Okey dokey, another S.H.Figuarts review!!!! The review is all about video game character, Mario & the Playsets A & B from Super Mario!! Mario is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise, created by Nintendo’s Japanese video game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. Super Mario video game series is a series of platform video games created by Nintendo. Alternatively called the Super Mario Bros. series or simply the Mario series. Okay, to the review Mario and the Playsets are sold separately &, Mario was included with very few accessories so if you want to recreate Mario scenes more complex you’ll have to buy the whole Playsets. Each of their boxes got a the same layout designs colored Yellow & with yellow inner tray paper for the window view. However, Playset B’s box was larger than the rests which simillar to my SHF bikes because, Playset B contains 2 large accessories. They’re all standard release by Bandai Tamashii Nations, so… Let’s take a look of the contents then!
From Mario he comes up with 1 “?” Block, 1 Coin with the stand, & Mushroom. Well, if you only buying Mario, you’d regret this alot for sure since how limited of his accessories… Also, inside Mario’s box there’s a booklet of Bandai Tamashii Nations & Tamashii Webshouten’s figure ads & all written in Japanese.
Playset A was included quite much accessories! We got Stage Act display, 3 blocks with the stand display connector, 1 coin with 2 stand display, & 1 Goomba as one of the Mario’s enemy. Actually, Playset A is more than enough to recreate one of the iconic scenes diorama of Super Mario games but…
It’ll be half cool if we don’t have more accessories to recreate more scenes, right? Playset B comes with Pipes, 2 option hand, Green Turtle Shell with the peg joints connector, 1 coin with 2 display stand, & lastly 1 Goomba figure. Cool, atleast we got 2 Goombas if we buy all of them!
Serving as the company’s mascot and the eponymous protagonist of the series, Mario was depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber wearing blue jumpsuit with yellow buttons, red shirt, red hat, white gloves, & dark brown colored shoes. In my opinion this is one of the best Mario figure ever made so far although he had very limited articulations which rather lame for S.H.Figuarts creations but, atleast he’s still poseable enough! Mario’s overall figure was actually a plastic made but, he’s unexpectedly heavier than he looks eventhough he’s not that big. He’s even heavier than SHF Riders, Sentai, & Animes.
Again, Bandai did another fine job on his sculpt, he’s very faithfully look alike to his video game counterpart! The details are amazing from the “M” emblem lines on the hat, open mouth, moustache, round bushy nose, hair & his painted blue eyes are beautifully well made!! Splendid, Bandai! Splendid!! I really like this one!! However, it’s quite funny that he got brown colored hair but, his moustache & eyebrows was a pure black. The only thing that made me a dissappointed is Mario was only given 1 expression which happy expressions, he should atleast given another face of serious or standard calm expression imo…
Mario’s overall body details are pretty standard, the line jumpsuit sculpt looks pretty good enough but, his outfit doesn’t feel really realistic but, he’s not a real life character, though… His articulations feels so robotic somehow, as you can see the pictures above. This is how the articulations works on Mario, & I can understand why people showed some negative reaction on him. But, atleast Mario doesn’t really need a stand display as the foots can balance his body even when on the walk or dynamic kick pose. Mario’s legs can be rotated 180 degrees, unfortunately it looks awkward. Mario’s shoulder articulations are also limited as he cannot raise his arms to the side really high & he doesn’t have upper bicep cut which so lame for Bandai! His wrists joints can only be rotated, & he cannot bend his hands. He couldn’t even bend his body since there’s no articulation on the trunk. His head was quite in the way to raise his arms frontally, & since he got no neck. I couldn’t move his neck without detaching his head 1st. Of course, he couldn’t do a crossed arms since there’s no upper bicep cut & butterfly joints. Yeah, I know this is so very lame on Bandai S.H.Figuarts…
Mario is given with Mushroom, “?” block, & 1 coin. Mushroom? You know you can only make it stand just like that with or without block, the details are good enough, same goes to “?” block, the block got a nice details from the hole & the “?” sculpt & it has a hole joints for attaching on the playset A’s joint connector, & lastly shiny golden colored coin is pretty nice although the shine leaves my finger prints traces. In my opinion this only works when you have the playsets not directly for interchanging the figure itself so, this is kinda unnecessary eventhough the accessories got a nice details. Bandai should have given Mario with interchangeable hands, & alternate face part, once again… I understand the rude thoughts of the reviewers.
