Saturday, February 8, 2014

Funko and Super 7 Go Retro with New ReAction Action Figures




The power of nostalgia strikes again! Back in 2012, toy companies Funko and Super 7 teamed up to finish what Kenner started back in the '70s by producing a line of 3 and 3/4-inch action figures based on the movie Alien. This partnership marked the beginning of the ReAction line of action figures, one that later expanded to include similar-sized action figures based on the Six Million Dollar Man TV series.

I'm guessing that these ReAction figures must have been a success, because that would explain the recent announcement by Funko and Super 7 to produce even more ReAction figures based on characters from Back to the Future, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape From New York, Firefly, Goonies, Nightmare Before Christmas, Predator, Pulp Fiction, The Terminator and other popular films and TV shows from the '80s and '90s. These figures are currently available for pre-order over at Entertainment Earth.

I find it amusing that even after the arrival of highly detailed yet reasonably priced action figures from companies such as McFarlane Toys and NECA, fans and collectors are still willing to spend money on even less detailed action figures that have a design aesthetic similar to Kenner's during the late '70s and early '80s. On the other hand, I have no room to judge--after all, the expanding ReAction line will also include figures based on classic Universal Studios monsters, figures that I'm assuming will appear similar to the 3 and 3/4-inch Universal Studio monster figures that Remco released during the early '80s.


Remco's Universal Monster action figures.


Even though I never collected any of Remco's Universal Monster figures, I eyed them with great curiosity and fascination back in the day when I was just discovering classic monster movies. Remco's line had Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Phantom of the Opera and the Creature from the Black Lagoon; the ReAction line will have the same set of characters along with the Invisible Man. Thus, while I prefer to collect figures that have greater detail, such as Diamond Select's line of classic monster figures, there's a part of me that wants to spend a chunk of change on ReAction figures so that I can have classic Universal Monsters rub elbows with more contemporary horror icons such as the Alien, Predator, a T-800 endoskeleton, and slashers such as Micheal Meyers and Freddy Krueger.

Check out the ReAction Figures and More blog for updates about additions to the ReAction line of figures.



4 comments:

  1. It's the similarity to the original Star Wars figures that sucked me in.I just bought all 5 Alien figures (Really, like an hour ago)and I'm planning to take pictures of them using my Death Star playset as background.It's something I've wanted to do since I saw the prototype figures several years ago.I also recently acquired a Mork from Ork with his little Egg Ship,so that's probably going to join the mash-up too.

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    1. Cool--thanks for commenting! Please let me know when/where you plan to post these Alien figure pics, because I'd love to see them.

      I have to admit that the similarities of these ReAction figures to Kenner's Star Wars figures kinda appeals to me too. In fact, it was the obsession that I had with Star Wars toys at the time that kept me from getting Remco's Universal Monster figures. So many obsessions, so little cash ....

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  2. I am too busy still tracking down the toys of my past to get these.

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    1. I know, right? Decisions, decisions ....

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