With San Diego Comic Con going on right now, it is no surprise that Jakks Pacific has announced new figures. It is hard to find good pictures of everything right now, so I will show what I can in this article and provide links to better images where necessary. Jakks Pacific has their conferences in a dark room and the images on the screen during the presentation are difficult to take pictures of. Full credit goes to Youtuber Pituvision who shared the news with everyone who is not at Comic Con.
The first piece of news is that Wave 8 for the 4″ Inch figure line is coming and it looks we will get the following figures: Peppy, Villager, Green Paratroopa, Star-Power Mario, and Goron Tunic Link. For many Nintendo fans, Peppy will be the highlight of this wave since he does not have any figures. The Star-Power Mario also looks intriguing and as I discussed in the Rare and Expensive World of Nintendo Figures Guide, Star-Power Mario is a very rare and hard to get figure so I look forward to that in a larger scale. What is less exciting is that two of the figures are repaints (Paratroopa and Goron Tunic Link). I will probably pass on both of them as a result.
Jakks Pacific also announced a “Trophy” Figure Series which takes Bronze Link which was announced quite a while ago and have turned it and Mario into a new line. These are going to be Limited Edition and a WalMart Exclusive. It is clear that Jakks is trying to appeal to collectors with these figures though I don’t know how exciting Nintendo fans will find these considering there is not a bronze Mario or Link in any of the video games. I like the Bronze Link better than the Mario but I’m not sure if I’ll brave WalMart to get it.
Finally, another new figure line has been announced. The “Prototype” figures feature existing characters/figures done in black and white paint. The only two announced releases so far will be Fox McCloud and Skull Kid. Of the two, Skull Kid looks best in black white, though nothing about this new line excites me. They will be Target Exclusives and again, I think Jakks Pacifc is targeting collectors because it is hard to imagine a kid wanting a black and white version of their favorite character.
For close-ups of these figures check out Pituvision’s Twitter:
Overall, new figures are always welcome and Jakks Pacific has brought some fresh ideas to World of Nintendo. There are a lot of repaints and a lot of Limited Edition figures that I don’t know if collectors will really want but if that is what it takes to keep World of Nintendo figures going then we can’t complain too much. I hope that Jakks will innovate more in the future or consider giving us some more obscure characters from our favorite Nintendo games but it is nice to know what we can expect in the coming months at the same time. What do you think about the latest news? Which figures for you are a must buy or will you be passing on?