Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid series of video games. Starting in 1986, the series now has 12 games released, all of which star Samus Aran. Samus is a space-faring bounty hunter in an advanced power suit who steamrolls through alien planets and spaceships fighting the jellyfish-like Metroid invaders. I think a lot of players of the early 8-bit game had no idea Samus was a girl until later on in her development. I never played any of the Metroid games, but I think I would have had I known more about her. Apparently the earliest handbooks made her gender pretty clear, but the bulky armor still confused young gamers; me included. It's kind of amazing that there are currently three really good Samus figures on the market. The high-end Figma figure is beautiful, and the Amiibo figure is everywhere, but I personally think this World of Nintendo version is the best choice for quality and price. This series has a ton of potential and I'm excited to see what comes out of it next. On to Samus!
This figure has a pretty impressive 14 Points of Articulation.
These World of Nintendo figures always come with a Mystery Accessory.
In Samus' case, it was a morph ball, which is essentially her in a curled-up spinning mode like Sonic the Hedgehog.
Here is Samus from the first 8-bit game.
And here is a graphic of her evolution through her first few games.
Click the image to go to the blog where I found it, Super Adventures in Gaming. It's a fun site with lots of vintage game screengrabs.
Her games eventually morphed into first-person shooter and hyper-realistic Final Fantasy-type formats. These games are where we really get this figure design from.
Time for a Comparison Pic!