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Action Figure Reviews

Halloween, Michael Myers

ReAction (Horror Series)
Michael Myers
3 3/4 Inch Scale
By: Funko
$10.00

As we continue our walk down the long and winding road to Halloween, what better way than to spotlight the masked maniac from the movie Halloween? John Carpenter’s Halloween helped define a genre and springboarded the slasher movie to the forefront of cinema. While it wasn’t the first of it’s kind, it set the tone and helped establish that these sorts of movies could have an effective story told and haunt people’s minds with sharp visuals, stunning score and iconic villains. Halloween went on to spawn numerous sequels, some of which are quite good and others that are downright dreadful.

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However, the one thing that the Halloween series never had, was action figures. Sure, NECA, Mezco and others have cranked out Halloween figures in recent years, but it’s a bit of a surprise that during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s that no toys came out for the franchise. By the time A Nightmare on Elm Street hit box offices, toys were part of the game, but Michael Myers never had such luxuries. Funko sought to rectify that and released this retro figure of Michael Myers from Halloween, imagining how a toy like this might have looked in 1978. Continue reading

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Mystery Minis Horror Series
Freddy Krueger
2 Inch Scale
By: Funko
$5.99

The 31 Days of Halloween continue with a look at Funko’s Mystery Mini version of the man who provided A Nightmare on Elm Street. I’d say he probably provided a lot of nightmares elsewhere too. But now here he is in a tiny, fun little desktop toy. I’ve held onto this little guy for about a year, just so I could review this figure (and several of his friends) in our Halloween Countdown. That’s either dedication or procrastination, I’ll let you be the judge.

Freddy once claimed in a popular rap song that “You’ve got the body and I’ve got the brain”, and I think that’s apropos here because now we can get a good look at what’s inside my brain as I take a look at this little figure of his body. Funko has cranked out quite a few of these Mystery Minis in recent years, riding the popular super deformed blind box trend. It’s annoying for customers as sometimes our favorites are hard to track down, but it’s obviously a pretty good strategy for sales. So is burnt up Fred worth tracking down? Continue reading

Super7 The Worst

The Worst (Midnight Special)
Robot Reaper
3 3/4 Inch Scale
By: Super 7
$15.00 (Sold in multi-pack for $90)

It’s been a little while since I’ve cranked out any toy reviews, but the 31 Days of Halloween is upon us and this year I intend to unleash a bevy of gruesome goodness your way. Super7 recently released these figures, in their retro “ReAction” type 3 3/4 scale. The Worst, is arguably a terrible name for toys as this review could very well be called “The Worst Action Figure Review” but I assure you these toys are anything but, the worst. In fact, these are some of my favorite figures to come down the pike in a while as they just visually pop and are tons of fun.

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Whether you’re a fan of Halloween themed toys, bad guys, generic toy lines or retro figures or not, I think this is definitely a review you’ll want to check out. This guy has a lot of neat features that I believe would appeal to a lot of different collectors. Robot Reaper just has a certain intangible charm about him that’s sure to peak some interest in you.

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Robot Reaper is probably the coolest of the group, so I probably should have saved him for last, but I wanted to start off the 31 Days of Halloween with a bang, so the Reaper is the first to get reviewed. Keep checking back all month long and I promise you’ll see in-depth reviews of all of these guys. And while Robot Reaper might be the coolest, they’re all quite awesome. Continue reading

Troll Force Viking 1

Troll Force
Viking
5 1/2 Inch scale
By: Toys N’ Things
Price Varies

Troll dolls first came to popularity in the 1970s, where a handful of hippies and stoners would place one on their wall. Apparently they were actually invented all the way back in 1959, but for all intents and purposes, Trolls didn’t really exist until sometime in the mid 1990s. You see, up to that point, troll dolls were likely the least popular holdover from the 70s. But sometime in the 90s, some kid found a troll doll and he told another kid it was cool and suddenly we were off to the races!

If you weren’t alive during this period, you might look back on troll dolls and think they were some brief phase that wasn’t a big deal. Of course, you’d be wronger than humanly possible. You see, the troll craze was huge. 1,000 times more popular than He-Man, Beanie Babies and Pokemon combined. I’m not kidding either. Trolls suddenly just appeared overnight EVERYWHERE! And everyone collected them.

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Adults bought them. Kids bought them. Hot teenage girls bought them. EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES (and quite possibly the world) WAS OBSESSED WITH TROLL DOLLS! Why were troll dolls so popular? I can’t say for sure, but I know manufacturers loved them because you could make 100 troll dolls for about a nickel and then resell them for at least three times that. All you had to do was slap some new hair on one and BOOM, new type of troll doll. Even though there were “official” Troll dolls, there was no copyright on the troll design, which meant everyone made trolls. Millions of trolls, of every shape, size and variety.

Eventually they started putting clothes on troll dolls. Then they’d add little gimmicks to them. Even if you didn’t want to collect troll dolls, you were forced to because it was virtually the only toy being sold at the time. I’m not kidding. I cannot understate how much troll dolls just infiltrated every facet of childhood life in the 1990s. This led to Hasbro and Ace Novelty releasing honest to goodness Troll “action” figures with Battle Trolls (“They’re outta conTROLL”) and Stone Protectors. The latter of which ended up with a cartoon, video games and god knows what else.

So naturally, someone would knock those off. At this point troll dolls had reached maximum saturation, with even gumball machines being filled with trolls. This led to the good folks at Toys N’ Things to create Troll Force! The subject of today’s review.

It’s hard to say exactly what Troll Force is. Are they a team? Do they fight each other? Do they all live in one big hippie commune? All I know is that they released 12 different figures in six different themes. Each theme had two figures. Today’s review is of the Viking, from the Medieval Warriors (labeled as just Warriors on the back of the card) theme. His partner in crime (or enemy?) was the Roman figure.  Continue reading

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 Movie Figures
Raphael
4.5 Inch Scale
By: Playmates
$8.99

Let me preface this review by saying Raphael is my least favorite turtle and I detest everything about the 2014 movie designs but when TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com sent along a Raphael for me to check out, I couldn’t necessarily refuse. Much to my surprise, there’s a lot to like about this Raph figure. In fact, it’s a really fun little figure.

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Perhaps the nicest thing about this figure is that Playmates have done a good job replicating the actual movie design, without necessarily going so far as to translate the utter ridiculousness. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Raphael has the least ignorant redesign on the surface. Whereas the other turtles have random crap stuck to their bodies, Raph is pretty normal aside from the hunchback shell and skirt.

In fact Raph definitely channels the Next Mutation designs, which I actually loved. Clearly this goes overboard, but at least he’s not wearing glasses and oversized sneakers. So is this still worth your hard earned cash? Let’s find out! Continue reading