After a long week of work, I looked forward to picking up some of the new Zelda Amiibo to review here on the site. I work close to a Best Buy and a Target so I figured Best Buy would have all of the Amiibo I needed. To my surprise, they were almost completely wiped out of Zelda Amiibo. A single Guardian and a single Bokoblin was all that was left! Since I figured many of you would be interested in a Guardian review, I purchased it and worried that maybe the Zelda Amiibo would not be so easy to get on release day. Fortunately, Target had nearly all of the Amiibo and they were well-stocked too. I now assume that the Zelda Amiibo should be easy to get since they are supporting a huge game release but your experiences may vary depending on where you shop. Hoefully, this brief anecdote helps those of you planning on hunting these Amiibo down and with that out of the way, let’s take a look at the Amiibo!
Box – Nintendo has been making Amiibo hard to open for collectors who love beautiful packaging for quite some time and these new Breath of the Wild figures are no different. The art style from Breath of the Wild is fantastic and the navy blue really stands out nicely from other Amiibo releases too. Archer Link is an Amiibo that looks great unopened and I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to keep it that way.
Base – If you were curious, Nintendo did not redesign the base for Link and it is the same base we saw with Wolf Link and the 30th Anniversary series Amiibo. It is a shame that something more Breath of the Wild appropriate wasn’t designed, though this style of base still looks good.
Pose – Obviously, Link is armed with a bow in this Amiibo and that limits how he could be posed. At the same time though, with the smoke and his bent legs, Nintendo has made him as dynamic as they could. Link is also an Amiibo that looks good from any angle which is really nice to have and somewhat rare with Amiibo. I really like how Link looks and he definitely stands out from the many Amiibo that have already been released.
Details – What really drew me in and made me buy this Amiibo were the details. One of the reasons Amiibo have such great details are the decals Nintendo uses for patterning. Link is absolutely full of them, so much so that I couldn’t take pictures of them individually or this review would end up having double or triple the amount of pictures. It is hard to pick a favorite detail but for me, the shield is certainly up there. The intricate snake pattern looks amazing and honestly is the kind of detail you would expect to see in a more expensive figure like Nendoroid or Figma. I could talk about the details for quite a long time because this figure has so many and they are exceptionally well done. The Zelda Amiibo have been hyped and much-anticipated for a long time and Nintendo certainly delivered.
Closing Thoughts – It is hard not to want to compare this Link to other Zelda Amiibo that have come out and I’m planning on doing so in-depth in a future article. Setting that aside, the new Link is certainly one of the most impressive Amiibo I have had the pleasure of reviewing and I highly recommend any Zelda fan pick it up. There is a lot to look at and enjoy with this Amiibo and it seems like it has pretty good functionality as well. My only minor complaint is that the base is “recycled” from Zelda Amiibo we’ve already seen but that is nitpicky and shows just how well done this Amiibo is. Do you have the new Link Amiibo? What do you think of Archer Link? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!