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First 4 Figures Meta-Ridley Statue Available for Pre-order!

First 4 Figures has opened up pre-orders for the latest in their Metroid Prime series of statues, Meta-Ridley.  The massive statue is being offered in a regular (REG) version as well as an exclusive (EX) version and is the first in F4F’s new “Metroid Villains” line.  Reservations opened today and will go for the next 3 weeks, those who wish to try for a low number in this new line or are interested in F4F’s Signature Card will want to return on January 25th at 10AM EST to validate their order early.  Price may be an issue for some and to assist those on a budget, First 4 will be offering a 2 year payment plan.  This won’t necessarily equate to a 2 year production as many are already wary of the amount of time the 1/4 Varia Suit has taken to come out (just shy of 3 years), but extenuating circumstances with fan requested changes, Nintendo approvals as well as Nintendo changes at the last minute created a longer then usual delay.  With the majority of work done with Meta-Ridley, we will hopefully not see the same delays and keep within the 1-2 year normal release schedule.

 

Regular Version – Price $599.99  H:37″  W: 33″  D: 22
As with most Nintendo licensed statues, Meta-Ridley’s pose is based off of official Metroid Prime artwork in a flying attack position.  The statue is made of resin with high attention to details such as worn armor and multi-layer paint with a round base inspired by the Artifact Temple floor.   Meta-Ridley’s wings will also glow in the dark.  The statue will be packaged in molded foam inserted into a full-color art box, the authentication card for registering on the website, and be shipped in a brown shipper to protect the art box/statue.

Exclusive Version – Price $599.99  H:37″  W: 33″ D: 22″ 
The Exclusive version of the statue will be the same as the Regular version above but will also include a light up feature in the chest (core) area as well as the eyes.

 

Validation Day
Validation Day will be on January 25th starting at 10AM.  As Meta-Ridley is the first in the Metroid Villains line low serial numbers will be available to those who validate soonest.  This is basically a button that appears on your order page that allows you to confirm your order.  All orders made prior to Validation Day are still valid; however, they will only be eligible for signature card bonus’ if the consumer returns on 1/25 to ‘validate’.  What’s the benefit of validating on 1/25?  Validation will allow you the opportunity to reserve a low number.  Whether you get that number or not will be unknown to you until the package arrives on your doorstep.  Additionally, validation will include a special Meta-Ridley art card with Alex Davis’ (the owner of F4F) signature on it, a special hologram sticker, and extra bonus reward points on your account.


Massive Meta-Ridley Statue by First 4 Figures Opens for Pre-Order 1/18!

First 4 Figures flies into 2019 by announcing pre-orders for their massive polyresin Metroid Prime based Meta-Ridley statue will go up starting Friday January 18th after their weekly Q&A session.  Meta-Ridley was first teased December 2016 when the statue was still in 3D development and now, after 2 years, it is finally ready for prime time.  Alex Davis of F4F provided a short 43 second teaser trailer (see below) which provides a brief close in fly up of the statue.  Since the original tease, Alex has warned consumers that this statue is going to be expensive.  How expensive?  That won’t be known until pre-orders go up on the 18th.  Based on this statues size and level of detail, expect to see this statue hit wallets hard by falling into the $800 – $1000 price range.  If the price doesn’t deter you, then his massive size may.

 

While official dimensions have not been been announced, a teaser picture acquired shows that Meta-Ridley will be at least TWICE as tall as Light Suit Samus.  According to the website, Light Suit Samus sits at 20″ tall meaning that Meta-Ridley will likely top the height chart at around 40″.  That, is a lot of Ridley and a lot of real estate to take up in a collection.  During the Q&A session, Alex has stated that he intended to scale Meta-Ridley to fit in with his 1/6 Metroid Prime series.  While scaled to match the OG suits, this iteration of Meta-Ridley is not intended to continue First 4 Figures 1/6 scale Metroid Prime line, instead it has been announced that Meta-Ridley will be the first in First 4 Figures “Metroid Villains” line.  No indication as to what future villains will make an appearance but we know Alex has mentioned wanting to do a Metroid (the creature) at some point and has even informed the First 4 Figure community that he has one ‘in the vault’ (the place where dead or canceled projects go).  This is the same vault that Meta-Ridley came out of and the one that currently holds Trace and Sylux statues that were up for pre-order in the past before the line was cancelled.

 

Pre-orders are scheduled to begin after the Q&A session on January 18th.  The stream starts at 9:00AM Eastern and orders open at the completion of the stream.  Keep an eye to our Facebook page for updates on when pre-orders go live.


Staff Review – Metroid Samus Returns

“…Nintendo really came out swinging and went all in on one of their most underutilized franchises in their arsenal.”  MDB staffer Matthew “Sharonlover” Sharpe enters the Metroid review fray with his first look into Nintendo’s latest release in the franchise, Metroid: Samus Returns.  **NOTICE** Be aware that if you have not played through the game yet, this review contains spoilers.  Click the image below to read.