Nintendo astonished us at E3 this year not only with their incredible software line-up, but the biggest surprise of the show: Amiibo. On top of their awesome NFC functionality, the Amiibo range looked to offer beautiful figurines that would look great on a shelf or in a cabinet.

Joystiq recently had the chance to get a close look at the toys, and while most of them still look top notch, a handful of them may slightly disappoint potential collectors hoping for quality display statues. Peach is lacking the detailed finesse on her dress, and Wii Fit Trainer is now given a plastic cast around her foot.

Unfortunately, it seems Link got hit hardest by the curse of mass production. While before we saw a classy, thin pole supporting our hero’s action stance, now we see an odd, distracting, chunky amber beam attached to his leg.


While it’s a little deceiving that retailers are still advertising the initial prototypes, the figures still look pretty when you consider the price and the technology built within them. Plus, again, it seems the rest of the line-up are looking amazing. The Fox McCloud figure, for instance, is brimming with detail.

It’s understandable that some details would get lost in the production process. I’m sure any small flaws in design will be swiftly forgotten when your high level Amiibo fighter is destroying opponents on the big screen.

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