World of Nintendo Figure Release Guide

While I have long considered doing a guide like this, I often thought it would be too ambitious or too much work to keep up with.  And yet, World of Nintendo remains a very confusing figure line to collect and a challenge to even learn about.  Releases come and go with little fanfare if you don’t know where to look.  I want to make things as easy as possible for new collectors so I’m going to take on the challenge of writing a guide for all World of Nintendo releases.  It will take some time to get this completely done so bear with me as I work on it over the coming weeks and get it fully updated.

Before we get into the details, I want to say thank you to the World of Nintendo Reddit which is where a lot of the information in this guide comes from.  They’ve done a great job documenting releases and while I know a lot of information about these figures, I also relied heavily on the information they have published to help fill in the gaps.  If you don’t follow the World of Nintendo Reddit and collect these figures, you’re really missing out!

To help you navigate what is a large guide, I have included links below so you can jump to a particular section.  You can also return back to the top by clicking links once you’re further in the guide to find exactly what you’re looking for.

4″ Inch Figure Regular Releases
Trophy and Prototype Releases

2.5″ Inch Figure Line
Walgreens Exclusive Releases
Walmart Exclusive Releases
Family Dollar Release
Trophy and Prototype Releases

4″ Inch Figure Line

I’m going to start with the 4″ Inch figure line because they are my favorite and I believe (based on absolutely no scientific evidence whatsoever) that they are the most popular with collectors.  As Amiibo rarity declined or Amiibo collectors looked for additional toy lines to collect, World of Nintendo 4″ Inch figures have carved out a nice niche with many interesting figures that you can’t get from Nintendo’s Amiibo releases.  All 4″ inch figures come with an accessory and have relatively standard articulation for action figures.  While it is certainly true that some figures are rarer than others, some figures have also been rereleased and so you never when older figures might pop up in stores.  Hunting down World of Nintendo figures can challenging, unpredictable, and a lot of fun which is one of its greatest appeals.  If you’d like to find more information about where to buy World of Nintendo figures and how much they retail for, check out the guide I wrote.  Finally, if you like any of the figures you see in the guide and want to learn more, if I have reviewed it on the site, I have included a link to it so you can conveniently jump to the review and read more.

Wave 1-1

Mario 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Super Mario with Super Mushroom

Yoshi 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Green Yoshi with Egg

Wario 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Wario with Coin

Link 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Link – Skyward Sword with Shield

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Wave 1-2

Blue Toad 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Blue Toad with Coin

Luigi 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Luigi with 1-Up

Diddy Kong 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Diddy Kong with Banana Bunch

Samus 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Samus – Metroid Prime with Morph Ball

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Wave 1-3

Fire Mario 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Fire Mario with Fire Flower

Goomba 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Goomba with Coin

Princess Peach 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Princess Peach with Parasol

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Fox McCloud with Arwing

Pink Yoshi 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Pink Yoshi with Egg

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Wave 1-4

Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo 4- Figure Box

Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo 4 inch Figure Pose 3

Tanooki Mario with Tanooki Leaf

Fire Luigi 4 Inch World of Nintendo

Fire Luigi with Fire Flower

Shy Guy 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure
Image courtesy of http://www.terapeak.com

Shy Guy with Propeller

Gravity Suit Samus 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure
Image courtesy: http://www.16bit.com

Gravity Suit Samus with Morph Ball

Link Ocarina of Time 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Link – Ocarina of Time with Shield

Metallic Samus 4 Inch World of Nintendo Figure

Metallic Samus – ComicCon Box Exclusive – This figure was originally released as a kind of subscription box or something similar tied into Comic Con.  It later resurfaced for sale individually on Amazon.  At the time of writing, it is possible to get this figure on places like Ebay for about double the usual retail price if you’re interested in owning it.

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Wave 2-1

White Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure
Image courtesy of: http://www.terapeak.com

White Tanooki Mario with invincibility leaf

WORLD-OF-NINTENDO-PARA-TROOPA-BOX_crop

World-of-Nintendo-Para-Troopa-Wing-Front

Paratroopa with wings

World of Nintendo Falco Lombardi Figure Box

World of Nintendo Falco Figure with Arwing

Falco Lombardi with Arwing

Red Yoshi with egg – If you have a high quality picture of this figure please send it to Kuribo!

