a lot of this smacks of beanie babies.. I did pick up a sheik because I thought it looked cool
This comparison has been made over and over. (not ragging on you, just pointing out that observation). I think we can all agree there are similarities.
The difference I see is that Mario, Link, Kirby, Pokémon, etc. are characters of our past and present that are beloved by many. Even for the casual gaming fan, they might say "Hey, it's Mario, Luigi and Toad, cool!" Beanie Babies were incredibly cute but they weren't based off something we've known and loved for [in some cases] decades.
Plus amiibo have some functionality with unlocking content or things like weapon drops. Many similarities, yes, but for people of this forum some of the appeal has to do with the recognizable characters, and much like Smash Bros itself, there is a "crossover" effect of sorts since different gaming universes are combined into one line of figures. There might be a Beanie Babies-like fallout with these one day but I could see the fallout being much softer and slower.
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