Yahoo! S.H.Figuarts Yoshi along with his bonus are here for the review! Yoshi is notably known as Mario & Luigi’s sidekick, Yoshi first appeared in Super Mario World as a native dinosaur (T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas), whom Mario or Luigi could ride on to eat enemies and otherwise navigate Dinosaur Land more quickly and easily. On the review, Yoshi’s box was designed pretty much the same like Mario & the playsets which got the same layout designs colored yellow & with yellow inner tray paper for the window view, the bonus box is quite small & it was colored full green resembling’s the contents. These bonus represents Yoshi’s release which Bandai included them for free during his 1st time release. Yoshi is a standard release by Bandai Tamashii Nations, let’s take a look then!
Yoshi comes up with 2 variant of shells, 2 option hand (1 attached to his eggs), 1 option eyes, 1 option tongue, & display stand. Guess it’s suitable enough for Yoshi although, I still think these weren’t quite enough to make him more appealing.
Yoshi’s role in most of the game acted as Mario & Luigi’s sidekick where the twin rides him to help their way on rescuing the princess. Yoshi is a theropod dinosaur, he walks bipedal like human. The overall of his body color was green & white, then he got orange fins, red shell, & he also wears 2 pair of orange brown-ish shoes. My thoughts are pretty much the same like Mario, this is probably one of the best Yoshi figure ever made so far eventhough he had limited articulations like Mario but, as far as I handled Yoshi’s articulations are slightly better than Mario. Yoshi’s material was a plastic made but, unlike Mario he’s not that heavy. This version of Yoshi was based from his latest game appearance, the actual Yoshi in the old game wasn’t supposed to be this short.
Yoshi’s head sculpt was made accurate enough to his game counterpart, although it’s strange for me to see his oversized round peck that almost covers his entire face, I can barely see his eyes because of this. His head looks quite simple to be made since he has no any intense sculpt like lines or anything but, his nose hole. Yoshi’s eyes was actually painted nicely but, it’s hard to see them in front view. Yoshi can also open his mouth showing how happy he is, this feature was meant to recreate his trademark action when he uses his long tongue to eat. Yeah, despite his cute looks he got a big appetite to eat almost everything around him like foods/enemies/etc.
Yoshi was included with alternate eyes to recreate some scenes involving his eyes looking to the right/camera viewer. A single eyes part, eh? Not bad, I found it easy swapping them, his eyes part is very user friendly. Yoshi’s eyes are mostly colored black with some white blue-ish irises with white & blue shade on the pupils, the coloring of his eyes are quite simple but, I’m liking on how Bandai put the details at the end of his irises.
In the whole game, Yoshi was considered as a Dinosaur, the shape of his body is more like a mix of a well known theropod T-Rex, Godzilla (fins), Lizard (tongue), Turtle (shell), & human (judging from his hands that close enough). All of Yoshi’s body sculpt is all plain smooth made plastic, nothing really into it if you’re expecting for his details. Well, Yoshi was a targeted character for all ages audiences, he was designed to be cute, short, & soft. Yoshi actually got variant of colors but, in this version he’s entirely green colored dino with some white color on his stomach, chest & mouth. This version of Yoshi is the original coloring of him that appeared in most of his appearances, while the others remains as his relatives. Articulation wise, Yoshi works perfectly better than Mario but, I think due to his short legs, he doesn’t have knee joints added in this. Yoshi can also balance his posing without the need a stand display as his foot was strong enough to balance his weight. Yoshi’s legs can be rotated 180 degrees, & unlike Mario, Yoshi’s shoulders could raise his arms to the side pretty good as the regular SHF figure should be but, Yoshi doesn’t have upper bicep cut. Wrists joints can be rotated & bend, Yoshi doesn’t have joints on his torso so, he cannot even bend his body. Although, Yoshi got no neck, rotating his neck is pretty easy & detaching his head is even easier than Mario. Since there’s no upper bicep & butterfly joints, he couldn’t do a crossed arms.
Uh’oh… Defect Alert!! Defect Alert!! What a large seamlines mark!! Yeah, my Yoshi was unfortunate to have this flaw but, it doesn’t bother me since I’m more focussed on head sculpt more than anything.
