Reaction Robotech by Super7

It’s been another trying week for me, and by that I mean trying to get time to contribute any content here. To be honest, the one day I had any meaningful time, I spent being a lazy slob and reading comics and drinking whiskey, so I have no one but myself to blame. I almost wasn’t even going to bother checking in at all today, but then I got a huge lot of Reaction figures from Super7 that were on sale and I decided I’d drop in today with a quick look at some of them, or to be more specific… the Robotech line! If you’re not familiar with it, the Reaction line has had its share of ups and downs. It started with good intentions, take the original prototypes of the never produced Alien figures and release them. There were probably more than a few other licenses this would have worked with, like The Last Starfighter, which also had unproduced figures. But then Funko went berserk and started producing them for every license they can get a hold of. Some of these were pretty cool. I liked the 80’s Slashers and the Big Trouble in Little China figures, but a lot of them were just garbage. Well, Super7 has taken back their ball and it looks like they’re doing some interesting things with it. They produced six figures in this Robotech line, but I’m only looking at three of them today.

Robotech was huge for me growing up. Back then, I didn’t know that it was a cobbled together mess of something called Macross, but in that regard I guess it was the first anime series I was exposed to. I loved it and I wanted those Matchbox toys something fierce. I never got them, because my parents were shrewd about me investing in toy lines I already collected rather than branching out, and in retrospect it was a good idea. Nonetheless, when I first got wind Super7 was doing Reaction Robotech, I dreamed of seeing Rick Hunter, Roy Fokker, and the like all on beautiful cardbacks. And who knows? Maybe even some bigger vehicles. Well, Super7 went a different way and gave us the vehicles instead. It was a weird move to make, especially in the 3 3/4-inch scale, and so I passed until a few turned up cheap. Ultimately I picked up The SDF-1, VF-1S, and a Zentraedi Battle Pod. I’m not opening these, but we’ll take a quick look at them in package.

The SDF-1 is obviously the biggest of the bunch, although since it isn’t in scale, the card size is the same as the others. The card art is pretty cool, especially the way it shows it towering above the city-scape. The figure itself is a great sculpt for a figure in this size and I think the coloring is pretty on point too. It strides the fine line between being retro and actually looking like a decent figure. Articulation includes swivels in the shoulders and hips, and I’m not sure if the head can turn or not. This one was easily the most unlikely candidate for this type of figure, but in the end, I think they did a nice job with it. The back of the card has a little blurb about the vehicle as well as artwork for each of the six figures available in this line.

Next up is the VF-1S Veritech Fighter, and as the back of the package points out, it’s Roy Fokker’s Skull One. Once again, this is a decent sculpt for the format, although the proportions feel a bit off on this one. I feel like the legs should be longer and beefier to make up for the broad shoulders, but maybe they were intentionally going for a certain retro charm. The paint on the figure is especially well done, with the appropriate black and yellow accents and the Jolly Roger stamped on the chest. You get the straight five points of articulation and there’s a rifle included. The rifle can be held in the hand or clipped to the forearm.

And finally, here is the Zentaedi Battle Pod, and I think this is without a doubt the best looking of the bunch. The sculpt is simple, but it looks dead on, and the paint looks great. Because of the unusual design, the articulation is a little different. You still get rotating legs at the hips, but there’s obviously no arms or head. Instead, Super7 gave the guns ball joints, which is a mighty nice surprise, especially for a figure in a strictly 5-POA style collection.

I dig these figures quite a bit, but I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to complete the series, and I probably won’t buy doubles to open unless I can find them for really cheap. As is the case with a lot of Reaction figures, the appeal here is supposed to be in the presentation. On that note, I probably would have preferred Super7 went with screen grabs from the cartoon for the card art, or even just copies of the animation models. Don’t get me wrong, I like what we got here, but direct art from the show would have been better suited to what they’re doing here. And I’d still like to see Super7 expand this line to the actual characters from the show. I’d buy all of those in a heartbeat.

ReAction Series: Big Trouble in Little China by Funko!

