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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Action Figure Review: Bowser from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific
Height: 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inches tall.
Articulation: Swivel/hinge hips, swivel tail, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, hinged wrists.
*First things first: This is a great sculpt of Bowser. It perfectly captures the colorful yet menacing look of the King of the Koopas as he has appeared in video games for quite some time. Yeah, Bowser hasn't changed much over the years, but this really looks like his appearances in the New Super Mario Bros. series and in the Super Smash Bros. games. The detail might be a bit soft but it feels true to the source material.
*While there are a few slightly mess spots, overall I love the colorful paint work. The mixture of solid green, orange, and yellow really gives Bowser a bright, bold appearance. The little studs on his leather straps are a bit weaker but the shell on his back looks great.
*Bowser just isn't that well articulated. I absolutely recognize that articulation can be tough for a chunky, oddly shaped character like Bowser, but Jakks missed a few opportunities. The biggest one to me is that Bowser has hinged wrists but they don't swivel. They look like they could, but they don't. Why? Honestly, if he at least had swivel wrists and maybe bicep swivels, I'd be much happier.
*While the basic figures all come with some cool extra (Wario's coin, Yoshi's Egg, Mario's mushroom), Bowser didn't come with anything. I would have loved some cool little extra such as a fireball or the axe Mario uses to destroy the bridge in the original game. Anything would have been better than nothing.
I've reviewed three other figures from the first series of World of Nintendo: