The production model run of Nintendo's upcoming Amiibo figures are missing some of the subtle details from the initial images we saw.
When we first saw Nintendo's upcoming Amiibo NFC figures, they looked amazing. Having them interact with games seemed to be just a bonus for fans who were looking for high-quality collectibles of their favorite Nintendo characters. But now, Joystiq has gotten a look at the production run final versions of the figures... and I must say that a few of the finer details have been lost.
For example, take a look at these comparison pics (courtesy of Kotaku) of Princess Peach and Link, with the prototype images on the left, and the production run ones on the right:
As you can see, Peach's dress, which looked to have an inlaid mold on the prototype model, is simply a painted pattern on the retail version. Similarly, the thin white support holding up Link's figure has been replaced with an thick yellow beam.
The changes aren't overall too huge, but considering that all places advertising these things are using the prototype model images in their advertising materials, it is a slight misleading. Here's some more images of the retail versions of the figures:
As you can see, while clearly a little bit worse than their prototypes, the figures are still pretty good considering they are $13 and have computer chips inside them.
I know I'm going to be picking up the sweet Donkey Kong figure regardless.