Thursday, March 30, 2006

A few goodies for 'Zelda' die-hards

The next installment of Nintendo's flagship game series, "The Legend of Zelda," may not be on store shelves until this holiday season, but there was still some good news for "Zelda" fans this week.

Few game series have seen as devoted a fan-base as "Zelda." Never was that more apparent than this week, when game blogs were atwitter with announcements of two "Zelda"-related developments. First came news of a series of high-end resin figurines being created by First 4 Figures. The company says it has entered into a three-year agreement with Nintendo for rights to build the statues. Figures will portray characters from "Ocarina of Time," "Majora's Mask," and the upcoming "Twilight Princess." The company has already said it will build figures of, among others, Zelda, Link (in his regular, Dark and Young incarnations), Ganondorf and Skull Kid--though why anyone would want the face of the annoying Skull Kid staring at them all day long is beyond me. Products will apparently include individual characters, mixed media statues and dioramas; prices will range from $80 to upwards of $200. The company said previews will be on display at this year's E3 conference.

Also circulating this week is the trailer for a fan-made movie based on the storyline for "Ocarina of Time." Details about the production of the movie can be found on the fan site The movie will be live-action with some computer generated graphics, and the trailer shows characters including Zelda, Link, Gerudo warriors and what I'm guessing is Saria. Paired with stirring music, the trailer is more than a little exciting for anyone who's devoted countless hours to the series over the years. But I have to say, a few of the scenes with Link look a little Ren Faire to me. Here's hoping the final product looks good and makes us forget that the character we've come to revere is really just a yellow-haired kid in green tights.
A few goodies for 'Zelda' die-hards CNET

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