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July 18th, 2010 | EarthBound, Merchandise, MOTHER 1

A few months back, at the Giant Mr. Saturn event in Japan, we learned that Banpresto would be releasing an entire line of MOTHER and MOTHER 2 figures later in the year.

Well, it’s later in the year, and at last they’ve been officially announced! Banpresto has a new page that outlines all of the figure sets that will be released one by one over the course of probably a year or so.

The first two sets have been revealed:

Ninten, Ana, and Teddy

Ninten, Lloyd, and Pippi

The figures are 12 centimeters high (about 4.7 inches) and, like most MOTHER merchandise these days, have to be won in an arcade machine. These two particular sets are set to be released in late August.

The schedule on the site lists the full release schedule as the following:

  • MOTHER Figure Collection 1 (Ninten, Ana, Teddy) – Late August 2010
  • MOTHER Figure Collection 2 (Ninten, Lloyd, Pippi) – Late August 2010
  • MOTHER 2 Figure Collection 1 (Ness, Paula, Poo) – Late December 2010
  • MOTHER 2 Figure Colleciton 2 (Ness, Jeff, Pokey) – Late January 2011
  • MOTHER 2 Figure Collection 3 (Three different Starman types) – Late February 2011
  • MOTHER 2 Mini Figure Collection 1 (Ness, King, Mom, Tracy) – Late September 2010
  • MOTHER 2 Mini Figure Collection 2 (Ness, Jeff, Dr. Andonuts, Mr. Saturn) – Late October 2010
  • MOTHER 2 Mini Figure Collection 3 (Ness, Poo, Pokey, Picky, Bubble Monkey) – Late November 2010
  • MOTHER 2 Mini Figure Collection 4 (Ness, Paula, Runaway Five members, Venus) – Late December 2010
  • MOTHER 2 Mini Figure Collection 5 (Mr. Saturn, Captured Mr. Saturn, Dr. Saturn, Master Belch) – Late February 2011
  • Mr. Saturn PVC Figure – Late September 2010
  • Dr. Saturn plushes – Late October 2010

Incidentally, the mini figures are 8 centimeters tall.

Only pictures of the first two MOTHER sets have been shown, but they do look exactly like the official clay models. Very cool. I can’t wait to see how all the others turn out, but holy Giygas you’ll need a giant wallet to collect all of these if you don’t live in Japan 😯

I’ll post more info and pics as I get them!


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110 Comments to EarthBound Figures Coming!

Ray-The-Sun said on Jul. 18, 2010

Pippi’s face will give me nightmares.

James said on Jul. 18, 2010

I’m definitely going to import one of those. Probably the Ness/Jeff/Porky set.

Onion said on Jul. 18, 2010

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Roo said on Jul. 18, 2010

I really can’t see a future where I wouldn’t want at least some of these on my desk.

Sigh… I assume ebay would be the most likely place for an American to find these once they come out?

MoonSide said on Jul. 18, 2010

Um.. Did Pippi get possessed by ghosts in the graveyard or did I miss that part in the story? She looks nothing like the other styles.

H.S said on Jul. 18, 2010

The Pippi figure looks to be based off of one of the unused enemy sprites in Mother 1.


Yoshimad123 said on Jul. 18, 2010

I would be happy if they made a Giegue figure.
That would be awesome. 😀

Gummidge said on Jul. 18, 2010

Personally I can’t wait to see the Starman figures!

Elobo said on Jul. 18, 2010

Cool stuff. Probably if I pick any up I’d hold out for either Venus or the Starmen. Looking good though!

Greiv said on Jul. 18, 2010

This is very cool, but where is M3? :c

PK Saturn said on Jul. 18, 2010

Pippi’s freaking me out but otherwise those are incredible.

Anonymous said on Jul. 18, 2010

@greiv there was no original mother 3 clay models when it was relesed so they’ll be non

and pippis clay model is freaky as hell o_o

Chas Guidry said on Jul. 18, 2010

I would like to at least have the chosen four from EarthBound, but I’m guessing it will be difficult/expensive to get one’s hands on these outside of Japan.

BottleRocket said on Jul. 18, 2010

I’m gonna have a hard time figuring out which sets to get! I hope they won’t be too expensive when they hit eBay.

Reid said on Jul. 18, 2010

Does anyone know if these will be available for importing? It says they “has[sic] to be won in an arcade machine”, but can we still purchase them anyway?

Cubivore10 said on Jul. 18, 2010

Those a pretty cool. I definitely want Pokey and Master Belch. Maybe a Ninten too. I’d like to see a Ness figure based on the American clay model of Ness too.

