These adorable and very snugly plush characters are designed to look like the classic 8-bit versions of Link, Mario, and Luigi. They’re sold as a set of three and will be shipping in July.
Man at Arms: Reforged follows the exploits of the Baltimore Knife and Sword as they go about recreating famous weapons from popular films and video games. For their latest YouTube video, they created a near perfect replica of Link’s Hylian Shield.
Check out the video after the break to see how it was done…
As you can probably tell from this custom Wind Waker-inspired GameCube, artist Vadu Amka has a thing for The Legend of Zelda. It looks like some sort of ancient machine. The level of detail is impressive—it even features Hylian numbers for the joystick ports.
The custom cube took roughly three months to create, and while it isn’t for sale, you can check out a video after the break that Vadu shot so you can see it up close.
If you grew up during the ’80s, then you know a thing or two about lenticular art. It popped up on just about everything back then, ranging from trading cards to cereal boxes. So this limited edition 3D Legend of Zelda Lenticular art is definitely a trip down memory lane in more ways than one. It features the many incarnations of Link over the years and it comes in a black wooden shadowbox frame, so you can hang it up right when you get it.
Check out a close-up pic after the break…
Honestly, I wouldn’t want to mess with Link, but a robot Link? That bucket of bolts looks totally brutal.
DeviantArt member ChasingArtwork has a big thing for redesigning superheroes and video game characters as super cool robots, and you can check out some of his latest creations below.
The latest weapon to be made real by the talented folks at Man at Arms: Reforged is the Double Helix Sword that Link wields in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. It looks amazing and incredibly lethal as it slices through fruit and pretty much anything that’s put in its path.
See the video after the break.
Link and Zelda from the Legend of Zelda series are already animated in the games, but they don’t look like this. Illustrator Cassio Yoshiyaki’s style is similar to what you’d see in a DreamWorks animated film. Her renderings of the characters are beautiful, and these versions of Link and Zelda would look right at home riding dragons next to Hiccup.
See the Zelda illustration after the break.
Nintendo has announced some interesting news about Link’s upcoming appearance in Mario Kart 8. As you can see from the above pic, Link is getting a motorcycle (dubbed the “Master Cycle”).
Nintendo also mentioned that there might be some Zelda-themed racetracks in the game too.
Find out more after the break…
Nintendo’s making their foray into toys that are part of the video game with their ambiibo line. The small figures will tie into games a la Skylanders or Disney Infinity, but even if you won’t be playing the games that go with the characters, you may just want to collect the toys. Kotaku’s got some pictures of the figures and they’re more detailed I expected. They’d look great on any toy shelf.
The amiibo figure line-up includes: Peach, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Pikachu, Samus, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Yoshi.
You can pre-order the toys now for a ship date of December 31, 2014. Yes, New Year’s presents can be a thing.
See close-ups after the break.
Yes, there is actually a female Link according to a recently released book titled Hyrule Warriors that shows her as a “previously unseen rejected character” named Linkle. The Japanese translations shed a little light on her origins and show that she’s not exactly an alternate to the male Link:
The art book explicitly states that the character was “devised as being sister-like” note that the text actually says… “imouto teki,” which means “little sister-like.”
This probably isn’t Link’s actual sister, but more of a sister-like character that could have appeared in the game had she made it past the concept stage.
See more pictures after the break.