While it is true that I have been reviewing stuff that are not figures per say, I have a new product line that is a figure (with no articulation) but offers something completely different to Nintendo fans. PDP has been making products for Nintendo fans including the Warp Pipe Amiibo Stand and Donkey Kong Amiibo Stand that I reviewed previously. This new figure line has nothing to do with Amiibo though and is actually something that stands on its own. Pixel Pals are 8-Bit designs of characters that light up! This makes them excellent display pieces that offer something different from Amiibo or World of Nintendo. Is this a figure line you should be buying? Read on to find out!
Box, Edition, and Price – One thing that struck me about the box is how clean the design is and how it had a nice retro feel to it. Not only that, but this is a figure where looking into the “window” (what toy collectors call the plastic part you can see through on toy packaging) gets you excited and makes you want to open it. What does Mario look like when he lights up? That is what I was dying to know and am happy to share with you as part of this review. I was able to purchase this Pixel Pal for $15 at Game Stop which I feel is a pretty good value for reasons I will discuss later. I did notice that this Pixel Pal is considered First Edition. I don’t know if that is because it is a first wave release of Pixel Pals or PDP is releasing First Edition figures of each Pixel Pal and then all future reprints are unmarked like Pokemon cards used to be.
Contents – Once I opened up Mario, I really liked the size and design. This figure is a good size, roughly 6 inches and the colors really pop. This Mario looks like it is straight out of Super Mario 3 which as I have said many times on here is my favorite 2D Mario game. Just looking at this figure makes me really nostalgic and want to play Mario 3! Some people might not like that one of the “pixels” is clear so it looks like Mario is jumping but overall, I was really happy with everything. I especially like that PDP provided two double AA batteries (not cheap Chinese brand ones either) as part of the $15 price tag. It means you can open it up right away and use the light up feature. It also makes it feel like the Pixel Pal is worth $15 too.
Light-Up Feature – So obviously, the big question is, how does this thing look when lit? It was hard to take a picture with the lights completely off so instead I took one in low light which I feel like captures the real appearance of Mario. The Pixel Pal really looks great, it is not incredibly bright but also still stands out and would definitely catch your eye if the room has low light. I can see an awesome looking display with Pixel Pals if you have the time and energy to go and turn them all on and dim the lights. That is really what collecting these are all about. If you like the idea of having some light-up 8-bit figures in your collection, then you will most likely enjoy these new figures. The only drawback I found is that having to turn the Pixel Pal on and off on the back could become a chore if you have very many in your collection.
Other Offerings – PDP seems serious about the Pixel Pals because they already have released a Vault Boy (I love the Fallout series but don’t think it looks very good), Mega Man, and Mario. There are a ton of variations coming out, including Fire Mario and Luigi. If PDP will make Frog Suit, Hammer Suit, Raccoon Suit, Tanooki Suit or even characters from Super Mario World then I will probably have to have all of them, especially at the reasonable price of $15.
Closing Thoughts – Pixel Pals are a unique idea and definitely a great display piece. If you’re looking for something different than Amiibo and World of Nintendo then I think you should take a look at this new product. It seems like PDP is going to support it and release quite a few of these figures and the more of them you have, the cooler they will look together. The only minor drawback is the amount of work it will take to actually turn them all on and having some kind of wireless on and off button would have been amazing. As always, if you have purchased one of these, know how the “First Edition” works with PIxel Pals, or just want to share your thoughts, please join the conversation below!