If you grew up in the 80s, you probably loved Big Trouble in Little China as much as I did. You probably watched it over and over again like I did. You probably drew your own comics chronicling the further adventures of The Pork Chop Express, just like I did. Actually, scratch that last part. I may have said too much. It’s classic John Carpenter goodness and it’s still one of my favorite WTF movies. So much of it makes no sense, and yet it’s so highly watchable and re-watchable and re-re-watchable. I love movies that are batshit crazy and don’t take themselves too seriously, and this one fits that bill perfectly. So far I’ve passed on the overwhelming majority of Funko’s ReAction figures on the grounds that a lot of them just miss the point. Making Kenner style figures of properties from 1990 and beyond, like Pulp Fiction and Firefly, just doesn’t make much sense to me, but I’m not judging anyone who digs them. Big Trouble on the other hand was a great license for them to score. Yeah, technically it missses the true “Vintage Kenner” Era by a couple of years, but it’s not that much of a stretch. It’s also a license that I desparately wanted figures from when I was a kid. Had they been made, it probably would have been the last line I collected before getting out of toys.

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There are a total of six figures in this series, which is a lot more than I thought the film would warrant, but upon review of the character selection, I think they were all good choices. You get Jack Burton, Gracie Law, David Lo Pan, and the three Elements: Thunder, Rain, and Lightning. Some fans may ask, where are Wang and Egg, but I don’t think either of them were distinctive enough to get their own figures and I believe Funko went the right route as to not water down this line too much.

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The figures all come on the same card, which draws its art directly from the movie poster. The only thing unique is the characters’ names printed above the bubble. On the one hand, it’s a bit of a lazier approach than actually giving each character their own card. On the other hand, I totally dig this artwork and it looks fantastic printed on an action figure card. To me the ReAction series should largely be about things we never got, and this is exactly what I would have loved to have back in 1986. I also don’t feel nearly as conflicted over whether or not to open them. If I ever want a carded example from this line later on down the road, I can just pick up one figure to get the full effect of the line, but I doubt it’ll ever come to that. Anyway, I’ve got a lot of figures to get through and you know what Jack Burton always says in a situation like this. Who? Jack Burton… ME!

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I’ve seen this figure get a pretty lukewarm reception when it was first revealed, but I actually dig it a lot. Yes, the head is oversized, but I actually think they did a pretty good job with the portrait. These are retro style 3 3/4″ figures, so the fact that I can see even a little of Kurt Russell in there is good enough for me. If nothing else, they certainly got the hair right. The other thing they got right is his wife-beater shirt with the artwork printed on it. It’s easily the high point of this figure and goes a long way to identify him with the character. Other points of interest include the watch on his left wrist and the defined muscles in his exposed arms. You also get a pair of accessories, which include his combat knife and machine pistol.

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For Gracie Law, they went with her in her ceremonial garb, which was a good choice, because it makes for a far more interesting figure than her street clothes. Again, for the style we’re going for here, the likness to Kim Cattrall ain’t bad. I like that she’s got a paler face to simulate the makeup and they even included her mole. The outfit is well done right down to the classic “robe legs” with the split down the middle just like old Kenner Obi-Wan used to have. She comes with a fairly intricate head dress that just clips right on the front of her head.

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David Lo Pan is quite recognizable, mostly because he’s wearing a rather distinctive outfit. Again, you get those “robe legs” split down the middle and some respectable detail, like the extended finger nails on his pinky fingers! The hat is nicely sculpted and painted, and and the dragon decorations on his robes are actually both sculpted and painted on. Lo Pan comes with the little Beholder monster, which is just a lump of sculpted fleshy plastic.

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And that brings us to the Elements, which to me turned out to be the real stars of this series. I kind of expected these to be quick and dirty remolds of the same figure, but as far as I can tell the straw hats (permanently sculpted to the head) are the only parts that are reused and I have to give Funko props for that. Each figure includes a removable cape and their own signature weapon from the movie. Rain has his claw weapons, Thunder has his knives, and Lightning has his propellers. OK, the propellers are the weakest of the three, they just look like wrenches. But, points for trying!

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As always, these retro-style figures all feature the simple five points of articulation. The plastic used here feels really good and I’m happy to see that Funko is starting to paint the faces rather than leave them bare plastic, because they look so much better this way.

