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Friday, August 5, 2016
Action Figure Review: Cat Mario from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific
Height: 3 3/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, ball-jointed hips, ball-jointed tail, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel/hinged neck.
Accessories: Super Bell
Non-Scalper Price: $9-$11 dollars
* While he's not "super articulated" Mario still has a decent amount of articulation. He really can take some cat-like poses an use his ball-jointed tail to help balance him. He's built pretty similarly to Cat Luigi and shares the same arms, legs, hands, tail, and feet. Mario has tighter joints, though.
* I love the look of the Mario face poking through the hood of the cat costume (I'm assuming this is a costume and not Mario actually turned into a cat, right?) and the ears on top. Nintendo characters have unusual proportions, varying sizes and body types, and smooth textures, and Jakks does a fantastic job with rendering the designs as three dimensional toys.
* Mario comes with the Super Bell (the same as Cat Luigi) which is the special item that lets characters transform into their cat forms. It's a small gold and yellow bell with funny little Nintendo styled eyes, stripes around the waist, and a clapper hanging out the bottom. It's a reused accessory but it makes sense for the character. Plus, it looks really good.
* Aww!!! Look at the paw pads on Mario's paws! He has these on both his hands and feet and they're totally adorbs! I swear, Nintendo gets grown adults to go nuts over silly, goofy stuff like no other company can. I mean, just look at Pokemon GO! Nintendo just has a chunk of a magic star tucked away somewhere or something.
* My only real complaint with this figure is that some of the paintwork on Mario's hair/ sideburns is a little sloppy. Well, it's really just not fully covered. Otherwise, this guy is just aces. You know, so long as you're interested in Mario in a yellow catsuit.
I've now reviewed quite a few Mario figures (something I never thought I'd be able to say) including the standard Mario, the classic Fire Mario, the indestructible Gold Mario, and the magical Tanooki Mario. I've reviewed plenty of other heroes and villains in this line, including:
World of Ninendo (4 inch) by Jakks Pacific
Gravity Suit Samus
Link (Ocarina of Time)