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Carlov is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] He is a master Figurine carver.


The Wind Waker

Carlov runs the Nintendo Gallery near the Forest Haven in The Wind Waker. If Link has obtained the Deluxe Picto Box, he may then take color Pictographs which he may present to Carlov for him to make a Figurine of the subject. For Carlov to make a Figurine from a Pictograph, it must meet certain requirements:

  • The subject is in the center of the Pictograph
  • The entire body of the subject is taken
  • The subject is facing Link when the Pictograph is taken

If these requirements are met, Carlov will ask Link to wait until the following day, in which that time he will spend making a Figurine out of the subject in the Pictograph.[3]

Carlov will even carve a Figurine of himself if a Pictograph is taken of him, although he does not quite recognize his own face; however, he does believe the person in the Pictograph is exceptionally handsome.[4] He is similarly enamored when shown a Pictograph of Manny, a Figurine-lover who frequents the gallery.[5] According to Carlov's Figurine, it is rumored that the reason he does not let anyone watch him carve is because he does so in his underwear,[6] though he claims the reason is simply to protect the trade secret.[7]

In The Wind Waker HD, he will work on a maximum of 12 Figurines at once as opposed to the previous limit of a single Figurine at a time. The Picto Box is also equipped with a new feature that will place a golden Carlov icon on Pictographs that meet Carlov's requirements to be turned into a Figurine. Thus Link does not have to return to the Nintendo Gallery to receive Carlov's approval.

Once the Nintendo Gallery is completed, Carlov leaves to find inspiration elsewhere, leaving Link as the Gallery's new master.[8]

The Minish Cap

Carlov operates the Figurine Gallery in Hyrule Town in The Minish Cap, and has a younger brother named Borlov.[2] The Gallery becomes accessible after Link obtains the White Sword. Carlov is a collector of Mysterious Shells, and will trade Figurines for them.[9] Once Link collects all 136 Figurines, Carlov rewards him with the Carlov Medal, a golden medal of his own face.[10]


Names in Other Regions
造型師 ツクルハジメ (Zōkei-shi Tsukuru Hajime) (TWW)[13] 
The French Republic
Bill les Mains d'Or (TWW)[16] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
  • Figurenmeister Ninitendo (TWW)[14]
  • Meister Minitendo (TMC)[15]
The Italian Republic
  • Mastro Miniato (TWW)[12]
  • Armando (TMC)[11]
  • Master Miniato; shorten for miniatura (miniature)
The Kingdom of Spain
  • Armando Mangialavoro (TWW)[17]
  • Escultor Minitendo (TMC)[18]
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 259 (TWW) & 271 (TMC)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Owner of the Chest Mini-Game Shop. Carlov’s younger brother. He detests gambling, but he has made the biggest gamble of all: entrepreneurship." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  3. "All righty! As usual, you'll have to wait until tomorrow. I bet you're looking forward to seeing what you're going to get!" — Carlov (The Wind Waker)
  4. "The shiny pupil... The smooth, supple skin... Who is this? And where can I find such beauty existing in the world? Why, this is beauty incarnate!" — Carlov (The Wind Waker)
  5. "Are you saying my fans want this figurine?Wow... That golden, freshly brushed hair... That stylish, yet unassuming bod... ...Why, this is a mighty handsome man!" — Carlov (The Wind Waker)
  6. "With unmatched talent, he is the world's greatest sculptor. It's said the reason he won't let anyone watch him sculpt is because he does so in his underwear." — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  7. "Oh, no, Link! The figurine-making process is a trade secret, I'm afraid. I can't let you take any pictographs of my work. Could you come back tomorrow?" — Carlov (The Wind Waker)
  8. ""I have made every last figurine this world could possibly desire from me. I have set out into the world in search of new inspiration to guide my hands."
    ...That's what was written here.
    So... I guess this means... You're the new master of the Nintendo Gallery, aren't you? Heh heh heh...
    " — Manny (The Wind Waker HD)
  9. "I collect those Mysterious Shells you've seen scattered all over the place. If you bring those shells to me, I'll trade you these figurines I have made." — Carlov (The Minish Cap)
  10. "No way! Congratulations! You've collected every single figure I've ever made! I'll keep a good eye on your collection on the shelf here. And here, I want you to have this! It's the Carlov Medal, to commemorate your copious collection! I hope you treasure it always!" — Carlov (The Minish Cap)
  11. Encyclopedia, Magazzini Salani, pg. 271
  12. "Mastro Miniato
    Luogo di nascita: sconosciuto.
    Professione: artigiano e gestore della Galleria Minitendo.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  13. "造型師 ツクルハジメ
    出身地 不明
    職業 ニテン堂店主
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  14. "Figurenmeister Ninitendo
    Herkunft: unbekannt
    Beruf: Leiter der Minitendo-Galerie
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  15. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 271
  16. "Bill les Mains d'Or
    Originaire de: nul ne sait où.
    Profession: directeur de la Galerie des Figurines Tendo.
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  17. "Armando Mangialavoro
    Lugar de nacimiento: Desconocido
    Profesión: Director del Club Minitendo
    " — Nintendo Gallery (The Wind Waker)
  18. Encyclopedia, Norma Editorial, pg. 271