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The hunt is on for the Meta Knight amiibo, here is what I found

Feb 20 // Chris Carter
Some stores were handing out tickets, but many, including mine, were not. Confusion was abound, because at the first store I went to, someone in line stated that they were told that the location had "fourteen" on-hand. It turns out that there were actually five total figures that were available for non-preorders. In other words, nine were on hold. The second store had 10 total, with only five available on-hand. Other reports I'm getting from friends range from five to 10 maximum on-hand for non-pre-orders. If you live in a rural area, you may be able to still snag an extra figure slightly after opening. If you're familiar with the Lucario situation at Toys"R"Us, this is basically the same exact thing. At the first store, the line was roughly 20 people long -- since I showed up near opening I did not get one, but thankfully I was able to get in on the first set of pre-orders, and my package is scheduled to arrive today. I have not been able to verify whether or not Best Buy will trickle in stock over the coming weeks, or whether the figure is like Rosalina, where stock is outright not being replenished. A manager at the first store noted that they "should" be getting restock, but he wasn't entirely positive. He also gave a quick tip out to consumers -- call or check back on Wednesday and Friday mornings at your location, because that's when new stock comes in. So where can you get it in the meantime? You can try to check the product's stock page throughout the weekend to see if any missed pre-orders spill over, or try to check your store for stock here. If you're calling your store or going in person, use this SKU -- 1375009. You can also find him at Amazon UK, Amazon.FR, and Amazon.DE, or check out our amiibo hunting guide for more ideas. Japanese sites are having a difficult time keeping him in stock. Good luck!
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Good luck
[Update: Get this. One amiibo hunter is reporting that you can get $5 off any Wii U or 3DS game nationwide if your store does not have Meta Knight in stock. Even if your store denies you, it doesn't hurt to ask!] Today, ...

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Amiibo

This gold Mario amiibo looks to be a Wallyworld exclusive


Where is your God now?
Feb 17
// Robert Summa
What do you do if you're a die-hard amiibo fiend and you hate Walmart? Well, what if you hate Walmart so much you boycott it? Time to throw away those morals and standards because it looks like your favorite box store might be getting an exclusive amiibo -- a golden Mario. Thanks to this picture snapped by a fan, the signage says it all: Only at Walmart. Your move, hippies.
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amiibo

Link is the most popular amiibo in the world, US and Canada account for 63% of all amiibo shipments


amiibo talk from Nintendo
Feb 17
// Chris Carter
Nintendo spoke up on the amiibo situation, noting that the toys are performing well during its investor briefing last night. Some factoids were revealed, most notably that Link was still the number one selling amiibo worldwid...
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Meta Knight

Here's the rub on the Best Buy Meta Knight amiibo in-store situation


Expect it to launch Friday
Feb 16
// Chris Carter
Another week, another hunting day for amiibo collectors and parents everywhere. Friday, February 20 is when the Best Buy exclusive Meta Knight figure will launch across the US. So what can you expect when you go to the store ...
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Rosalina

It looks like new amiibo models of Rosalina, Wario, and Donkey Kong are likely confirmed


A common Rosalina would make a lot of people happy
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
Rejoice, amiibo fans who may have missed out on Rosalina! It looks like Nintendo's Japanese Mario Party 10 landing site may have just confirmed another run of the figure. Going on a tip from a reader, it appears as if th...
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Sonic the Hedgehog

This $300 Sonic the Hedgehog statue looks amazing


It's still $300 though
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
First 4 Figures has released a ton of great-looking statues, and now it has moved on to another Sonic piece. Its newest creation involves Sonic, Tails, and the iconic Tornado plane -- a scene that retro gamers likely have bur...
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D-Arts

D-Arts' Mega Man Zero Type 2 figure is getting re-released


Just in case you missed it
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
D-Arts makes some of the best figures on the market, and its Mega Man line is particularly great. I love how they look with my collection, and they're the perfect balance between price and quality. If you missed out on the "T...
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Best Buy

Meta Knight amiibo now has a solid release date of February 20 at Best Buy


Finally
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
Just minutes ago I obtained an email from Best Buy noting that Meta Knight has a firm release date of February 20. Before today, the retailer skirted around giving us an exact figure, even showing "December 2015" dates for pr...

