Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Review

While I was obviously excited for the new Archer Link Amiibo, I was also really curious about the Guardian Amiibo.  Maybe it was just in my mind but Guardian looked in the promo shots like one of the biggest Amiibos yet and it was going to cost more than any Amiibo outside of Mega Yarn Yoshi.  Then the intrigue grew with rumors that Guardian was cancelled.  Fortunately, that rumor proved to be false and in many ways, that makes me appreciate that Guardian is finally released now even more.  I’m looking forward to sharing my review of this ground-breaking Amiibo so let’s jump into it!

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Box

Box – This is yet another example of awesome Nintendo artwork and design.  That image in the background is striking and the fact that this Amiibo is so big doesn’t hurt!  I forgot to snap a picture of the back of the box in my last review so I did it this time so you can see what Nintendo says Guardian can do in-game.

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Box Back

Size – The first thing I want to discuss is the size.  The Guardian is a good-sized Amiibo but I wouldn’t say that it is actually taller than most Amiibo like I thought.  In fact, I would say it is probably average height with really long limbs.  The limbs are pretty interesting and I’ll talk about those next but I definitely was surprised Guardian wasn’t a little taller.  In the end, it doesn’t matter too much since Amiibo aren’t in scale but it might have been cool if it was just a bit bigger.

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Versus Link

Limbs – The most interesting feature on the Guardian are the bendable limbs that you can pose however you want.  In some ways, it reminds me a bit of Mr. Game and Watch which is one of the only other Amiibo where it is easy to change the pose whenever you’d like.  The limbs do not stretch but they can be positioned in any direction and you can bend them to make them pretty expressive.  I had a lot of fun creating the picture with Waddle Dee.  It would be cool if the claws could open and close for displaying but you really can’t fault this gimmick because it something different.

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Captures Waddle Dee

Paint and Details – The paint application is interesting on this Amiibo because it does not appear to use many decals and the paint seems to be sprayed on in many places.  This leads to some nice shading and realistic color application.  The limbs have a nice subtle paint job as well.  While the Guardian doesn’t have any particular detail that catches the eye (outside of maybe the pink), it looks really good and Nintendo did really well with this part of the Amiibo.

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Front

Base – The only place I might criticize this Amiibo is that the ground that is breaking underneath the Guardian needed more color or texture or something.  It looks kind of bland and you have to look very closely to be able to see what it is.  The ground is not supposed to be a major part of the Amiibo but it would be nice if it had the same attention to detail that the rest of the figure had.

Guardian Zelda Breath of the Wild Amiibo Close Up

Closing Thoughts – The Guardian Amiibo is definitely unique and does many things right.  Any complaints I have with the figure are either unrealistic or so minor I can hardly fault Nintendo in the design here.  The Guardian has a very interesting look and stands out from other Amiibo we’ve seen as well.  I love to see Nintendo taking chances and doing new and interesting things with Amiibo and they have definitely succeeded with this one.  Guardian is worth the extra money and will look nice on your display shelf!

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5 comments

  1. The first thing I did with my Guaridan amiibo was take pictures of it grabbing other amiibo too, haha! Excellent review of it! You’ve covered all the points that I could even hope to bring up about it, even down to the impressive paint job. It matches the “open-air” artstyle of the game, and I love it. And I don’t mind the gimmicks since it makes it more similar to a regular poseable figure. Plus it’s so huge! It takes up the space of multiple amiibo and looks great alongside the other Zelda figures. I’d say it’s worth the premium price they’re asking, though I selfishly wish that it didn’t cost so much. Again, awesome job!

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    • Thank you for the kind words and great minds think alike! Guardian is definitely fun to play with and I think is a well-made Amiibo. I think it is worth the price as well, especially considering it isn’t much more expensive than the other new Amiibo that also have a price increase. I’m glad this one was worth the wait and the higher price!

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    • Haha, I had fun taking that picture. I was going to do Kirby but I just felt like someone a little more disposable and less loved would be better! I’m glad I’m not the only person who feels that way about the packaging and I was an in-box collector when I started the site but realized quickly that I just didn’t have enough room for all those boxed Amiibo and have been opening almost all of mine ever since.

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