Last week, I wrote about how disappointed I was with photos of the first wave of “ReAction” retro-style movie and TV action figures from Super7 and Funko. As much as I doubted such a thing was possible, the second wave unfortunately looks even worse.
This kills me, because I would really love to have quality action figures in the 3.75″ scale for some of these properties. To their credit, the companies have certainly licensed a wide variety of characters to play around with. Even the Gimp from ‘Pulp Fiction’ gets immortalized in plastic. That’s hilarious. Sadly, the resulting toys just aren’t good at all.
Once again, retailer Entertainment Earth posted the first images, plastered with obnoxious watermarks. Click to enlarge.
‘Back to the Future’
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
‘Friday the 13th’
‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’
‘Trick ‘R Treat’
What I don’t understand is how Funko was able to negotiate to use photographs of most of the original actors who played these characters on the packaging, yet (apparently) were denied the rights to sculpt the likenesses in plastic. Very few of these figures look anything like the characters they’re supposed to represent. Dear lord, the ‘Buffy’ and ‘Firefly’ figures are especially hideous.
Of this batch, the horror movie franchises come across the best. Most of the Universal Monsters aren’t half bad, considering the retro design intention of this line. They actually look like toys that might have been released in the 1970s, rather than crappy knock-offs like the others. (However, Frankenstein’s Monster is misidentified as “Frankenstein.” How did Universal not catch that?) I might even be inclined to buy that adorable little Pinhead from ‘Hellraiser’ to torment my G.I. Joes.
Still, overall, despite actually liking the concept behind this ReAction line, the products are pretty much a bust.