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Funko’s Big Trouble line gives me everything I’m looking for out of the ReAction series. It’s an 80’s property that should have gotten action figures (but didn’t) and I truly believe the figures and card art were executed with some love of the property. In short, they did good here and these figures definitely scratch a nagging itch that goes back about 30 years. I also dig the whole “one and done” mentaility of these. I get one wave of figures to represent the movie on my shelf and I can move on. Of course, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be glad to see these characters turn up in the Legacy line. Even a one-off of Jack Burton would be most welcome, but honestly, I love this move enough that I’d be on board for a full wave.

ReAction Figures: Universal Monsters, Series 1 by Funko

Early last month I checked out Series 2 of Funko’s Universal Monsters ReAction figures and was mighty impressed. I also waxed nostalgic about the original 1970’s REMCO figures that were also based off these movies and how this was one of those instances where Funko hit the whole nostalgia and retro concept right square in the bulls-eye. The Series 2 figures had great sculpts, awesome cards, and unlike a lot of their ReAction lines, they worked brilliantly at what they set out to do. I started with Series 2 because all of those characters were also released as part of REMCO’s original line, whereas only two of the four monsters in this first series were included in that vintage line: Gillman and Frankenstein’s monster. I like that they took the opportunity to expand and the additional characters, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein, are pretty good choices, I think.

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Once again, the cards for these figures are excellent. Funko took B&W stills direct from the movies. I even like these designs better than the original REMCO cards. Maybe that’s blasphemy, but I think these do a better job of capturing the flavor of the individual films. James Whale directed three out of the four of these films and I think his talents are best displayed by the magnificent lighting in the shot of Elsa Lanchester as The Bride. I also think it’s rather clever that they used that profile shot of her while the figure also had to have its head turned in the package because of the tall hair sculpt. The shot used for Frankenstein’s monster is perhaps not quite so stunning, but still a fantastic image for the card and oozes atmosphere.

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Moving on to the second pair of cards, The Invisible Man was always among my least favorite of these films. I never really considered Dr. Jack Griffin to be a proper Universal Monster, but the film still works for the genre, especially since Whale directed it along with so many of the others, and I still welcome the addition of the figure into this fold. And that brings us to the wonderful Creature From The Black Lagoon. It’s one of my favorites of this entire genre and I think both the movie and the Gillman costume both hold up remarkably well to this day, especially the underwater shots. As good as Series 2 was, and as many great characters as they packed into these two waves, Gillman was the one that had me most excited. Especially since I absolutely loved that old REMCO figure. Time to open these figures up, but fear not, I’ll be using a razor and a degree of care so I can save the cards. Let’s start with The Monster and his Bride!

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Frankenstein’s monster is a really nice sculpt and packed with some cool detail for a retro-style figure. The bolts in his neck are there, albeit they are a little hard to see. He does have a little paint applied to the scar at the top of his hairline. There are stitching marks around his wrists and his shoes even feature little lifts. You get the usual little sculpted wrinkles in his jacket and trousers. Is it a great likeness to Karloff in the makeup? Nah, not really. Karloff isn’t even credited anywhere on the card, but it’s an iconic enough look that it works fine for the figure. My one complaint would be that his clothes are way too clean and tidy. Some sculpted tears and weathering would have gone a long way. Still, this guy is a solid figure!

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The Monster’s Bride is also a really nice effort and a treat, since she never got a slot in REMCO’s line. I guess the female figures got slighted back then too. There’s very little detail on her torso and the lower half of her gown. Technically, she doesn’t even have feet, just a split down the middle of the skirt, similar to what Kenner did with their robed figures like Obi-Wan or Anakin Skywalker. Her arms, however, do have some great sculpted bandages and their yellowed color helps to break up all the white from the rest of her outfit. The head sculpt on this figure is really good for a vintage-style head, but the likeness isn’t really there, despite the fact that they credited the actress’ likeness on the back of the card. Lanchester had far more pronounced eyes. That having been said, the hair sculpt is fantastic and for a more generic version of the character, I think the head works brilliantly.

