Figma Zero Suit Samus – Review

Introduction:

Admittedly, I was pretty excited for this figure when it was announced. Samus’ other suit that appears in Metroid: Other M has been given the Figma treatment, and now it’s time for the Zero Suit to have a turn. Zero Suit Samus has been a fan favourite for quite a while now and to finally have a decent representation of the character (that’s not a statue) is a good thing indeed. Does she live up to the hype though… Let’s find out shall we?

Zero Suit Samus
Gun in hand.

First Impressions:

Samus’ Zero Suit consists of a full-body, skin-tight suit with different shades of metallic blue. There are some details and features that define the suit, and the only thing that stands out is the holster on her right leg. For such a small scale, Samus’ face is pretty well sculpted and her expressions are fairly subdued compared to what other figmas have. It’s a pretty good representation of the character.

Stand back, citizen!
I said stand back!

Accessories:

Samus’ Gear

Bundled in with Samus, you also get the usual array of interchangeable hands. Left and right closed fists, splayed hands, and weapon/handle holding hands. Also included is a gun-holding hand, a “thumbs up” right hand, and a slightly curved left hand that looks like it’s only been included to hold on to the helmet that comes with the package. She comes with 2 faces – serious/neutral and a smiling face, and she also comes with a second head that has short hair to represent her younger self, whereas she usually wears her hair long and in a pony-tail.

Back Shot
Sassy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The handgun that’s included doesn’t fit into the holster on her leg, instead you get a dummy grip that plugs into the holster. The helmet (that once belonged to her commanding officer, Adam) is a bit of an odd accessory to me. It’s just kind of “there”. It would have been nice if there was a hole for a Figma joint to be applied to the helmet so it looks like it’s being worn (by Samus or even another figure). A little Metroid accessory would have been excellent, but instead we get an empty helmet. Also, as standard, you get the articulated display stand, a spare wrist joint, a small folded sheet of instructions, and a snap-lock bag to store everything in.

What do you think? Is it me?

I do like Samus’ short hair though. It gives me a Deunan Knute (from the Appleseed series) vibe.

Better?
E-Swat’s Covert Ops

Come on Max Factory, where are our Deunan and Briareos figures?!

Articulation:

Due the skin-tight and minimalist nature of the suit, she has quite a bit of movement on display here. The pony-tail has a ball joint and is able to wiggle around a bit. Her neck is able to rotate fully, but only has a slight tilt left and right. She can look down okay but can’t look up fully due to her hair sculpt. Her shoulders move fairly freely and in a new twist, are able to be pulled out slightly to allow for more movement. Elbows can bend beyond 90 degrees and there’s a good range of movement in the wrists. Her upper torso can rotate and tilt to a good degree but there’s no articulation at the waist, most likely to maintain her overall shape.

Bring it!
Target acquired.

Her hips have a decent range of movement but it can be limited due to the sculpt. Much like the shoulders, the hips can be pulled down a bit to give a little more movement to the hips, but then it sort of creates a disjointed effect to her hip area. Her knees can bend past 90 degrees and her ankles can rotate and tilt up and down fairly well but not a lot of left and right tilt, so posing can be tricky. Her joints are sturdy enough for her to hold some dynamic poses, but with only 2 faces you may have to use your imagination in some cases.

Conclusion:

The Skin-Tight Squad welcomes a new member

Zero Suit Samus has turned out to be quite a solid figure in its own right, with the only letdown being a noticeable lack (or questionable inclusion?) of some accessories. In saying that though, having such a minimalist design to the character means that you can add your own accessories and create some pretty interesting scenarios. Even more fun if you also have her Varia Suit. Fans will no doubt enjoy Zero Suit Samus but casual collectors may be inclined to give her a pass.


Zero Suit Samus can be found at the links above along with other figures in the Figma range.

 

Figma Link (The Legend of Zelda: Skywward Sword) – Review

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!

First Impressions:

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.

Link at the Ready
Link at the Ready
Looking for Adventure
Looking for Adventure

Articulation:

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.

Stand Guard
Stand Guard
Defend Yourself
Defend Yourself
Take That!
Take That!

Accessories:

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.

Link's Gear
Link’s Gear

Conclusion:

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.

I Have the Power!
I Have the Power!
375 mL Drink Can for Scale
375 mL Drink Can for Scale
"Can I borrow that?"
“Can I borrow that?”
"Am I doing it right?"
“Am I doing it right?”

(*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.)

Figma Samus Aran – Review

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!

First Impressions:                          

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.

Here she is.
Here she is.
Yay!
Yay!

Articulation:

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.

Attack!
Attack!
Single Shot
Single Shot
Rapid Fire ACCESS
Rapid Fire

Accessories:

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.

Samus' Gear
Samus’ Gear
Missile Launcher Acquired
Missile Launcher Acquired

Conclusion:

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.


Ready...
Ready…

Here we have figma Archer, figma Samus and figma Caro Ru Lushe and a 375mL drink can for scale.
Here we have figma Archer, figma Samus and figma Caro Ru Lushe and a 375mL drink can for scale.
"What a curious object..."
“What a curious object…”
"I think I can hear something..."
“I think I can hear something…”
"Oh my God, it's gonna kill me!!"
“Oh my God, it’s gonna kill me!!”