Skyward Sword Link Figma

9.7 Overall Score
Sculpt: 10/10
Painting: 9/10
Accessories: 10/10

Accurate scuplt | Articulate | Plethora of accessories | Inobscure stand | Fantastic storage

Some bleeding and paint drips | Cannot sit flat on the ground | Fragile pieces

“Now, a new legend bound to this great story stands ready to be revealed. A legend that will be forged by your own hand.”

Few videogame characters have been blessed with so many reincarnations (and figurine replications) as Nintendo’s courageous, blonde-haired, sword-wielding “chosen one.” With his latest, title-based appearance in Skyward Sword, Link has at last been brought to the Figma line for your collecting pleasure.

Packaging

To summarize it in one word, the packaging is concise. From the front, it’s not overly flashy and doesn’t try to impress window-shoppers with colorful, augmented visuals that obscure the figure itself or detract from its presence. In this way, both Link and all of his accompanying pieces are clearly displayed in a way that assures collectors they can purchase with confidence, knowing exactly what their hard-earned cash is going towards. The reverse face of the box, however, is a considerate compilation of stock images, detailing the various exchangeable parts and flexibility of the figurine.

Painting

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Painting is tight with all but the most obscure and unobtrusive paint drips and mis-colors. Shading is kept at a minimum, but that “quality not quantity” mindset goes a long way to ensure that the figurine “pops” visually and stands out as a unique collector’s piece on the shelf. Stenciling tends to be less accurate as the size of the detail diminishes, and paint drips and bleeding are more common on smaller pieces.

Sculpt/Articulation

Everything from the placement of Link’s individual hair locks to the metallic studs on his scabbard is replicated with pain-staking accuracy. Link literally has articulation from the point of his hat to the tips of his boots… and just about everywhere in-between.

Jointed segments are cleverly and tastefully disguised into the figure’s sculpt, making practically any pose possible. Perhaps the only pose this figure isn’t capable of is sitting flat on the ground; this is due to the skirt of Link’s tunic. This particular piece of clothing is crafted from a softer material than the rest. It adds realism to the figure’s construct while subtly doubling as a means to allow Link more flexible leg movement.

Accessories

One thing’s sure: Figma definitely gives you your money’s worth in accessories. Link comes with five sets of hands—fisted, open-wide, neutral, and two for gripping his sword and shield (one set is for casual combat poses and the other is for when Link needs to hold the sword straight up). The hands come practically stored on a plastic rack for safe-keeping.

DSC01656Link comes with the Master Sword (complete with removable scabbard) and Hylian Shield. Both accessories have extensions that can be used to attach them firmly to Link’s back. The sword fits smoothly into the scabbard but may occasionally slip out if held upside down (as this is not the usual pose for the scabbard, however, this should not be a practical problem).

An additional face can be swapped out by disconnecting Link’s bangs from the front of his head. This secondary face portrays a fierce-eyed Link with his mouth wide in true, traditional “Hyaaaaaaaaaaaah!” fashion. It’s ideal for more active combat poses.

DSC01634A transparent stand offers the ultimate in “invisible support.” A peg (attached to a long extension off the base of the stand) hooks snuggly into Link’s back for full stability. A thicker peg is also provided for times when Link is using the primary one to wear the shield over his shoulder. The stand provides a simple, flexible design, affording collectors the ability to pose (and stabilize) Link in a variety of ways with ease.

Lastly, the figure also comes with a clear storage baggy for holding any accessories not in immediate use. This is an especially aware addition on Figma’s part, as figurine collectors have long had to supply their own zip-lock baggies for storage or keep the additional parts in the original boxes.

Negatives

Consider this more nit-picking than negatives. There are some obscure paint drips and “coloring-outside-the-lines” does occur, particularly on small details. Link’s sword is especially fragile and would not do well in the hands of an under-aged or careless collector. Likewise, his sword-holding hands are very delicate and careful consideration must be taken when sliding the grip between the thumb and other fingers. In terms of flexibility, the figure is unable to sit flat on the ground, though this is a small offense in retrospect.

o0520034012014938249-noscaleVerdict

If you buy a Link figure this year, make it this one. Considering the sculpt accuracy, the plethora of accessories and customization, and the practical, simplified storage, this is an ideal reciprocation for your rupee. Figma has released an exemplary figure for the Legend of Zelda line, and we can only hope that there’s plenty more where it came from.

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Casey Lynn Covel (known online as “Cutsceneaddict”) is an award-winning, published writer, avid reader, and aspiring author. She runs a nerdy writing blog called Meek-Geek and founded PROJECT: Magic Kingdom Hearts in 2012. When she’s not writing for Geeks Under Grace, Florida Geek Scene, Beneath the Tangles, or FROM JAPAN, she enjoys cosplaying, and has won several awards for her work. Follow her on Instagram for her latest cosplay endeavors. #meekischic

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