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Moving on to The Invisible Man, this was obviously a figure where likeness wasn’t an issue because Dr. Griffin’s head is all bandaged up. That having been said, the attention to detail in the bandages is excellent. If you look closely, the pattern of the wrappings even mimic how they looked on actor Claude Rains. The rest of the figure consists of a sculpted smoking jacket, which looks good, but doesn’t really attempt to recreate the complex checkered pattern on the one worn in the film. Going in, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this figure all that much, but I think Funko did a pretty solid job on him.

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Last up is Gillman and I gotta say, Funko did an amazing job with the sculpt on this guy. The texturing, the fins, the segmented plates of his chest are all lovingly recreated as is the frightening head of the fish-man itself. There are sculpted wrinkles at the ankles that look like they were going for a figure based on the actor in the suit, rather than the real creature. Intentional or not, it’s kind of meta and I dig that a lot. With the sculpt being so good on this figure, I kind of hate to knock it, but I think the paint could have been better. There’s are very few paint apps to speak of at all and here’s a case where I think the coloring on the REMCO figure worked better for me. But don’t worry, Gillman, you’re still a great figure.

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As with Series 2, these figures retail for around $10 each, but I was able to do a little better on some. They’re readily available at all sorts of e-tailers and there are even some variants out there if that sort of thing is your bag. I once likened the ReAction line as potentially being the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridge of the action figure world and Funko does indeed seem to be unleashing a torrent of these figures that very well may one day be filling a landfill out west somewhere. Obviously, I’m not here to say that all their efforts are without merit. Indeed, you’ll be seeing ReAction figures featured again here on FFZ and probably sooner than later. For now, all I’ll say is that if nothing else great comes out of the somewhat obnoxious flood of Funko ReAction figures, I’ll still consider these Universal Monsters figures as well worth the effort. These don’t feel like they were “phoned in” to turn a quick buck. Everything from the card art to the character selection to the figures themselves feel like a love letter to the old REMCO line and all the terrible Marty McFly and Pulp Fiction figures can’t wash that away.

ReAction Figures: Universal Monsters, Series 2 by Funko

I’ve certainly given my share of grief to Funko’s ReAction line of action figures and that’s despite only having featured one of them here on FFZ. I’m not against the concept. Hell, my unending praise of Warpo’s Legends of Cthulhu line alone should prove that. But Funko’s scatter shot approach to the whole retro-vintage thing makes it seem more like a shameless cash grab than actually doing something interesting with the concept. This entire faux-vintage idea grew out of Super-7 bringing the un-produced Kenner Alien figures to market based on original prototypes. It was a pretty big success for something as niche as it was and so ReAction was born giving us “what if” imaginings of lines that were never produced. I think it’s a noble gesture where actual 70’s and 80’s properties are concerned, but when you extend it to stuff like Firefly or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, everything starts to break down. Of course, by casting a wide, wide, WIDE net over all sorts of properties it means that they do have a chance to get it right sometimes and today we’re looking at one of those instances with Series 2 of their Universal Monsters. (I know, “what happened to Series 1?” I’ll get to it eventually.) Keep in mind, these figures aren’t a case of paying tribute to what could have been, but rather what was, as the company REMCO* put out a line of six 3 3/4” Universal Monsters figures back in 1979 and I have a lot of fond memories of those figures and the playsets.

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Series 2 consists of Dracula, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera and The Wolfman. While Series 1 actually contains my favorite monster, The Gillman, I went with this Series first because I thought it was a little better fleshed out and all of the figures were ones featured in the vintage REMCO line. I like the fact that the cards are all original and the front of each one is branded solely based on the character’s movie. You actually have to turn the card over to see anything tying it in with a larger series. The figures each come just rattling around in their coffin-style bubbles, just like the good old days, although my Dracula came with the bubble completely detached from the card. That sort of thing would have really pissed me off if I was keeping them carded, but who am I kidding? There was never any chance of that!

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It would be impossible to pick my favorite card in this set as they all feature great B&W shots from the original films. I will say that I get a chuckle out of The Phantom’s every time I look at it. It looks like Lon Chaney is looking down in horror at his little action figure! Everyone’s a critic! As good as these cards are, I really wasn’t sad about opening them up. It’s probably because the appeal here is the figures themselves as replacements for my beloved REMCO monsters. Let’s start out with Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera.

