Posted on October 28 2014 by Fernando Trejos
Nintendo’s started to give us photos of the new Amiibo figurines, and though they do look great, we can’t help but notice something; there’s certainly been a drop in the quality for the figurines from the ones we’ve seen at E3.
It’s not really that much of a surprise, as it wasn’t very realistic to expect the super high-quality figurines we saw at E3, especially once they’ve been mass-produced; however, it does come to a bit of a disappointment.
Tons of small details have been changed, to favor plastic supports and cheaper structures. The Link figurine, for example, which you can see to the left, used to use sleek metal pole for support; this has been replaced with a thicker, plastic pole, with a strange amber color.
The Wii Fit Trainer was changed to favor structure as well; the original model stood alone on one foot, but the photos we’ve seen of the actual figurine show a large plastic structure holding up the foot, likely there for extra support.
The other figurines do look a lot more like their E3 counterparts, with the exception of a few color scheme changes and some strange-looking stickers, like Kirby and Villager’s off-center eyes.
None of this is meant to downplay the value of these Amiibos; in reality, most of these still look amazing, and will be some of the coolest features of the new Smash games. These small blemishes are a side-effect of mass production, and most probably won’t be on every figure.
For a more in-depth analysis, visit Gamnesia‘s article about this phenomenon.
What do you think? Are you still buying the figurines, or is this a bit of a dealbreaker? Which one’s your favorite? Personally, I don’t mind the small problems; the figures still look amazing, and I’m very interested in buying at least one.