Monday, March 26, 2012

Video Game Super Stars - The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (Toy Biz)

The Legend of Zelda has been an iconic staple in the world since the first game joined the ranks of original Nintendo cartridges in the 80's as one of the top sellers of all time. Since then, the series has had several successful titles on various consoles, including some not so great ones (3DO).

In 1998, Nintendo released Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. With it came a whole new generation of Zelda fans, and a whole new decade of next generation console games.

In 2001, Toy Biz tipped its hat to the game by releasing a small set of figures. Each figure came packed with their respective trusted steed, and the Zelda figure included both her forms as well as the horse.

These sculpts were fairly accurate to their video game counterparts, yet at the same time still had a sense of lacking something. The series failed to find a foothold in the toy isle, and overstock was quickly moved to the clearance isle.

What is particularly baffling about this series is how kind the secondary market has been to them. For a set of figures which could once be found on clearance for $4.00, they now garner so much more. Link can sell for as much as $150.00, while Zelda and Ganandorf fetch as much as forty to sixty dollars a piece. Not bad for a series which people didn't seem interested in.

With over fifteen games in its catalog, it's a safe bet that Zelda games aren't going anywhere any time soon. But, for toy collectors, grabbing a series of figures based on the game(s) comes only once in a blue moon.

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  1. They look great. But, holy s**t, those prices...

  2. Occassionally we still see these figures in the clearance isle of the various Toys R' Us stores. If it's something you're interested in, definitely start by going that route. Worse case scenario you find none, best case, you find them all, and even another scenario could be that you find multiple copies of one, and can sell the dupes for the money to get the others.

    Thanks for reading, and the comment.

  3. That's not Zelda in "both her forms" that's young Zelda and Impa!


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