Its also nice to see a good image of Pippi’s clay model…well, at least a figure based on it so people can finally see that that unused enemy from Earth Bound was in fact Pippi.

Ninji said on Jul. 18, 2010

O__o…… And just when I thought there couldn’t be enough merchandise, Dammmnn! Oh well, at least I know I’m not getting the Pippi figure *shudders*

blahblah said on Jul. 18, 2010

I have a Ness figure, Starman figure, Jeff, you want it? Its all yours my friend as long as you have enough dollars. (no i dont own these)

Frank said on Jul. 18, 2010

So cool…. Must buy….. But i hope they wont ask too much for these D:

What'sHerFace said on Jul. 18, 2010

These all look really nice!

except Pippi i mean look at her damn

But over all, these are really cool! These things will probably be all over E-Bay.

MG said on Jul. 18, 2010

AH MAH GAWD MUST GET!! Unfortunately I can’t, but I can dream. And yeah, I agree with everyone else, Pippi looks really weird.

ShirowWolf said on Jul. 18, 2010

Hey, awesome! I’d love to have these, but probably never will..Sigh….

….Is ‘Dr. Saturn plush’ a typo, or is that really the product description? What…would THAT be? .__o

Joe said on Jul. 18, 2010

Well, I left Japan at a pretty awkward time, and by the time I go back, I highly doubt these will still be available in the UFO Catchers. Hmm, what other method besides eBay…as we all know the price will be double to triple from what they’re worth on Yahoo Auctions Japan.

Mato said on Jul. 18, 2010

ShirowWolf: It’s not a typo, it’s at the very bottom right of the site: http://www.banpresto.co.jp/mother/

LakituAl said on Jul. 18, 2010

Yay! A Loid figurine! Do want!

Wait, it comes with Pippi…



You’ll give me credit, or else you will DIE!

effigy of starman said on Jul. 18, 2010

Awesome! I must have all the Mother 2 figurines… not that I’ll actually have the money for them, but I can dream…

Anonymous said on Jul. 18, 2010

who is dr saturn

Pigmask Private said on Jul. 18, 2010

Mr. Saturn in a garbage can

Anonymous said on Jul. 18, 2010

assuming each figure collection will will have an average price of 10-30$ on yahoo jp auctions, added to additional service and shipping fees of about 20-30$, so maybe 50$ per set….are we looking about 500$ for the entire collections?

…and that’s not including the saturn pvc and plush. 😡

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Fredrik said on Jul. 18, 2010

Starmen would look badass.

…but I want a master belch on my desk! D:

jeffy05 said on Jul. 18, 2010


Dlakii said on Jul. 18, 2010

No earthly language is sufficient to allow me to express exactly how much I need these. Well, maybe except Pippi. Seriously Banpresto, what were you thinking?

Anyway. These contain inordinate amounts of DO WANT, but actually procuring them will presumably be something of a nightmare.

Chrissii (too lazy to login) said on Jul. 18, 2010

Can anyone direct me to a site with preorders?

Pigmask Private said on Jul. 18, 2010

I doubt these are orders. I think these’ll be crane game things.

Chrissii (too lazy to login) said on Jul. 18, 2010

CRUD. Why is all the Mother merch always in UFO catchers? Looks like I’m making an account at one of those auction deputy sites for Yahoo Japan since I literally NEED to own all of these. 🙁

Lance said on Jul. 18, 2010

Wow. Pippi’s in-game sprite looks much more aesthetically pleasing than her model. Never thought that would happen.

These look awesome. My only complaint is why two sets with the exact same Ninten? Weren’t there any other characters they could have included? Queen Mary maybe? And if they had to go with Ninten twice, couldn’t they have given him a different pose for the second one, like hands extended for PSI or clutching a baseball bat? Anything? But, yeah, wish I could get these.

Pigmask Private said on Jul. 18, 2010

I think Ninen and Ness are getting released twice to make them easier to obtain. I’m sure they’ll be pretty popular.

Pigmask Private said on Jul. 18, 2010

Oop, forgot to mention:

Why the two starmen with the starman deluxe?

Commander said on Jul. 18, 2010

WAAAAH! Home Come Japan gets the good stuff? ;AAA; DO they know how lucky they are? Why doesn’t America love the Mother Series!? Sigh, now I need a credit card.

phillipblabla said on Jul. 18, 2010


resetsurvivor said on Jul. 18, 2010

Me jsut pooped.

SuperJoe said on Jul. 18, 2010

I wonder how much they will cost… and by that i mean the actual price and not stupid ebay skyrockets

Clawclaw said on Jul. 18, 2010

Can’t wait see see how much they’ll be on ebay.
Some sellers can order (in bulk!) directly from Banpresto, I wonder if these could be ordered that way too.