Yoshi is given with alternate tongue which is a long shaped tongue to recreate his famous action scene during eating. In order to do this, the first thing you need to do is to take off his head, then open his mouth followed by taking off his current tongue with the alternate one & put his head back to the body. & you’re done! This accessories works really user friendly, I’m not having any trouble or even uses power to swap this, the only thing I don’t like is Yoshi couldn’t bend down his head thanks to his neckless body.
Yeah, another accessories for Yoshi are his alternate shells/saddle, each of them got their own hook to make Mario & Luigi sit on Yoshi. The original one got no stand at all, the 1st one is a round shaped like the original one with single clear colored hook, & works to make Mario & Luigi merely sit with his knee bend down to the back. The 2nd one is the pressed one with claw styled hook, this is to make the twin sit with their legs positioned on the front or without bending their knee joints. In order to swap them you’ll need to remove the peg hole on the original one & choose one of the shells/saddles to attach the peg joint on Yoshi’s back. Interestingly, the peg joint got a connected articulations to move the shells/saddles to the back. Personally, they looked funny if you looked them on the side view, Mario’s butt doesn’t seem he’s sitting on the shell/saddle. But, without that hook the twin can’t ride Yoshi!! Really? How about this!!
Well, only for floating scenes like this, Mario can sit without the hooked ones but, I strongly advise don’t try this pose if you don’t want Mario to fall, unless you’re an expert or being creative on posing.
Stage Act part was also given to Yoshi, containing green colored stand floor & 1 jointed stand. Well, just assemble the Stage Act, & put Yoshi’s as*… I mean the hole on the stand peg, & you’re done….
Yoshi was also included with 1 pair of option open splayed hand part with one of the palm holding a Yoshi’s spotted egg. Shame that the one holding egg (left hand) was permanently attached into his hand, so we can’t create other pose for Yoshi involving his open splayed hand. If you want to use them, you can only recreate the scene where he’s about to throw his egg or posing holding the egg with both hands. Atleast, 1 more open splayed for the left one without egg attached would be needed to recreate where he throwed his egg or it would be better if Bandai made the egg removable but, Bandai is being stingy as usual to add this. & because of this, I had to recreate Yoshi’s scene where he layed egg with fully edited digital.
What makes Yoshi’s release felt really worth is, this 1st time release bonus part & they even got their own box! Of course, Yoshi’s box won’t fit to place them, the bonus are 1UP Mushroom with 1UP font & the stand for recreating Mario or Luigi or even Yoshi earning 1UP scene. The stand mostly fitted for their fists but, Yoshi’s head can atleast fit to it. Well, in the game 1UP mostly available on bonus stage/level, even their accessories was also considered as a bonus 1 time release, meaning the next reissue won’t be included anymore, maybe….
1UP Mushroom is clearly just a recolor of the red Mushroom one, so there’s no differences on their sculpt work.
Height comparison Yoshi is slightly taller than Mario, that would make Mario is the shortest SHF I’ve ever owned but, of course Yoshi is still far shorter than SHF Dragon Ranger.
Overall, Yoshi works a little better than Mario to handle so, I don’t really feel much disappointment on him so far. For me, this is still the best articulated figure for Yoshi, it’s rare to see any Yoshi figure or toys having this rich features. Yoshi is a nice addition to collect for Mario series collections. So far, he’s pretty well made for me, I don’t regret myself buying him. But, recommended or not, If you go into Yoshi then you’re gonna need this one because he looks perfect like in the game but, more like the recent 3D game of Yoshi, since the old Yoshi from Super Mario World is far different… Well, you might become a little disappointed as well but, that’s your risks on buying figures.
- Very nice sculpt work & accurate to the games.
- Very faithful accessories were given to recreate video game scenes more realistic.
- Full of fun for photoshoots & displaying the figure.
- So far the best articulated Yoshi figure ever made.
- Yoshi lacks some face part expressions.
- Yoshi lacks of knee, torso, & upper bicep cut joints.
- Permanent attached left palm with Yoshi’s egg.
- Exchanging his hands is still a little hard.
S.H.Figuarts Yoshi with Bonus
Small Parts: 4/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Oh, no… Don’t tell me you’re going to….
HOLY SHIT!! Yoshi evolved into Dragon Caesar or this is the birth of Dragonzord?
… Now what?!
Mario VS Dragon Caesar!!
WATCH OUT, MARIO!!
Dragon Ball Rip-off?
What about Dragon Ranger?
I guess he’s perfectly alright too….
Desy Sarii, for several photo edits.