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These guys look splendid, although as might be expected there’s some parts sharing and resculpting here. You wouldn’t think that would be a factor in cheap ten dollar figures, but it’s done well so I don’t have any issues with it. These are, afterall, a couple of dudes in black suits and capes so the arms and legs are shared. The torso’s appear to be remolds as there are obvious differences, like Dracula’s very nicely sculpted and painted medallion and The Phantom’s tie. They both have waistcoats, but Dracula’s hangs down over his pants, whereas Phantom’s does not. And of course, they both sport the same basic black vinyl cape, which should have old school Kenner fans mighty happy.

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The head sculpts are also quite good and not overly proportioned like on some of the other ReAction figures. Dracula isn’t really the spitting image of Bela Lagosi, but it’s a good generic vampire. Phantom on the other hand, I think they did a pretty nice job on making him look like Chaney in the makeup.

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Next, we have The Wolfman and The Mummy and again, Funko did some nice work on this pair. I’d say Wolfman is probably the best sculpt of this wave just because of all the detail they put into his furry hands and feet, the little rumples in his shirt and the creases in his trousers. The head sculpt is pretty damn nice too and all the paint is sharp and clean.

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The Mummy also has a lot of detail packed into his sculpt. All the bandages are defined and thre’s little tatters and tears in them to make them look old. There’s not a lot of paintwork on this guy, but then he doesn’t need it. This head sculpt is equally as impressive as Wolfman’s and I’d say if we’re talking likenesses, this one comes pretty damn close to a Boris Karloff in makeup.

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As expected, these figures all have the standard old school five points of articulation. The joints are all nice and tight and the plastic quality feels great. The only drawback might be the total lack of accessories, but then I can’t think of anything to include with these characters anyway.

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I’ve been really choosey about which ReAction figures I’m buying and so far I’ve made some fairly good choices. Sure, The Rocketeer was a little disappointing, but I was perfectly happy with my 80’s Slashers and these Universal Monsters are absolutely fantastic. They hit the right nostalgia buttons by letting me relive the fun memories of my REMCO figures and these actually look like Funko put a lot of love in them, rather than just crank them out. These guys are proof positive that you can do genuine retro-style figures and not have them look like trash. I’ve already got Series 1 on order so I should be able to swing back and check them out in a week or so.

*If you want to read a great little article on the original REMCO toys, check out Terrordaves.com.

ReAction Horror Series: Freddy Kreuger, Michael Meyers, and Jason Voorhees by Funko

Happy Halloween, Toyhounds!

For someone who absolutely loves horror films, it’s odd that I own precious few horror based toys and action figures. I’m not entirely sure why that is, but in the past it’s prevented me from doing much in the way of Halloween themed features. This year, however, I’m ready with a trio of retro-style figures based on my three favorite 80’s Slashers: Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Meyers. As sick as it may sound, I practically grew up with these guys. My parents were pretty cool about letting me watch horror films and by the time I was in my teens I had a nice collection of VHS horror flicks recorded off of Cinemax, HBO, or Showtime. My bread and butter were the films starring these three slashers. There are installments of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street that I know my heart, and the same could be said for the first three Halloween films. I know, Meyers wasn’t in Season of the Witch, but I still really dig that flick!

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And there they are as part of the ReAction Horror Series. Back in the day, Kenner planned on releasing a line of 3 3/4” figures based on the film, Alien, but they were never released. Was it because the larger alien figure didn’t sell well? Or did they come to their senses and realize that it wasn’t a movie suitable for children’s toys? Either way, the molds were eventually obtained by Super7 and released as a retro-styled “ReAction” line. The Alien figures were well received by collectors and now Funko is trying to ride that gravy train by releasing all sorts of licensed figures under the “ReAction” line. I’ve already looked at their Rockeer figure and have since stayed away. But when confronted with the three most notorious slashers from the 80’s, I couldn’t resist. Let’s start with Freddy Kreuger…

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I like the artwork they went with for Freddy Kreuger. It’s a really nice promo shot with him clutching his left shoulder with his gloved hand. I don’t think they could have picked a better picture and the movie logo sure looks great on a vintage style card. Freddy comes in his bubble with his fedora trapped off to the side in a little bubble compartment to keep it from rattling around. My only complaint here is that the card arrived creased, but then if it hadn’t, I might have opted to keep all three of these sealed.

