First 4 Figures has done it again. Another exclusive collector’s item, the King of Red Lions statue, is up and selling. The King of Red Lions appeared in Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker as Link’s choice vessel for cruising the seas of flooded Hyrule. The statue features the classic cel-shaded Link steering the boat through the waves with the sail open wide to catch the wind. The statue exists in two versions: the exclusive version in which the water lights up, and the regular version without lights.
The King of Red Lions measures up at 25 inches tall, just over two feet! Of course, that means his price tag is also quite tall: $480 for the exclusive, $450 for the regular. That being said, the quality and detail that went into this piece makes it worth it. Check out the worn paint on the boat’s hull and the wood lines running along the planks. If you can afford to dole out the cash for this one, may as well go with the exclusive edition – that light-up water looks absolutely majestic. You’d also better hurry because the final number of accepted pre-orders will be carved in stone on August 30, a mere two days from this writing!
First 4 Figures currently has two statues in the Wind Waker line. Ganondorf precedes the King of Red Lions, and if you happen to own the Gerudo king, you’ll be able to acquire this figure with the same collector’s number. Just make sure you’ve authenticated it on their website first. Collectors and fans take this stuff pretty seriously, as they should considering they’re the ones paying up. The worldwide release is limited to 1,300 pieces maximum and requires a deposit of $30. Apparently the Ganondorf statue is still in stock, so if you’re feeling lucky you can roll the dice on a future purchase, but don’t expect a price drop. Many of First 4’s products sit in this kind of price range both during and after the initial release.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.