Okay, on the playset now! Playset A got more approppriate accessories to recreate the diorama scenes of Mario. 1st up is unarticulated Goomba figure, Goomba figure also beautifully well made & looks very accurate to his game counterpart. Goomba, known in Japan as Kuribo, are a species of sentient mushrooms from Nintendo’s Mario franchise. They first appeared in the NES video game Super Mario Bros. as the first enemy players encounter.
3 blocks are also included, 2 of them are just mere bricks & 1 is the exact same “?” block like in Mario one. The bricks one was actually just a painted a bricks motives but, it’s more than enough, though… Also, they included another exact coin that Mario one had but, it’s included with 2 display stand, 1 to recreate higher bouncing coin after Mario hit the “?” block.
Stage Act display is also included in Playset A, containing green colored stand floor, stand display connector for the blocks, 2 alternate Mario’s back with hole joints, 4 jointed stand, & single pole stand for recreating floating blocks. Well, all you gotta do is just to assemble the Stage Act, & replacing default back part on Mario.
We eventually on Playset B! Okay, on the playset now! Playset B also included with unarticulated Goomba figure like in Playset A.
Another the same exact coin from Mario & Playset A… Oh well, let’s skip this out then.
From the box of SHF Mario, his default & only hands are fistful hands. But, in Playset B, a pair of open hands was included for him!! Finally, we got one of the part that replaceable for Mario figure. This open hands got a peg hole joints on the lower hands, the purpose is…
Uh’huh… Green Turtle Shell with the peg joint connector? That’s why there’s a hole joints on Mario’s open hand parts, it’s for making Mario on grabbing the turtle shell… There’s 2 variant peg connectors for how we want to make Mario grab it. Either holding from the side or frontal, pictures shown above. Actually depending which one you liked but, I wouldn’t mind that much on how he grab it, though…
Lastly, a green colored pipe part included 2 variant pipe hole short & deep one. Yes, like the picture shown, the short one for Goomba while the deep one for Mario. Recreating one of the scenes where they enter or comes out from the pipe, all you gotta do is to replace the pipe hole & you’re done.
From height Mario is indeed far shorter than SHF BLACK RX Renewal Ver. Well, Mario is a shorty of course, unlike his upcoming twin brother Luigi. Yeah, with this your curiousity was finally solved on how tall he is between regular S.H.Figuarts figures.
My God!! I didn’t expect SHF Mario series would get their own Datong/Bootleg release… The pics were taken from aliexpress.com, & the differences I found so far:
- Boxes has no Nintendo sticker or even Bandai & Tamashii Nations logo printed on it. Instead they’re given with Chinese or Datong logo regarding the products. Other than that I think they looked identical.
- Mario got slightly larger eyebrows compare to the legit ones.
- Datong Mario’s materials all looks shiny & feels really cheap.
- Datong Mario got more complex neck articulation compare the original ones, since I couldn’t able to move my legit Mario’s head like that.
- Mushroom’s paintjob looks kinda messy compare to the original.
- Lining sculpt on his jumpsuit looks different as the Datong one got more lines on the legs.
I hate to admit but, they surprisingly looks identical enough like the legit ones but, with slight differences. However, I might be very wrong since, I spot by looking the pictures not, directly touching the figures.
Well, he might be rather dissappointing but, for some weird reasons I didn’t mind about how he came up to be as I’m not really dissappointed like other reviewers who gave him harsh thoughts. He’s still a fun additions to collects anyway :P. To say recommended or not, If you love Mario then you’ll love this one because he looks exactly like in the game but, more like the 3D game of Mario I think… However, you might end up dissappointed too on him & if you want Mario with lots of accessories you’ll have to buy his Playsets diorama which sold separately. If you care more of articulations, then this Mario isn’t my thing to recommend because I have to admit his very limited articulations are quite lame, especially for a S.H.Figuarts release. Well, after Mario’s release Luigi & the Playset C will be coming soon but, I’m not getting them since I’m currently preordering my Kamen Rider BLACK series of S.H.Figuarts.
