We’ve been raving about the three and three-quarters inch scale Kenner-style action figures from Funko’s ReAction line here at borg.com for a few years now. If style and nostalgia are your jam but not necessarily screen-accurate sculpts, it’s hard to beat the myriad of licenses that Funko has secured. What you may not have seen is that Figures Toy Company has been producing a similar series of figures reflecting the larger, eight-inch Mego action figure line also popular in the 1970s.
Like Funko, Figures Toy Company has secured licenses of brands, movies and TV shows you’d never think would surface again, like Evel Knievel, Dukes of Hazzard, DC Comics, KISS, Shazam, Batman TV series heroes and villains, Super Friends, Scooby Doo, Tarzan, Dallas, The Monkees, The Three Stooges, Gilligan’s Island, and most recently Jonny Quest. Also like Funko, don’t expect Sideshow Toys’ level of detail. The appeal of these lines is pure nostalgia, and packaging is half of the value. The company also didn’t forget accessories and playsets, like a great set of Batman weapons, the Batbus and Batlab, classic style carrying cases, Gotham GCPD bus, professional wrestling accessories, the Teen Titans bus, and the classic Batcave.
Your editor with the original Mego Robin figure, and at right the new Figures Toy Company version.
The toy company has also stepped ahead into more recent licenses, creating a line of Mego-style Harry Potter action figures. Some of Figures Toy Company’s action figure lines are also offered in a 12-inch and 18-inch version. Many lines were released in limited editions and exclusives, and some can only be found on Amazon and eBay, and many are still available with new figures released frequently. Not only do many have the Mego-style retro packaging, others have the Kresge Stores-style packages your parents could pick up in the 1970s as point-of-sale purchases at checkout in local dime stores across the country.
You Wanted the Best. You Got the Best.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band KISS is known to everyone as one of the classic hard rock bands, but the band members are also unique as businessmen in their own right. Probably second only to George Lucas the band created a marketing empire that no one has equaled. In part due to their make-up and the fantasy world characters the real-life rockers created, the band’s financial success has never been better than today, and they are still rocking venues today more than 42 years after their first appearance.
Online superstore Entertainment Earth is offering limited, numbered quantities of a convention exclusive that was a big seller at San Diego Comic-Con last month–the KISS Alive II stage with action figures from toymaker Bif Bang Pow! In the same vein as the retro-style, Kenner influenced action figures from the classic era of action figure toys, no KISS fan will want to miss out on this great playset. It features adjustable rising stage platforms and a lit-up logo, plus a wireless speaker that allows you to literally rock-out the stage recreating one of KISS’s elaborate stage shows, plus it includes a page of fake tattoos like those that came with the band’s Alive II LP album. The Starchild, Spaceman, Demon, and Catman figures are all included with instrument accessories. Check out the Entertainment Earth website here to learn more and to order before the limited run is no longer available.
Entertainment Earth is also offering another exclusive from KISS, this Gene Simmons variant figure:
Pick up yours here at Entertainment Earth. And EE has one more SDCC exclusive, this Unmasked era set of the band as action figures:
Of all the kids comics titles out there how could we possibly pass up previewing a title like Itty Bitty Hellboy? Dark Horse Comics’ new five-issue mini-series hits comic book stores in two weeks, August 28, 2013, but we’ve previewed it so you have time to order it from your local shop or add it to your pull list.
Itty Bitty Hellboy at first blush has the look of My Little Pony or Adventure Time–bright and cheery colors and fonts and wacky-styled characters and stories. The difference is that the title character is a demon with an irregular-sized arm who is almost a caricature of the Hellboy in the standard monthlies. (Where’s that broken horn?) He’s that feisty little spawn we saw in Hellboy the movie, yet he fits right in with this crowd of a neighborhood of kids, much like you’d find in Peanuts or The Simpsons. His lifelong friend Liz is here, as well as some rather unusual friends you wouldn’t find in Springfield.
Broken into multiple stories that help develop our understanding of Hellboy and his friends, Itty Bitty Hellboy feels like a cross between Calvin and Hobbes and Spy vs. Spy. It’s good, innocent fun any kid will like and any parent should approve of.