Halloween 2018 Toy Review – Savage World Horror from Funko

It looks like Funko has found the next action figure format to go completely bonkers with.

Their initial launch of Mortal Kombat characters didn’t exactly excite me, but once they added Conan, Thundercats, these horror icons, and most recently a crazy assortment of DC Comics characters; I had to consider myself a fan.

I suppose these horror figures are sort of divisive. If you’re a fan of weird stuff and different takes on or mash-ups of things you love, these are great. If you’re a stuck-up sourpuss that hates fun, they probably aren’t for you.

Me, I’m a sucker for the slashers in any form – that’s why I have everything from NECA’s amazing figures to simple ReAction toys to Madballs. These hit a sweet spot for me, so I had to have ‘em.

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THE BOX

These come on the same kind of simple blister cards as the Mortal Kombat wave, but each character has its own livery. This is one of the most entertaining things about this wave of slashers, because in some instances the film they’re representing is not exactly the fan favorite.

DSC_0079Judging by the titles and fonts Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface all appear to come from their original films. Michael Myers and Pinhead, on the other hand, aren’t so lucky.

While Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is far from the worst in the series now, for many years it wasn’t looked upon with a great deal of love. It seems to be the easiest entry to license, though, because one-off Pinhead figures usually seem to come from this one.

Halloween: Resurrection, however, is not only the worst entry in the franchise, it’s one of the worst mainstream horror movies in general. You’ll often see more middle-of-the-road and generic Michael Myers products sporting this unfortunate logo.

My only hope is that we get a Savage World Busta Rhymes figure to battle this Michael.

While these are drab, fairly uninspired cardbacks, they don’t need to do much. The figures inside are bonkers enough without any packaging enhancements.

THE TOY

Obviously it doesn’t matter one bit which movie from each franchise is referenced on the box. These are pretty severe re-imaginings of each character that have literally nothing to do with the movies mentioned. In all honesty Dollar Tree probably could have sold unlabeled bootlegs exactly like these and not gotten in any trouble.

Well, not exactly like these. As retro-inspired as they are, they do sport some nice paint and awesome sculpts, not to mention neat accessories that mostly work.

Each figure has some variation on the classic Masters of the Universe style furry-topped boots, loin cloth, and arm bands. Where the magic comes in is how Funko’s artists have adapted each slasher’s trademark qualities into this particular style. Some are more creative than others, but they’re all fun and unique.

Freddy has a hood rather than a fedora. This is pretty much a lateral move in the world of dumb headwear, but makes more sense for the Savage World setting. His skin is appropriately grotesque and melted and even has a nice paint job to enhance the sculpting. The smiling face is a nice touch, and actually makes this the creepiest of the collection.

Krueger’s trademark red sweater is represented by a sort of furry sash – think He-Man’s outerpants (if you’re new here, I don’t call superhero/barbarian attire like this underpants because they’re not).

Pinhead is all shiny black and might be the one that’s closest to the character’s normal appearance, because he was already a leather-clad weirdo villain. Seriously – how far off is Pinhead’s look from some of the later MOTU villains?

The nails/pins look great for this style. Pinhead has his trademark disgusting flesh suspenders and his black nail polish, which is a nice and unexpected touch. It’s the little additions of paint and sculpt details like this that make this line just a bit more than the simple throwback it might have been. I also dig his black lips and eyeliner. SO GOTH.

In a weird way Leatherface seems to make the most sense. I could definitely see him as the Fright Zone butcher or cook. His right arm ends in a nub with a sort of brace on it – this is where you plug in his weapons, Trap-Jaw style. The left is wearing a long, leather opera glove that I find very disturbing.

His skin mask looks great and has black stitching that contrasts nicely. I dig his wild hair. I also love that he has his apron on over a longer loin cloth piece. The meathook-on-a-chain belt is a great touch, though that would have been awesome as an attachment for his arm. I bet that wouldn’t be too hard to customize.

Jason might be the most awkward fit, because any way you slice it a hockey mask is just odd for this setting. Still, it looks great and has the chunk taken out that exposes Jason’s gnarly jaw.

It almost seems like Funko’s designers knew Mr. Voorhees was a bit of an anomaly and put some extra effort into barbarian-izing him. On top of his decaying – but oddly healthily pigmented – body there are plenty of straps and wrappings and details, all with lots of paint accents. For pure wealth of detail this is probably the best figure of the bunch. My only issue is that they’ve got him wearing bike shorts, which is never, ever good.

Finally there’s Michael Myers, who is the simplest of the bunch but also possibly the most striking. He’s low on detail, but loaded with menace. You’d think a Halloween mask would be even more anachronistic than a hockey mask, but to me Michael’s mask fits in better. I can’t explain it.

Myers’ simple tunic and subdued blues work well, even though they lack the painted detail of the other figures. The stitching up the back is a neat touch. I could do without the weird thigh wraps, especially since they’re the same color as his… tights? But whatever. They are one more bit of eye candy.

My only real complaint is that none of these figures have any kind of storage for their weapons. Especially Leatherface, who can’t even use both of his at once.

THE STUFF

Each figure comes with some form of their signature weapon or weapons, as the case may be. It’s impressive that they all have paint apps, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from this style.

DSC_0084Freddy’s glove is removable, an unnecessary but neat decision. The blades are painted silver and the plating even has a coat of metallic hue. It fits perfectly on his right hand and stays put.

DSC_0089Pinhead hit the jackpot with three accessories – a scary serrated knife, a scary serrated hook, and the scariest accessory of all time, the Lament Configuration. The tools are silver with black handles. The figure can’t hold them very well, which seems to be an annoying tendency of this line. Of course, he can’t hold the puzzle box at all, but better than an unsightly peg sticking out of it or something.

Leatherface has two implements that plug onto his arm nub – a big ol’ hammer and, of course, a chainsaw.

The chainsaw is clearly powered by magic, as there are no apparent working parts. That’s fine by me. The hammer has steel bands and rivets – lots of neat detail. It’s actually the better-looking weapon.

Both weapons switch out easily enough and stay securely attached.

Jason’s weapons probably look the nicest. He has a machete and an axe, both with bone motifs and plenty of paint. They look great and the figure can’t hold them worth a shit. I don’t understand how the designers could have overlooked this sort of thing on all of these figures. Boo.

DSC_0110Michael has two knives that are honestly a bit underwhelming. They could have been a little bigger, maybe, or at least could have fit in his hands. Like the other weapons, the hilts are too small and he can’t really hold them.

Funko needs to address the problem with the weapons and accessories in this line immediately. The Mortal Kombat figures had the same issue and it’s simply unacceptable.

THE VERDICT

Some folks won’t like these because they don’t make any sense. Some won’t like them because they’re actually a little too good to be proper MOTU throwbacks. Personally, I love taking retro aesthetics and updating them with modern techniques. The key is that we’re getting an entire line in this style with a vast pool of licenses, so the concept is being applied in the same manner to many different things.

As a one-off wave of oddities, this would have been a fun but admittedly forgettable experiment. As part of a larger (Savage) world, it’s an exciting new toy paradigm. Sure – Funko will milk the heck out of it for a few years, oversaturate the market, and bail. But as long as this retro MOTU style is going on (and they fix the weapon compatibility issues), I’m in.

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