In North America, Nintendo has always been a little weird about its merchandise. There’s been a lot of cheap stuff, a lot of strange branded items, but not a lot of true collector’s pieces. And in an age of high-detail, high-end figures and collectibles being issued for the big game releases, it’s odd that some of the most enduring characters and franchises still haven’t gotten their due.

Until recently, of course, with the release of Metroid and Zelda items the likes of which we’ve been waiting for for far too long. Case in point:

The statue stands a whopping 17 inches tall and features Link on a rearing Epona, brandishing the Master Sword and looking exactly as awesome as you know he should.

Link and Epona PBM Statue

For whatever reason, Nintendo has never really gotten as detailed with or as dedicated to detailed, collector-friendly merchandise as you’d expect from a company with so many characters. Given that game franchises like Halo, Gears of War and Metal Gear Solid have tons and tons of high-quality items, one might expect Nintendo to follow suit with some of its signatures. It’s a shame, then, that they’re taking the “few and far between” path with their releases, but maybe it’s worth it for statues like this:

Limited to 1500, we’ve opened pre-orders for this stunning 17-inch statue of Link and Epona, designed by Siamak Roshani and Goran Sadojevich. It’s a celebration of the Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary crafted with a faux-bronze finish. Stunning–and well worth the wait.