Super Mario Amiibo Wave 2 Amiibo
Item No.: No. NVL C ABAQ USZ Manufacturer:Nintendo Includes:n/a Action Feature:Works with a lot of stuff Retail:$13.99 Availability:November 2016 Other: Suddenly Scarce
Things come and go, and sometimes they come back. The Boo Amiibo is currently scarce, but it's pretty slick - or it was when I bought it. For about $13, a glow-in-the-dark Boo Amiibo was really exciting - I ran out to buy one. Later, Walgreens got a non-Amiibo glowing figure as an exclusive Boo [FOTD #1,672] for about five bucks. And that one has jointed arms - but this one can unlock stuff in some games. Me, I just like to buy ghost toys. You could say I have an addiction to Boos, but if you said it out loud it might be easy to misinterpret.
The Amiibo format is basically a non-articulated mini statue that, on the whole, serves no function unto itself. Nintendo has made a few exceptions, with figures like this one. It glows in the dark! There also soft plush toys. So far we haven't seen much in the way of action features or jointed limbs, as those seem to be less marketable when the real sell is some sort of in-game item packaged as a toy. In so many cases, these figures were some of the only merchandise ever made (or currently available) for these characters. This was not the case here.
Upon release this undead spirit came and went - and came back - quickly. He ran out of stock but was easy to find in subsequent months. His tongue rolled out, his limbs point up, and he shows Nintendo's eye for detail - literally. On Jakks Pacific's Boo, the eyes are all black with a white dot. Nintendo's have a grey circle in there too, which gives him a tiny bit more soul, although I never noticed this until he got under the macro lens of my camera.
In addition to a snazzy checkered base, the figure also has a red border at its, uh, feet as well as a painted mouth. The figure isn't translucent like the Jakks version, and it glows more evenly and cleanly.
I'm hesitant to declare either glowing Boo king. The Amiibo and Jakks Pacific figures are roughly the same size, but one is cheap and articulated and the other glows more evenly and has a display base. Each is good for its own reasons, so I just bought both. For the money, I'd say get the Amiibo if you have a game that can take advantage of him. Otherwise, the cheaper version may be better for your display needs.
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