Based on the title, you might think, what in the world is Effect Burning Flame and why is it being reviewed on NintendoFigures.net, but I think you’ll quickly see why this is an exciting accessory for Nintendo figures. Have you ever wished you could add some special effects to an Amiibo or Nintendo figure? Or perhaps you’d like something to spice up your figure display? The Burning Flame Effect lets you add some flames to your display to show off the intensity a figure or two. In this review, I will try to show some of the potential uses of this accessory and I hope it sparks some ideas in your mind for how you can customize your figures and displays too.
Bandai Tamashii Nations make a lot of figures including Dragon Ball, Star Wars, Godzilla, and other anime properties. Recently, they created a line of display accessories with those different products in mind. There are flame, lightning, wave, and even crater effects that can be used with any figures. If you know Dragon Ball or Star Wars, these accessories make a lot of sense with those franchises and they would also be perfect for superheroes. One interesting thing to note is that the Effect Burning Flame comes in a Red and Blue version which you can see pictured below. As you will see, the Red version flame effect can work pretty well with several Amiibo. The one thing to keep in mind is like in the picture below, these effects are designed with 5 or 6 inch figures in mind which is not a common size for Nintendo figures. That doesn’t mean they can’t work well with Amiibo or World of Nintendo, it is just good to keep in mind.
Components – While I haven’t mentioned it yet, the Effect Burning Flame comes in a really big box. I try to keep boxes and packaging when possible with figures, but this may be one where I decide to get rid of the box because it is so large. Part of the reason for the size is how much you get. There are three large flame pieces. Two of the three can actually be pulled apart to either make shorter flames or so you can swap the two upper flame effects. This is a nice idea, but I think the flames look best as they pictures below. There are also four small pieces that are designed to be attached or clipped around a figure’s arms or legs. These are designed for larger figures, but the clip is still pretty small and tight so this is worth keeping in mind. I will discuss this in more detail later.
Paint – Overall, the paint looks nice on these flame effects. The larger pieces start off as red at the bottom and slowly fade to orange and then a lighter color on top. The smaller pieces start with a darker orange and fade to lighter shade which makes sense for a smaller flame. The plastic is relatively heavy and a little bit glossy, but overall, these look really nice and as you can see, the flame effect definitely works well.
Best Figures to Use for Display – I tried to be as creative and comprehensive when taking pictures and coming up with ways to use the flame effect as possible. While the flame pieces can be used as a simple background like in the pictures above, ultimately, I found that the flames looked best as a full display with the three different Amiibo individually which you can see pictures of below. The larger flames make a nice background and because Amiibo are smaller than the intended scale, they look to be absolutely surrounded by flames. Mario looks the worst out of the three Amiibo I chose since the flame effect doesn’t match the color of his fireball very well and he is a little short and looks completely surrounded by fire. Samus looks confident as she carefully walks through the flames, but the best display was Charizard who looks like he is torching absolutely everything around him. If you have any Nintendo figures that are six inches or less, these flame effects can make for a great display/background. There are a lot of characters in Nintendo franchises that use fire in some capacity too so I think you can have a lot of fun like I did messing around with the flames just a simple display.
The one part I was most excited about was using the attachable flames on Charizard and Fire Mario to see how cool they looked. Truthfully, the pieces did not fit especially well on either Amiibo. This is mostly due to the way the figures are posed and not because of any failings of the Burning Flame Effect pieces. I was able to attach the flames to Mario and Charizard, but neither were in the best places or looked completely right. The problem with Mario is once again that the flame color doesn’t match his fireball so it doesn’t look as good as it should. I also tried to make it look like Charizard was shooting flames out of his mouth which also didn’t work very well even though I still included a picture. I have seen these accessories attached to larger figures and they look really amazing, but unfortunately, they don’t seem to work very well with any Amiibo. Bowser would be an option if his arms weren’t so thick that pieces can’t fit around them and I ran into a similar issue with the World of Nintendo figures which have pretty thick arms despite their 4 inch scale. So this is the one part of the Effect Burning Flame that was a miss for me. These accessories could work with future figures and have some use even with Amiibo, but overall, I don’t think the ideal figure to use these effects exists for Nintendo fans yet.
Closing Thoughts – Effects Burning Flame is not cheap. I paid nearly $30 even though the retail price should be closer to $25. It seems that at the time of writing, the supply of these for the Red Version is low and depending on if more are made, the price will continue to go up. The Blue Version is cheaper and tends to go for $20-25 and while I initially thought it could look cool with Mewtwo, I’ve realized that he has more of purple psychic abilities and I don’t think this would be worth buying just for one Amiibo either. I think the Effect Burning Flame accessory is worth it at $25-30 if you’re interested in displaying your figures or like to take photos of your figures. As you can see throughout this review, the Flame Effect looks awesome and really makes a figure stand out. It is a ton of fun to mess around with and there are many opportunities to get creative too. So while this might not appeal to every kind of collector, I think if it does sound appealing then you should consider picking this up. It is a really cool idea and something that can always become even more useful over time. I anticipate the Effect Burning Flame appearing in future reviews somewhat often as I get more figures that they work with.