" block.
Non-Scalper Price: $9-$10 dollars
* One of the consistent highlights of World of Nintendo has been that the sculpts are always fantastic. Jakks manages to faithfully capture the smooth, rounded look of Nintendo's characters, particularly those from the Super Mario Bros. games. While the Tanooki suit perhaps looks a bit too smooth Mario's head sculpt is great. I love the look of Mario's face in the Tanooki hood.
* When I showed Tanooki Mario to my little one, her first words were: "Oooh! Tail Turns!" Yup, Tanooki Mario's tail does have a swivel joint so you can spin it around. It can help the figure find the right balance point since at some positions the tail is heavy and can send the figure backwards. I like the striped paintjob on here. Orange and brown together look great. It's a very 1970s color scheme and I have an old couch in my basement which I refuse to throw away that has a similar pattern. (It was my parents couch, BTW: I'm not that old).
* The articulation on Tanooki Mario is really limited. What's the most frustrating is that while every other Mario figure has had swivel wrists, Tanooki Mario doesn't. On a figure as small and limited as this one, that really feels like a big decrease in motion. Jakks attempted to give Mario a ball joined head but the join really doesn't offer much motion at all.
* There aren't too many paint applications on this figure which makes the messy applications stand out even more disappointing. The uneven paint on the ears in particular caught my eye.
I've reviewed two other figures of Mario: The basic Mario from series 1 and Fire Mario from series 3.
I've also reviewed plenty of other World of Nintendo figures, including: