Hasbro Nintendo Fire Mario Monopoly Gamer Power Pack Hasbro, 2017
Day #1,897: February 9, 2018
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Monopoly Gamer Power Pack
Item No.: No. C1444 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Sticker, figure, game card Action Feature:Cause other players to drop coins Retail:$3.99 Availability: August 2017 Other: All 8 packs share item number, UPC
One of the most famous power-ups of all time, Fire Mario gets his own Monopoly token. It's a pretty nifty figure, and if you squint you can see Hasbro packed in a lot of detail here.
The tiny figure is molded in white with a decent amount of sculpted detail. If you get in close, you can see stitching in his coveralls - this is a recent addition to Mario's game design, and something you never saw from most larger figures. I assume they're working from a great digital model that was scaled down for the toy, because you see separation in layers between the overalls, the button, and the strap on his shoulder. Down the side of the leg is a visible seam, and the gloves have the little sculpted details over the knuckles. I have no idea what they're called, but they're present. The sole is defined, the hem of the pants is separated, even the ears have some visible detail baked right in. I've been seeing Mario toys for quite some time, so it's nice to see this level of detail on something so small, when it wouldn't have been this fancy from Applause! in the 1980s. Perhaps we can thank Nintendo's famously thorough approvals.
Given the size, the paint job is similarly great. The "M" on the hat and multiple levels of paint in the eyes are mostly quite sharp, although there's a little bleed on the fireball - the one bland area of this figure. A single color of orange without a lot of sculpted amazement is probably necessary, but it's a bit disappointing given how good everything else looks. The eyebrows on this figure look better than most Hasbro action figures - and Hasbro does some pretty nice eyebrows.
I don't know if I'd want hundreds of these guys at $4 a pop, but I'd certainly want a few more from other titles at this price. If Nintendo would allow for, say, Link and Samus and Zelda and a classic take on Pit? I'm in. Fire Mario brings a modern character model with an appropriately timeless flair, plus it lets more than one person play as Mario in the game. Just think of how many lives could have been saved if Hasbro included multiple cars in the classic Monopoly game. The fights could have been stopped, and so many more families would still be together. But I digress. If you want more game tokens or a tiny figure for your desk at work because you don't have the stones to install a 20-inch Jakks Pacific Big Figs Fire Mario, get this one.
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