Savage World (ThunderCats): Wave One by Funko

The ThunderCats have had a hard time catching a break. They got an amazing series reboot back in 2011, but it didn’t last. Ban Dai tried to re-launch figures based on the classic cartoon not once, but twice, each time only producing two figures. The license fell to Mattel and they only managed to get a handful of figures out before dropping the line. We all hoped Super7 would have picked it up along with the Masters of the Universe license, but that didn’t happen. Up until now, the only way to get a (sort of) complete team was Mezco’s excellent Mega-Scale figures. And now… it’s Funko’s turn!

Savage World is Funko’s attempt to take popular licenses and merge them with the vintage He-Man action figure aesthetic. These haven’t been nearly as prolific as their Pop! Vinyls, but they’ve managed to do Mortal Kombat, 80’s Slashers, and even DC Comic Heroes as DC Primal Age. Of all of these so far, ThunderCats seems like the most likely candidate, and I was super excited to get these in hand when they were announced. But then the curse struck again. My pre-order filled for three of the four figures, with Panthro remaining in limbo. Weeks went by, I couldn’t find him anywhere, and it seemed like my pre-order was never going to fill. Eventually, I got tired of waiting and picked him up off of Ebay in order to get a complete set.

The first wave consists of Lion-O, Panthro, Mumm-Ra, and Slithe, which feels like a pretty solid assortment. These figures come on simple bubble-and-card packaging, which is in no way collector friendly, with their accessories bagged behind the figure. If you’re looking to keep a set MOC, you might want to be careful ordering these, because it’s not uncommon for them to show up with one or both of the legs detached. Sure, they do pop back on easy enough, but nobody wants to display a figure with its’ limbs rattling around in the bubble. The back of the card has a “Collect-Them-All” layout, which also shows Wave Two consisting of Tygra, Cheetara, Jackalman and Monkian. As much as I’d love to see this line go the distance, I’m just begging the powers that be to get us that second wave. These are pretty simple figures, so I’m going to just tackle the whole wave today…

Lion-O is the one figure in this wave where the squat styling feels a little off to me. At first, I couldn’t figure out why, but I’ve decided it’s because his hair makes his head look big and thereby makes his body look extra squat. It didn’t take long for that to wear off and now I’m fine with it, because everything else about this figure is just spot-on wonderful. I’m especially happy with the way the coloring here came out. Sure, some of that white edging could have been sharper, but I’ve got to get in pretty close before it bothers me. Articulation on all of these figures is identical, which includes swivels in the neck, waist, and shoulders, and ball joints in the hips.

Lion-O comes with his two iconic accessories: The Claw Shield and The Sword of Omens. The Claw is a nice softer sculpt to make it actually look like fur and has the three grappels painted red on the knuckles. The Sword is a solid recreation of the iconic sword. It’s cast in gray plastic and has the Eye of Thundera painted on both sides near the crossguard. All in all, I’m really pleased with this MOTU-styled Lord of the Thundercats and he looks great posed with his accessories.

Panthro looked a lot more naturally to me right out of the gate, because he doesn’t have the whole big hair thing going on and I think this is a great representation of the character, stylized or not. The spikes on his shoulder straps are sharp and solid, and the sculpt even includes his ninja-style footwear and the cords where they are tied on. The only problem I have with this figure is that the Eye of Thundera is printed a bit off-center on his belt. Otherwise, the paint is pretty sharp and the coloring looks great.

Panthro comes with his nun-chuks, which are painted blue and red with a silver painted flexible “chain” connecting them, and have the adorable little cat claws sculpted into the ends of them. He can hold them in either hand and if you cheat, you can even get him to hold them in both hands at once… sort of. Let’s move on to the baddies!

Slithe is the one figure here where the stylized look doesn’t even come into play, and by that I mean this just looks like regular old Slithe to me. They did a great job with the sculpt, from the ragged skirt to the fishy lips and popped eye, he looks great. The coloring here is really evocative of the animation as well and some nice flourishes include the bright silver paint on his wrist bracer and the green spots on his tail. My one little gripe about Slithe is that the way his legs are sculpted can make it tough for him to stand. I feel like they should have sculpted them to be a little wider apart, but after enough fiddling, I was able to get him stable and he hasn’t taken a shelf dive yet.

Slithe comes with one accessory and that’s his long handled axe. I actually had to go back and look at some pictures to remember what the LJN figure came with, and I suppose this is a pretty decent match for the original accessory.

And that brings us to Mumm-RA, The Ever Living! When it comes to sculpt and coloring, Mumm-Ra is easily the most impressive figure in the assortment. He’s also another one that I think works in this scale and style perfectly. Funko really went to town on all the extra bits, like the skirt, cape, torn bandages, and grieves. He also features my favorite head sculpt of the bunch, even though they’re all good, this one just delivers that extra bit of awesome. He’s also beautifully colored with lots of red and gold, and even blue on the twin snakes of his headdress.

