Monday, March 7, 2016

Minifigure Review: Purple Pikmin from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

  Today I'm looking at another 2.5 inch figure from Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line that should be nicely compatible with their 4 inch line: The Purple Pikmin! Well, maybe the Pikmin is compatible. Technically Pikmin are only supposed to be around a centimeter tall, so maybe this minifigure is actually too large? Regardless, I think the Pikmin still looks nice next to the larger figures in the line. First appearing in Pikmin 2 for the GameCube, the Purple Pikmin are much heavier and stronger than the other creatures. Tossing them at an enemy even caused more damage to the bad guys! I picked this guy up at Target a couple of weeks ago and I'm pretty happy with him as a fun little miniature. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 2 inches

Articulation: Swivel head

Accessories: Stand

Non-Scalper Price: $3.50-$5 dollars
 The Positives:

 * I really like the deep purple color on this Pikmin. The purple Pikmin look quite different from the other creatures as they are a but bulkier and have distinctive little head antennas, but they're rather cool.

* The leaf growing from the Pikmin's head (they're half plant/ half animal) is just a really nice touch. Visually, it adds a little extra flair to the sculpt and coloring of this small little guy.

 * Since the Pikmin has such tiny little feet, it also comes with a simple clear plastic stand to help it stand upright. This was a good thought on Jakk's part as it'd be frustrating trying to keep this little guy upright without it.

* I really thought these guys were little non-articulated minifigures so I was actually pretty pleased when I learned that the Pikmin's head could swivel. It's not a major thing but it does add a bit to displaying this little fellow on the shelf.
 I don't have any negatives with this figure other than the fact that it is really tiny. If you find this guy for over $4, you're definitely going to feel like you're not getting your money's worth. The quality isn't poor but it definitely feels more like something you'd get from one of those $1 or $2 dollar vending machines than a $5 toy. Still, it's a nice representation of a Purple Pikmin and looks great next to other World of Nintendo figures. He's actually about four times the size of a real Pikmin (at least the measurements give in game) so that's kind of interesting. This guy gets an Eh and a 1/2 from me: Unless you're really all about collecting some Pikmin or completing a Nintendo display, the price just makes this an unnecessary purchase.

I haven't reviewed any other Pikmin toys! I have reviewed plenty of the 4 inch World of Nintendo figures, though, including:

Blue Toad
Bowser Jr.
Cat Luigi
Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong
Fire Luigi
Fire Mario
Fox McCloud
Gold Mario
Gravity Suit Samus
Link (Ocarina of Time)
Pink Yoshi
Princess Peach
Shy Guy
Tanooki Mario

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