Ever heard of Figures Toy Company? Well if you’re a toy collector, or a big kid at heart you should. If you’re like me, and by that I mean old you probably grew up playing with “The World’s Greatest Action Figures” from a little company called MEGO. Plastic figures fully articulate dressed in cloth cloths. There were hundreds of them. I played with them for hours on end. They were the best toys. Fun to play with, cool to display either inside or outside the box. Of course as a kid I played with them. Now all the way back in 1989 a little company called Figures Inc came about. To tell you the timetable and story about that company let me give you the rundown
1989: Figures Inc was started by Anthony Balasco and begins selling collectible toys and action figures through print catalogs, magazine ads and direct selling at collectible toy shows throughout New England.
1993: Figures Inc focuses it complete attention to the selling of Collectible Wrestling Merchandise.
1998: Figures Toy Company is started in conjunction with Steve Sandberg and obtains the licensees to manufacture WCW and ECW Replica Belts.
1999: Figures Inc becomes Wrestlingsuperstore.com with the launch of its online e-commerce website.
2001: Figures Toy Company obtains the rights to produce WWE Replica Wrestling Belts, Rey Mysterio Masks & Pants, Belt Buckles, and Finger Rings.
2004: Figures Toy Company starts classictvtoys.com and begins manufacturing classic retro 8 inch action figures and accessories reminiscent of action figures from the 1970's.
2012: Figures Toy Company is recreating the classic KISS action figures from the 1970's, with new lines to focus on different era's in KISS's legendary career!
2014 & beyond: Figures Toy Company has acquired the rights to produce DC Comics, Dukes of Hazzard, Evel Knievel & many more action figures.
Now here it is 2020 and let me tell you, these are becoming my favorite toys. I dig them for a few reasons, but I will get into that a bit later. For now how about I show you one. Fresh off a big Oscar Win for Best Actor lets take a look at their new Joker figure. Which is designed old school the way I prefer the Joker look.
First off let me say I love the packaging. It’s a carded blister pack, which for me, if you’re a weirdo who’s going to leave it in the box is the best way to package a toy. Everything is here to see. You can see the Clown Prince of Crime all decked out in his classic comic book attire complete with a lavender colored trench coat. From the head to the shoes he’s fully visible for all to see. The real sell point however with this packaging is the card. A great old school drawing of the Joker throwing his cards in the air while tipping his hat. A combination of light and dark blue background with the logo of “World’s Greatest Heroes” in red and white, and “The Joker” in a big bold yellow complete with Jokers face in the “O” really make this pop. “HAHA” is written from the center to the bottom on the card in a faded out manor with the bog DC logo on the left side. The plastic packaging has that nice little tab on the top allowing you to hang the package on the wall to display, or if you prefer, the feet area of the package comes out a bit so it can stand upright on display as well.
However if your me, you open the thing. I carefully removed Joker from his container so I could use his card for a backdrop. Let’s take a look at his face. For a toy this is statue quality in terms of sculpting. The etched, slick back bright green hair with shades of black to show its combed back nice and neat. That hair matches the comic book, as well as the classic Batman TV show as do those trademark bold black eyebrows that are perked up and slanted back to give a truly menacing look to the Clown Prince of Crime. The nose is pointed out like in the books, and the blood red lips are scrunched and form a disfigured menacing smile. Notice all the detail in having the face sculpted to accentuate the cheekbones. Even though it’s a comic book style figure based on a 1966 television show its still sculpted with all the frowns in the forehead and around the cheeks and eyes to blend with the smile of the jaw line. Even though he’s smiling he’s still evil. You can see even though he’s wearing a big lavender trench coat that his classic outfit is underneath. The bold bright green shirt, that matches the hair looks great as does the black tie. I love how his little lapel piece is a purple puff ball. This is a very bright figure to say the least that really capture the look and feel of the 1966 Joker.
Here is a good look at his trench coat, that yes does open up. The stitching in it is fantastic as it looks as though a real trench coat that you or I would wear looks. It’s a pale lavender as to not take any emphasis away from the purple pinstripe outfit underneath. The buttons are a nice silver, almost off copper look and they once again mimic what a real jacket would look like. I love the actual working belt buckle as well, its just a really nice touch that shows what type of detail went into this. You can see the purple pants with black pinstripes from under the coat, as well as a piece of the back jackets tail that is also housed underneath the jacket. The purple used matches the gloves perfectly, which we will get to in a second. Also take a good note of the shoes, which are a very very shiny black, that if you look close you can see the laces sculpted into the shoes itself.
Quickly spinning back here is a quick shot of the two accessories Joker comes with. A bright green cane he can hit the good guys with, and a purple fedora that as you can see fits perfectly on his head. Now these figures are all interchangeable so to speak so there is no reason Robin could not wear that hat while Batman borrows the cane for a night out. Same goes for the jacket. See the beauty of these cloth outfits are that other characters in this toy universe can accessorise and wear them.
The back shows off the detail that went into the head of this figure. Instead of just making a rubber head painted green the hair is all sculpted and shaded to give it depth and make it look like a display statue. Its one of the most detailed heads I have ever seen on a toy. You can see all the line work and shading that really give this not only a slick backed look, but a messed up look as well. It adds a touch of depth and realism to this figure that you don’t see very often. You also get a good look at the back of the jacket that shows the stitching done throughout to match an actual coat. From there you can also see the purple suite underneath the jacket.
So we have covered how sweet this guy looks, now how about how he works play wise. Fully articulate so very able to battle other figures. My son play’s with these guys every single day. That’s saying something as he is normally not an action figure guy. These are amazing figures that you should buy either to collect or for your kids to play with. There much more durable than an average figure that I have ever come across. You can beat them like crazy and they don’t break or scratch. But I will warn you, the cloths are cloth so they will rip if your to hard on them. There a standard size so they can interact with other figures from other toy lines and not look out of place Throw in the fact they look amazing and you have a great toy or collectable for any age. And remember display quality means your kids will pick them up and show them off when they are done playing, so win win situation in my book. Pick one of these up today, then pick up more to add to your enjoyment and collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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