Well, more of late review since I finally got time to open & played more of my SHF collections, they’re S.H.Figuarts Playset C & D from Super Mario series. Playsets C & D were part of the diorama display for SHF Mario, Luigi, & Yoshi to recreate the scene more lively. The Playsets contains several baddies & some element from the games, the baddies in Playset C are Piranha Plant & Buzzy Beetle while Playset D has Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Bullet Bill, & Boo. I don’t think I can tell the characters one by one, otherwise it would make the review longer so, I include the links of the character’s informations from wiki if you want to know each of the characters. On the figures themselves, Playset C has the exact box design as it’s predecessors but, more identical to Playset B since it got the exact size, probably because of the pipe existence. While Playset D’s box got the exact size as the Mario & Playset A but, unlike the previous releases Playset D got purple colored box instead of yellow. Well, up to the disappoint me Playset D was a Tamashii Web Exclusive so, they’re pretty expensive to get for me since they limit the distribution. I actually interested to get 2 or 3 of Playset D for repainting purpose on Koopa Troopa’s shell but, that purpose will never come true. Alright, let’s take a look inside the boxes!
Playset C was included with 1 Pipe with alternate pipe hole, 1 Piranha Plant, 1 Buzzy & 1 Coin with stand… Not quite much, eh? The box wasn’t actually deceiving because of the pipe size lol.
Playset D got Stage Act display with 2 quadra jointed stand, 1 Boo, 1 Koopa with stand, 1 Bullet Bill & 1 Goomba. Yeah, much more satisfying indeed!
Playset C seems very limited in number because all you get are only 2 characters in total, 1 coin, & pipe. If you only bought this without the others, this Playset will be less interesting because they lacks so many things to display unless you bought either Mario/Luigi/Yoshi & the previous Playsets, because they mostly works for extras.
Contrast to Playset D, you get 4 characters in total & 1 Display Stand! You can recreate many scenes of them with Mario or Luigi or even Yoshi bullying them or make display with them in gangs or with other stuffs like pipes or blocks. Although, all of these 2 Playsets were called S.H.Figuarts, most of them are unarticulated since they only works for displaying on recreating Mario’s background scenes from the game. Yes, kinda disappointing but, these were predictable to me since the previous Playsets none of the Goombas appeared to be articulated.
1st up from Playset C is the Piranha Plant part! They served as one of the baddies, their role in most games are blocking Mario & Luigi’s path on the pipes. They also used to bite & chow, this SHF version captured their image perfectly but, the disappointing part is… They appeared to be made only open mouth done, there’s no articulation on their mouth so, we cannot recreate them do the mouth close. Everything was done from a hard plastic however, Piranha Plant got some removable part on their leaves, & the pipe hole stand.
Same goes to the Buzzy Beetle, works as another baddies in the game, they’re actually a turtle with dark blue & strong shell. In the game they can be quite irritating since you can’t beat them with Fire Flower unless you used either Koopa or Buzzy’s shell themselves by kicking to ram the passing ones. In this SHF creation, Buzzy’s appearance was based from their latest appearance in the latest Mario games, unlike Koopa he appeared to have larger shell or either got small body under the shell, which explains his head has dark face because of the shadows. He also looked more menacing with the red eyes. Like Goomba & Piranha Plant, he was made from a hard & thick plastic & he’s kinda heavy to hold.
Playset C was also included with a single coin & it’s stand, all you have to do to make it stand is to attach the stand’s peg joint on the coin’s hole joint. The coin is the same made like the previous releases on Mario, Playset A & B. So, I think I have nothing to discuss more on this since I’ve already reviewed all 3 coins in my Mario and the Playsets review.
Last of the Playset C, a pipe part included 2 variant pipe hole short & deep one to recreate pipe scenes of Mario & his friends/enemies inside the pipe or just an extra display.
The comparison shows this pipe got the same mold as the Playset B one but, colored in vibrant red instead of green. So, you can also use the green one for Piranha Plant part.
