S.H.Figuarts Yoshi by Bandai (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com)
Following the unboxing here is the review for Bandai’s latest Yoshi action figure. Like their other Super Mario toys, it is surprisingly well done and nicely articulated. It’s also nice to think that the Italian plumbers have some company finally.
As with Mario and Luigi, Yoshi hasn’t really had any action figures up until now. This is partly due to the design but also because Nintendo wasn’t really set up to do this kind of toy. So the partnership with Bandai has been a productive one as we now have some excellent figures of gaming’s arguably most loved characters.
Unlike the other releases, Yoshi doesn’t have any new play sets released along with him. You can still use the play sets to build levels for Yoshi though, so that’s something at least.
In general, this is a really nice toy of Yoshi. Despite the simplicity of the design, the articulation is nicely comprehensive, to the point that he can balance on one leg (as shown above). The signature tongue is a separate piece that has to be swapped out and the instructions warn of scratching the paint off, so be careful.
The big addition is the two separate “saddles” for Mario and Luigi. These are different due to the respective proportions of the two figures. Both sit well on the happy green dinosaur, too.
Bar that, Yoshi comes with a separate set of eyes and his mouth can open somewhat. As figures go it has tread the fine line to being faithful to the very simple original design and to work as a poseable toy.
If you’re a fan of Super Mario then you should totally get Yoshi — doubly so if you already have the Mario and Luigi figures.