World of Nintendo 4″ “Error Version” Inkling Boy
World of Nintendo finally gave us a 4″ scale Inkling figure and it does not disappoint! (aside from some minor gripes) Fully articulated with the odd exception being the head having any up/down range, He can get into a great many poses!
Let me first get out of the way that this is the possibly-rushed out first run. The Inkling’s packing the wrong color ink in his pack and Splattershot! This has been confirmed changed to blue for all but the very first shipments, so that’s great and a relatively quick catch!
The figure itself is just about everything it should be, the sculpt is 100% on point- maybe even Jakks Pacific’s best so far! He looks as if he stepped out of the game! The paint work leaves a little more to be desired. The shoes are great, but he’s missing detail on his shirt tag, pack straps and most notably is “tentacle tie” and ink pack. It shouldn’t be too hard to add some detail if you really want and it’s possible it’s already fixed like the ink color (the pic I saw was too small to tell) You may also notice my Inkling is perpetually looking upward. His pupils are also lowered in the new version, but I’ll be glad to have both for a little variety!
The gripe I have that doesn’t have an apparent solution is the size of the Splattershot accessory. We arguably have three scales of Splatoon figures so far and 4″ Inkling’s weapon of choice not only doesn’t match up with him, it’s smaller than even the amiibo’s perfectly scaled gun. It actually most closely matches the 2.5″ Squid in size. Jakks may have seen relative newcomer Splatoon as a risky choice for a full sized figure and didn’t want to go the route I’d suggest- making a Splat Bomb as the “accessory” and having a larger Gun as a pack-in like Link’s Swords/Sheaths. I really hope they decide to make this jump in future releases (for Inkling Girl and repaints) because this is one sad Splattershot folks. I’m hoping to undertake a custom N-Zap for now because he has to hold something!
Since Inklings have never been seen with other Nintendo Characters (And Smash DLC sadly didn’t work out) We can only assume this figure scales well with our other characters. I think it looks great and he’ll go on my Smash Shelf anyway. I’ll just call it foreshadowing…