Daily Archives: February 19, 2017

World of Nintendo – Slippy Toad, Fox McCloud, and Peppy

The World of Nintendo figures were not on my radar before late last year. I picked up Mario, and from there, I had to have others. I have most of the Mario Bros. gang, and then I found some Star Fox figures that were a lot of fun too. I like that they fit into scale with one another very well.

I remember playing Star Fox when I was younger on my SNES, and loved the 3D game play. It is so rudimentary by today’s standards, with better graphics on my phone than the SNES, but back then, to go from playing game with sideways scroll, or top-down views of planes flying, this was crazy awesome.

The figures, as with all of the World of Nintendo figures, come with an accessory. The first released figures came with a blind box surprise. That was fine, but pretty easy to figure out what was in the box. Fox McCloud was the only one from this series that was early enough to have a blind box.

Fox is really well done. He has passable articulation, as do most of the figures in this line. They don’t go too crazy, but for most of the figures, the 11 or so POA are enough.

Fox cam with a tiny model of the Arwing that he flies around in. Now he can recreate his favorite scene from Top Gun, where the pilots were playing around with models.

I found Peppy second. I love this guy. He does not have the tough pilot look that Fox has. There is no arrogance about him. He is cuter than he is action hero. But that is part of his charm. He is a short guy, with his head only coming to Fox’s shoulder. Those ears make up for it though. He comes with a supply box. Not the best of accessories, but decent enough for display.

Then there is Slippy. Another rather cute looking guy. I am starting to see why we got Fox and Falco in Super Smash Brothers, but not these two. Slippy come with a bomb.


This is a great team of characters. They look great together. I have never been able to find Falco, but I am still on the hunt. Online places want $24 or more, if they are not already sold out. It could be quite tricky to fill out the four members of this team. At least these three are really well done, and have a place on the shelf with the rest of my World of Nintendo figures.

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Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing – Star Wars Rebels – 3 3/4 inch vehicle

There is a Mandalorian fighter in the background.  Will we get one of those too?

There is a Mandalorian fighter in the background. Will we get one of those too?

Hera is one of my favorite characters in the Rebels show. She has such an even attitude, which probably helps make her a great pilot. I recently finished the novel A New Dawn, in which Hera and Kanan meet each other for the first time. It wasn’t a long time together, but Kanan fell in love with her from the start. We got a glimpse of what a good pilot she was in the book. In the book Rise of the Empire, that also includes A New Dawn, there is a short story were we see a brand new Hera take on the Empire for the first time, not only showing good pilot skills, but also what a good heart she has.

In the show, Rebels, Hera usually flies The Ghost. She got to fly the new experimental B-Wing, and really showed that she was a great pilot overall, and not just of her beloved Ghost. And then her great flying and good leadership saw her promoted to the leader of Phoenix Squadron, an A-Wing team of fliers.

The A-Wing comes with Hera in her trademark puffy orange pants. She has traded her goggles for a proper flight mask, though she does not wear a full helmet, probably due to her lukku which would give some trouble to putting a helmet on.

She is a typical 5 POA figure. Head, shoulders, and legs. I am still really bummed that this is the way Hasbro decided to go with the Star Wars figures. The Clone Wars era toys had so many POA, and now we are back to 5.

Hera sits in the cockpit of the A-Wing with no problem. It is a bit wide in there, so when she is flying around, she does bump around a bit. There is no place for her to store her blaster. In the Force Awakens and Rogue One vehicles, there were added holders for weapons. Not so this time around.

The A-Wing is such a recognizable fighter, from the flat pointed nose, to the giant fins off the back. The color scheme is really well executed, with tan, grey,white and burgundy. That is a lot of color on a small ship like this. This is a slightly different version than we see in the later Star Wars movies. This is the unmodified version where the fins completely go through the large engines. The nose is also flat all of the way across. In The Battle of Endor, we got to see the modified A-Wings in action that were much faster with less armor and weaponry.

The details are really well done. This is a new model, so the lines are nice and crisp. From the details of the engines to the panel lines on the body.

Then there is the glaring extra on this one. Apparently we need things that fire, and fire incorrectly for the show. We saw this with the giant Millennium Falcon that had an opening front end, the U-Wing with a drop-down gun, and now the A-Wing with a giant cannon attached to the bottom. All of that to fire a Nerf projectile. Ugh! I do not want to fire a Nerf projectile from the bottom of my A-Wing. What I want is an accurate version of the ship for the first time in forever. That being said, the firing mechanism is super strong, so the people that actually want to fire the cannon will have a lot of fun with the two projectiles included in the box.

From the back you can see the great details of the engines. Some really nice work went into making this look fantastic.

The underside shows the giant cannon and the holders for the two projectiles. Unfortunately, there is no way to actually take the cannon off the bottom. It is molded into the bottom of the ship. There goes that plan of a remodel.

 

Overall, I like this ship. I had yet to have an A-Wing in my vehicle collection. I have yet to see one in the store, but they are going for a really good price as of today on Amazon.


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