The celebrations continue for the 30th anniversary of HAL Laboratory’s video game series Kirby. Now, Japanese toy brand Good Smile Company, which is known for producing a variety of video game figures and toys, has opened preorders for a 30th anniversary edition Nendoroid for the titular pink hero.
HAL Laboratory and Nintendo seem to have prepared a lot of anniversary events and activities for Kirby’s 30th year. Not only was the new video game, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, launched this 2022, but fans of the character have been bombarded with merchandise news since the announcement of the celebrations since the start of the year. With Kirby being a popular Nintendo character, having well-known Japanese toy brands like Good Smile Company making limited edition figures for it is not surprising.
On the official English account of Good Smile Company, the team announced that preorders have opened for the Kirby 30th anniversary edition Nendoroid. The figure will come with four face parts, which includes the character’s standard sparkling eyes face, one with swirly eyes, a surprised face, and the last face features Kirby’s iconic retro look. The Nendoroid set is quite interesting as it combines magnetic parts with the figure line’s standard peg-and-hole system for accessories. The toy’s stand also features the Kirby 30th anniversary logo, reiterating that it is a special anniversary edition of the Nendoroid.
According to Good Smile Company, the Kirby Nendoroid will cost 5,200 yen or roughly $41 USD. Kirby fans will likely consider this price as affordable, given that the set comes with many cute accessories such as a bindle stick, the iconic Friend Heart, a sweet potato, and even a glittery Star Rod. Preorders open May 31 and will be available until July 14, until stocks last. Though this is not the first time Good Smile Company has produced cute Kirby toys and merchandise, fans probably have to preorder this item as fast as possible. Being a special 30th anniversary version, it is possible that the Nendoroid may sell out.
With a Kirby-themed concert schedule in August, and six months left in 2022, fans of the pink hero will likely still have a good deal of anniversary news to look forward to. The launch of Kirby and the Forgotten Land and the release of Kirby 64 on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack seemed to have reignited the community’s love for Kirby. Hopefully both HAL Laboratory and Nintendo will reveal hard-hitting updates on the future of the Kirby video games series, especially now when the community seems to have higher interest in the franchise.