Coming up next is my review for Figma Samus Aran.
From the Wiki: “Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo. She was introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid.
Samus Aran is an ex-soldier of the Galactic Federation who turned into a Galactic bounty hunter, usually fitted with a powered exoskeleton with weapons that include directed-energy weapons and missiles. Throughout the series, she executes missions given to her by the Galactic Federation while hunting the antagonistic Space Pirates and their leader Ridley along with the parasitic energy-draining organisms called Metroids.
Samus has appeared in every Metroid video game and has also been featured in media outside of the series, including the comic book version of Captain N: The Game Master and the Super Smash Bros. series. She is well known as one of the earliest female protagonists in video game history and has remained a popular character over a quarter-century after her first appearance.”
The particular suit that she’s sporting here is the Varia Suit design that features in the game Metroid: Other M. Now on with the review!
The first thing that catches my eye is that the suit makes her a rather large figure – much larger than most female (and male) figures that feature in the figma line. Some people prefer a flat finish over the metallic finish to her paint job seen here, whereas I don’t mind the metallic finish. It makes sense to me since it is supposed to me a metal suit after all. Despite sporting a large metallic suit, she is able to show off quite the feminine figure. It’s not an overly intricate design, but it has nice clean lines and comes with the usual figma polish.
She has a fairly decent range of motion and is able to recreate some of her more iconic poses. Her joints are sturdy and are able to hold poses well. However, you won’t get a whole lot of range of movement from her head due to the helmet sitting so close to her torso. Left and right movement is drastically hindered and there is very little up and down movement. There is also very little in the way of a left and right tilt. The shoulders move well, but care must be taken when posing to minimise the large gap that can appear between the torso and shoulder armour. Having an extra joint in the feet for toe movement is a nice touch – something that a lot of the more recent figmas seem to be doing now.
She doesn’t come with a large amount of accessories, but what she does come with is quite fitting for her character. Due to having a gun-arm on her right side, she only comes with hands for her left (naturally). She comes with an open hand, a closed fist, a splayed out hand, a “thumbs up” hand, and a hand that’s shaped to hold things, like staves/poles and other such items/weapons with a round handle. She also come with an interchangeable part for her gun-arm to show her missile launcher power-up, and two effect parts for her gun to show single-fire and rapid-fire shots.
Also, most notably, included in the bundle is her iconic Morph Ball mode. The package also includes the customary figma accessories such as the poseable clear plastic stand and a snap-lock bag to store all her accessories in. The Morph Ball has a hole in it so that you can attach it to the stand to prevent it from rolling around if you choose to display the ball. The gun effect parts are cool, but it would have been cooler if they included some sort of missile effect to go with the missile launcher mode of her gun.
In my opinion, this is currently the best Samus figure to date. It’s a very good representation of the character and the accessories included add another level of fun to the figure. Fans of the series should be sure to pick her up and passers-by should consider having a kick-ass bounty hunter in a powered suit (who happens to be female 😉 ) to add to their ranks.
She can be found at the link below along with other figures in the figma range.