The figure on the left is of Link, but it seems to be made by Nintendo Power, a Nintendo magazine in America. I’m not sure if it was a free gift or if it was sold in stores, but it doesn’t look like an action figure as on closer inspection it doesn’t have many points of articulation.
These figures were all in the American ‘Video Game Superstars’ range. Link came complete with Epona, a Quiver, the Master Sword and the Hylian Shield. Ganondorf came with his own dark horse and the staff of Phantom Ganondorf, and Impa comes with Zelda and a white steed.
The box set of Zelda figures on the left was made by BD&A. These are more detailed than the Video Game Superstars range, but are ‘Collectible’ Action figures. Not only does this mean that they come with less stuff and the box is disturbingly hard to open, but the figures are not as articulated. Link can also be bought on his own, as seen in the middle image. These figures are all from the UK.
As for the unpainted prototype, I am not sure which figure he turned out to be but I think that he was one of the bigger figures from the UK.
Like Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask had a full figurine line, though the line suffered for being flimsy. The Link figure had a removable fringe so that he could wear masks included in the other sets, while Zora Link came with replaceable fins.
The eyes of these figurines move independently from their heads, and each character comes with its own accessories. They are only available in Japan, but you should have some luck finding them on eBay.
Gashapon merchandise comes in eggs, dispensed by vending machines. The first set shown come on little bases that can be snapped together for a character line-up, and are made of malleable plastic to give them opposable limbs.
These pictures are of the first ever Legend of Zelda figure range. They are based on the first and second Zelda games, and come with score cards for an unknown reason. Unlike today’s figures, this was a ‘Trophy’ figure, meaning that it wasn’t articulated unlike action figures.
In 2005 Nintendo granted First 4 Figures the licence to produce a range of high quality, hand painted statues based on games from throughout the Zelda series. Retailing for around £60, they’re not cheap, but the quality of these statues is undeniable. Made from poly-stone, only 2,500 are made of each in the series, making them a must-have for collectors.
This Airfix kit is one of those plastic trays contain incomprehensible body parts and a guide schematic that looks not unlike the planning sheet for a nuclear reactor. You were meant to twist out the parts and glue them together, but I don’t remember ever successfully completing one of these kits.
A bit like Beanie Babies, there were 5 of these 8” plushies in the whole series, with favourite characters like Ganondorf, Darunia, Zelda, and Link with and without Navi.