These Mario figures are no joke. I mean that. Sure, Figurarts has been handling the world of Super Mario for some time now , but these figures may be the finest offerings yet, including their first variant.Wanna put together a scene where Mario gets high off that weird fire flower and starts throwing fireballs at everyone? You’re in luck! This figure not only comes with that goofy fire flower, but a miniature stand for the fireball to be floating on. That’s a lot better than my idea of taping a crumpled up piece of orange construction paper to the Human Torch’s hand. It’s pretty smart, too. Whether you want to use it for your desk at work, your tv stand, your dashboard or whatever, it makes the display option, as well as the play option, much better.
Mario may be a short and fat guy, but don’t judge this pizza by it’s topping! He can move. Fast. Like me when I see a Funko I don’t have. Unlike me though, Mario has articulation to make him look a little bit more dignified. Thankfully the articulation comes in handy to pose him in any wacky pose you may wish. Squatting, running, jumping, it’s a perfect mix.His head-sculpt is nothing less than amazing. It looks closer to the actual video game than anything else I’ve seen. If you’ve ever seen these in Toys R Us, all it takes is one view and you’ll be convinced that it was worth 30 years of wait for these figures. Especially this one. The paint job is not too bright, not too distracting, just right!
Now, the expansion set is another amazing fit from the toy gods. It comes with some of Mario’s memorable enemies. What’s in this set? None other than Bullet Bill, Boo, Koopa Trooper(my personal favorite) and another Goomba. And much like his wacky flower before, a clear display stand for them to fly! Pretty ingenuous, eh? Mario may have a little bit more trouble sitting on a display shelf with these guys. But it’s totally worth it!
Now, come on Figuarts, release a Lance Henriksen as the King from the Mario Brothers movie!