Toon Link World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Toon Link

world-of-nintendo-shadow-link

Shadow Link (Spencer’s Exclusive) – Originally released (at a more expensive price to boot!) at Spencer’s this figure is widely available online including places like Amazon and Ebay.  Despite looking like a rare figure, the price has not gone up significantly since its release.

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Wave 2-2

Cat-Mario-World-of-Nintendo-Box-Front

Cat-Mario-World-of-Nintendo-Accessory-1

Cat Mario with bell

Red Toad World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Red Toad with coin

skull kid world of nintendo box front

skull kid world of nintendo pose-1

Skull Kid with mask

Princess Zelda World of NIntendo 4 Inch Figure

Princess Zelda with ocarina

Slippy Star Fox World of Nintendo Box-1

Slippy Star Fox World of Nintendo with Fox and Falco

Slippy Toad with smart bomb

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Wave 2-3

Green Koopa Troopa World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure
Image courtesy of imgrum.net

Green Koopa Troopa with wings

Villager World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Villager with leaf

peppy world of nintendo box front

peppy falco slippy fox mccloud world of nintendo star fox team

Peppy Hare with container

Goron Tunic World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Link – Ocarina of Time – Goron Tunic with shield

star power mario world of nintendo

star power mario world of nintendo with accessory

Star Power Mario with Super Star

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Wave 2-4

world of nintendo waving mario box

world of nintendo waving mario and bowser jr

Mario – Open Hands with question block

Toon Link World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Toon Link – Smiling with wind waker

world of nintendo blue yoshi box

world of nintendo blue yoshi sitting

Blue Yoshi with egg

Phazon Suit Samus World of Nintendo 4

Phazon Suit Samus World of Nintendo 4

Phazon Suit Samus with morph ball

inkling boy splatoon world of nintendo box

inkling boy splatoon world of nintendo gun pose 1

Inkling Boy with splattershot

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4″ Inch Trophy Series – This is where things get dicey with World of Nintendo.  The Trophy Series was originally announced as a small Walmart Exclusive with a couple figures in the first release.  Since then, Jakks Pacific has turned existing figures into Trophy Series without announcing them so they are showing up on Ebay or the World of Nintendo Reddit out of nowhere.  I have a hard time judging how many World of Nintendo collectors pursue these figures and their prices are inconsistent online as well.  I’m going to include a list of as many of these figures as I can but keep in mind that it is hard to find pictures of all of them so it may take some time for me to get them all in the guide.

Link World of Nintendo 4 Inch Trophy Series

Link

Tanooki Mario

Samus World of Nintendo 4 Inch Trophy Series

Samus

Yoshi World of Nintendo 4 Inch Trophy Series

Yoshi

Prototype Series – The other variants that Jakks Pacific have released are the Prototype Series which is basically just a black and white version of existing figures.  Much like with the Trophy Series, there has been little to no fanfare around their releases and these figures are only available at Target.  I have yet to actually see one of these in-person and don’t like them enough to pay the inflated prices on Ebay but if you like variant figures then you may want to check these out as they are quite the challenge to hunt down!

Fox McCloud Prototype Series World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Fox McCloud

Toon Link Prototype Series World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Toon Link

Bowser Jr. Prototype Series World of Nintendo 4 Inch Figure

Bowser Jr.

