The world famous Half-Genie Hero herself, Shantae, will be joining the TOTAKU line of figures next year. TOTAKU launched in 2018, and features figurines of numerous characters, from Banjo-Kazooie to the Hunter from Bloodborne.
Shantae is the undisputed queen of indie characters. Originally debuting on the Game Boy, Shantae offered a unique Arabian-like locale and a fun dancing heroine. Although going a bit unnoticed on the Game Boy, Shantae would hit the mainstream with titles such as Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. She would even be featured as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Her latest game, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, is coming (hopefully) soon to consoles. Fans looking to add an inexpensive Shantae figure to their collection will be able to courtesy of TOTAKU.
After gauging fans' interest on Twitter, TOTAKU has announced Shantae will be joining the expanding lineup in 2020. Check out the company's announcement below.
To date, there has only ever been one Shantae figure. It was a CharaGumin resin kit made by VOLKS INC., which was based on Shantae's artwork in Half-Genie Hero. A kit such as this needs to be built and is aimed squarely at older collectors. One will not find a kit like this at commercial stores. Shantae joining the TOTAKU lineup is a victory for fans young and old looking for an affordable figure of the character.
Although some may have questioned TOTAKU at first for looking similar to Nintendo's Amiibo, collectors appreciate the company's diverse figure lineup. With a low price, fans can readily pick them up. They are not high-end statues, but get the job done. Where else can one find an inexpensive figure of Conker from Conker's Bad Fur Day, or Joanna Dark from Perfect Dark? Collecting can be an expense hobby, so it's good to have figures of characters who otherwise would probably never receive affordable collectibles. It will be interesting to see what kind of pose Shantae is given for her TOTAKU debut. No matter what, fans will likely be pleased when she hits shelves next year.