Mumm-Ra comes with one accessory and that’s his double-bladed sword. This thing is a nasty piece of cutlery with jagged edges on each blade and a central golden grip sculpted to look like snakes twisted together. I never really associate this weapon with the character a lot, but it’s still pretty cool.

And that’s Wave One of Savage World ThunderCats in the bag! I probably wouldn’t be gushing about these figures as much if Ban Dai or Mattel had managed to make their lines work. But if this is the format that succeeds in getting us a properly fleshed out ThunderCats line, then I’m all for it. The sculpting here is fantastic, the colors are great, and even the accessories are on point. And who knows? Maybe if these sell well, Funko will get us a Cat’s Lair playset in the same style as the Primal Age Batcave! Either way, all I can say is bring on Wave Two!

Savage World (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre): Leatherface by Funko

The day is finally here, my week long Twitter #HalloweenCountdown has reached Halloween, and I haven’t managed to get through nearly as much new stuff as I wanted. How the hell did I used to find the time to do five reviews a week? Nonetheless, I’m not going down without a fight and I’m back this afternoon to check out another one of Funko’s Savage World Slashers. Who will survive? And what will be left of them? Let’s find out…

Yes, Funko decided that they weren’t filling up those landfills in New Jersey fast enough with all the Pop!s and WobblerZ and Dorbs and whatever the hell they make, so now they’re shipping horror movie slashers with He-Man figures. What idiot buys this stuff? ME!!! And here is the obligatory packaged shot. You get a good look at the figure if you want to hang him on the wall carded. Otherwise, it’s time to do some slashing of your own to get him out because this card-and-bubble is decidedly un-collector-friendly.

And despite the Masters of the Universe makeover, there’s no doubt who this is supposed to be! Funko took all the key points of old Leatherface and did some tweaking, but the results are pretty damn cool. His shirtless upper body advertises his impressive new physique that makes me wonder just what them boys are putting in all that chili he eats. He’s got a sculpted apron with some wear and tear, as well as stitching, and it’s accessorized with a hook on a chain that girds it around his pinched waist. Toss in some splattered blood and the result is c’est magnifique.

I’ve pointed out my appreciation for the little details on the other two Savage World figures I reviewed and the same holds true here. Leatherface actually has a sculpted furry loincloth layered under his apron, which is pretty cool. He also has the furry barbarian boots with the stitching up the backs, and his right left arm features a long leather glove.

While Freddy’s portrait was a bit of a reach, Leatherface falls more in the Michael Meyers camp in having a pitch-perfect head sculpt. The DIY human-hide mask is haphazardly stitched and his real skin is peeking out around the mouth and eye holes. I also dig his crazy black hair.

Leatherface’s right arm is fitted with a contraption that would make Ash Williams proud, and that’s a medieval-looking chainsaw grafted onto the end of his forearm. This is where most of the liberties are taken with this design, but it looks great and I really dig it.

There’s even an extra attachment in the form of this goofy wooden mallet. Hey, that people meat don’t tenderize itself, amiright?

While I’ve been enjoying all of the figures in this line quite a bit, I’m going to have to rank Leatherface here as my favorite so far. They really did a nice job adapting the character to this ridiculous format. Sure, he’s clearly Leatherface, but he also looks like some crazy medieval butcher out of one of those B-movie Sword-and-Sandals flicks. So, maybe this is just a nonsensical license-mashing cash-grab on Funko’s part, but it’s hard to deny that they’re putting some real love into it.

And that wraps it up for my #HalloweenCountdown, but I’m not quite done with the spooky stuff for the week, because tomorrow starts my #HalloweenAfterParty where I’ll try to squeeze in a few more horror-themed reviews before the end of the week!

Savage World (A Nightmare on Elm Street): Freddy Kreuger by Funko

My #HalloweenCountdown continues on Twitter, which is why I have random spooky content cropping up here at FFZ. Today I’m tearing into another one of Funko’s Savage World Slashers and it is none other than the Bastard Son of 100 Maniacs!

The figure comes in a decidedly un-collector-friendly card and bubble. Unlike Michael Meyers, who was attached to one of the later, shittier Halloween films, this is just plain old Freddy from the original. Or Kreug-Or, if you prefer a more Masters of the Universe style name. Because this is indeed Freddy re-imagined as an 80’s Mattel figure. It’s an insane idea, but I was surprised how good Michael Meyers turned out, so let’s see what’s up with Freddy.