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Yup, if Kenner produced a Freddy figure way back in 1984, I have to imagine that this is a pretty good representation of what it would look like. The figure hits all the right points from the slightly oversized head to the rigid 5-POA body. Yes, all three of these figures feature the same vintage style articulation. For a quick scale comparison, I included a shot of him terrorizing Kenner’s own Princess Leia in Hoth Outfit. Freddy’s a tiny bit taller than Leia, but then he was never a big guy so it seems about right.

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If anything this mock up of Retro Freddy might look a little too good. The detail work on the face and glove are actually quite impressive for a figure of this type and the fact that the fedora is removable is a cool bonus, but if you ask Kenner Indiana Jones, he’d tell you that’s a feature that probably wouldn’t have made the cut back in the early 80’s. The pants and shoes are pretty basic stuff, but the sculpted texture on the sweater is nicely done and you even get some ragged areas along the waist. The paintwork is excellent, with clean lines on the red and green sweater stripes and you get some nice coppery paint on his glove. Speaking of which, the glove blades are soft plastic so I don’t have to worry about them snapping off like they did on my 3 3/4” Freddy figure from Mezco’s “Cinema of Fear” line. All in all, I label this figure as a win.

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Next up is Michael Meyers and once again I think Funko did a great job choosing the still shot for the card art. You get Michael with his masked face, half in the shadow, and his butcher knife on full display. Halloween didn’t really have a very notable logo, so I don’t get the same sense of awe about seeing the title on the card here, but all in all I think this is a solid presentation. My figure has his head turned to the side but I’m not sure if they’re all packaged like that or not. He seems to have plenty of clearance in the bubble so I don’t see any reason for it. Also worth noting, while his butcher knife was taped to the side of the bubble, mine is rattling around loose inside. That was *excuse* reason enough for me to consider this an inferior packaged example and rip this guy open too.

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Michael is a much simpler figure than Freddy, but I still think they nailed the character perfectly in this style. The head is still a bit oversized but the sculpting on the mask is almost too good for a retro-style figure like this. From the soulless black eyes to the expressionless white plastic, I would have absolutely no problem identifying who this was supposed to be, even if someone handed me just the head.

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The body consists of just a blue jumpsuit with sculpted pockets on the chest, a cinched waist, a little wrinkling and not much else to speak of. The shoes do have sculpted laces and treads on the bottom. Like I said, it’s not as dynamic as Freddy, but it fits the character perfectly. You also get the tiny butcher knife, which Michael can hold perfectly in his right hand. What’s more, Michael is taller than Freddy and big enough to menace Kenner Leia. Ok, Funko… you’re two for two on these. Can you pull of a Triple Play? Let’s check in with Camp Crystal Lake’s favorite son and see…

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Yes, last but not least is Jason Vorhees and the card for this one is a total winner. While Freddy has more personality, Jason and I have been late night buds for a lot longer. He got me through many nights of insomnia and the two of us have a special bond. The still shot of Jason and the familiar logo both look amazing on the card, even if it isn’t the look that the figure is based on. I’m pretty sure that shot of Jason is from Part VI: Jason Lives as the mask is lacking the chevrons on the cheeks, which are clearly depicted on the figure. I’ll be honest, the condition of the card on this one is perfect and Jason’s machete is still taped to the bubble. I really don’t want to open him, but since I opened the other two… it’s slashing time! Chh chh chh chh, Ha ha ha ha!

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Like Michael Meyers, Jason is a pretty simple figure, but still manages to capture every thing there is about the character. In fact, he’s easily identifiable as from Part 3 because of his outfit and the aforementioned chevron marks on the mask’s cheeks. You get a green shirt with two sculpted pockets, gray trousers, and brown hiking boots. The mask has sculpted and painted straps permanently holding it onto the figure’s little bald and bulbous noggin. Adorable! Jason also clocks in at about the same height as Michael. Mr. Voorhees comes with his trusty machete, which he can hold loosely in his right hand and far more securely in his left.

