While I’m a little behind the curve, I know many people have been enjoying Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D lately and there have been several figures released for the game to celebrate its return. Most of the figures are of Skull Kid and Jakks Pacific has made one of those too, but something new and different is Deku Link, which is the first mask and transformation you get in the game. At the time of writing, Deku Link is a pretty common figure and easy to find, but because World of Nintendo is the only figure line with Deku Link, that alone makes this an interesting one to review. Is Deku Link worth picking up? Let’s take a closer look.
Articulation – Deku Link is more limited articulation wise than almost any other World of Nintendo figure I have purchased. His head swivels 360 degrees and that is it. His arms while thin and they initially seem moveable are not actually articulated and could be damaged easily if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, rotating his head leads to almost no difference in his pose and because his cap is so big, he doesn’t stand well unless the figure is facing forward. So this means, if you like the figure in the package, then you will probably enjoy the figure. If you hope to pose it any other way, then you’re out of luck.
Paint – The paint is pretty simple overall with his boots, gloves, and flower all being just one solid color. However, his face and eyes have a really nice fade in colors which makes him look sad. The wood in particular is awesome and some of the best looking paint I’ve seen on a World of Nintendo figure. When you combine that with only one very minor paint application errors, you have another high quality paint job by Jakks Pacific on their recent figures. The one issue with the figure I do have is that his product number is on the backside of his pants which is fairly noticeable and an awkward place for that. I wish no product numbers were put on World of Nintendo figures, but it would be best if it were on his feet or some place like that.
Closing Thoughts – While the articulation is disappointing, with this scale of figure, it is somewhat understandable. I’m not sure how else I would want to pose Deku Link (except with his floating flowers, but that would not be something you’d see in the World of Nintendo figures) so I can’t complain about that too much. The paint job helps offset any articulation disappointment too. If you’re a fan of Majora’s Mask, getting Deku Link and Skull Kid would be the start of a nice display. With Tingle also coming in the next wave, Majora’s Mask will be pretty well represented in World of Nintendo. This is not one of my favorite World of Nintendo figures, but I like it for what it is and do recommend it to any Majora’s Mask fans since it is one of a kind and we’re unlikely to see any other Deku Link figures any time soon.