Hello friends! Today we’ll be taking a look at the Splatoon Boy: DX Edition figma from Good Smile Company.
These “Splatoon Boys” are also known as Inklings in the Splatoon universe. Splatoon is a third-person shooter developed and published by Nintendo in May 2015. As a new intellectual property, the amount of success it received brought it to center stage among the likes of Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda. This series became so iconic that an Inkling received a playable role in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!
- Blue Inkling boy
- Smirking expression face plate
- Frustrated expression face plate
- 6 hand parts
- Extra wrist joint
- Blue splat effect part
- Ink canister
- Retro Specs
- Green Inkling boy
- Smiling expression face plate
- Frustrated face plate
- 8 hand parts
- Extra black wrist joint
- Splattershot 2
- Green splat effect part
- Ink canister
- Painter’s mask
- Li’l Judd
- Flag color stickers
- Articulated figma stands
- Static stands for Judd & Li’l Judd
- 2 figma storage bags
It’s important to highlight that this is the DX Edition. The standard version only comes with the blue Inkling and the accessories that relate to him. The two cats, Judd and Li’l Judd, and the green Inkling and its accessories are exclusive to the DX Edition.
If you have the previously released Splatoon Girl figma, you can expect something very similar here. Good Smile Company and Max Factory have accurately translated Splatoon’s Inkling designs into 4 different figma figures. There are really no complaints here. If you already own the Splatoon figures from the World of Nintendo line from Jakks Pacific, these are very similar in height.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Good Smile Company and its partners, each figure is painted by hand, so there can be some variability between each figure. From the box that I personally received, the paint work is fantastic. There is no paint bleed between surfaces, the colors are as vibrant as they are found in the game, and the surface texture is completely smooth.
figma are designed with the intention of putting them in action poses. Having the figures sport ball and hinge joints all around helps it achieve that goal. Everything moves and holds together like you would expect it to, though I did encounter a few issues on each figure. On the Green Inkling, where the leg connects with the shorts seems to loosely fit in the socket, which often leads to it completely falling off. On the Blue Inkling, all of the parts that make up the head seem to easily come apart, which doesn’t bode well when trying to pose. Despite these two issues, posing each of the figures like how they are presented on their box is done with ease.
I preordered these two on AmiAmi for ¥11,450, which is essentially the price of two figma figures, and that is what you get in this box. The standard version, which is just the Blue Inkling is priced at ¥6,182. This price is what you can expect with figma figures today, though aftermarket prices are a whole different story. It seems that if you don’t preorder figures from Good Smile Company, they’ll be impossible to get after they release. Reprints are only done if there is mass demand or a related upcoming release, like how both of the Isabelle Nendoroids received additional releases when Animal Crossing: New Horizons hit store shelves. You can find both of these boys on the secondhand market hovering around $160.
One of the criticisms with the Splatoon Girl figma was that the color of the pink Inkling’s skin tone was lighter than how it was presented in Splatoon 2. Having these boys in hand, the same skin tone is also used allowing for sharing of the accessories that each figma set comes with. While they had sharing in mind, not all parts are interchangeable between figures. The ears on the boys are removable as the headphones that come with it attach to their heads completely replacing the ears. Since the girls do not have these removable ears, they are unable to wear these new headphones. If everything was actually interchangeable between each figma, this would feel like a set of figures rather than figures that are competing against each other (in a Splatfest, maybe). I would have also appreciated an extra weapon as there are still several that are not represented between both the girls and boys. Maybe we’ll receive a few more in the upcoming Pearl and Marina figma figures Good Smile Company previously announced.
Overall, I would recommend these figures, especially if you are a fan of Splatoon.
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Last modified: September 4, 2020