I love the work that First 4 Figures is doing when it comes to collectible Nintendo statues, but I swear the company must have only licensed the unimportant characters from the Nintendo continuum. Last time, as you'll recall, the company announced a statue based on Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and now today comes word of a statue of Trace from Metroid Prime Hunters.
Trace is a Kriken, one of the most hated and feared races in the galaxy. Every Kriken, when he or she reaches a certain age, is exiled by its clan for a rite of passage. In this ritual, the youth is sent out to find a world suitable for invasion and consumption by the greedy and rapacious Krikens. Young Krikens who return having successfully found a habitat for their people are regaled as heroes, and are assured a life of power, wealth, and prestige. Trace is currently in exile for his rite of passage, which allows him to travel the galaxy looking for planets to expand the Kriken empire. When Trace gets a telepathic call to the Tetra System, he is intrigued. He hopes the abandoned Alimbic Cluster might contain suitable worlds for Kriken invasion. He also seeks the ultimate weapon, because the more power it brings to the Krikens, the more power Trace will receive.
Hey, that's great. Who's he again? That guy from that one game? C'mon, First 4 Figures, let's do this right! Give me the definitive Link statue (not Fierce Deity Link, but the actual real recognizable Hero of Time), give me an iconic Super Mario caricature, give me a Star Fox arwing in mid-flight. Give me anybody that I recognize and to which I have a nostalgic connection. These B-list characters are impressively sculpted, but I'm still not eager to display a character with whom I have no familiar bond. The Samus Aran figure is a great start, but there's potential for so much more.