Guide: Where you can import amiibo, and where you can find rares

Feb 11 // Chris Carter
General tips Your first step is figuring out what amiibo are actually rare if you are strapped for cash and can't order every wave as soon as they are available. There really is no way to do this without staying up to date on amiibo news from sites like Destructoid or the Amiibo Inquirer, since most rare figures are revealed by way of insider tips, whether it's from Nintendo themselves or specific retailers. For instance, King Dedede is supposedly going to be the most rare non-exclusive in Wave 3. Toad looks like he's going to be rare for all intents and purposes since he is selling out everywhere, but it seems as if that might not be the case. In the case of store exclusives like Rosalina, Lucario, Shulk, and Meta Knight, expect those to always be rare. My rule of thumb is to import exclusives, always, as a backup. Just in case my order is canceled and there are no extras in-store, I have that two to three week shipment coming in from Japan. Those usually end up going to friends or getting traded. If I ever miss out on a rare amiibo, I have a few "chips" to bargain with. Finally, the "defect" amiibo craze seems to have died out, but if you have a choice in-store of multiple packages, always look for an anomaly. Nintendo World Store Do you live in New York City or close by? Your first stop for rare amiibo is going to be at the Nintendo World Store. It occasionally gets rare amiibo in stock, and even stocked exclusives at one point. You can also call the store at (646) 459-0800, or check its fairly up-to-date Twitter feed. Nowinstock.net A friend recently turned me onto this site, which is basically just an aggregator for when retailers actually get their stock in or start taking pre-orders. You can sign up for email alerts, but SMS texts are the fastest way to get notified for when amiibo sales happen. There are also other retailer stock notification services like BrickSeek, or GameStop's SKU tracker -- just replace this Shulk SKU with the one of your choice. Amazon Europe Amazon France and Amazon Germany are probably the best storefronts in terms of getting consistent rare amiibo in stock. You may have to create a new Amazon account in some regions however, and you can't take advantage of Prime. These are generally tougher to use than Japanese sites, who almost always have translated text on-hand -- but it's very easy to figure out with an online translation service, and the checkout process is fundamentally the same across all of Amazon. Japanese sites I've had good experiences with Play Asia, Nin-Nin-Game, and Ami Ami. There are other sites out there like YesAsia as well, and I'm sure some readers will share them in the comments along with their results. Note that it usually takes two to three weeks for your shipment to arrive, and with various issues with US ports going on lately it may take longer. Trading Trading always has an inherent risk that the other party won't follow through, but for those of you who are more trusting, there are online trading posts out there like /r/amiiboswap, the NVC Amiibo Group, or this NeoGAF thread. Also, try to ask fellow amiibo collectors if they're willing to trade extras if you're in a pinch -- many would be willing to part with an extra Shulk for an extra Rosalina, for instance. Just know the general "tier" that an amiibo is worth so you have an idea of what to expect. Make friends with managers or employees This is a tip I often give people who want to find rare products, and I would never advocate being fake with people or "using" them in any way. But it's common sense that if you're a little nicer to people in retail, you will generally get better service. Also, developing a rapport with someone is an easy way to get recognized, and they will often go the extra mile for you when possible. Any decent manager will also accept that since you're a repeat customer, they also in turn get more cashflow for the store -- so ask to talk to them next time about their amiibo stock situation, and maybe you'll get your own insider tip. It's a win-win. Making friends with amiibo collectors in general who are willing to send you texts for when certain waves go on sale is also key.
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Exclusin' ain't easy
Unless my Meta Knight pre-order is screwed up by Best Buy, I'll have every existing amiibo on-hand by next week. A lot of people have asked how I'm so successful at getting some of the rarer figures, and the answer is "helping out a lot of friends, and getting help from friends." But there are a lot of ways to procure them. Here are a few that will allow you to sidestep scalpers on eBay.

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Little Mac

These custom Little Mac and Pikachu amiibo are insanely detailed


Wireframe Little Mac!
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
Every so often the custom amiibo crowd wows me, and that's definitely the case with this wireframe Little Mac from "peble," pictured above. The detail is insane, and the clear resin to give it that translucent ...
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GameStop

GameStop joins the growing list of retailers screwed by Nintendo's US amiibo rollout


I mostly feel bad for the kids
Feb 06
// Chris Carter
I know a lot of people don't like GameStop. That's cool. Like any retailer, bad customer service has the propensity to make people not want to return to a store. My local GameStop though is pretty great, and I've developed a ...

