Well, this is something different now! I’m going to do a little review on this thing. You might really2 familliar with the character, of course! He is Mario the mascot & the first Nintendo character! Mario is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise by Nintendo, created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo’s mascot and the eponymous protagonist of the series, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom, he repeatedly rescues Princess Peach from the Koopa villain Bowser and stops his numerous plans to destroy him and take over the kingdom. Mario also has other enemies and rivals, including Donkey Kong and Wario. Very romantic indeed, a guy who been through all over the dangerous places & defeat bunch of enemies just to rescue damsel in distress, I’ve always wanted to be like Mario… Btw, this time the figure isn’t about an action figure, but a mini diecast car figure created by Dream TOMICA from TAKARA TOMY. Labelled as Mario Kart 7 & the product number is 144. Perhaps, he’s a standard release? Pardon me, this is my very 1st owned Dream TOMICA figure so I’m not really familliar with the manufacturer. I might always seen something like this in the stores & never buy any of it yet, but now I bought 1. The box atleast for me looked pretty standard like how other Dream TOMICA products, nothing really fancy except the Mario thing for sure. Well, what’s inside the box then?
Oh, lookey-lookey! Inside the box there’s only Mario with his Kart! Nothing else he got then… This Mario Kart figure is based from his appearance in 2011 Mario Kart 7 videogame for Nintendo’s handheld game console in the 3DS. Frankly, I never played 3DS myself, but I did played SNES, GBA, & NDS Mario Kart… That’s one of the reason why I wanted to have my own figure of him, because Mario is my favorite driver/character in the whole Mario Kart games & other Mario games of course. The figure is mainly made from a diecast material, mostly on the chassis of Mario’s Go-kart, the Mario figure is a PVC material, the muffler is a soft rubber material, & the wheels are hard PVC. In overall, for a small figure he’s pretty heavy… Unlike my new owned SHF & my whole Figma collections.
Apparently, TAKARA TOMY also pay a high attention on the details of the Mario figure… Mario looked so accurate like how he appeared in the game.. For a small figure, I really approved this one! TAKARA TOMY really did an awesome job! They didn’t even miss the sculpt of his mouth under the stache.
The overall design of Mario Kart is pretty standard I think, but it has a very intense details from each sides, however there’s always a little flaw on them. Mainly, it’s just me I think… The mufflers position aren’t placed accurately, as you can see on the back side they’re not positioned paralleling. This occured because of the packaging pushed one of his muffler too deep, but I managed to fix them. Also, my Mario’s headsculpt isn’t really looking frontally, it’s like he’s about to turn the steer to the left. I tried my best to swivel his head, but it’s no use since it’s glued hard to the body… I don’t know why, I always had a badluck on my very 1st owned other products… Such as S.I.C. Vol. 16, & my very first Play Arts Kai Solid Snake, or maybe I was being too perfectionist? Well, as a pixel/animator/mangaka artist I really need to pay attention for a meticulous work for sure, so it’s just me again… But, atleast I’m still satisfied to have my own Mario Kart figure. The Mario figure cannot be removed, since he’s glued together with the Go-Kart. The steer is molded along with the entire body, so if you really wanted to remove him outta the car then the steer will also come along with him. The wheels can be rotated like how other mobile figures works, & they’re made to be rotated independently each wheels, on the begining I thought this is going to be a very standard mini toy car which we have to pull the wheels back & release the toy to slide over. Fortunately, it is not… Otherwise, it convinced me alot to make it like a cheap standard kid’s mini toy car.
Now, we get to see underneath the chassis, for sure it has a pretty standard details on it & there are 3 triangle shaped screws on it, meh… It’s like looking a Happy Meal Toys… In here, you can also see there’s a TAKARA TOMY’s property’s word sculpt, the figure is made in China, which is very2 common for all figures & it was released in 2012. It also got a painted font of 2011 Nintendo, which means it’s a year where the Mario Kart 7 was released.
Man, I’ve always wanted to have my own Mario Kart figure, but I did used to have 1 when I was a kid but it was donated… But, now I did owned another one after 20 years & a pretty decent one! I heard that, this is one of the best selling mini toy vehicles in the Dream Tomica series & he has been rarely seen in toy stores that carry Tomica products. But, I found this pretty easily in the stores which still got a bunch of this, however… Only 1 store that I found here so far, the others are all gone… Only Yoshi was left behind… Recommended? Well, for a small figures, this is a very nice touch for you to collect since the details are pretty outstanding. Well, since I put my interest on collecting Dream TOMICA, my next plan will be Luigi & Princess Daisy if it’s available….
Pros: I really-really loved on how TAKARA TOMY put a splendid effort for dealing the details on this small figures, the Mario figure is very-very eye catching for me. So they made it to put my interest to get him, although I was a little dissapointed.
Cons: The Mario figure cannot be removed, & there’s no articulations on his head sculpt… Atleast he need this for making a certain scenes of Mario Kart games. The Mario figure is molded roughly with the steer so there’s no lower body sculpt of him shown. The mufflers are easy to get pushed & this may made them easily to be misspositioned permanently. Mostly, this is occured on the packaging problem.
Small Parts: 0/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5
Thank you very much for reading….