When the Detective Pikachu Amiibo was first announced, I felt something inside me tell me, "Nicole, you must get this big boy." There was something about a comically big Amiibo that got the best of my curiosity. How heavy would it be? How comically big would it look when I scanned it into my new* 3DS XL? How strong would the cheap plastic smell that I love so dearly be? I had to know. I swallowed my pride and ponied up the pre-order money and I am pleased to say that my big boy has arrived. And he is big. I will be rating him based on make quality, cuddly-ness, functionality, size, and most importantly, my personal enjoyment to give you the ultimate verdict for if this boy is good or bad.
There really is a wide range when it comes to make quality in amiibos. On one end of the spectrum you have the immaculate villager and on the other end Alm and Celica with some pretty bad to look at faces. But there may be a new contender for the best made Amiibo in Detective Pikachu.
From tip to toe, this Pokemon detective has a lot of detail work. From his textured sleuth's cap to the furrow in his brow, down to the base, with a map of Ryme City painted on it. The detective Pikachu Amiibo does well at communicating that this isn't your average pikachu. On top of all that, the colors are vibrant and accurate. Even the orange cheeks, match Detective Pikachu's rather than the red of other, less special, mice.
I'm gonna be blunt. Detective Pikachu is not fun to cuddle with. Between his pointed ears, pointed tail, and outstretched arm, there is no angle to hold this boy without some part of him poking you unpleasantly. This can be alleviated by wrapping the big boy in a thick cloth but then you can't see his adorable little face which defeats the purpose!
I should also mention that he has a very strong plastic smell. Which is nice just objectively but not in a cuddling situation. Unfortunately this is one area where little dude falls short.
The Detective Pikachu Amiibo is compatible with a number of games but it's intended use is for unlocking cutscenes in the Detective Pikachu game. I can report that it works and that these cutscenes are cute. This being said, Detective Pikachu does not offer much in the way of functionality as far as gaming is concerned.
Outside of that, he is a candidate for chucking at a home intruder. However, this is as far as his functionality goes. He cannot be used as a tool of any kind!
Detective Pikachu is five inches tall and surprisingly heavy. He looks hilarious when you scan him into a 3DS, he dwarfs Bowser and Ike alike, he is a god among Amiibos. I was promised a big boy and that was exactly what I got. I can't even find a good place to put him. He doesn't fit in my display case. IHe takes too much shelve space. I don't know what to do with him!
Exactly what I hoped for.
Finally we come to the most important and influential score, my personal enjoyment. I have never been so delighted and ashamed of a purchase in my entire life. Long past the age of the 3DS, I will tell stories of how stupid it was to buy him. I will pass him down generations of the Hunter line. He will be a precious heirloom.
After close analysis, factoring in the good and the bad, I have come to a conclusion about the objectively definitive answer to the question: Is the Detective Pikachu Amiibo good? Yes, yes he is.
Overall Score: 10/10 A Very Good Boy Indeed