To Infinity and beyond: A chat with Disney Infinity's executive producer

Feb 05 // Jason Faulkner
Infinity had its work cut out for it as it entered the market. Skylanders had a monopoly, but Vignocchi stated that all it did was prove market opportunity. The team behind the series knew that the Disney IP, software innovation (through the Toy Box), and higher figure quality would be the key to differentiate the series, and focused on those aspects. When designing the games and figures, the designers try and follow Pixar's maxim to "make movies (games/figures) that they would want to see (play)." The most important aspect to them is, does this character "allow us to bring unique and incredible gameplay" to the series? What's going on in the world of Disney, theatrical releases and other key events, have some bearing on which characters make it to life, but if it wouldn't be fun to play them, they won't get made. I also inquired about the recently released Toy Box 2.0 app for the iPhone, I was curious as to whether a future version of the app would utilize the NFC capabilities of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus if they were unlocked by Apple. Vignocchi stated that the approach right now was to consolidate and connect the Disney Infinity series across all platforms, console, iOS, and PC. Right now the figures are unlocked on PC and iOS via a unlock code included with the figures, and did not mention plans to expand NFC capabilities to any other platform. My final question concerned a dream of mine I've had since I was a child, to go on a magical adventure with Boba Fett, The Hulk, and Mickey Mouse, and being two-thirds of the way there has haunted me for months. The first Disney Infinity release was solely Disney properties, 2.0 added Marvel to the mix. I was hoping I would get confirmation that Star Wars was part of a massive Disney Infinity 3.0 that also included favorites from original LucasArts games, so that I could finally give up on the material world beyond my Disney Infinity playsets and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, Vignocchi stated that he had "nothing to announce at this time." But for a moment, I felt like I could sense a twinkle in his eye from across the Atlantic.
Disney Infinity Q&A photo
NFC won't let me be
The near-field communication (NFC) figure craze was at its height this past holiday season. Skylanders, amiibo, and Disney Infinity figures flew off shelves in droves. I know my local Wal-Mart looked like an adorable Bat...

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Mega Man amiibo

It looks like the Mega Man amiibo might be delayed


Readers have obtained messages from Amazon
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
The Mega Man and Sonic amiibo are due on February 20, apart from the rest of Wave 3, but things aren't looking great for the Blue Bomber. Hundreds of users have reported delays for Mega Man by way of Amazon, myself included. ...
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Rare amiibo

Nintendo manufactured mysterious silver and gold Super Mario amiibo


Make new friends but keep the old; these Metal Mario amiibo are silver and gold
Feb 04
// Steven Hansen
If amiibo have been hard to come by before, it looks like we're in for a whole new kind of scarcity. CPSIA certificates from Nintendo revealed a previously unknown amiibo in the Super Mario line of toys, silver and ...
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Mega Man X

TruForce's Mega Man X toy Kickstarter gains another variant figure


A variant
Feb 03
// Chris Carter
TruForce is creating a rad Mega Man X figure, and the company is almost halfway to its $200,000 goal on Kickstarter. To help move things along a bit two new reward tiers have been added, including an exclusive color variant, ...

The hunt for the Rosalina amiibo is on today, here's what I found

Feb 01 // Chris Carter
That particular Target had a flyer taped to their electronics monitor noting to only sell one total amiibo of the Sheik, Toon Link, or Rosalina variety to customers. Not one per SKU, but one total of those three. They seemed to be pretty strict about this policy, but I'm getting reports of "no limits" and "one per SKU" alike. Everyone who went at opening was fairly cordial and formed an orderly line -- only some Targets are actually handing out tickets, the rest are a free-for-all type situation, so expect some running. The next Target I went to only had six Rosalinas in stock and sold out immediately. The third store said that they had 16, but also sold out right away. Both my second and third Target stop were completely sold out of Sheik and Toon Link amiibo at that point -- but there were plenty of Bowsers, so don't think he's rare or anything. I've heard multiple reports around the US of Targets getting this mixed amount of stock. Some in my area didn't get any, so if you ended up going to one of those Old Maid stores you're basically screwed, because by the time you hit the next location they'll be gone. You may still have a chance at Sheik and Toon Link, but don't waste your time driving an hour or more away for Rosalina at this point. There is no indication yet that Toon Link is rare (people probably hate-bought him since they left empty-handed with Rosalina), but all signs point to the fact that Sheik is the rare figure in Wave 3 (Ike is also rumored). Just like Lucario at Toys"R"Us last week on opening day, it seems as if the entire country sold out of Rosalina within 30 minutes. The jury is out on whether or not more stock will come in, and you'd hope that would be the case with an exclusive amiibo, right? With the way Nintendo and retailers have been handling this situation, you never know. Call your local store and give it a shot with this DCPI (SKU) number -- 207-00-5021 You can also try using this resource to search local Targets in your area with the DCPI above going forward. If you're going this morning go straight to electronics, and hit the customer care button to get a team member straight away, then ask about Rosalina with the DCPI handy just in case. Good luck!
Rosalina amiibo launch photo
Anywhere from 6 to 26 in stock at each Target
[Update: according to this leaked document by CAG user Kurosaki-san, there will be no more Rosalina shipments for Target for the foreseeable future. The exact wording is that "this item will not be replenished." We'...

