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Also known as Puzzle Productions, First 4 Figures is a company that creates accurate and high-quality figures and statues of certain characters from video games such as Metroid, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Legend of Zelda series.

The company signed a contract with Nintendo in 2006 allowing them to create collectibles based on the Metroid franchise. [1]

First 4 Figures have produced a number of Metroid statues, all of them being game-accurate by using in game files to recreate the designs of the characters or gunships. Each figure is produced in limited quantities.

They are not the first company to have produced a Metroid series figurine. Other figures have been created by JoyRide Studios, Yujin, Max Factory and Figma.

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WorksEdit

Currently, five Samus statuettes have been produced. Three are of upgraded Power Suits, all in identical poses. The other two are Zero Suit Samus statues in identical poses - one, however, features a light-up base and is exclusive to the First 4 Figures website.

Despite mention of such a statuette on the F4F website, no figure of the Dark Suit has been produced.

Varia SuitEdit

First 4 Figure's first Metroid statue to be put into production was Samus's classic Varia Suit as it appeared in Metroid Prime. It was limited to 2,500 pieces worldwide, and was painted according to the game files with metallic paint. Samus is shown in a shooting pose, leaning back and taking aim with her Arm Cannon. The base that the figure comes with is also very detailed, representing a metal platform. It retailed for $100.00 on the First 4 Figures website, but because many have been sold out, other sites such as Amazon.com charge more for the statue.[1]

A new version, based on the Varia Suit's appearance in later Prime games, was announced in May 2016 for an early 2017 release. A version with numerous LED lights is available exclusively on the F4F site.

Gravity SuitEdit

A repaint of the original Varia Suit statue, the Gravity Suit was more limited at only 250 pieces worldwide, and is currently sold out around the globe. It retailed for the same amount as the Varia Suit, but was more highly prized due to the amount that was produced.[2]

Zero SuitEdit

First 4 Figure's statue of Zero Suit Samus shows the Zero Suit in its appearance in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Samus is shown wielding her Paralyzer (absent in Echoes) with a curved stance. First 4 Figures claimed that "she has all the curves in the right places". Production was limited to 2,500 statues.

A second, nearly identical version exclusive to the website only differs in the base, which takes the form of the Chozo mark on Samus' back and contains LED lights that light up to envelop Samus in a pinkish-reddish glow. It is limited to 250 pieces worldwide.[3][4]

Phazon SuitEdit

While the mold is the same as the previous Varia Suit and Gravity Suit, the inside of the statue has been completely reworked to fit 50 LED lights all over the suit that illuminates all of the "lights" on Samus' suit when a button on the base is pressed, including the Visor and Arm Cannon. It is painted to match the Phazon Suit's color scheme (with the exception of the Arm Cannon, now colored silver). It includes a mirror base, which shows off the lights, but is very heavy. Two metal connectors plug into the base from under Samus' left foot. The Arm Cannon has blue LEDs in it, allowing the lines in the Cannon to light up, and it even generates a beam of light from the inside when lit. If facing a wall, the Arm Cannon will act as a blue flashlight and create a blue circle upon the surface of the wall. An internal IC Chip has been implanted into the statue, thus when the button is pressed again and the lights turn off, they fade out slowly. The Arm Cannon fades out first, then the rest of the suit follows. The figure requires three AA batteries that are included and is limited to 1,500 pieces worldwide. The price of the statue is $224.99.[5]

TraceEdit

The red hunter from Metroid Prime: Hunters known as Trace was also prepared as a statue. Prototypes of the statue have been shown and First 4 Figures had created a page for the statue, but when clicked it now states "Product Not Available."[6]

KandenEdit

Not much is known about this statue based on the original Ilya Nazarov model, but a prototype of the statue was seen, however the final product has yet to be approved.

GunshipsEdit

Samus Aran's Gunship from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was released in mid-2010, and features lights for the base, thrusters, and windscreen. The base of the statue is a rounded mirror base with light blue lights that rotate around when activated. The Gunship can also be turned on the base at a swivel joint, and comes with a screw to secure it in a fixed position. First 4 Figures has also hinted that they will release more of Samus's Gunships in the near future.

Another figure of Samus' gunship in its likeness from Prime and Hunters was announced. LED lights are used for the cockpit, engines and gun batteries.[7]

Light SuitEdit

Following years without a Metroid piece, F4F unveiled in late July 2014 a new Light Suit figure.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ First 4 Figures' Metroid figurines. N-sider (2006-05-08). Retrieved on 2010-08-20.

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