SH Figuarts Mario

I can’t count the number of times the SH Figuarts Mario has made his way into my online shopping cart, only to be removed for some other toy. So, when I stumbled upon him at my local toy shop at a discounted price, I didn’t think twice about snapping him up!

Mario

SH Figuarts Mario
Mario

The sculpt, articulation and the finish are spot-on. I guess there are limitations to figuring out the articulation based on a cartoon/video game character, compared to basing it on a ‘human’ character. However, the level of articulation in the SH Figuarts Mario’s arms and legs are exactly as I’d expect based on what I recall from the video games.

SH Figuarts Mario
Mario

The matte finish is a delight to photograph! Mario’s boots and eyes have enough gloss to add a touch of realism, yet the rest remains matte enough to avoid unwanted glare and reflection causing annoyance.

SH Figuarts Mario
Mario

Super Mushroom

Again, the finish on the SH Figuarts Mario Super Mushroom is a treat to place in front of a toy photographer’s lens. It’s wonderful matte finish and its scale screams to be included in photos, whether it with Mario or any other toy!

SH Figuarts Mario
Super Mushroom

Gold Coin and Question Block

The Question Block is finished matte also, while the Gold Coin is, well, gold! A shiny chrome gold that presents glare and reflection challenges.

SH Figuarts Mario
Chasing Dreams

I’ve only had the SH Figuarts Mario for a few days, and have already grown to love him as toy photography fodder.

I hadn’t planned on rushing this review, but crummy weather ruined my weekend plans to scout locations for the upcoming Toy Photographers Meetup. Oh, there’s still time to register, if you haven’t already!

But, from the few photos I did manage to capture between the rain, hail and snow, you can see what a treat the SH Figuarts Mario is!

– Brett

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4 Comments

    • brett_wilson

      Yes, the weather hinders my toy photography plans, but now our water tanks are overflowing and the lake is full in first time in years. Plus, I assume the clouds will be empty come October mean the meetup won’t be impacted by the weather.

  1. Mary Wardell

    Sorry for your bad weather, Brett, but your review sent me on a hunt for this figure which is just the sort of toy I love to play with. I thank you although I’m not sure my husband agrees. 😀

    • brett_wilson

      I shouldn’t grumble about the weather. Come summer, when our water tank is still full I’ll be thankful for our winter rain. Please pass my apologies on to your husband. But this is a fantastic figure for toy photography! 😛

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