the Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Star Fox. While that seems like a strange decision with the popularity of the Super Smash Bros. Games (not that Jakks has the rights to all of those characters), most of the characters I really want to see made by Nintendo are from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, so I'm not terribly disappointed. The series don't have a wave designation like World of Nintendo, so this one is just simply series 1 so far as I can tell. First up is the Fire Bro. originally from Super Mario Bros. 3. He's mostly a repaint of the WoN Hammer Bro but that's accurate to the games, so it works. Let's check this first Super Mario after the break...
Height: 3 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel knees, swivel/hinge hips, swivel tail, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel/hinge neck.
Non-Scalper Price: $12 dollars
* On the left is the new Fire Bro. while the Hammer Bro. from World of Nintendo is on the right. These guys are exactly similar other than the paintwork, so this review is going to be a bit briefer than others as there's not much new to say.
* The Fire Bro. has a pretty cool sculpt. I feel like it just has to
be tough to get some of the Nintendo characters to look "right" as three
dimensional toys but Jakks has done a pretty admirable job overall. The
overall shape, colors, and the little details such as the stripes on
the plastron and the positioning of the limbs really help to make this
guy feel like he warped right out of your favorite cartridges.
* The Fire Bro. has a really good headsculpt. The eyes are actually better than the Hammer Bro,'s but the helmet and shape of the beak are
excellent. I love the open mouth!
* The shell looks really nice as well. It's not crazy detailed or
realistic or anything but it certainly looks like it belongs in a Mario
* While the Hammer Bro. came with a hammer, the Fire Bro. comes with a fireball. It's painted with orange, yellow, and red to give it a more interesting appearance. From memory, this is the first time we've seen something like this in the WoN or Super Mario lines.
* The Fire Bro. holds the fireball by a white plastic stick hanging from the bottom and, well, it looks pretty lame. Had it been cast in clear plastic the effect might have been better. As it is, it looks like a bit of a dud.
For more of the Fire Bro. and his ilk, check out the World of Nintendo Hammer Bro. and the Hammer Bro. included with the Bandai Diorama Playset E.