People like to buy Nintendo’s Amiibo toys because they’ve got to buy something. Money’s not going to spend itself. The Amiibos all do some kind of a thing in select Nintendo games, like giving you more computer-controlled opponents to spar with in the new Smash Bros. game, or decking your little racer out in new threads in Mario Kart 8. If you’re already in the business of populating your spaces with Skylanders or Disney Infinity toys, and also like Nintendo, you might as well buy these things, too. You know, if you want to. And assuming that you can actually find them in stores, where they theoretically appear for a few minutes at a time before promptly selling out. Earlier this month we ran down the best Amiibos from the first wave, which came out in late November. Today we’ll look at the six figures in the second wave, which has slowly trickled out to stores throughout the last two weeks.
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6. Captain Falcon An action dude for action dudes, Captain Falcon's posed like a Heisman for punters. That elaborate scarf doesn't make much sense for football, though, much less fighting or racing, which is ostensibly what this guy does. Between the eagle helmet, domino mask, pistol and single shoulder pad, the Captain's ensemble is a mess. His longstanding poor costume design isn't the Amiibo's fault, but it certainly doesn't help.
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5. Diddy Kong Diddy's cute. I'll give him that. Cute and super friendly. He's just dull all around, from his pose to his outfit. I'm pretty sure he's about to do a backspin. That's not nearly as exciting as Donkey Kong skanking.
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4. Pit It's hard to rank the next four because they all look pretty great. Pit takes the fall because he's not wielding his most iconic weapon, or at least not in its most well-known form. Yes, that dual sword doohickey is formed from his bow, and it probably looks cooler to some kids than a bow, but it lacks that weapon's power and familiarity. Still, this statue mostly captures the essence of the character, in that it has wings and wears white.
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3. Zelda Zelda's regal stature is almost inspiring, and her gown is as lovely and elaborately designed as Princess Peach's. I could carp on her lack of action, but again, she's royalty, and poise and elegance is crucial to her demeanor. This Amiibo reinforces that Zelda is the Nintendo character to call when you need to be bailed out, if you're not too afraid to disappoint her.
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2. Little Mac This is a great, dynamic pose that emphasizes the grace and fluidity of boxing. Mac's entire body is angled into the punch, an intersection of supple but strong lines terminating at the end of his fist. This statue is as beautiful as the ringwork of fabled junior lightweight Alexis Argüello, may he rest in peace.
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This is my favorite of wave two because it reinforces that Luigi is the coolest guy over at Nintendo. Maybe he's doing one of his moves from Smash Bros., but he's clearly also paying tribute to Michael Jackson by doing the "Smooth Criminal" lean. Not many people know this but every move Luigi does in Smash Bros. is a reference to a classic music video. I'll make the YouTube supercut to prove it as soon as I have absolutely nothing else to do with my life.