Mario & Friends are bigger than you thought.
I finally received my Club Nintendo Elite reward in the mail the other day. It came in a surprisingly large yellow "?" box, which made me wonder if the figure inside was similarly sized. As you may recall, early reports suggested that the Mario & Co. figurine was positively small. Well, I'm happy to report that the figure certainly isn't microscopic by any means. Wait, why am I just sitting here describing it? Click through already, and look at the pretty pictures!
Well, as you can see, the box's nefarious innards are mostly plastic shell. This shell is held together by flimsy clear tape, which is easily severed with a knife. You can then easily pry apart the plastic shell and get at the chocolate center within (note: the figure is not actually made of chocolate--as far as I'm aware).
Here it is! From left to right, front to back, we have Peach, Luigi, Mario riding Yoshi, a Goomba coming out of a pipe, and Bowser. I really like the poses--Bowser especially looks dynamic and menacing. He's apparently about to tear off Peach's head. Each figurine is impressively detailed, right down to the scutes on Bowser's back surrounding the spikes.
The figure has a greasy feel, and everything feels a bit like very fresh clay, but it clearly smells like a petroleum-based modeling substance (plastic). Notice the Goomba here, peeking out of the pipe. I think it's my favorite part of the figure. Goombas really don't get enough love.
Because paleontologists love scale, and I don't have scale bars in my house, I'm going to provide you actual scale in the next picture so you can get an idea of how big, exactly, this figure is. Short answer: it easily fits atop a CD jewel case. Long answer: see below.
So it's bigger than the Pokemon HeartGold Ho-Oh figurine, but smaller than the Charizard toy I bought at Fred Meyer. I'm glad I received this little reward from Club Nintendo (and free no less!) (not really), and I just wish this sort of quirky thing were available everyday to trade Coins for. Ah, perhaps someday. A girl can dream!