Star Fox was created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Like most of his games, it was influenced by Miyamoto’s own life experience. Ever since he was a child he would visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, a shrine that follows a trail made up of torii (arches), and that is filled with fox sculptures. That shrine inspired him to make a game with a fox protagonist hero, and thanks to the Super FX chip, Miyamoto could also create arches and gates in which a player could fly through in a 3D world.
Another element from Miyamoto’s childhood that heavily inspired the look of Star Fox was Miyamoto’s adoration for the 1960’s TV show, the Thunderbirds; a science-fiction TV show that featured marionette puppets as the main characters. Just by looking at the cover of the first Star Fox game, you can observe Fox McCloud as a marionette puppet. Ever since then, Nintendo has continued with this puppetry art style for the franchise, rather than going for realism (even using puppets in their E3 2015 digital event).
I’m glad that Nintendo has kept this unique art style for their characters, because Jakks Pacific released a Fox McCloud toy figure in this style. The toy is well made with lots of articulation and a clean paint job. Although I would have preferred articulation that was a little more practical, in being able to move his head up and down, it’s still a nice figure. A bonus of this World of Nintendo toy line is the mystery accessory which includes Fox’s Arwing. Jakks Pacific has made another excellent Nintendo toy and I hope to see other Star Fox characters from them.
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