Probably because he’s the main/most popular character. If you look at other various toylines, it’s pretty common for the main character to be rereleased across several sets.

Saturnome said on Jul. 18, 2010

And again it’s going to cost hundred of dollars to us poor people outside of Japan.

So awesome though.

neonix said on Jul. 18, 2010

@Pigmask, I think one of those Starmen is a Starman Jr.

Ricardo said on Jul. 19, 2010

I hope she made lotsa Mother Figurines!

Cucco said on Jul. 19, 2010

There goes my wallet.

Pigmask Private said on Jul. 19, 2010


That makes nonsense, what’s the difference? Sure, the one in MOTHER is pink, but that’d be released in the MOTHER section.

Matt said on Jul. 19, 2010

P-Pippi scares me

Excuse me while I go hide in my closet in a fetal position. D:

Starstormer said on Jul. 19, 2010

Well looks like we’ll have to try ebay, since most of us don’t live in japan.

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LucasTizma said on Jul. 19, 2010

Well, I would say “MOTHER 1 gets screwed again”, but I’ll take what I can get. It’s just not nearly as loved as the other two, sadly.

Also, what’s with Ninten’s clothes? Why is his shirt cut at that angle?

Poe said on Jul. 19, 2010

Ninten’s shirt looks that in the clay model: http://starmen.net/mother1/images/clay/ninten.png

I always figured he left part of his shirt untucked.

Gabo said on Jul. 19, 2010

Yay, a collectible i wish i would get my hands on when it get’s released, this could go great with a lego or clay podunk model….
Just kidding.
I’ll try to get some when it comes out in ebay for sale!

Lance said on Jul. 19, 2010


Yeah, I get that the main character might be released more than once, but, as I said, in most figure collections where the main character is released multiple times, they actually do something with it. Put him in a different pose, a different costume, something.

pidgezero_one said on Jul. 19, 2010

I’m saving up for these.

I want a Ninten 🙁

PKNuMan said on Jul. 19, 2010

FINALLY I can own the chosen 4!


Leirin said on Jul. 19, 2010

This is like a dream come true!! I hope some of them pop up on eBay after they’re out, I’d kill for just one!

Also, what’s with the complaints about Pippi’s model? I think it’s actually really cute and fitting for her personality. Though I think it’d look better if her hair took up more space than her face.

Puri said on Jul. 19, 2010

Hee. I like how one of Pippi’s socks is pulled up while the other isn’t. 🙂

Skull1984 said on Jul. 19, 2010

Well I think we can all guess that the unused little girl sprite from Mother probably was supposed to Pippi.

??? said on Jul. 19, 2010


And that you probably were supposed to beat her up.

LucasTizma said on Jul. 19, 2010

Whee. Excited about the progressive releases! At least two sets to store away and one set to put on my desk! 😀

Jason said on Jul. 19, 2010

I think it’s cool for the Japanese, since they’ll have this kind of special fun experience to get them, but it would be nice if there were some Mother knickknacks that were easy to buy online and weren’t really expensive… 🙁

Skull1984 said on Jul. 19, 2010

Like a redheaded stepchild…yuk,yuk,yuk.
My guess would be to defeat the poltergeist that was in the lamp and baby doll (presumably possessing Pippi as well)

MoonSide said on Jul. 19, 2010

Maybe she was possessed…. I just don’t think they would make her crazy looking just for fun. I know I want Venus on my desk and a Dr. Saturn somewhere…

Assorted Astrology-Related Names said on Jul. 20, 2010

I’m somewhat terrified of Pippi now. I probably won’t get these, but they look pretty cool.

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FinalstarmanDX said on Jul. 20, 2010

I know I must get Lloyd, Ninten, Ness, Jeff, Dr. Saturn, and the starmen.

Ice Sage said on Jul. 20, 2010

See, this is why I never really took a liking to the clay models. Lloyd and Anna are the only ones that look OK. The others bother me. I can understand if they wanted Ninten’s shirt to look half untucked, but the angle is too weird and high. Teddy’s hair is bizarre and just looks ugly.

Pippi, however, is an entirely different matter. What the heck. Even if they changed her eyes to what Ninten’s or Anna’s looked like, it look ten times better. I’d even forgive the creepy pose and awkward clothing if the eyes were changed.

All that being said, I still want these two sets above all the other ones. 😛

Mato said on Jul. 20, 2010

It’s really weird how all these other sites are mistakenly reporting that these figures will be for sale in Japan. They’re not, they’ll only be available in the crane game machines in select arcades.