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2.5″ Inch Figure Line This is the most prolific figure line in World of Nintendo with some releases being retailer exclusive.  The 2.5” figures have limited or no articulation and do not come with an accessory.  In my opinion, 2.5” figures often have a slightly worse paint job/higher number of paint defects than the 4” figures do as well.  The small size and cheap price of $3.50-$5 at most US retailers help offset this.  They also are small enough in the packaging that it is doable to collect all of these in-box whereas Amiibo and 4” figures are much more difficult.  One thing to keep in mind about this line is that many figures come out first in this size and then are released in the larger 4” inch size so that can put collectors in a tough spot as far as which one to get or if you buy the 2.5” figures early, you may end up “double-dipping.”  The following waves have been released at various retailers and then retail exclusive waves will follow:

Wave 1-1

Fire Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Fire Mario

Ice Luigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Ice Luigi

Donkey Kong World of Nintendo Figure Box

Donkey Kong

Diddy Kong World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Diddy Kong

Wario World of Nintendo Figure Box

Wario

Waluigi World of Nintendo Figure Box

Waluigi

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Wave 1-2

Fire Mario (reprint)

Ice Luigi (reprint)

Donkey Kong (reprint)

Diddy Kong (reprint)

World of Nintendo Toon Link

Toon Link

Gannondorf World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Gannondorf

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Wave 1-3

Toon Link (reprint)

Toon Gannondorf (reprint)

World-of-Nintendo-Pikmin-on-Tree

Olimar World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Olimar

Red Pikmin World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Red Pikmin

Cranky Kong World of Nintendo 2.5 Figure

Cranky Kong

World of Nintendo Tetra

Tetra

Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Figure

Mario

Luigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Luigi

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Wave 1-4

Toon Link (reprint)

Mario (reprint)

Luigi (reprint)

Tetra (reprint)

Yoshi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Yoshi

Blue Pikmin World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Blue Pikmin

Piranha Plant with Green Pipe World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Piranha Plant in Green Pipe

Bullet Bill World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Bullet Bill

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Wave 1-5

Dixie Kong World of Nintendo Figure Box

Dixie Kong

Skull KId World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Skull Kid

World of Nintendo Shy Guy Figure

Shy Guy

Yellow Pikmin World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Yellow Pikmin

8-Bit Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Figure

8-Bit Mario

8-bit Luigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

8-Bit Luigi

Donkey Kong World of Nintendo box-front

8-Bit Donkey Kong

8-Bit Link World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

8-Bit Link

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Wave 1-6

8-Bit Mario (reprint)

8-Bit Luigi (reprint)

Blue Yoshi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Blue Yoshi

Boo World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Boo

Princess Peach World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Princess Peach

Deku Link World of Nintendo Figure Box

Deku Link

Purple Pikmin World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Purple Pikmin

8-Bit Red Link World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

8-Bit Red Link

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Wave 2-1

Bullet Bill (reprint)

Piranha Plant with red pipe – If you have a high quality picture of this figure, please send it to Kuribo!

Cat Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Cat Mario

Tingle World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Tingle

Goomba World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Goomba

Black Yoshi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Black Yoshi

Cat Toad World of Nintendo 2.5

Cat Toad World of Nintendo 2.5

Cat Toad

Fire Luigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Fire Luigi

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Wave 2-2

Red Pikmin (reprint)

Shy Guy (reprint)

Goomba (reprint)

Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Tanooki Mario

World-of-Nintendo-Villager-Box

Villager

Cat Luigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Cat Luigi

Samus World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Samus

Chain Chomp World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Chain Chomp

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Wave 2-3

Tom Nook World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Tom Nook

White Tanooki Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

White Tanooki Mario

Metroid World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Metroid

world of nintendo orange squid splatoon box

Orange Squid

Bob-omb World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Bob-omb

Red Yoshi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure
Image courtesy of myfigurecollection.net

Red Yoshi

Ice Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Ice Mario

Fire Luigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Fire Luigi

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Wave 2-4

Red Toad World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Red Toad

Blooper World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Blooper

K.K. Slider World of NIntendo 2.5

K.K. Slider

Green Squid World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Green Squid

Bone Piranha Plant World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

Bone Piranha Plant

Walgreens Exclusive Wave – While Walgreens sells World of Nintendo and many of the 2.5″ figure releases in this guide up until this point were in Walgreens at some point, there has been one exclusive wave which is detailed below.  While mostly reprints, there are a few unique figures in this wave that are worth hunting down.

