Of all the unlikely characters to get an amiibo, Chibi-Robo tops the list. As adorable as the diminutive robot is, he’s always been one of Nintendo’s most niche characters. Yet with Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash, he gets to be a star and sit on your shelf. Perhaps it’s only fitting that this unlikely hero also ends up getting one of the most impressive NFC figure renditions of himself.
A big part of it is due to the posing and positioning of Chibi-Robo amiibo. Given what we know about his stature, it’s likely close to a 1:1 scale figure. He’s practically life-sized as he sits, hoisting his plug over his head. The fact that he’s slightly looking up to acknowledge his owner lends additional personality to the toy.
The paint job is rather impressive as well. There’s a nice mixture of materials used to help him feel like a real figure. It’s an added level of detail most amiibo, and NFC figures in general, don’t often employ. The base has a matte finished, with textured grass. The metallic paint on his body and the plug’s metal pieces give the impression he really is made of perhaps tin or aluminum. The glossy black eyes shine brightly and stand out on his face. Plus, the plug itself is a shiny plastic that feels like, well, a real plug.
But the real highlight for the Chibi-Robo amiibo is, brace yourself, the cord. I know, it sounds crazy to go ahead and devote a whole paragraph to a figure’s fake cord, but there’s a reason for it. It’s actually made of a rubberized material. There’s a give to it, where a person can actually gently move it with their fingers. At first, I figured it was a different type of solid material, but that little extra effort and realism really helps set Chibi-Robo apart from the other toys.
There’s only one area where I find myself a little disappointed in this particular NFC figure. It’s his hands. The Chibi-Robo amiibo’s claws have black plastic filling them up halfway. It’s obviously some sort of safety measure, to help secure them to his head and ensure stability, but it’s quite noticeable when compared to the other little details Nintendo made sure to include with this particular toy.
Despite that minor qualm, the Chibi-Robo amiibo is easily one of the more impressive figures in the line. There are no awkward, transparent pieces of plastic to help him hold his pose. The paint job is perfect. It’s very well designed, with more details than you’d expect from a toy inspired by a tiny, silver robot. Simply put, he’s precious.
The Chibi-Robo amiibo is only available in the Nintendo 3DS Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash bundle. It will be $39.99 when released on October 9, $10 more than the price of the game alone.