Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Figures and Memorabilia.

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The Legend of Zelda for the NES

When I was in elementary school, one of things I got hooked on was the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). While I loved to play Super Mario Bros., or Metroid, the game that truly enchanted me was The Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda was about a young adventurer, named Link, who had to traverse the land of Hyrule in search of the kidnapped Princess Zelda. Princess Zelda was snatched by the evil sorcerer Ganon. He wanted to rule Hyrule by collecting the three parts of the Triforce (Power; owned by Ganon, Wisdom; owned by Princess Zelda, and Courage; owned by Link). Besides the epic quest of the game, one of the things that made Legend of Zelda so enchanting was its shiny gold cartridge. Whenever I saw the game in someone’s hands, or on a shelf, excitement would swell up inside me. I don’t believe we ever owned Zelda when I was a kid, but I did manage to find both The Legend of Zelda and Legend of Zelda II: Adventure of Link at a thrift store about a decade ago.

Just like the game, I did not own any Zelda figures until much later. Recently, I bought an original Applause Link figure on Ebay.

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Applause Link Figure (1989).

My first Zelda figure, however, was a Link figure made for the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Made by Toy Biz, I bought this a little while after I graduated high school.

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Ocarina of Time Link made by Toy Biz.

Toy Biz also released a Ganon figure for this line. I found mine at a thrift store a few years ago. Toy Biz also made Epona (Link’s Horse), Princess Zelda, and Impa for this line.

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Ganon made by Toy Biz

Tomy has also released some great Zelda merchandise in recent years. A few years ago after Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was released for the Nintendo DS, Tomy released some Choco Egg figures. I found mine at F.Y.E.

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Phantom Hourglass Link

Later on, they released various Zelda Figures based off of three different Zelda games. The young Link for Ocarina of Time I found a few years ago; the Skyward Sword figures I found just this last week.

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Jakks Pacific has had their World of Nintendo Line for about a year now, and Skyward Link was one of the first they released. I found him at Target after an associate grabbed him from the backroom for me. This figure is about 4-5 inches tall.

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Skyward Sword Link, made by Jakks Pacific (2014).

Their smaller 2.5 inch line also has a few figures from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. These are awesome and essential to any Zelda collection.

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Throughout the years there has been some excellent Zelda figures and merchandise released to promote the games. For a more comprehensive look at all the merchandise available, check out North Castle, a Zelda Fan site.

Big Bad Toy Store also has an extensive amount of Zelda figures and memorabilia for purchase.

All photos taken by me.

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Vintage NES Memorabilia

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in the United States in 1985. Games series such as, Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and Megaman helped the system maintain popularity into the early 90s. One of the things that I loved about the NES was the various figures, comics, and other merchandise related to popular NES titles.

In 1989 a company called Applause made Nintendo Super Mario PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) figures.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I've had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I’ve had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Here's a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay.  (Image Source unknown)

Here’s a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay. (Image Source unknown)

McDonald’s also included these Super Mario 3 Figures in Happy Meals in 1990.

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Mcdonalds Super Mario Bros 3 Happy Meal figures. I love the Raccoon Mario.

In addition to figures, Nintendo also joined with card companies to release other related memorabilia.

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Topps released these scratch-off trading cards. Each pack came with 3 cards and two stickers.

Here are examples of some of the Topps Nintendo trading cards I have.

And here are some examples of the stickers.

SurfingPizza.com, has a great article about these trading cards and stickers.

Nintendo also teamed up with Imperial and released these puffy stickers. I had several of these, but lost most of them.

Nintendo puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

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More puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

There were also comics released by Valiant in 1990 and 1991. These are some of my favorites of my entire comic collection. I’ve had these (except issue #1 of Legend of Zelda) since they were first published.

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Captain N: The Game Master #2 and #3 from Valiant Comics. Remember the cartoon?

Legend of Zelda from Valiant. I am missing issue #4

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Legend Of Zelda #1 and #2.

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Legend of Zelda #3 and #5.

My collection of vintage Nintendo memorabilia is limited, but I hope to obtain more. I especially want to complete the Applause figure collection, and collect as many Nintendo Valiant comics as I can.

All photos by me, unless noted