Shy Guy (reprint)

Dixie Kong (reprint)

Piranha Plant with green pipe (reprint)

Skull Kid (reprint)

8-Bit Luigi (reprint)

8-Bit Donkey Kong (reprint)

8-Bit Classic Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

8-Bit Classic Mario

8-Bit Star Power Mario World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure
Image courtesy of: 16bit.com

8-Bit Star Power Mario

8-Bit White Link World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure

8-Bit White Link

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Walmart Exclusive Waves –The 2.5” figures that are Walmart “exclusives” are the longest running exclusive in World of Nintendo.  The catch is that the vast majority of these figures are basically “reprints” from the main 2.5” line, just in slightly different packaging.  These figures come open and placed in cardboard so they are display friendly if you don’t mind the dust.  I will include pictures of a few of these figures here and there but to save bandwidth and because they are the same as figures pictured previously, I will not include pictures of each figure.  Here is a list of all of the releases thus far.

Walmart Series 2-1

Mario

Luigi

Waluigi World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure Walmart
Image courtesy of: https://www.reddit.com/r/WorldOfNintendo/

Waluigi

Toon Link

Tetra

Olimar

WORLD OF NINTENDO STAR POWER MARIO

Star Power Mario (Limited to 3000)

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Walmart Series 1-2

Fire Mario

Ice Luigi

Yoshi

Piranha Plant with green pipe

Bullet Bill

WORLD OF NINTENDO GOLD BULLET BILL

Gold Bullet Bill (Limited to 3000)

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Walmart Series 1-3

Mario (reprint)

Luigi (reprint)

Toon Link (reprint)

Purple Yoshi

Princess Peach

Deku Link

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Walmart Series 2-1

8-Bit Mario

8-Bit Link

Fire Luigi

Ice Mario

Boo

Cat Mario

Goomba

World of Nintendo Modern Mario

8-Bit Modern Mario (Limited Run)

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Family Dollar Wave –While never officially released, these bizarre offshoots of the 2.5” inch figures actually come with an accessory.  I suspect the accessory was added because Jakks made too many of these figures (all of the figures were “peg warmers,” meaning they sat around at retail and weren’t selling) so they repurposed them, added an accessory and sold them at a lower price chain store.  Despite the fact that these figures are such an oddity, they don’t seem to command premium prices on Ebay which is great news if you want to go back and buy them.

Fire Mario with fire flower

Luigi with coin

Donkey Kong with bananas

Yoshi with egg

Bullet Bill World of Nintendo 2.5 Inch Figure Family Dollar
Image courtesy of: reddit.com/WorldofNintendo

Bullet Bill with coin

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Trophy Series Releases –This is where things get dicey with World of Nintendo.  The Trophy Series was originally announced as a small Walmart Exclusive with a couple figures in the first release.  Since then, Jakks Pacific has turned existing figures into Trophy Series without announcing them so they are showing up on Ebay or the World of Nintendo Reddit out of nowhere.  I have a hard time judging how many World of Nintendo collectors pursue these figures and their prices are inconsistent online as well.  I’m going to include a list of as many of these figures as I can but keep in mind that it is hard to find pictures of all of them so it may take some time for me to get them all in the guide.

Mario World of Nintendo Trophy Series

Mario

Ganon World of Nintendo Trophy Series

Toon Gannondorf

Wario World of Nintendo Trophy Series

Wario

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Prototype Series – The other variants that Jakks Pacific have released are the Prototype Series which is basically just a black and white version of existing figures.  Much like with the Trophy Series, there has been little to no fanfare around their releases and these figures are only available at Target.  I have yet to actually see one of these in-person and don’t like them enough to pay the inflated prices on Ebay but if you like variant figures then you may want to check these out as they are quite the challenge to hunt down!

Skull Kid World of Nintendo Prototype Series

Skull Kid

Olimar World of Nintendo Prototype Series

Olimar

Princess Peach World of Nintendo Prototype Series

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There are even more World of Nintendo figures still to be added to this guide, including 6″ figures and some other short lived products and I will add them eventually.  Thank you for your patience as I’ve slowly put this guide together and I hope you find useful.  If you have any questions or corrections for the guide, please let us know in the comments below.

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