Monday, February 23, 2015

World of Nintendo - SAMUS!

World of Nintendo - Series 1-2 - Metroid: Samus - Jakks Pacific 2015

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!


1 comment:

  1. I need to start getting these while the getting is still good. Love everything NES related - Even if these are based on the more current look of Sumas.