Sunday, July 23, 2023

World of Nintendo - SAMUS!

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Samus w/ Morph Ball - Jakks Pacific Toys 2023

Samus Aran is a very interesting character. She was introduced in 1986's Metroid on the Nintendo Entertainment System as the sole playable character, a kickass bounty hunter defeating Space Pirates, Mother Brain, X Parasites, and (duh) Metroids throughout the course of the game. Her gender is deliberately concealed until the end of the game when she loses the Power Suit and is shown in a skimpy bikini. I understand this was a different time and they were trying to make it undeniably clear that character previously presented as a man was without a doubt female, but the message of a powerful courageous woman is somewhat undermined by the pin-up style presentation presented at the end of each game. In what other game is the closing "congratulations" screen an image of the hero in their underwear? But with the exception of those brief cheesecake shots, she is indeed presented well, and a decade before other female protagonists would be leading the main gameplay. 

There have been a lot of Samus figures released over the years. She has been a main character in 14 games and made a number of cameos in others. The Power Suit has a very consistent design with differences I honestly can't point out. This specific figures is from 2004's Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Let's check her out below!

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are three of my Samus figures together.  The 2016 2.5" Figure, the 2023 5" Figure, and the 2015 4" Figure
All from Jakks Pacific.

Here are the three figures from this newest wave of Nintendo figures: Link, Samus, and Zelda.

For some reason this is the only picture I snapped of the accessory of Samus in her Morph Ball form.


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