Amiibo Cause Cash Shortage

Like many people, when Nintendo announced amiibo, I was left wondering: What are they used for? How will they interact with each game? Which games do they work with? Since the initial announcement, Nintendo has provided bits and pieces of additional information, but many people are still confused.

In the end, it doesn’t matter; apparently, everyone knows just enough to know that they want one. Or two. Or…just the first wave. Or just the first two waves. Or…well, you get the idea.

Apart from listening to my favorite podcast hosts go crazy over these things, I have my own little addiction developing on the side. I didn’t get infatuated with these to the degree of those hosts, but I did promptly buy four of them for my shelf. My current tally is now nine amiibo. It didn’t have anything to do with their functionality, though admittedly I tried using them in Smash and Hyrule Warriors. I can see that in certain situations, their functionality could be neat – especially for younger kids taking their amiibo to a friend’s house and pitting them against each other – but as an adult gamer, I didn’t really care about what they did. I just wanted the neat figures from my childhood.

I work from home. I sit in front of a computer pretty much all day. My desk environment is fairly sterile, and putting those little amiibo on my desk just totally brightens my day. Yes, I’m a grown man, but I think it’s pretty darn neat to have a few of my favorite Nintendo characters on my desk. But, they are oftly small, so they almost beg for more company…

But wait! There are other action figures that also don’t look terrible. I don’t know why, but I’ve always assumed that all action figures look like the crappy $4 versions I had as a kid. But now that I have some amiibo, and have seen that other figures can be attractive as well, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to do, you know, just a little research to see what I can find, right? At least for my favorite character…

So, I bought a Megaman X figure. It’s pretty darn neat, I must say, but it wasn’t $4. So I set him on the side of my little amiibo clan, but…

Now the group was looking a little lopsided. You’ve got all the amiibo, which are all roughly the same height, but then this Megaman figure is taller. It didn’t look right. I need symmetry in my life. Well, I always liked Zero from the X series as well…

So now I’ve got X and Zero guarding my clan, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. But, there’s some space in-between them…I feel like they need a leader. And now I’ve got two representatives from my favorite game – that’s not balanced! Since Link’s my next favorite character (Four of my 25 favorite games of all time are Zelda games), I decided to look at some Link figures. I was pretty disappointed with what I found; they didn’t seem to look anything like him. I found myself muttering to myself “Terrible, terrible terrible terri…what!?!? A new Wind Waker Link? With changeable expressions? Duh, well that’s a no brainer.”

So I bought little Toon Link, and I must say that I’m comfortable enough with my manhood to say that he’s absolutely adorable. Super cute, but not super tall. In fact, he’s actually just barely bigger than the amiibo! I had not bargained for his tiny size. Next time, I resolved, I am going to check the sizes better…

When I went to the Amazon page to check the size of the Link figure, I noticed that their “you might also be interested in” section had another cool figure from a beloved franchise – Figma Samus! Ohh, and this one’s not too pricey either…

Samus came in the mail, and she looks good. Definitely a good purchase. My clan is fast becoming a full-fledged gang, but that’s ok. No more. This is a good amount…

Then I started playing Danganronpa for my Vita. Absolutely loved it, easily one of my top 20 games of all time. I realized that I only had Nintendo representation in my figures…shouldn’t I have some sort of Playstation representative? It’s only fair, right? Well, after a few drinks late at night, ebay came calling and I bought a Kirigiri/Monokuma figure. She was my favorite character from the game along with Monokuma so it was a perfect fit…well, almost a perfect fit. My gang was starting to look lopsided again.

But you know, my other favorite cartoon character of all time is Optimus Prime. I grew up watching transformers on a tiny 13” black and white TV set (no, I’m not that old, but that’s just all I had as a kid), and his strong and noble charisma (“Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.” – what a badass) always enchanted me. If I was to ever be a futuristic sentient English-speaking robot, I’d want it to be him. Maybe one more wouldn’t be such a big deal…

And boom. Turns out Optimus Prime figures are expensive. But at this point, I’m completing a set, right? So I had to do it. And the collection continues to grow bit by bit. Thank you Nintendo, and thank you amiibo, for helping me to buy lots of plastic I don’t need. This is all in jest of course – I do actually enjoy them, and it was certainly my choice to buy them. But I probably could have settled with, you know, 1 or 2…but really, they had me at hello.

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