Announced back in June, Figma's Skyward Sword Link action figure is now shipping to customers worldwide. Like me, when I opened up a Japanese box this morning like a six year-old at Christmas.
The latest in a long and very popular series of figures, this isn't the first time we've seen a Figma piece dedicated to a Nintendo property, but it's bound to be the most popular.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
1x Link figure
1x Master Sword
1x Sword swipe "blur" effect"
1x Sword Scabbard
10x Interchangeable hands
WHAT I LIKED
Posability - It's why you buy a Figma piece, and it's no different here. These are the most amazingly poseable toys on the planet, able to recreate almost any stance or action you can think of, no matter how heroic or pedestrian (or sexy).
Finish - You can't see it in photos, but you can see it in person. A matte finish that makes him look like a video game character come to life. It's makes the colours really rich. There's also a seamless transition between hard plastic parts and softer, more poseable pieces; his tunic, for example, is a soft rubber, meaning you can move his legs just about anywhere and it won't look stupid.
Customisation - In a neat touch, while the figure ships in a default right-handed mode, you can move the pegs and straps on things like the shield around to make him left-handed. Like he should be.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
Hands - Just so this section wasn't empty, it was a little disappointing to see that some of the included hands, like those designed to hold the sword, were a little "loose", meaning they couldn't sustain some of the more dramatic poses for more than a few seconds.
MY FINAL WORD
It's simple. This is the best Nintendo action figure ever made. If you're a Zelda fan and are at all into toys, you need to get one of these, regardless of how much your favourite importer or comic store is charging.