Toy Review – One:12 Collective Diabolik from Mezco

I have to start by saying that this is not an action figure of John Phillip Law from Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik. It is based on the Italian Diabolik comic books that the movie adapted.

However, the movie was so well designed and Law was so perfectly cast that it doesn’t take a whole lot of squinting to convince oneself that this is a figure from the movie.

There aren’t many action figures that I’ve anticipated more than this one. I love Bava’s movie and like I said – this figure passes well enough. I never imagined in a million years we’d get Diabolik figures of any kind, let alone as part of the greatest action figure line of all time. Now that this figure is out, the obvious next step is One:12 figures of the Beastie Boys from the Body Movin’ video, right?

Pipe dreams aside, Danger: Diabolik is a singular film experience, rolling James Bond, Batman ’66, and the feel of classic Lucha Libre movies into one bonkers, visually stunning movie. In my opinion it’s Mario Bava at his best – bringing a cartoon world to life with little regard for the mundane trappings of reality. Add an absolutely killer soundtrack by the legendary Ennio Morricone on top of that and I feel like it’s one of the most criminally under-recognized films ever.

If you don’t know, Diabolik is a sort of anti-James Bond. He’s the best thief in the world who uses gadgets and an almost superhuman set of skills to take what he wants, whenever he wants.

As the movie poster states:

“Meet Diabolik, Slick, Suave, Gentle, Brutal, Wild. Out for all he can take, caress or get away with…”

I’m not gonna lie – I was a little nervous to open this one. I even put it off for a couple of weeks after I bought it. After years of anticipation and intervening (mostly) excellence from Mezco, it almost felt like I was too hyped for this one.

Did it live up to my expectations, or did it let me down (deep, deep down)? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – One:12 Collective Diabolik from Mezco”