Nintendo fans are used to a level of quality. A seal of approval, if you will. In the past, "Nintendo" has meant durable hardware and well-made video games. Nintendo means "polished" and "good presentation". Nobody, it seems, has told this to Amiibos.
Forget the differences between what we were promised and what we got. Just the way some Amiibos end up on store shelves is, well, rather tragic. Even when Kotaku first checked out the first-run production model Amiibos, it was clear that Kirby could not be held down by any package. But that doesn't appear to be the exception.
Reader Carlos, for example, sent along this batch of photos he took at Target and Toys R Us of Amiibos that were either broken or packaging disasters.
Elsewhere on Twitter, there are also more examples of sloppily packaged Amiibos. Kirby, Peach and Pikachu appear to be the most consistently mucked up.
— Caleb (@DcalebX) December 1, 2014
— vrutalgames (@vrutalgames) December 1, 2014
At best buy today, grabbed a Yoshi amiibo, and was not prepared for what was to come after... pic.twitter.com/C5JtTXXzKZ
— Alex (@zGuillotinez) November 30, 2014
— UltraLaser Ten (@UltraLaserTen) December 8, 2014
— Lucas M. Thomas (@lucasmthomas) November 21, 2014
— eBay Tweet History 2 (@ebaytwhistory2) December 2, 2014
— Doc Nes (@NESDoctor) December 8, 2014
Broken Mario Amiibo and out of place Peach Amiibo would make tons of money on EBay! pic.twitter.com/tqPds9R5n0
— Joseph Guzman (@BattleJoe97) December 10, 2014
"amiibo" starter pack pic.twitter.com/7tembhY5ZN
— RYUKΘ (@SraPokemon) November 25, 2014
Not even Nintendo World is safe from poorly packaged Amiibo... pic.twitter.com/89AqiAjflh
— JC JC (@JC_GameMaster) December 1, 2014
Sure, with products like this, there are bound to be errors. But since Nintendo is traditionally a company with such a high mark of quality, these mistakes seem even worse. What's more, for a company that always takes so much pride in its work, there doesn't appear to be much pride in how these figures end up on store shelves. Could this be why obvious manufacturer errors are making it into retail spaces? And thus, in pricey internet auctions?