Apr 182013
 
Nunu, the Yeti Rider
Nunu, the Yeti Rider

Nunu, the Yeti Rider is a good example of cooperation: if the yeti doesn’t kill you the kid will. This union is also present when the time to choose a look comes, because they always match each other. Thus, if you need a guide to throw ice-balls or freeze your surroundings with style, this skins’ review can lend you a cold hand.

Sasquatch Nunu
Sasquatch Nunu Splash Art Sasquatch Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nunu wearing dark clothes and Willump with brown fur.
Model: New textures for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A re-colour couldn’t be any simpler than this: it’s the same exact sketch but painted differently. The background is largely absent and the depiction is adequate but to a point. The stance shows most of Willump and Nunu and the colours are alright. However, the boy seems to be on the yeti’s shoulder rather than hanging from a bag on his back. Besides, most of the yeti’s body isn’t clearly shown. Overall, it gets the job done but just that.
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Conclusion: If the splash art was as simple a re-colour as it could be then the actual model doesn’t disappoint: same model but different colour for the textures. The result could be considered a more classic yeti look but, as with most mythological creatures, descriptions are based more on imagination than fact. If you like the colour scheme then it may be worth getting but it’s as basic and unsurprising a skin as it can be.

Workshop Nunu
Workshop Nunu Splash Art Workshop Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump dressed as Santa helpers.
Model: Minor model changes for Nunu and moderate model changes for Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Mostly blue shades and snowflakes, the background hints at a snowed forest but doesn’t elaborate on the setting. It looks a bit like filler and it may well be. Nunu and Willump don’t look much better either: they seem like a shot of the three-dimensional model with some shading added over. The general look is rather rough and doesn’t really stand out in terms of quality. On the whole, it’s a passable splash art that does its job but seems to be outdated.
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Conclusion: Workshop Nunu is direct and unimaginative in its approach to Christmas. Willump is crudely outfitted in a Santa suit and Nunu hides behind his hat with only the aforementioned as an addition. The concept is realized and the reference clear but the result is more a quick solution than an elaborate or clever concoction. Collector’s and avid Nunu fans will probably value this skin but there are much better exponents of the Christmas spirit available.

Grungy Nunu
Grungy Nunu Splash Art Grungy Nunu Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump as junkyard dwellers.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A blurry junkyard is the setting but the piles all look the same and become undetermined heaps of grey. Nunu and Willump appear in front of such scenery: one practically greeting the viewer and the other enthralled in a fit of munching. The portrayal manages a reference to Sesame Street but only in passing. The lines and shading are actually quite rough and the impression is that of a draft. It’s an acceptable splash art and the style may fit the concept but still feels disappointing.
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Conclusion: This trash-based skin has to carry a concept that is hardly attractive. Thus, it depends on how it is developed and implemented to consider its eventual appeal. In this case, Grungy Nunu chooses a Sesame Street reference that is rather clear: Nunu and Willump become Oscar the Grouch and the Cookie Monster, respectively. If you are a fan of the Muppets there’s little doubt that this skin offers an interesting adaptation. However, for those on whom the reference is lost only a couple of eccentric junkyard dwellers with peculiar ice powers will they find.

Nunu Bot
Nunu Bot Splash Art Nunu Bot Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump as automata.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump plus new vapour from his engine.
Particles: New particles for Absolute Zero.
Animations: New walk, joke, taunt and dance animations.
Sounds: New voiceover for Nunu and Willump.
Splash Art: Nothing is sacred when a patch of black would do to fill the background. Such is the case of this laboratory where Nunu Bot is being worked upon. The crude machines are unbelievable and the inexact displays hardly demonstrate advanced technology. The same can be said about Nunu and Willump as the former is barely visible and the latter seems made of wood and tin; with a fitting bronze coat. The problem is the sketchy shading and careless lines that don’t exhibit the precise and careful design proper of an advanced machine. The piece serves its purpose to a point but a legendary skin is deserving of much more than this.
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Conclusion: Nunu Bot surely has a good model that exhibits a retro robot style that is rather peculiar and attractive. The application of a combustion engine generator to power the pair is evident which coupled with the lights and decoration place Nunu Bot closer to a unit used for production than one for the end consumer. This places it in a unique spot as it distances itself from the Battlecast line and offers a different take on the automata concept.
Unfortunately, the skin doesn’t complement the model well. The new voice-over is largely a collection of naive jokes and references that break the fourth wall and become more annoying than funny. On top of this, the only new particles added are too minor. Therefore, no real connection is established between an electricity powered bot and its ice based abilities.
In the end, Nunu Bot has a distinct style that makes it stand on its own. However, the voice-over can be grating and the lack of further significant additions let down.

Demolisher Nunu
Demolisher Nunu Splash Art Demolisher Nunu Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump wearing heavy armour.
Model: New model Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The turbid background is for the most part just a thick fog. Only a few soldiers are visible in the foreground, as well as some weapons on the left side, but in general one can guess at a battle but be completely unable to glimpse any details. Nunu appears quite lively atop Willump: both show reliable armour that has seen its share of abuse yet that can only be said about their upper bodies. Additionally, the left side of Willump dissolves too much on the fog, his right arm seems detached from the body and the helmet appears rather small as if his face protruded from it at any chance. In fact, the soldiers in the front look more clearly depicted despite being secondary in relevance to them. It could be said that the thick fog adds an air of mystery yet it also abruptly devours large parts of the action. As a splash art it’s certainly interesting but could’ve showed more while keeping the heavy fog in check.
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Conclusion: Demolisher Nunu takes a significant departure from the yeti’s usual comical style and adapts him into an armoured simian. Conversely, Nunu doesn’t stray far, only donning some armour, but he matches Willump’s style well. The armour is evidently sturdy and centred on function over form. The riveted plates appear heavily marked by their use but seem able to resist much more that they already have. Regardless, the armour tends to look a bit clumsily adapted and flatly conceived. Besides, Willump’s ape features may not be as well received by all Nunu fans. In the end, it’s a rather nice skin that shows a unique battle-centred look that is quite attractive. The adaptation seems uninspired in the armour and too liberal in the features but certainly has its charms.

