Saturday, February 14, 2015
Funko's ReAction Figures are Going Swimming with Jaws
Funko's line of ReAction figures have been a hit with nostalgic toy collectors who remember when Kenner-style action figures (i.e., 3 and 3/4 inch figures with durable, play-ready sculpts and only five points of articulation) were the dominant seller in toy stores across the country. Starting with recreations of Kenner's unreleased line of Alien action figures from the late '70s, the ReAction line has since expanded to included figures from films such as Back to the Future, Goonies and Pulp Fiction. Unfortunately, if you want vehicle toys and playsets that are scaled for the ReAction figures, you'll have to look elsewhere because Funko has produced mostly figures ... until now.
At this weekend's Toy Fair event in New York, Funko provided a preview of the new licenses it is adding to the ReAction line. New figures will be released for popular titles such as Breaking Bad, Karate Kid, and the original Star Trek TV series. Among the new releases are a set of figures from Jaws which will include Chief Martin Brody, Matt Hooper, Quint, and a scale-complementary Bruce the shark figure. Check out the pictures below, courtesy of Toyark:
To be sure, this shark toy isn't nearly as screen accurate as the mechanical shark replicas from Shark City Ozark, but Funko's Jaws merchandise will probably satisfy your deeply rooted desire to use toys to recreate scenes from Steven Spielberg's classic creature feature. Funko's shark figure is the largest item that has been released for the ReAction line so far, so hopefully the line will expand to include items for the figures instead of just more figures. Then again, if it were up to me, the ReAction Jaws toys would also include:
* The Orca playset, with spring-loaded harpoon guns, flotation barrels, a removable fishing chair, and a break-away rear deck;
* A Matt Hooper in scuba gear action figure, with a spring-loaded shark cage that flies apart when you ram the shark into it; and
* The deluxe Jaws 2 Cable Junction playset with the exclusive Brucetta shark figure that has cable-biting "electrocution" action (batteries sold separately).