Nintendo Wikia) calls these guys Koopa Paratroopas, so that's probably how I'll refer to him throughout the review. Along with Goombas, the Koopa Troopas and Paratroopas are the most common minions of Bowser's army and thus get plenty of screen time in the Super Mario Bros. series of video games. These guys first appeared in level 1-3 of the original Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System when you come out of your first underground level and began traversing across a series of giant pedestals. Dang, now I'm starting to feel some nostalgia rolling in! Want to join in on the nostalgia train as we take a look at the Para Troopa? Then join me after the break...
Height: 3 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel knees, swivel/hinge hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, ball jointed wings, and a swivel/hinge neck.
Accessories: Two wings.
Non-Scalper Price: $9-$12 dollars
* For being a 3 1/2 inch figure from a non-collector focused line, the Paratroopa has some pretty decent articulation. The lack of a knee hinge feels weird but once you play around with the swivel/hinge ankles and hips, you'll be in much better shape. I like this little guy as he's just a lot of fun to mess around with.
Yoshi, doesn't he? I really like the sculpt on the Paratroopa. Essentially, without the wings (they're removable) he's just a standard Koopa Troops. Keeping that in mind, Jakks just nailed the likeness. I love the somewhat friendly, rather harmless look to this fellow. There's a lot of beauty in the simplicity of some of these Mario characters and Jakks always manages to convey the simplicity really well in their sculpts.
* While there are two holes in it (for the included wings which turn this guy into a Koopa Paratroopa) they don't come attached. They're also easily removable, leaving you with a standard red-shelled Koopa Troopa. This is pretty cool as you're essentially getting two different army builders in one. The shell is a simple sculpt (part of the body) but it works with the aesthetics of this line.
* And here are the wings; simple but effective. They easily plug in to the holes on the Paratroopas's shell and have a true balljoint, allowing them to be posed in a variety of ways.
* My only real complaint is that I'm kind of disappointed that the Paratroopa doesn't come with anything else. I mean, the wings are a cool "accessory" but they're also integral to his identity as a Paratroopa. An extra simple red shell accessory would have been really nice.
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