Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Super Mario Collection Wave 4 - Goomba

The Goomba made his debut in Super Mario Bros in 1985 for the Famicom and NES. Many people have associated him with the shiitake mushroom, he's actually based on a chestnut. By far the weakest and most common enemy in the Mario Franchise, he has also made many appearances since.

In 2012, Together Toys were given the license by Nintendo to release mini figures based on the Mario franchise. The Goomba comes in the same packaging as the other figures in this wave. The card is red, with the SUPER MARIO logo in the upper right hand side, telling is that this is series 4 of the collection. The left hand side of the card features the same generic image of Modern Mario jumping in the air. The figure is in the same circular bubble as the other figures. 

The card back is exactly the same as the other figures. They recycled the same SUPER MARIO logo on the left hand side. On the right hand side, it tells us to COLLECT THEM ALL, which is a staple of any action figure line. Underneath that, we have graphics of the 6 figures and their names underneath. On the bottom of the card, we have all the licensing information, trademarking, copyrights and even a gold Nintendo Seal, so we know this official.

The Goomba figure stands at just under an inch tall. The appearance is based on later appearances from Mario 64, as it has an angry expression and visible teeth. This was mainly due to the graphical limitations of the NES at the time and the Goomba in the Super Mario World game was rounded, just like a chestnut. The head is a triangular shaped and painted in brown. The stalk is a lighter brown, more tan and very dark brown feet. 

I paid £2 for this figure from The Works here in the UK. My main complaint with Together Toys isn't about the sculpt or paint apps, but the generic artwork used on the cards. Even with a budget figure, they could have included a bio card on the character in question. Other than that, it may not appeal to everyone as it's NOT an action figure, but a decorative item. If you are a Mario fan, it might be worth taking  a look at.