We may very well be entering the era of the independent action figure. With companies like Bossfight Studios and Marauder defying the odds and fulfilling fan desire with their successful Kickstarter initiatives, it seems nothing is impossible.
The fact we are getting 4-inch Eagle Force and Captain Action figures blows my fanboy mind!
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With advancement in technology and crowd-funding we’re seeing smaller studios and companies use talent and initiative to compete with the big guys when it comes to collectable toys. Something that is great for those like myself, who collect action figures and are always looking for that unique line or cult classic character.
That being said here are 10 action figure lines we’ve never seen that need to become reality!
We’ve had some near misses on this one. The classic Ertl “Hot Wheels” style spinners are pretty darn cool. And in the collector market pretty darn expensive. There are a couple high-end dolls of Deckard coming out of Japan… once again, very expensive.
But here’s the thing. I don’t want just Deckard.
I want a set! You have to have replicants for him to hunt down, you have to have replicants who can kick his ass all over your living room. And of course you need a scale Spinner for him and your other Blade Runner action figures to sit inside. Kind of amazing we’ve never seen this.
Series One: Deckard (in trench coat), Replicant Roy, Replicant Pris, Replicant Leon and a Spinner Playset with Gaff.
2. A Clockwork Orange
Another fanboy favorite… A Clockwork Orange.
Now I get why toys would never have been made to accompany this film. But now, all these years later, with collectors in mind, I’d say it’s time. Where is my Alex the Droog action figure?! Would love to see these characters explored in the six inch “Black Series” style that Hasbro has been making.
A Droog boxset of the entire gang would be the best-thing-ever under that ole Christmas tree my fellow Droogies! A two-pack of Mr. Alexander (confined to wheelchair) and his Muscle Lad Julian (David Prowse) would be a fun addition.
Series One: Alex, Georgie, Pete and Dim in their signature white uniforms. Alex in his Blue Suit and Billyboy (with switchblade of course)
3. Highlander TV Series
This may be my own indulgence here… but I loved Highlander The Series. It couldn’t exist without the awesome original film, but collectively I enjoyed the show more than the films.
And the best part, they are in the same universe so you could combine both for a toyline. I know there have been dolls made (don’t get angry and tell me action figures) they were 12 inch, G.I. Joe style collectors figures mainly from the films. They were BIG… and they are cool! And very costly. And also don’t tell me the toyline for the cartoon counts, as intriguing as those are I’d much rather see the TV series explored.
I’d love to see Highlander explored in a smaller scale, like the 4 inch scale so I can get more immortals for Duncan to behead. (What a fun action feature for the bad guys by the way… removable heads) The wide range of characters in the TV series would translate to a fun line of figures, and most would come with cool swords as accessories.
Series One: Duncan MacCleod (season one), Connor Macleod, Richie, Joe Dawson, Slan Quince, Ramírez and Kurgan.
We’d need a series two so we can get Methos and Amanda…
4. The Dark Crystal
So this almost happened. And I’m going to keep writing about it almost happening until it does happen!
We need The Dark Crystal action figures. There were once prototypes; there was once a plan of action. I just want to see someone like Super7 or Funko find those plans, track down those molds and make ‘em a reality. The retro Kenner style would lend itself so well to these toys. I think fans new and old would enjoy the characters. It’s a dark fantasy of a film that has held the test of time. Those of us who grew up on it need a pack of Garthim’s to keep our other action figures terrified and in line.
Series One: What would have been the original line had the Kenner toys come out, Kira with Fizzgig, Slave Pod Peasant, Happy Pod Peasant, Aughra, Skeksis, Jen.
And DELUXE figures, Landstrider, Garthim and a Mystic.
5. Death Race 2000
You might be thinking I’m crazy for including this cult film in my list… but this is more about the cars then the drivers. Just think how amazing 1:18 Scale Models of Frankenstein’s car and Machine Gun Joe’s cars would be on your shelf… and they’d need drivers!
Would be fun to see these done like a collectors club… sign up and for six months get a different car and driver once a month.
Series One: Frankenstein (With removable mask) and his gator-car, Machine Gun Joe with his car, Cowgirl Calamity Jane and her car.
6. Easy Rider
Another cult film deserving of some action figures… Easy Rider.
This would be a small set, aimed at collectors. Of course scale choppers would be a must. All you really need is Billy (Dennis Hopper) and his bike, Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and his bike and you’d need George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) with his football helmet as an additional piece to complete the set.
7. Twin Peaks
I can just smell the coffee and taste the cherry pie (accessories) that would come with the Agent Cooper action figure (along with his micro-cassette recorder).
A line of Twin Peaks Action Figures would be one of the coolest things ever. And there are so many characters to choose from… plus there would have to be a Man From Another Place Playset complete with black and white floor and red curtains to display your figures on! I would spend good money for this! Toy companies take note.
The retro Kenner style action figure that is getting love right now would be a great way to go with these figures. After the characters from the series were explored we’d need a Fire Walk With Me edition with a living Laura Palmer, Agent Chet Desmond and Special Agent Sam Stanley.
Series One: Laura Palmer (wrapped in plastic), Agent Dale Cooper, Donna Hayward, Leland Palmer, Sarah Palmer, Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Deputy Brennan, Lucy, Log Lady, The Man From Another Place, and a Gordon Cole figure for good measure.
A cult film that has seen little to no licensed merch… Heathers. And yet everyone in my age group can quote the movie from beginning to end. It would be really fun to see this movie explored Mego style!
You could reenact ole JD and Veronica chasing around the three Heathers and all the other evils of high school with guns loaded and forged suicide notes.
Series One: Veronica Sawyer, James Dean, Heather Duke, Heather Chandler, Heather McNamara and Martha Dumptruck in a Big Fun T-Shirt.
9. I Love Lucy
Tons of I LOVE LUCY Merchandise has come out over the years. Many different collectable and dolls. But we haven’t seen action figures… How fun would a line of greyscale “Black and White” Lucy figures be?
Of course you’d have Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred… but the real fun would be with all the variations of Lucy. Chocolate Factory Lucy, “Superman” Lucy, Harpo Lucy, Wine Making Lucy, the list of variants goes on and on… I’d be disappointed of you didn’t get a John Wayne’s footprints accessory with one of the figures…
Series One: Lucy, Ricky (with drum), Ethel, Fred, Little Ricky (with littler drum)
I finish this list off with another television comedy, so packed full of great guest characters the action figures would go on and on. I speak of Seinfeld of course. I can just see the Apartment and Monks Diner Playsets now. This would be the ultimate action line about nothing.
Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer would just be the beginning. Plus there would be great variations, Gortex Jacket George, Puffy Shirt Jerry, Hudson River Kramer and Urban Sombrero Elaine… Not to mention Newman!
Series One: Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George, Newman, Susan, J. Peterman, Micky, David Putty (Talk to the 8-Ball version), Frank and Estelle Constanza.
Okay indie toy makers. I’ve done your work for you… I’ve started you off on the path. Now please, make all of these action figure lines as soon as possible.
And when you are finished, help me figure out how to get a bigger apartment so I have room to display all this stuff.