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Poe said on Jul. 20, 2010

It’s ironic that another site posted the wrong information right after you made that observation, Mato. Maybe you should emphasize the correct information in big text at the top of the article so that hopefully other game sites will get their facts straight.

neonix said on Jul. 20, 2010

^No, don’t do it! The less people who know how to properly obtain these, the better my chances are of getting a whole set for less than my paycheck! 😛

Mrakken said on Jul. 21, 2010

OOOOOOH! I want! I need! Dear me! All of these promo materials though… do you think they mean something? Or is it just a nostalgia cash in? I HOPE THAT THEY MEAN SOMETHING!

Staarf said on Jul. 21, 2010

It’s funny, I want all of the second figure sets the most. (Dr. Andonuts = <3) Barring Pippi, of course.

Seriously Pippi. You've put on some pounds. No wonder Ninten dumped you for Ana.

Anonymous said on Jul. 21, 2010

Dr. satrn fix you all up! Boing! He is the ultimate mother character.

yetikirby said on Jul. 22, 2010

I REALLY want Mr. Saturn, Captured Mr. Saturn, Dr. Saturn, Master Belch set!

FireStar said on Jul. 22, 2010

The pippi model looks like the one from the mother encyclopedia, Why hasn’t anyone else made that connection?

Axl-fox said on Jul. 22, 2010

@ Mrakken: Im pretty sure those figures were made just for nostalgia’s sake.

Digitalized said on Jul. 23, 2010

Dreams really do come true!

random guardian said on Jul. 23, 2010

HOLYSHIT!!!!that pippi figure was an unused enemy sprite in mother 1!!!! 83 comments are alot to read but i think i am the only one who noticed. in that lost levels website article on mother 1 is a page on unused stuff and in that page is a picture of pippi and a pillow as enemy sprites!

random guardian said on Jul. 23, 2010

i didint know if it would remove this post for spam but here is the link

random guardian said on Jul. 23, 2010

damn Skull1984 beat me to it but atleast i put in the link…..
sorry for triple posting 🙁

nintega said on Jul. 25, 2010

strange how pippi’s looks like the unused enemy

Nini-ni said on Jul. 27, 2010

Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo. Must to get them. <3

giygasloverr88 said on Jul. 27, 2010

Never played any Earthbound game but I must say I love the games and want the figurines so badly.

EarthboundPlayer9 said on Aug. 1, 2010

I want to….own…all….the…figurines…!

Shannon said on Aug. 1, 2010

Time to stop paying the mortgage.

Gargus said on Aug. 4, 2010

Hopefully someone in japan is smart enough to realise they could buy a shitload of these things and instead of putting them in machines they would double the price it would cost to get one out of the machine and sell them in sets on ebay to americans. Then we could get sets at a reasonable price and they get double the money.

Luke said on Aug. 9, 2010

It would be better if they gave Pippi that Pippi Longstockings look along with the pac-man eyes.
THEN she’d look decent!

Anonymous said on Aug. 23, 2010

I would want a Giegue.

Anonymous said on Aug. 23, 2010

Where can I buy them?

PokemonMasato said on Sep. 4, 2010

I want Ninten sooooo bad!! He looks very cute!!

…Pippi? I-is that you?…

EarthboundPrincess22 said on Oct. 3, 2010

Ninten and Ana look super cute!!! I’d get them and maybe the Ness/Jeff/Pokey pack too. ^_^

The Pippi figurine scares me…

fat kid said on Oct. 4, 2010

pipi is going to EAT YOUR SOUL

fat kid said on Oct. 23, 2010

waiting for pokey.wanna see it

NP said on Oct. 30, 2010

I hope the Mr. Saturn will come to Ebay!

iwata kicks you know what said on Jan. 3, 2011

“Holy Giygas…” LOL!
Couldn’t you just fly to Japan? Would you still save money, or would you might as well buy in the USA/

iwata kicks you know what said on Jan. 3, 2011

I mean *****USA?

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Matteomax said on Feb. 27, 2011

I REALLY WANT THE STARMEN COLLECTION!!!!!!!! I also want master belch and Ness mini-figure!!

Starfruity said on May. 14, 2011

Damn!! >.< this is sooo hard 2 get! and pippi looks really freaky, i guess banpresto wanted 2 pair up ninten and ana ,so they made pippi look like this so everyone else could agree =(

motherman said on May. 22, 2011

I got the mini Ness one yesterday. It’s so cool!

A-wel Cruiz said on Jul. 28, 2011

I like to spell Ana with two Ns as in “Anna”. Does this make me wrong?

Poe said on Jul. 28, 2011

@A-wel Cruiz – Nah, it doesn’t matter that much.

Matteomax said on Aug. 5, 2011

Currently, Yahoo Japan is a treasure trove of these figures, along with the Mr Saturn plushes!


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