Good Smile Keeps the Adorable Gaming Goodness Coming [Toy Fair 2017]
Once upon a time I didn't know what a Nendoroid was. That was a time when my wallet was a lot safer from the cutest import collectibles on the market. Good Smile did not have much new at Toy Fair this year, but the company did have a handful of products I hadn't yet seen in person in finished form. Though it would have been better to see a lot more of the upcoming Figma and Nendoroid pieces coming in 2017, Good Smile's limited offerings didn't disappoint.
Just before Toy Fair kicked off, Good Smile announced its latest Nendoroid license, Overwatch. Revealing things before the show was a theme this year, but it was great to see the little Tracer figure on display. There's little argument that Blizzard's character design in Overwatch is some of the best we've seen in a long time, let alone in a team-based shooter. How well those designs translate to the Nendoroid form should have been obvious given the brand's quality and detail in previous figures. Of course, the prototype looks just as great as you can imagine.
This was the first time the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link Nendoroid figure has been seen in the States as well. On hand was the deluxe edition which comes with the big cloak and the horse. The good news is the horse is compatible with any and all Nendoroids. The bad news is it's still not out here yet. Got a few months to wait on that being on your shelves, but at least the actual Breath of the Wild game is coming out in about 10 days to tide us all over.
Surprisingly, no new Figma toys were on hand, and that's a rarity. Typically Good Smile has at least two or three new Figma characters on hand every show throughout the year. Wondercon did have some reveals, and since it was happening at the same time as Toy Fair this year, it's possible there weren't enough prototypes to travel to both events. Persona 5 was one of the announcements I wish we had gotten to see here, but at least we know that game will be getting some beautiful Figmas later this year.
I was also hoping we'd get to see more of the James Jean TMNT statues, but Bebop and Shredder were the only two on display. I'm really curious how the Krang is going to turn out, knowing full well I'll probably never be able to afford this set anyway. It'll still be nice to look at on someone else's shelf though.