Product Type: Hive Entertainment Action Figure
Newest Review: ... related characters come housed in a moulded transparent packaging with a cardboard backing. The cardboard is a bright red colour so e... more
Ready to rescue the princess!
Super Mario Bros Action Figure - Luigi
Member Name: broxi3781
Super Mario Bros Action Figure - Luigi
Date: 08/04/12, updated on 08/04/12 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Very well detailed - looks just like the video game character.
Disadvantages: Poorly glued in the middle, can be expensive, could present choking hazard.
My sons are both Mario mad, and love the various games on Gamecube, DS and Wii. Neither boy has been very big on stuffed animals, and the only dolls that have ever caught on are there collection of old Action Men. So I was surprised when they were so fascinated by a few smaller Mario figures I picked up to decorate a cake. When they went online with me to spend some pocket money, they each chose a larger figure, and this was chosen by my 7 year old son. He has a few figures he keeps on a shelf - so I assumed he only wanted this as a room decoration, but it has ended up having hours and hours of play time.
These toys are made by Hive Entertainment, which is part of the Power Play Group specialising in licensed merchandise for video game characters - but they also have a number of television and movie items including Star Wars, Dr Who, The Simpsons and Disney Cars. Luigi measured 12 cm in height and is listed as an action figure - which would lead me to believe he is posable, but in fact only the arms can be moved. I also believe these toys were really meant to be kept as display items rather than trailed all over the place and subjected to the amount of abuse a typical action figure goes through. Luigi has been on bile rides, to the beach, lost in the bottom of the duvets and bounced on a trampoline. He has survived - but with a few doses of super glue.
Luigi is very well detailed, and looks very authentic, but it is not the sturdiest of toys. It is made of molded plastic in six parts and snapped or glued together. In particular the glue holding Luigi together at the waist was very weak and he did break into two pieces when bouncing on the trampoline. This was easily fixed with superglue, but unfortunatley my husband carelessly allowed the glue to run down, gluing on arm into an awkward position. I was very fortunate in that I had an identical figure waiting to give my youngest for Easter - so I ended up ordering another Luigi for my 3 year old and letting my oldest have the new one.
I am lucky I had one on hand, as I picked these up for £2.05 each directly from Hong Kong via ebay. This meant a 6 week wait for the post to arrive. These are available through UK sellers, but at a considerably higher cost, and Amazon is charging £9.99. At £2.05, I think this is a brilliant toy, but I don't really think £9.99 is good value for money. They look nice, but they just are not well enough made. In addition to breaking in the middle, the arms have come off, but snapped back into place. The hat also fell off, but was easily fixed with super glue. The arms are extremely stiff when you first get these, and could be easily damaged. I would suggest an adult carefully move the arms back and forth a few times, which will loosen them up and make them less likely to break when played with.
For those who may be interested, we have Mario as well, and he is very similar, being glued together in the middle, but his hat appears to be attached much better. Mario is also slightly shorter. We have in fact bought a number of toys from this series, but as they are similar, I am only reviewing my sons two favourites. We had a wonderful Easter this morning using a few of these to start a scavenger hunt. The Bowser figure held a note saying he had stolen all of the children's sweets for Easter, and they had to follow clues to find the other characters and finally their chocolates. At just over £2 each it was easy to afford a small set, and I have even splashed out on two more expensive ones for my sons Birthday Cake. His birthday won't be until August , but considering shipping times I have ordered early, choosing him the raccoon suit Mario and King Boo for Mario 3-d land cake.
I do feel £9.99 is too much to pay for these as child's toys. I could see spending this for a gift for an older Mario fan who will be keeping these on a shelf as collectibles, and would note some of the other Mario Toys we have would be worth more than we paid for them if they were not play-worn. Of course I am never one to buy something for a tenner when I can buy the same thing for £2! At prices between £2 -£5 from Hong Kong, with the newest 3ds figures costing the most - I have no problem recommending these as pocket money toys, cake decorations, stocking stuffers, or even to spruce up a nicely wrapped birthday gift. I also think these would be handy wee toys to take on holiday. I've always tended to bring a few new toys bought online rather than splash out on overpriced tat at many shops catering to holiday makers.
I considered rating this down for the poor glue weld, but it really is easy fixed if you are careful. My son really does love this, and it has encouraged hours of creative play, as well as making a nice decoration. I just can't bring myself to rate this down when it has brought my son so many hours of happiness, so I am giving this a full 5 stars - but don't pay full price. This is probably his very favourite toy except for big things like video games and bicycles. As these are inexpensive enough if you can wait - it might well be worth keeping a spare if ends up a favourite toy like it is in our house.
Please note: Small parts can come off of this toy. This is not suitable for children still at risk of choking! Please be alert with younger siblings.
Summary: A very well loved toy which only cost me £2.
More reviews in the field of Action Figure
- Miss Peppa had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick!
- This is what you get when you let a five year old spend their own Christmas mone ...
- Carry on Camping With Peppa Pig
- Totally Tangled
- Bit of a disappointment
- Handy Manny figure set
- Bottom of the Barrel Trashies
- Help!!! There's a fire in Pontypandy!!!
- Regular show 2" action figures