TPA Nunu
TPA Nunu Splash Art TPA Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Nunu as a gamer and Willump as the TPA mascot.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggests a big arena where the audience clamours for the champions. At least the lights of such incredible place are visible because the rest is just the imagination working. The champions are clearly portrayed though, but their simultaneous exposition makes them compete for attention.
Regardless, they manage to convey a bit of their personality in the depiction: Mundo is brutal and towering, Orianna vaguely humane, Ezreal overconfident, Shen sneaky while Nunu and Willump display their close teamwork. In parts they seem to be escaping from the diffuse maws of the background but the portrayals are correct anyway.
All in all, it’s a nice splash art that displays a team of champions celebrating the fruit of their labour. While it’s unclear in certain parts each champion has its place. Nevertheless, it’s a piece that seems better suited for a presentation of the full set of TPA champions than to be used in individual spotlights.
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Conclusion: Nunu might be considered the central figure but the one that steals the show this time is Willump. In fact, Nunu simply dons some casual clothing and a headset so he barely looks anything out of the ordinary. It’s Willump in the image of the TPA mascot, that provides all the appeal the skin has to offer. The mascot’s design is easily transferred onto Willump but the underlying yeti features become noticeable remnants: his physiognomy at large but also his hands and feet mostly. While the mascot does display irregular and rough features the grotesque appendages and blubbery belly make a stark contrast with the otherwise clean style of the rest of the body; only interrupted by the spiked bands.
Even though the necessity to keep a measure of Willump’s yeti nature is understandable the elements don’t mesh well nor seem appealing. The result is that of a funny and comical monster that looks like a furry and cute creature with a forced bestial facet. A simian aesthetic could’ve been planned but it doesn’t feel fluidly implemented. On top of that, the unaltered Absolute Zero seems like a wasted opportunity to further integrate the TPA logo into the skin. Nevertheless, the skin certainly has a unique style and that is its saving grace. TPA Nunu looks good enough and if you don’t mind a yeti wearing a mascot’s fur then this is a choice to keep in mind.

Conclusion

Nunu and Willump display several styles that range from traditional clothes to future technology. Regardless, the skins seldom impress with their choice of concept and way of execution. The recommended skin is Demolisher Nunu: a good choice if you want a more serious take on the duo. Alternatively, Grungy Nunu will probably please Muppet’s fans but not everyone may find its concept appealing.

Dedicated Nunu fans may consider Nunu Bot and in terms of looks there’s reason to. However, while the style stands out the implementation doesn’t develop the theme as much as it could and should.

Finally, Sasquatch Nunu is as simple a re-colour as it could be. You may like it for what it is but don’t expect anything else.

  11 Responses to “League of Legends: Nunu Skins’ Review”

  1. Dat Nunu Bot laugh

  2. Nunu Bot is so amazing… Though the abilities aren’t much to cheer for, the voice-over is great. Having fitting lines like “My element will devestate them, or not.” Also, the laugh is great if you wanna piss off the enemy and allied team, especially in Aram when everyone gets annoyed. Thanks for the review.

    • Not at all, we agree that Nunu Bot has a rather nice voice tone and some interesting quotes; as long as it’s not reminding us that we are playing a game. The laugh is a definite stand out but as a legendary skin more is to be expected nowadays. Regardless, it’s a skin that at least merits being considered.

      • From what I’ve read, the Nunu Bot skin itself is something of a tribute to a fan-made League of Legends web series with the same name. As a result, a lot of the voice was taken from that, including most of the fourth wall breaking stuff. Not that it would make much of a difference to 99% of the player base, of course.

        • Interesting, thanks for the information. Fans of the web series will surely find more to like but we agree that on most people the reference will be lost; unfortunately. Maybe unusual references should be made more explicit in the post when the skin is released; though part of the charm of references is catching them.

  3. Nunu bot has a new dance
    It’s the robot XD

  4. Hey zero i need ur help once more!!ive really gotten into playng nunu especially top and i need a skin for him!the legacy skins are a no for sure i just think they look terrible.that leaves Demolisher tpa and nunu bot.I dont mind the price so plz answer without considering the price.which do u think i should get??btw im really into nunu bot I just really like its model and its sort of “Im a real boy” theme.Do u think nunu bot is worth it?I know everybody is always bitching about how it has no particles but if u think a bit u will see that the champion itself has no room for particles or atleast not as much as other champs.heeeeeeeeeeeelp meeeeeee

    • Technically, any champion has room for particles because they can be added on top of any active or passive ability. Thus, we don’t think that’s much of a reason for a sub-optimal skin.

      Demolisher Nunu has a nice armoured style and TPA has its cartoony charm. Nunu Bot isn’t bad but a legendary simply should deliver something special. It’s good but without a doubt you’ll feel the difference with more modern legendaries.

      Demolisher Nunu does have an advantage over the others and that’s that it can go on sale; if you are patient. If not, then TPA is the cheaper option despite being somewhat uneven.

      Specifically, unless you are a great Nunu & Willump fan then Nunu Bot may not be for you. After all, while it has a distinct personality its underdeveloped. In that case, Demolisher and TPA are the remaining options; both with pros and cons.

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