Nintendo has been having a tough go of it lately with the continued struggles of their Wii U console, but they’ve been having enormous success with their Amiibo toys. Capitalizing on the popularity of “toys-to-life” products like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, Nintendo released a line of figures last year based on their massive stable of characters. Dubbed “Amiibo”, these toys can be used in some Nintendo games for various purposes, from unlocking content to giving in-game powerups.
Besides their (admittedly limited) practical use, Amiibo have tickled the fancy of collectors and hardcore Nintendo fans in a big way, to the point where various characters have become extremely difficult to find. A combination of ridiculously low supply production on Nintendo’s part and resellers on sites such as eBay capitalizing on these issues have made certain Amiibo figures quite rare. If you have any of these 10 characters in your collection, you should count yourself lucky.
*Note: This list is not all-encompassing, as most Amiibo figures are generally difficult to find. It also doesn’t take Wave 4 characters into account, as they were released too recently to accurately gauge their rarity. Knowing Nintendo though, they’ll likely be just as hard to find soon enough.
Lucario is bi-pedal Pokemon that is also a mainstay on the Super Smash Bros. roster, but his exclusive ties to Toys R’ Us has made him a tough Pokemon to catch indeed. Lucario isn’t the rarest Amiibo of all, but he still goes for at least twice his price through online resellers.
A character from the Xenoblade series, Shulk was released in February as part of the 3rd Wave of Amiibo. From a visual standpoint alone, it makes sense that Shulk would be rare given the cool futuristic sword he’s carrying. Unfortunately, Shulk is also exclusively sold at Gamestop, which enhances his rarity.
8. Gold Mario
The Standard Mario Amiibo is one of the easiest to find, but the same thing can’t be said for his gold equivalent. Gold Mario was released with the Mario Party-branded Amiibo line in March and is the rarest figure in that batch. We’d like to say that this is because it’s actually made of gold (sorry, it’s plastic like all the others) but the main contributing factor to Gold Mario’s rarity is his Wal-Mart exclusivity. A non-exclusive Silver Mario was released recently as part of Wave 4, but those wishing to settle for silver are likely to find it’s just as rare as the gold.
Way cooler than Princess Peach, Rosalina first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy and has turned up in other Mario games since then, most notably in last year’s Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. You wouldn’t think Rosalina would turn out to be such a rare Amiibo, but a combination of her coolness factor (elevated by the inclusion of her adorable star companion Luma) and an exclusivity deal with Target has made this space princess hard to find.
6. Meta Knight
Even before Meta Knight hit the market as part of Amiibo Wave 3, it was practically a given that the fan favorite character from the Kirby series would be a tough figure to find. He’s also been an extremely popular character since his debut in 2008’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, where he was so overpowered as a fighter that he was eventually banned from tournaments. His allure — not to mention his exclusivity as a Best Buy-only figure — have only contributed to this Amiibo’s scarcity.
The hero of the Kid Icarus series has become almost as rare as releases in his franchise (it took over 20 years for Nintendo to release a follow-up to 1991’s Kid Icarus; Of Myths and Monsters). Released last December as part of Wave 2, Pit has become practically extinct at retail due to his huge popularity with Nintendo fans. Determined buyers can expect to pay around $40 to snag one of these in an eBay auction.
4. Wii Fit Trainer
The first of the so-called “Holy Trinity” of Amiibo’s 1st Wave, the popularity surrounding the Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo is almost as baffling as the character’s inclusion in the most recent Super Smash Bros. game. Clearly, the popularity of the figure is tied to that game, as the Trainer is simply a bizarre character to include in a fighting game, let alone as a collectible. As such, the Wii Fit Trainer has become almost as elusive as her facial features.
3. Little Mac
Little Mac has always been an underdog, particularly in the classic Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! for the NES, where the nimble boxer frequently had to overcome opponents many times his size. Thanks to his recent inclusion in last year’s Super Smash Bros., Little Mac’s popularity has surged, making him extremely difficult to find at retail. Even if you don’t collect Amiibo figures, it would be wise to snatch Little Mac up if you see him in a store because chances are, you know someone who wants him.
Marth, the androgynous swordsman from the Fire Emblem series, only seems to gain popularity as he continues to appear in each new Smash Bros. game; not to mention as his own game series continues to become more popular in Western markets. The Marth Amiibo is a member of Wave 1’s Holy Trinity and easily sells for $50 and up online.
The true unicorn of Amiibo (barring defect figures like the double arm cannon Samus, which has gone for prices as high as $2,500), the Villager from the Animal Crossing series is the most coveted of all. It’s difficult to know for sure why Villager is so popular, but the fact that Nintendo didn’t make very many of them definitely has something to do with it. It also helps that Villager is one of the most bizarre, but awesome additions to last year’s Smash Bros. roster, and that the broad appeal of the Animal Crossing series makes him desirable for collectors of all ages. Good thing Nintendo had the foresight to put a number 1 on his shirt!