Peppy) compared to 6 repaints. And then, there's Mario here. Mario was originally released back in late 2014 and while variations of the main man of gaming have been prevalent in the line, if you wanted a straight up Mario you might have to look around a bit. It seems that Jakks definitely wanted to get Mario back on shelves and they took an interesting route: This Mario not only features a new accessory but also a new headsculpt and new hands. He's more of a retool or a true "version 2" than a repaint. I considered skipping him, but the newly sculpted parts, the cool new accessory, finding him for retail price won me over. What can I say? I'm a sucker for this line! Let's check out the series 2-4 version of Mario after the break...
Height: 4 1/8th inches tall
Articulation: Hinged knees, ball jointed hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Question Block
Non-Scalper Price: $9-$12 dollars
* While S.H. Figuarts has put out some extremely well articulated Mario figures in the higher-end market, Jakks' offerings are definitely geared for mass market retail. Considering that, I still really do like how sturdy these figures are. They're definitely made for play and they have a nice amount of joints for achieving some fairly basic poses.
* The second change from the series 1-1 Mario figure is that this Mario has open hands. You know what? I really like these. I think the way they make Mario look like he's gesturing really add to the overall appearance of the figure. The series 1-1 fists still work too, but these just seem pretty interesting.
* Last, and certainly not least, is Mario's cool new accessory: A question block! While the earlier figures came with cardboard question blocks with mystery accessories sealed inside, this is a fully sculpted accessory. The "?" is actually a relief on four sides of the block. It looks great. A clear plastic stand to give it the illusion of floating would have been a neat idea, too, but this still very much works as an accessory.
* There's still a bit of sloppy paintwork on this guy, most noticeably on the yellow buttons for his overalls. The button isn't fully painted and what's there actually looks kind of green. Weird.
* I really would have liked to have seen a balljointed head here. I really think the intention is that this head is ball jointed (I can't determine) and the problem is that it just sits too low on the neck. Releasing this guy would have been an optimal time to redo this mold, but sadly it remains unchanged.
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, the water-hating Cat Mario, and the magical Tanooki Mario. I've reviewed plenty of other heroes and villains in this line, including:
Gravity Suit Samus
Link (Ocarina of Time)
Link (The Wind Waker)
Link in Goron Tunic
White Tanooki Mario