Introduction: Around this time last year, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was released for the Wii. The game was met with mostly critical acclaim for an interesting art style and fun gameplay, while fan of the series seemed to be neutral towards the game or loved it. Earlier this year, however, the collector circle went abuzz with information and screenshot of a Figma Link from the very game that was met with mixed reaction, though most seemed to love the progress so far on the figure. Does this figure live up to the legend? Read on and find out!
Package (5/5): WOW! The box this figures comes in is fantastic! This reviewer typically is not overly impressed by most boxes, but this is one interesting box that really captures the feel of Skyward Sword and looks great, too.
Sculpt (3.5/5): Sad to say, this reviewer isn't overly impressed with the sculpt, despite what is given. Considering the source material, Link feels overly soft on the sculpt side, which is to say that, in person, when going to grab Link, one may feel like they are going to grab a figure made of Play-Doh. Also, the silver on Link is supposed to be chainmail... though it is just plastic painted silver.
Despite this, the details on the figures looks good and even accommodates the articulation of the figures. The leg have a small indent in the back of them that aides to the notion Link is moving, and the ripple in his clothing looks believable to an extent. The torso looks good, along with all the needed accessories an adventurer would need. Finally, the face sculpts look like Link, so not much needs to be said.
Paint(4.5/5): What is there looks really good! Unfortunately, what is green is green, what is tan is tan, and so on and so forth. Not much change in tone, which is a shame, but the small detail look great.
Articulation (3.5/5): Link's an adventurer, and one would expect him to be able to do all different poses, like running, climbing, swimming, jumping, etc, etc... and Link can do these poses, though it is difficult to achieve the right look for these poses. The reason for this is that his tunic and leg sculpt tend to block the range of articulation on the legs, and Link lacks a true bicep swivel. Because of this, it can be hard to get the jump-slash attack to look right.
Link cap features a swivel joint that has the tendency to pop off. Link's head can rotate left and right, though this figure in particular has a rough time moving smoothly. Link features a very limited ab crunch, though he is capable of turning left and right on it. His shoulders have the expected range of motion, and as mention, there is no true bicep swivel, though it is possible to move the joint at the elbow, though this reviewer suggests not to do so. His hands feature a full range of motion, and as mentioned, his hips are slightly blocked by his tunic. His knees move freely, and the toe articulation is insane.
More picture in the next section!
Accessories (4/5): Link's got it all!... or most of it. He comes with five sets of hands, the Master Sword and a skyward strike slash effect, the Hylian Shield, an extra angry face, a wavy hair piece, and a Figma stand with two extra bits for the tip of the stand. The accessories of this figure are almost entirely perfect. Unfortunately, though, read the Watch Out section for a bit of advice when dealing with the accessories.
The only accessories that should be added would be more from Link's arsenal, like Bombs, Bow and Arrow, and the rest of the classics.
Watch Out!: BE CAREFUL WITH THE MASTER SWORD!
Do not try to force the sword into the hand, and ignore the reports the pommel is supposed to come off. Instead, heat up Link's hand and insert the sword into the heated hand. Reports come from around the web of broken swords, so try to avoid that at all costs! In the event something break, please contact Good Smile Company directly.
Overall (3.5/5): Though Link is not a perfect figures, he isn't horrible. For a Link figure, this one gets a passing grade. Some will love it, some will hate it, but this reviewer is indifferent towards this figures.
Hardcore Zelda fans should pick this up without any hesitation, because this is the best Link figure on the market, but for the price, more could be asked for.
Anyway, looks like Link has a date with a... feisty lady.