Shipping November 15th, 2019 with an MSRP of only $59.99, GameStop is bringing the public yet another video game 1:1 scale prop. And this time, it’s Samus’ arm cannon from the Metroid series. You can order it here today.
I asked some die-hard Metroid fans what they think of this prop piece, and so far, the reception is met with mixed results. You have people on the internet complaining about the quality, and yet no one has seen the thing in real life. Also, at only $60, it’s far cheaper than the Mega Man Megabuster cannons and helmet that have been released up until this point.
One piece of criticism that I found respectful is that the Metroid arm cannon isn’t especially leaning into any particular version of Metroid. Samus’ arm cannon changes with different versions of the game and this one presented here is sort of generic “Samus Metroid Arm Cannon”. But I think it’s fair to say that fans of the game would rather see one than not.
Seriously, this prop/proplica trend is just amazing.