Now, we’re going to Playset D, start from Koopa Troopa part! Aside the Goombas, they’re also considered as Bowser’s main henchmen, we used to encounter these guys in most levels. Like Goombas or Buzzies, they usually walks through the end of the screen, trying to get in the way of Mario & his friends path. There’s a lot of Koopa Troopas type in the games but, the one depicted in SHF version is the Green one which the most common one. Yes, he even portrayed walking as well, & in order to make him standing you’ll have to attach his hole joint under the shell with the peg joint on the stand. In overall, he was also made from a hard plastic & he’s completely unarticulated. Perhaps this is one of the most disappointing part for me because I was expecting more on the beginning, atleast he should have movable head, arms & legs to recreate more of his iconic scenes but, Bandai was lazy enough to create that. Not that I think he’s small but, I’ve seen lots of small figures which is articulated pretty good.
Playset D was also included with Bullet Bill part. Bullet Bill is a bullet-like projectiles, they are shot out of Bill Blasters, and are usually under Bowser’s control. As expected from Bandai, they came up pretty accurate to the game & surprisingly their arms are articulated! We can twist their arms 360 degrees but, unlike the other part, Bullet Bill appeared to be lighter to hold. I guess inside of Bullet Bill might be holey due to the articulation points but, it’s no problem to me atleast Bullet Bill got some feature to play. The back view of Bullet Bill’s hole was colored red, it was meant for fire/smokey effects from the bottom. Bullet Bill is a flying object/projectile so, they require Stage Act to recreate their scenes.
Aside Bullet Bill, there’s Boo the white spherical ghost with menacing and normally open mouths. They are known for their large tongues and small “arms” of some sort. However, the most distinctive characteristic of the Boos is their shy personality, where they cover their faces when someone looks them directly at the face. They will uncover their faces once the subject turns around & the SHF version portrayed Boo perfectly like that. I’m loving how his mouth was sculpted beautifully intense. Well, he’s entirely unarticulated which I can understand it’d be looking weird but, Bandai should atleast include another of him with closing eyes to depicts when Mario & his friends looking at him. Like the other parts (excluding Bullet Bill), Boo is another hard plastic made material. Boo is a flying object so he require Stage Act as well like Bullet Bill.
And the last character is Goomba! It is the same Goomba from the previous Playsets releases, even I can’t tell the difference but, each of them got different minor paint defects & I don’t think I should tell the defects because it’s very common & tolerable to me except the Playset D’s Goomba got the least quality compare the other 2. Meh, rather than 3 Goombas, I was hoping for a winged Red Goomba…
Lastly, due to the existence of Bullet Bill & Boo, Stage Act display is also included in Playset D, it is the exact stage act from Playset A & Yoshi but, this one was included with 2 quadra jointed stand to make 2 flying objects like Bullet Bill & Boo together. To make 2 flying objects you’ll need to remove the hexagon peg joint & insert the extra quadra jointed stand in & you’re done!
My Final thoughts, I’m happy enough with them eventhough some of them appeared less than I expected but, still a fun collections to play/collect. They’re pretty recommended so far except that, Bandai did a very stupid decision to make the Playset D & the rests of the latest ones as a limited release, which so discouraging to collect more of them. Therefore, no more SHF Mario series collections to collect for me. Unless if you’re crazy on Mario series, these figures are probably one of the best made identical to the game ever made.
- Accurate & perfect sculpt work like in the games.
- Fun & Playful accessories.
- Articulated Bullet Bill
- Great additions for photoshoots & displaying the figure or even Super Mario fans.
- Perhaps one of the best Mario Playsets ever made.
- No articulations for Koopa Troopa & Piranha Plant.
- Playset C seems very limited in number.
- Paintjob problem on several part.
- Bandai, you did a very fatal mistake for releasing Playset D as a Tamashii Web Shouten Exclusive!!
- From time to time, they’re getting less interesting to collect.
S.H.Figuarts Playset C
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
S.H.Figuarts Playset D
Small Parts: 5/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Lol, 3’s better than 1!
Feel the wrath of the limited release Fire Mario!!
Oh, no! Fire Mario is too expensive to do that kind of job!! Way to go, Bandai!!
Good moves, smokey!
Oh, speak for yourselves, dumb nuts! You’ve been countlessly attacks us with your new products, Bandai!!
DAMN!! This just keeps better & better….
Thanks for reading my review! Stay tuned for more. 😀