Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Chibi-Robo! Amiibo

Chibi-Robo! was a fairly obscure GameCube game which featured a small robot toy that comes to life and cleans his owner's house, while occasionally resting to recharge from the power outlets on the wall.

The latest in the series, Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash was released in 2015. To coincide with the release, Nintendo released an amiibo. The front of the card features very similar artwork to the video game box art, but has some artwork of garbage in the front. It has the same large bubble that has Chibi Robo on full display. The Nintendo amiibo logo on the front of the card.

The back of the card features all kinds of information. It has a basic rundown of how amiibos work and their features in game. Plus how to get them working on your WiiU or 3DS consoles. Underneath that, it's explained what the Chibi-Robo! amiibo does when used in game. It unlocks Super Chibi-Robo! and when used with a toy machine in game, it will give collectible figures.

The figure stand around 3 inches tall from the base up and is static. No articulation. Chibi is posed sitting in the grass holding his plug ontop of his head. The main body is painted in a shiny metallic silver. The plug and cable is painted black with silver forks on them.

The back of the model shows the details of the figure, mainly in the plug itself. The figure iself has no real details sculpted in it, as he's supposed to be a 1960s style robot action figure.

Around the same time, they released a bundle version that had the 3DS game and the amiibo in a special edition collectors pack. However, the single carded version was also released for people who wanted the amiibo, but already owned the game. 

All in all, this is a nice figure, based on an obscure Nintendo property from the 2000s. If you don't play the game, it does look nice on a shelf, alongside other amiibos celebrating Nintendo's properties. The bundle version is around £25 and as the game itself is still fairly new, the single carded amiibo is quite difficult to find in places and can set you back the same retail price.