World of Nintendo: Link (Legend of Zelda)
$3.99 retail (US)
Ages: 3 plus
released in 2015
Link small figure with shield
Size: stands just over two inches tall
I discovered this little guy on the bottom shelf at a Wal-Mart checkout. At the time I had no idea that Jakk's Pacific was making a small version of Link. I've already posted information about their larger Link in the 4 inch line.
You can read about the 4 inch Link and the Figma Link version in my earlier post by clicking here
It appears Jackk's Pacific has a World of Nintendo Line with various sizes.
- 2.5 inch line retailing at $3.99 (various reports of which characters this includes)
- 4 inch retailing at $8.99 (currently including Mario, Link, Yoshi and Wario)
- 6 inch line retailing at $14.99 (currently including Donkey Kong and Bowser)
Here's the link TRU 6 inch Donkey Kong link
Also there are a few other 4 inch figures listed in the recommendations at the bottom of the Donkey Kong link. At the time of this post there the recommendations include: 4inch Mario, 4inch Yoshi and 4inch Wario.
Moving onto more information about this particular 2.5 inch Link. I found it at my local Wal-mart. It was at the checkouts (near gift cards) on the very bottom shelf. The various characters were mixed up (sharing the same shelf space.
The package shows:
Mario, Link, Olimar (from Pikmin), Luigi, Tetra (from Legend of Zelda games such as Wind Waker, Spirit Tracks and others) and Waluigi. I haven't seen a Waluigi in stores yet so I'm assuming many people are snatching him up.
He is poseable but only barely. His head rotates and each arm can be rotated. There are no ball and socket joints. His legs are not poseable at all. His head can be rotated completely around but his hair causes some resistance so doing so loosen his neck slightly.
The sword can NOT be removed.
The shield can be removed
There is NO stand to display him on (or to keep him from falling over).
Here you can see how the shield "snaps" onto his arm. It can be a little loose in some spots on his arm.
He falls over VERY easily. With his tiny little feet and NO display stand its difficult to stand him up without.
I'm OK with that for such a great looking little figure for the retail price of $3.99 USD.
Here's a photo of his back. The cap looks nice from this angle.
Also his sword arm has been rotated making the sword point downward.
I love his hair.
Opposite side view
Again you can see how the shield snaps onto his arm.
Underneath is some identifying numbers of some sort.
Jakk's Pacific's website describes this line as being 2.5 inches but as you can see here that Link stands about two and one quarter inches tall (just to be clear).
I thought Green Arrow was a suitable LEGO minifigure to stand beside him to see how close he is to LEGO minifigure size.
The shield doesn't work perfectly with a LEGO minifigure but if one carefully turns it just so and attaches it to the right spot it does work.
Its a nice shield. For such a small piece (and the price) I think the detailing is pretty great. Is is flawless? No. But I really like it.
Detail of shield attached to a LEGO minifigure
Good looking pose with shield raised.
Another side view with sword arm down and back.
Sorry. I wish that I had taken a photo of him in the packaging before removing him but I was eager to check him out.
Back of packaging.
Notice that the other characters that I mentioned earlier are on the bottom left of the back.
Samus is shown on the box but apparently not included in the 2.5 inch line.
I have seen photo's (online) of a Samus (Metroid) figure that is to be released in the 4 inch line. I have yet to see Samus in stores or available online (other than ebay).
Bottom of packaging with some information that may be useful in the future.
For quality of the character meets or exceeds expectations for the price of $3.99. He can't be compared to the larger Nendoroid Wind Waker Link or the Figma Skyward Sword version of Link because they are much more expensive so of course they have much more attention to detail. For $3.99 I'm very pleased. Now if i can find the Ganon (in either 2.5 or 4 inch size)
Pro's:- Link for $3.99! What I mean is in the past Legend of Zelda products were released much less than Mario products. It was great being able to purchase him for such a low price and to actually do it in a brick and mortar store (without ordering him online).
- Apparently there is a 2.5 inch and 6 inch Ganon that has already been released or soon to be released. So maybe there is hope of more Legend of Zelda characters!
- Very well sculpted for a "toon style" Link of this price and size.
Con's- Falls over very, very easily. A display stand would have been very nice to have.
- Very limited poses
- Paint details are far from perfect (but for $3.99 I'm satisfied)
I'll leave you with some web links:
Link to photo (shown below) showing 3 micro sets with Link, Tetra and Ganon to be released in Fall 2015?
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