OK, so I’m really divided on this figure. On the one hand, the stylized design they went with here feels like a lot more of a reach than it did with The Shape, but I can’t deny that this is a pretty bad ass sculpt and it does certainly incorporate a lot of Freddy’s most iconic points. His red and green sweater is torn to shreds and hanging like a sash over his horribly burned skin. Likewise, his brown trousers are slashed showing more horrible burns. I really do love the way they did the skin! He has a belt and a bit of a skirt around his waist and furry barbarian boots, because… Savage World! And once again, I’ll point out that Funko invested some really nice detail into these sculpts. Just look at the stitch marks on the boots and bracers.

The head sculpt is also a bit of give and take. The quality of the sculpt is great, and I can see a little Freddy in there, but it’s the hood that throws it off. Yeah, in keeping with the theme of the line, they traded in Freddy’s dirty brown fedora for a brown hood. It’s probably the best solution, but it does compromise the look quite a bit, whereas Meyers’ noggin was able to remain fully intact for his figure.

The articulation here is a simple six points. You get swivels in the neck, shoulders, and waist, and ball joints in the hips. He can balance pretty well, despite his squat pose, and the quality of the plastic used is remarkably solid. He’s not going to win any contests for posing, but there’s enough articulation here to have some fun with him.

Freddy comes with one accessory and that’s his famous glove, or at least Savage World’s interpretation of it. It looks like a cross between his traditional glove and some kind of barbarian weapon, and it snaps right over his hand and holds on pretty well. I dig it!

I wasn’t sure about this guy going in, but I’ll admit that Savage World Freddy won me over in the end. The design may not be as tight this time around, but he’s got a ton of personality, a great sculpt, and some decent paintwork. At $12.99, the price still feels a couple bucks too high, but I won’t quibble too much about it. I’m going to try my best to get a couple more of these opened and reviewed before Halloween on Wednesday, but right now Freddy and Michael Meyers are having a great time battling it out on my desk.

Savage World (Halloween Resurrection): Michael Meyers by Funko

If you follow me on Twitter, than you know I’m doing a #HalloweenCountdown by featuring some of my past horror-themed figure reviews. I’ve also promised to pepper in some new content for the Countdown and that’s exactly what I’m doing right now with my first look at Funko’s Savage World series of 5 1/2-inch action figures. And since I’m going to check out the new Halloween flick tonight, I thought I’d kick it off with The Shape himself, Michael Meyers!

This wave of Savage World figures answers what is possibly one of the best examples of a question nobody has ever asked: What do you get when you mix the vintage Mattel Masters of the Universe style with 70’s/80’s horror film slashers? This is a concept so bewilderingly weird and yet so intriguing, I simply had to pick up this assortment. The figure comes on a very basic bubble-and-card affair and I’ll note that this version of Michael comes from Halloween: Resurrection. The best thing I can say about that mess is that at least it actually had Jamie Lee Curtis in it. Anyway, this package is most definitely not collector friendly, so let me grab a nice sharp knife and slit it open.

And here he is out of the package and all ‘roided out! The first thing I noticed once this figure was in hand was how solid it is. I was expecting these to feel like some kind of cheap rack toys (because… Funko!), but the plastic quality is actually great. Michael has traded in his jumpsuit for a medival-looking belted tunic. Actually, it looks like the tunic could have been fashioned from his more traditional jumpsuit as it’s still got the outlines of stitched pockets sculpted on the chest and the bottom is ragged enough to look like it was torn in half. The sleeves have also been torn off to display Michael’s impressive guns, and he’s got a pair of sculpted wrist bracers. Below the belt, he’s got some simple leggings with sculpted bands wrapped around his thighs and a pair of buccaneer style boots. The stitching up the back of the boots is a great little touch.

While I think the body is fine, the real high point of this figure is in the head sculpt. Funko did an excellent job recreating the white Shatner mask with great attention to detail. You get some sharp facial contours as well as some spots of wear sculpted into it. The shock of hair and the black voids he has for eyes are also both perfect. I’d almost argue that the head isn’t stylized enough to go with the body. It really is that good!

The articulation here is as basic as it gets. You get swivels in the neck, waist, and shoulders and ball joints in the hips. No one is going to get any great poses out of this guy, but there’s just enough articulation to have a little fun with him.

Meyers come with two accessories, which are two of the same kitchen knives. It’s a pretty iconic weapon for him, so I’m cool with that. What’s not so cool is that his right hand is way too big to hold either one. He can, however hold one in his left hand fairly well.

Surprisingly enough, Savage World Michael Meyers is just what I needed to hold me over until NECA can get their version from the new film onto toy shelves. Sure, this figure is goofy and it doesn’t make any sense, but I can appreciate that being part of what makes him so much fun. Plus, when I eventually get around to opening my Savage World Mortal Kombat figures, I can get some epic crossover battles going! I’m not sure what the official retail on these actually is, but I picked up Meyers here for $12.99. It’s a tad more than I wanted to spend. I think the sweet spot on these would be around ten bucks, but then I’m also pretty surprised at how good the quality is.