Ladies & Gents,
SOMETHING has been bothering me. It’s been bugging me for awhile now, so I’m finally taking to the “BLOG-O-SPHERE” to air my grievances.
In February it was announced that the two toy companies Super 7 and Funko would be teaming up to release a series of 3.75 ” figures for their ReAction line. The design and sculpt of the figures would be an homage to the original Kenner Star Wars line from the late 70′s and early to mid 80′s. The real kicker, however, was that this line of figures pretty much includes every cool sci-fi cult movie and tv show franchise…EVER. Here’s a few from the list that highlight my favorites:
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
BACK TO THE FUTURE
To give you some perspective, when I was a kid I crafted my own Rocketeer figure out of a 3.75″ General Hawk G.I. Joe with homemade cardboard Rocketeer helmet. I also crafted a Crow figure out of a WWF Sting Wrestling figure which I still have. So can you imagine my inner child giddiness at the thought of an officially licensed Crow 3.75″ action figure?! AND a Rocketeer 3.75″ action figure?!! AND a Snake Plissken 3.75″ action figure?!? YES PLEASE!
So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m still passionate about collecting action figures. Specifically 3 .75″ action figures (and even more specifically the Marvel Universe series). It’s one of my many passions…. and let me tell you something…I’m a passionate man….about my….passions………PASSIONS!
However, I was a bit dismayed when the preview pics of the figures were revealed on February 18th via Entertainment Earth. See below:
It really sucks when you build something epic in your mind, and when you lay eyes on the actual “thing”, it doesn’t quite match your mind crafted epic-ness…which is EXACTLY what happened here.
So herein lies the conflict; I’m grateful that these toys exist. And thinking back to the Kenner line design, yeah, they weren’t great. BUT from what I remember they seemed to be just a tad better representation of the characters than what is pictured above.
These franchises are pillars and influences in a lot of our lives and they’re ICONIC. Yet as an avid collector and from a design perspective I wanted these figures to be better. I wanted more articulation, I wanted a better sculpt, I wanted an ACTUAL 3.75″ representation of the characters. I appreciate giving credit to the Kenner series, but this is 2014, so lets respect the past, but give these franchises the 3.75″ figures they deserve! I understand as a business you have to be careful with something like this because there’s risk involved when venturing into new territory. But at the same time, these things will sell because let’s face it– THERE’S NOTHING ELSE OUT THERE LIKE THIS.
So I digress, is it better to have a less than enthusiastic version of “something”? Or is better to have “nothing” and simply pine for the perfection my PASSION desires?…
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