Friday, December 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Ludwig from Super Mario by Jakks Pacific

 It's been the better part of a year since I last reviewed anything from Jakks Pacific's Super Mario line but when I stumbled upon the new Ludwig figure, I had to pick it up. One of the Koopa kids (who aren't considered to be Bowser's actual children anymore), Ludwig von Koopa is the eldest of the group definitely the one with the funkiest hair. I remember these guys first appearing in Super Mario Bros. 3 back in the day. It was pretty fun to see the roster of Bowser's minions expand so heavily at the time. This guy is definitely based more on his more recent appearances in games like the New Super Mario Bros. titles, though he hasn't changed that much over the years. Ludwig is the first of the Koopalings to appear in the Super Mario Bros. line, although Iggy was released in the World of Nintendo line (though I never found one). Let's check him out after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 3 inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, swivel/hinge hips, swivel/hinge tail, swivel/hinge shoulders, and swivel/hinge wrists.

Accessories: Magic wand

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars

 The Positives:

* One of the strengths of both the Super Mario Bros. and the World of Nintendo toylines is the way that Jakks manages to capture the style of the Nintendo characters. Big, bold, and very smooth looking kind of summarizes up the Nintendo aesthetic and Jakks almost always seems to translate it into action figure form.

* I love Ludwig's headsculpt, particularly due to his incredibly stylish hair. He definitely has bolder hair than Bethoven, doesn't he? Fun fact: Ludwig van Beethoven actually appeared in the video game "Mario's Time Machine." Fun stuff, huh?

* Like any good Koopa, Ludwig has a shell covered in colorful spikes. Don't try to jump on his back!

 * Ludwig comes with his magic wand, which can fit in his right hand. It's a simple sculpt but it looks like the character's accessory from the games and it features a darker blue paint app for the orb on top.

* Ludwig is by no means "super articulated" but he definitely has a few joints, all swivel/hinge, which allow him to take some poses. You shouldn't have any trouble finding some way to pose him that you'll like on your shelf. 

   For $10 bucks (the prices on these, at least at Target, seems to have come down), this is really a very well done Nintendo action figure. Seriously, you're really just not going to find many (any?) other action figures of Ludwig von Koopa out there. He's a great looking, sturdy, fun toy. For the price, he's a Great and a 1/2 figure of a character. I really hope Jakks continues this line, getting around to all of the Koopalings (and a release of Iggy) along with some other kep SMB characters like Daisy, Rosalina, Birdo, and more.

This is the first figure of Ludwig von Koopa I've reviewed. For more figures from Super Mario Bros. by Jakks Pacific, check out the following:
Dungeon Diorama Set
Fire Bro.
Fire Luigi
Mario with Super Star 
Piranha Plant 


  1. Replies
    1. Definitely. I'd love to have all of the Koopa kids in this line. Still need an Iggy, though.

  2. I Love This Figure, Especially The Likeness Of His New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U/U Deluxe, MarioKart 8 Deluxe & Mario & Sonic At The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!

  3. I Would Love To See Lemmy Come Out Next!

    1. That's a great choice. I hope they all come out eventually, along with a release of Iggy.


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