After seeing how many amiibo figures The Legend of Zelda got for its 30th anniversary, I think it's highly likely that Kirby will get some new figurines to celebrate his 25th. But which will they be? I have my predictions, but this blog is dedicated to the figures that would, in my opinion, be the most fitting for the celebration. I've also included other potential candidates and ones I wish they'd make. Here they are:

Most Fitting Figures

Retro Kirby
Kirby Flying

Game of origin: Kirby's Dream Land (1992)

This figure holds a floating, smiley Kirby whose face is small compared to his pudgy body. In Japan, it is pink and red, but the North American version is entirely white. It represents Kirby's beginning and early years, as well as the work of director Masahiro Sakurai.

Nintendo has a tendency to release amiibo that are retro versions of characters who already have figures. Unlike 8-bit Mario or 8-bit Link, Retro Kirby is not a blocky, three-dimensional sprite. This ancient image of Kirby is widely known because of the color controversy alone, so I'd say it fits the bill pretty well.

Animal Friends
Animal Friends 1

Games of origin: Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995) and Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)

This figure holds Rick, Coo, and Kine at the minimum. If they can squeeze more in, Nago, ChuChu, and Pitch are also featured. It represents Kirby's adventures in the 1990s, as well as the work of director Shinichi Shimomura.

The Animal Friends (primarily the original three) have become frequently-referenced characters in recent games, so they easily stand out to me as the best pick for the '90s.


Game of origin: Kirby: Squeak Squad (2006)

This figure holds Daroach, who may or may not be holding the Triple Star. Squeakers can be used to hold the figure in mid-air rather than transparent plastic. It represents Kirby's adventures in the 2000s, as well as the work of developer Flagship.

Choosing a 2000s character was the most challenging, since those years had extremely varied games. Do I choose a representative from a game poised on the edge of the '90s, a remake of a game from the '90s, a rolling spin-off, a racing spin-off, or a game that Flagship made that is not as praised as earlier games? The four Kirbys from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror came close, but when I think of characters introduced in the 2000s, the Squeaks are the first that cross my mind. Daroach also has the benefit of not being a member of Kirby's species, as there are already two Kirby figures as well as Retro Kirby.

KRTDL Captain

Game of origin: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)

This figure holds Magolor. The bow of the Lor Starcutter can be sticking upwards out of the base with Magolor holding onto it, though this is not necessary. It represents Kirby's adventures in the 2010s, as well as the work of director Shinya Kumazaki.

Taranza and Susie would work about as well for this decade, but I feel Magolor signals the beginning of Kirby's 2.5D games that feature ferocious powers and weapons, in-depth sub-games, and insane boss fights. This was, after all, one of Kumazaki's first official newcomers not based on or modeled after an existing character.

Other Possibilities

In case Nintendo really wants to squeeze the udders of nostalgia, here are a few other figures that would release that would adequately represent other parts of the series:

Dream amiibo

Here are some amiibo that will probably never exist that I'd love to own:

  • Yarn Fluff/Yarn Yin-Yarn
    Game of origin: Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010)
    I'm interested in one character or the other, not both. It would be similar to the Yarn Yoshi amiibo in terms of composition.
  • Big Birdee
    Game of origin: Kirby Mass Attack (2011)
    The six Wee Birdees are riding on her back. She may also be carrying a basket of fruit (all three types included) that would serve to prop her up.
  • Lor Starcutter (in case the Lor isn't a detail on Magolor's figure)
    Game of origin: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
    Tiny pink, blue, orange, and red shapes are attached to the base, as if the KRtDL team is observing the ship from below.
  • Landia
    Game of origin: Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
    It would be the four-headed version, complete with the Master Crown.
  • Elline and Claycia
    Game of origin: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (2015)
    Unlike all other amiibo, this is a handcrafted figure made of clay. A transparent capsule attaches to the base and covers the whole figure, protecting it from harm. Elline and Claycia are hugging each other like they do in the game, and Dark Crafter's sunglasses are sitting behind them on the base.

...Aww, let's be real: Kumazaki's at the helm, so those awesome ones will never make the cut. Here's how it's really gonna go this holiday season:

  • 8-Bit Kirby
  • Magolor
    Exclusive to GameStop stores in the United States
  • Taranza
    Exclusive to Best Buy stores in the United States
  • Queen Sectonia
    Exclusive to Toys"R"Us stores in the United States, $15.99 (+ profit, as Toys"R"Us is known to increase the prices on its goods by a few dollars)
  • Susie
    Exclusive to Target stores in the United States

Dang it.

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