Nintendo Metroid Samus Aran and Metroid Amiibo Nintendo, 2017
Day #1,812: October 13, 2017
Metroid Samus Aran and Metroid Two Amiibo Figures for the Price of Two
Metroid Amiibo Wave 2 Amiibo
Item No.: No. NVL C AR2A USZ Manufacturer:Nintendo Includes:n/a Action Feature:Works with Metroid: Samus Returns and a lot of other stuff Retail:$29.99 Availability:September 15, 2017 Other: Nifty, gifty
I like toys, and I like Metroid stuff. I was pretty excited to hear a Metroid Samus Aran and Metroid Amiibo set was coming with a new 3DS Metroid game, so I got them and I'm happy. You'll probably dig these, even though they're more expensive than two individually packaged Amiibo figures. And larger. And fancier. Oh, and there's a smell, now.
Samus Aran is inspired by Metroid: Samus Returns, and the Metroid... I assume is as well. Its proportions are similar to the baby Metroids we see, but is it the baby? I don't know.
Samus is both larger and smaller than the Super Smash Bros. Samus Aran [FOTD #1,083]. She's shorter... but barely, and she's crouched down. So this is a larger figure crammed into a smaller space, largely inspired by the cover art of the 1991 GameBoy original Metroid II: Return of Samus. Some obvious changes are the green lights in her armor and a revised visor, with a helmet design I don't quite recognize as an existing model. She's crouching, shiny and metallic with her Varia suit. It's worth noting the figure looks great from the back, with plating, vents lights, and tons of ribbed armor detail. I'd even say it's more interesting from the back. This nifty figure is kneeling on a "S" logo base.
The Metroid is pretty amazing. The green membrane is squishy, the clear blue cracked capsule is hard. The base is a messed-up lab floor, with broken cables near the cracked glass. The mandibles permeate the cracked capsule, and inside the head are big nuclei and veins touching the exterior. There are also veins sculpted on the rubbery membrane, which will hopefully hold up to the ages. It feels hefty and I love that it - like Samus - are basically low-cost mini statues. The poses are far more interesting than some of the other Amiibo figures, and if it were 4 times the size and $200 I'd want it. The game functionality is a nice bonus.
I don't have a lot to say because they look cool and basically look exactly right. I'd love it more if they were more closely modeled after 1991 artwork, but that's me - I'm old, and I prefer the classic stuff. Of all the Samus Amiibo figures, this is my favorite. Of all the Metroid creature Amiibo figures... well, this is the only one - and the third known-to-me Metroid creature figure designed for the US market that I can recall. I assume the set will either sell out, or never sell after launch. I didn't see many around on release day so it must have at least started strong. Get it if you love Metroid!
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