- Very nicely done sculpt work & accurate like how in the games.
- Faithful accessories were given to recreate video game scenes more realistic, although they were sold separately.
- Full of fun for photoshoots & displaying the figure.
- By far the best Mario figure ever made.
- Very limited articulations.
- Mario lacks some face part expressions.
- Accessories maybe given alot for Mario but, the only thing that is replaceable on Mario himself is only his option hand parts from Playset B. The rest are specifically made for diorama only.
- Rather than having Mario given with mushroom, coin, & “?” block, they could have added more interchangeable accessories for Mario figures like more hands such as peace hand, holding hands for grabbing mushroom, & alternate head without hat.
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
S.H.Figuarts Playset A
Small Parts: 5/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
S.H.Figuarts Playset B
Small Parts: 5/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
BLACK Knight Steel RX & Chihaya Dialogue:
Chihaya: “God, I have to go to the concert but, there’s no vehicle to ride…”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Come ride with me? I’ll make sure you’ll get in there on time.”
Chihaya: “Hmm… Okay mister Hopper.”
– However –
Chihaya: “What’s the matter, mister? Why, it doesn’t work?”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “I’m sorry… The machine’s down…”
Chihaya: “What the… We haven’t run a bit but it’s already down? I gotta hurry!”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “There’s no other way but…”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “I’ll carry ya!”
Chihaya: “HEEHH?! No, I can run by myself, mister!”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Dummy! Did you plan singing with your face dripping & your stage outfit stained with sweat? There’s no other way…”
Chihaya: “What’s going on with your bike?”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Apparently, it didn’t want to walk because it thinks too heavy….”
Chihaya: “You mean I’m heavy?!”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Yeah, you’re unexpectedly heavy eventhough you’re flat….”
Chihaya: “T… That’s a sexual harrassment!!”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Wai… Don’t thrash around! Don’t move your body more you have to!!”
Chihaya: “Like Rider Like Bike! Shut up & Fast!!”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Be patience, you’ll be there as soon as possible… You’re the one who asked me, though…”
– Unfortunately –
Chihaya & BLACK RX: “UGH!!”
Mario: “I’m sorry, guys! I’m chasing a Goomba here!!”
Red Ranger & Green Ranger Dialogue:
Red & Green Ranger: “I HATE YOU!!!!! UGH!!!!!”
Red Ranger: “GHEA… EGH….”
Green Ranger: “Mwahahahahaha… Legend wins!!”
Spino Ranger & Sailor Mercury Dialogue:
Sailor Mercury: “Honey, you’re so romantic & lovely… I really can’t live without you….”
Spino Ranger: “Hehehehe… Thank you so much, & your legs are so seducing, babe….”
Sailor Mercury: “Aww… Honey… Let me kiss you, my personal love bunny….”
Spino Ranger: “Oww…. GYAAA!!”
Sailor Mercury: “UGH!!”
BLACK Knight Steel Dialogue:
BLACK Knight Steel: “Ehehehehe… My bikes are the best!”
– Unfortunately –
BLACK Knight Steel: EEKHH?! HUWAAAA…. MY BIKES… MY BIKES… MY BIKES… MAMMAAAAAAA….”
Mammoth Ranger Dialogue:
Mammoth Ranger: “MARIO!! Stop!! You’re bothering everyone!! I got no choice! I’m sorry Mario but, you… GWARRRGGHH…..”
Mario: “Phew, finally I kicked his ass by stomping them…”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “But, did you even need to kick & stomp us?!”
BLACK Knight Steel: “Turning into giant, it must be Gorgom’s plot again!!” (Personally you destroyed my precious bikes)
Armed Mammoth Ranger: “If you turn into Giant again, I’m fully armed now!!”
Red Ranger: “I lost to that Green bitch grip thanks to your interference!!”
Spino Ranger & Sailor Mercury: “How dare you, ruining our special moment!!”
BLACK Knight Steel RX: “Look what have you done to her face!!”
Chihaya: “I’m late on the concert yet, my face’s bleeding, thanks to you!!”
Mario: “Eehh… I… I’m so sorry guys, I’m chasing Goomba… I didn’t know you were there….”
All Victims: “GGRRRRRRGGGHHHH….”
Mario: “Mamma Miaaa…..”