Here we have my review for Figma Link as he appears in the game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Having never really played any of the Legend of Zelda games (Blasphemy, I know!) it allows me to review Link with an unbiased view. I can take this figure at face value and not be affected by any sort of nostalgia. So on with the show!
Again, having never really played any Zelda games I can’t really gauge how accurate it is to the source material, but I’ve seen and heard enough about the Zelda games to know that this is most definitely Link. He doesn’t have an overly intricate or detailed design which is good to see. The plain green tunic and cap provide a nice backdrop for his more detailed items, namely the Master Sword and his Hylian Shield. He’s not an overly large figure and it would seem that he scales well with other Nintendo figmas such as Samus Aran from the Metroid series and Pit from the Kid Icarus series.
Starting from the top, his head can turn left and right to a decent degree and the back of his cap has a swivel so it makes it easier to turn his head while he has his sword’s sheath equipped to his back. Up and down movement can also be hindered by the sheath but it’s mostly his hair at the back that gets in the way. He’s also only able to manage a slight left and right tilt.
Arms offer a good range of movement and he’s able to turn and bend at his upper torso since there’s no joint in the waist area. There’s a reasonably good range at the hips due to the bottom of his tunic being made from a softer plastic so it bends and flexes more freely. The knees work well and the joints at the ankle and toes help to create added flexibility with posing. It’s not difficult to get Link into some pretty good poses – dynamic or otherwise.
Link comes with his trusty sword and shield combo, 2 interchangeable faces (neutral and shouting), and a “slashing” effect part for his sword. He also comes with an assortment of interchangeable hands including left and right open hands, left and right closed fists, left and right splayed hands and left and right hands for holding his sword and shield. Also included is an extra front hair piece for action poses or for that wind-swept look. The Master Sword is nicely detailed and has a metallic finish to the blade. The Hylian Shield is also nicely detailed and offers metallic accents and has the added bonus of being able to store the sheath and be equipped to his left or right arm. Purists will prefer to equip the sword on the left and the shield on the right, but others (or noobs like me) have the option to equip them the other way around. The sheath features some nice detail as well and easily stores the Master Sword.
Also included is the customary clear plastic stand and a snap-lock bag to store all the accessories in.
As with Figma Samus Aran, fans of the series should pick up their very own Figma Link because in my opinion this is the best representation of the character so far. I may not know much about The Legend of Zelda, but I do know that this is a quality figure that comes with the usual figma flair and polish. He doesn’t come with a lot of accessories apart from his normal combo which is a bit of a shame. However, with his sword and shield at the ready he’s able to do battle with the forces of evil (or a decent Ganon figure if you have one).
Figma Link can be found at the link below as well as many other figures in the figma range.
(*Note* In order for Samus to hold Link’s sword, it had to be modified. The sword’s grip was meant to be removable in some way to allow for easier interchanging between hands. Mine had been glued together so I had to modify it myself. It is not something I would recommend anyone do unless they knew what they were doing and had the proper tools available.)