S.H.Figuarts Luigi by Bandai (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com)
Following on from our review of Bandai’s excellent Mario figure, we now have his wonderful brother Luigi to play with. We’ll also look at the separate Play Set C (to accompany the already released Play Sets A and B). Like Mario, Luigi is also a supremely nice figure and the additional playset is most welcome, too.
Unfortunately for Luigi, he’s played the second fiddle to his brother over the years. Starting out as a second playable character in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros, Luigi has been featured in numerous games since. Occasionally he gets different handling from his brother, too, being able to jump higher (on account of his increased height) but also being a bit slippery to control as a consequence. This was a big thing touted in Super Mario Galaxy but after acquiring all 129 stars I can tell you that both Mario and Luigi handled identically (anyone who says otherwise is just flat out lying).
However, Luigi has come into his own as of late due to his behavior in Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. Specifically, his “death stare” after taking out other drivers. Admittedly this is done by other characters as well but Luigi’s underdog status in the Super Mario franchise has given it a different meaning.
Unfortunately this figure lacks the death stare facial expression but it’s still a fantastically fun little toy. The additional play set means you can make more of a game level now, too. Like the Mario figure, Luigi is also a very nicely-articulated toy and the sculpt is great, too.
Like the Mario figure, the boxing is fairly standard with simple instructions, though the box artwork is nicely styled.
As you can see, it’s a lovely little toy and I hope you’ll check out the review when that goes up soon!