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I wasn’t overly impressed by the ReAction Rocketeer figure, but this trio of retro slashers has comfortably redeemed Funko’s efforts in my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of these ReAction figures look just plain awful, but these three figures are just plain awesome. For the most part they succeed in exactly what they intended to do: recreate hypothetical figures of serial killer maniacs for a parallel world where such things would be sold to kids. Hey, I had a poster of Freddy Krueger hanging on my wall, so there’s no question I would have bought this figure if it was available. At $10 a pop, I’m very happy I picked these up and they’ve actually given me the confidence I needed to try out some of their Universal Monsters. Hell, I may even try to get another set of these three to keep carded and hang on the wall.

ReAction Figures: The Rocketeer by Funko!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have no interest in toys, then you probably know that Funko is putting out a ridiculous number of retro-style 3 ¾” figures based on a whole slew of licensed properties. While I think this line would have been more interesting if they focused first on actual retro-properties, at least initially, I can’t help be drawn in to some of these figures and I wound up pre-ordering a ton of them, despite the fact that a lot of them don’t really look that good. What’s wrong with me? I don’t have enough time to get into that now. Anyway, the first release is a stand-alone figure drawn from Disney’s 1991 sleeper hit, The Rocketeer, and this figure should give us a good idea of what to expect when the flood of figures rolls in toward the end of the Summer.

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If there’s one thing about these ReAction figures that is going to drive me crazy is whether or not to open them. In keeping with true vintage style, the figure comes on a card and bubble and it is most definitely not collector friendly. I get that they were going for authentic vintage packaging here, and I’m sure keeping costs down played into it too, but these figures are aimed at collectors so I’m thinking they could have come up with something a bit more versatile. On the other hand, the figures are cheap enough that openers can buy two without breaking the bank.

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The presentation here is very nearly a homerun. You get the simple Kenner-inspired card with some very nice art deco style artwork inspired by the film. I think the black box with the figure’s name is a little bland and the outline for the bubble doesn’t line up with the actual bubble, but those are really the only blemishes on an otherwise attractive looking card. The figure is encased in a coffin style bubble with the accessories similarly sealed beside him. There’s no tray to support the figure and so he is rather askew in the bubble, but that’s all part of the retro charm. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m going to rip this baby open so we can check him out.

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So, one of the things I’m going to grouse about is the fact that the ReAction line seems to be overdoing the retro thing just a bit. If you take some of the old Star Wars figures, you can see that there’s actually a lot of sculpted detail on many of them. The sculpt on the actual figure feels like it’s dumbed down a bit to emphasize its faux retro heritage. There’s also a little inconsistency where the sculpting on the jetpack looks a lot more detailed than the figure. I’ll also point out that I’m not a fan of the plastic used for the head. It looks super cheap and doesn’t really jibe with the rest of the figure. It’s also a bitch to photograph properly. Now, with all that having been said, I still dig what Funko did here. It’s a solid looking figure within the stylistic confines that they set out to emulate.

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The paintwork and quality control on the figure has a few hiccups. There is a large mess of something on poor Cliff’s groin area and there are a few other stray paint marks here and there. Still, I’m rather impressed with the individually painted buttons on his tunic and sleeve buckles as well as the paint apps for his eyes and eyebrows. Naturally, the figure features only the classic vintage 5-points of articulation. The joints are all nice and tight, although now is as good a time as any to point out that one of my figure’s legs is slightly longer than the other so he’s always going to be leaning a bit.

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As for the accessories, what would The Rocketeer be without his helmet and jetpack? The jetpack, as mentioned, is quite highly detailed and pegs right onto the figure’s back and holds on snugly. The silver paint looks really nice on this piece and they even sculpted and painted the piece of bubblegum used to for the makeshift repair in the film. The helmet fits over the figure’s head quite well. Yeah, it’s a little big, but I’m going to write that off to retro charm.

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It may sound like I had a lot of beefs with this figure, but I actually do like it a lot. It’s important to note that while the figure is definitely a niche collector item, we are still talking about a $10 figure here, so expectations should be tempered. My only standing complaint would be that I really wish they would either use a less cheap looking plastic for the head, or paint the face, because as it is I think it detracts from the figure. Ultimately, however, I think Funko succeeded in what they set out to do here and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the other releases, particularly the 80’s Slashers and the Universal Monsters.