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Lucario

If you pre-ordered Lucario at Toys"R"Us, it should be shipping soon


'Items located in stock'
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
Last week, Lucario went on sale at Toys"R"Us retail locations. By all acounts, it was a mess. Luckily I didn't have to deal with it as my previous pre-order was re-instated, but multiple sources informed me that stores typica...
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Rosalina

Rosalina amiibo Canadian fate confirmed: she's being redistributed to other retailers


Exclusive no more
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
Recently we learned that because of Target's closures in Canada, the fate of the Rosalina amiibo was up in the air. Now we have solid confirmation of what's happening with the character. After days of silence, Nintendo has no...
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Target

It looks like some Targets are selling the Sheik amiibo early


Call your local store
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
As of right now, the Sheik amiibo is set to appear in the first round of Wave 3 on February 13, right after Bowser's launch at the start of next month. If early reports are any indication, Sheik is going to be one of the more...
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Amiibo madness

Toys"R"Us sells some amiibo early, delays others, and has 4 for $44 sale


Also good and bad news on retailer-exclusive toys
Jan 26
// Steven Hansen
Toys"R"Us started selling some of the "wave 3" amiibo -- Bowser, Sheik, and Toon Link -- ahead of schedule at the end of last week. Meanwhile, Toys"R"Us customers have been getting notice that pre-orders on other wave 3 ...
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amiibo

Here's when GameStop is planning on getting shipments for amiibo Wave 3


Free up your schedule if you didn't pre-order
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
There's an internal memo going around from GameStop that highlights estimated arrival dates for the upcoming amiibo Wave 3. I have confirmed this memo with an internal source at the retailer. This is the gist. Bowser will arr...
Mega Man X photo
Mega Man X

TruForce Collectibles' Mega Man X figure heads to Kickstarter


Want it? Kickstart it
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
TrueForce Collectibles is crafting a new Mega Man X figure for your enjoyment. Like what you see? Then you probably want to back it on its brand new Kickstarter. To actually get the figure you'll need to pledge at least $80, ...
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Custom amiibo

The Etsy crowd is making some great custom amiibo


Small soldiers
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
We post a lot of amiibo stuff on Destructoid, and when I say we, I mean "not me." That ends today. I couldn't pass up this chance to highlight the custom amiibo scene on Etsy. The results are admittedly hit or miss -- this is Etsy -- but even the misses have a certain humorous charm to them. Let's take a look. [Header image: Alltheapplesdoubled]
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Target

Target to close all 133 stores in Canada, where the Rosalina amiibo is exclusive


Target, you bungled this entire operation
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Things haven't been looking good for Nintendo and its retailer-exclusive amiibo initiative. Toys"R"Us has bungled pre-orders so many times it's hard to tell if anyone will actually get their  Lucario amiibo at this point...
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Predator toy

My desk craves this game-inspired Predator 2 figure


The Predator is in town...
Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
I'm still kicking myself for missing NECA's glow-in-the-dark Jason Voorhees figure based on his loud design in Friday the 13th for the NES. It was exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con, and I should've had a friend nab one for me....
Mega Man photo
Mega Man

This custom bad box art Mega Man figure looks like Patrick Warburton


He probably would have been in a live-action '90s adaptation
Jan 09
// Chris Carter
Bad box art Mega Man is a legend. In addition to being featured in Street Fighter X Tekken among other accomplishments, my mom picked the original Mega Man out for me because of the cover art, and the rest is histor...
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Mega Bloks

These Assassin's Creed Mega Bloks were 'designed with adult collectors in mind'


Hey, kids, wanna stab?
Jan 08
// Jordan Devore
Brett told us about the Assassin's Creed Mega Bloks only to totally leave us hanging now that the toys are viewable online. Never did trust that guy. Makedonski? Obviously a phony last name. Anyway, yes, Ubisoft has posted im...
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McDonald's toys

Trick your loved ones into thinking these Japanese McDonald's toys are amiibo


Look at you, angry Pikachu
Jan 05
// Brett Makedonski
Amiibo sure are all the rage, huh? Who would've thought that Nintendo's artificially scarce plastic figurines would create such a crazed demand? Were you lucky enough to get one that looks just like Steven's dog? If so, you'l...
amiibo photo
amiibo

Here's a cool amiibo infographic that displays all known compatibility


Including Japan
Jan 02
// Chris Carter
The amiibo craze is real, but some people aren't super keen on the collectible aspect and choose to focus on the in-game functionality. That's cool, but it can get a bit confusing as to what games are actually supported....
amiibo madness photo
Give customer service a call
Back in December, Toys"R"Us canceled every Lucario amiibo pre-order (and some random Wave 2 or 3 orders). It sucked, because the figure is exclusive and they already took thousands of orders on them weeks before the...


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