I need to take a break from talking about video games for a while. Instead, let’s talk about toys inspired by video games. Good, it’s decided. I’m still hung up on The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary, so anything Zelda-related is circling around in my head like a washing machine stuck on “spin cycle.” My brain is soaked with Zelda, so it’s only natural that when my other gig at Tomopop intersected Zelda and toys by introducing me to First 4 Figures, I became pretty well obsessed. That’s why I’m going to fawn over some super high quality statues today by First 4 Figures. If you’re like me and can’t afford a single one of these, take solace in our united brotherhood of poorness.
Currently, First 4 Figures has three Zelda games represented in statue form: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess. There’s no telling which Zelda games, if any, will be added to this list, or even if any new statues will come out for the existing three games featured, but the few already crafted are superb in detail and wow factor.
We’ll start with the standard Adult Link as seen from Ocarina of Time, presented in his iconic pose as the Hero of Time with the Master Sword. I love dramatic poses for statues as it becomes really hard for me to justify a purchase (assuming I had the money of course) when the statue I’m looking at has zero life to it. Thankfully, Link has more than enough life to make me pleased, plus he comes in three versions: Green Tunic, Goron Tunic, and Zora Tunic (all of which are sold out, so sad). I prefer the Goron Tunic due to my Smash Bros Melee days of playing as a red-tuniced Adult Link, owning my friends left and right due to the all-powerful spin attack (which Brawl ruined, sadly).
As if Link wasn’t enough, his shadowy alter ego, Dark Link, is just as present and posed with enough flare to excite, glowing red eyes included. I’m just content that Dark Link and Adult Link don’t share identical poses, allowing for real variety when displaying them, otherwise it’d just look like Link and a black-painted Link standing next to each other. Considering Dark Link is one of my favorite enemies from the Zelda series, it’s no surprise I have an affinity toward a statue featuring his likeness.
Rounding out the Ocarina of Time statues are Sheik, who I’m fairly indifferent to, and Darunia, who I’m fairly enamored with. Even though Darunia is just standing in a stoic pose, I’m perfectly happy as Darunia has a design to him in general that makes stoic poses look like they’re popping with action. Or muscles. Either way, Darunia is on my wish list right now, above even the Goron Tunic Link or Dark Link, or both at once fighting over shelf space. Darunia is simply that cool.
Majora’s Mask only has two figures representing possibly the best-written game of the series with Skull Kid and Fierce Deity Link. Each is modeled directly from their game artwork, putting them in poses as iconic as Link’s aforementioned pose, though the original artwork of Majora’s Mask has slightly more expression to it, at least from where I’m sitting. Skull Kid’s pose always struck me as a great way for a tragic villain to stand, brooding in his own special way, so between the two I’d go with him, even though the Fierce Deity Mask was one of my favorite Zelda items not more than a year ago.
Lastly we have the two character featured from Twilight Princess, Zant and Wolf Link with Midna atop his back. Zant it alright, but I don’t have a strong opinion of the character himself at this exact moment, partly because it’s been a while since I played all the way through Twilight Princess (I’m 2/3rds of the way through it again, so hold on for an updated judgment call). Midna, however, well she was nearly the top of my favorite characters list, so I’m glad to see her represented in any way, shape, or form, especially since the exclusive form shows her with light-up hair, a feature that’s seriously cool.
First 4 Figures do good work, but the statues they craft are expensive for sure. That’s the downside here as you’ll typically be looking at a price of between $100 and $200, assuming the piece you want isn’t just sold out already. Still, go give First 4 Figures a look as they much more than just Zelda statues in their catalogue.
And that’s all I have to say about that. Anyone out there have a First 4 Figures piece that they love? Leave me a comment and let me know. In the meantime, First 4 Figures, this is free advertisement, so make with the niceties and send me a Darunia, what say? Good, it’s decided.
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