Toy Stories – Exclusivity

NOTE: This post was written last Thursday after a particularly disappointing internet experience. The author was despondent at the time.

Let’s talk about exclusives.

Exclusive toys are neat-o. They’re something special and different and a significant badge of honor that you were willing to do some specific thing that others were not.

Whether that thing was pay a premium, wait in a ludicrously long line, stay on top of a timed online release, or simply be patient enough for interest to die down in order to get a reasonable price, exclusives require something more than simply grabbing a toy off the peg or pressing the “Buy” button on your favorite website.

I’m writing about this today because of NECA’s 2019 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives. I can’t get one and IT’S PISSING ME THE F**KING A** SH*TF**K MOTHERBI**CH OFF. Continue reading “Toy Stories – Exclusivity”

The Best of New York International Toy Fair 2019

This year brings with it an all-new, all-different form of my annual Toy Fair recap!

In previous years I provided exhaustive coverage of pretty much everything that went down from most of the notable toy companies. It took a ton of effort and lots of hosting space to post all of the pictures, not to mention the hassle involved in actually tracking down pictures that I felt comfortable using.

Using the sites mentioned below it’s now easier than ever for anyone to follow along with Toy Fair goings-on, especially if you’re part of the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group. Toy companies have mostly figured out social media and are posting announcements and new products even faster than the media can report them.

That being the case, in today’s post I’m just going to run down my favorites from the show. Which might end up being just as lengthy as the older posts because there were a ridiculous number of amazing announcements this year. It’s entirely possible that this was the biggest Toy Fair since we started covering it a decade ago.

Read on to see some of the coolest toys from the show and of course, listen to this Friday’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast to hear me, Ryan, Jay, and Josh discuss all of the hottest reveals!

As always I highly recommend you follow Action Figure Attack on Facebook and Instagram for some excellent press photos. Toy Ark once again provided thorough coverage and is the site we used for reference to record this Friday’s Toy Fair episode of the Needless Things Podcast. For the full list of links to Toy Ark product pages, click here!

Note: I was able to find release dates for some of these and have provided them when possible. Continue reading “The Best of New York International Toy Fair 2019”

Toy Review – Halloween (2018) Ultimate Michael Myers from NECA

The newest entry in the legendary Halloween franchise comes home tomorrow, so I thought today would be the perfect time to review NECA’s newest – and long-awaited – Michael Myers figure.

After years of near-constant Freddys and Jasons, and even a few Chuckys, the absence of the OG slasher from action figure aisles was conspicuous. While Mezco’s One:12 Myers (from the original film) just barely beat this one to market, off the top of my head I think the last one we got was in the box set with Doctor Loomis and the porch diorama. That’s the one that’s on my shelf, anyway. Sadly the diorama did not survive a move.

Out of all of NECA’s figures, that one has actually aged rather well. One of the advantages Michael has is that he mostly looks the same and there’s not a whole lot of updating to be done at an action figure scale. Of course, as far as being a renewable license with lots of merchandising opportunities, this is not an advantage. I’m sure NECA will squeeze a 1978 Michael out of this figure and might even be able to convince us a couple more are warranted, but I can’t see them doing one for every movie in the same way that they have with Freddy and Jason.

Note: We already know that NECA is releasing a Laurie Strode to go with this Michael and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they pack a slightly different version of Myers in, too. I hope they don’t, but they have a history of such tactics.

After loving the new Halloween I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some merchandise. NECA’s figure took a little longer than I expected to arrive, but now that it’s here, was it worth the wait? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – Halloween (2018) Ultimate Michael Myers from NECA”

Toy Review – Vincent Price as Dr. Erasmus Craven Action Figure from NECA

Big thanks to super-fun site The Toy Box for bringing this figure to my attention!

As I commented on the above linked post, I remember this figure coming out back in 2002, but at the time I was hoping we might get a character from a different movie, like Dr. Phibes or Nicholas Medina. The Raven isn’t my favorite Price vehicle.

2002 was a very different time for NECA, the company we now know as the masters of toy horror. Their Reel Toys imprint (which this figure is a part of) had just launched and didn’t have the multitude franchises it does today. There was a focus on more obscure and classic horror. I’m actually struggling to recall what their first offerings were.

That was also the year that Randy Falk joined NECA and brought several former McFarlane Toys employees with him. It was the start of a huge shift in pop culture and genre action figure business.

I’m pretty sure this Vincent Price ended up being a sort of one-off item, because I don’t believe NECA released any more Vincent Prices or sixth scale figures in this style (if I’m wrong, let me know). Continue reading “Toy Review – Vincent Price as Dr. Erasmus Craven Action Figure from NECA”

Halloween 2018 – NECA Retro Horror Wish List

NECA’s line of 8” clothed action figures is one of my favorites right now. They’re essentially style updates of the classic Megos that were my first action figures, but with a focus on horror franchises.

They have released numerous non-horror figures from A Christmas Story, Planet of the Apes, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and more; but my focus is on the horror stuff. And Weird Al. And probably Ace Ventura.

NECA has hit the modern standards of horror with this style – Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and family, Ash, and plenty more. They even released a Herbert West recently. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Michael Myers or two sooner than later.

The figures are great and fairly easy to collect because NECA releases one every couple of months, so they aren’t overwhelming. And as much as I love the 80s horror icons, I think it’s time to look a little further back and dig a little deeper.

I’ll go ahead and say right now that the Universal Monsters won’t show up here. I love ‘em and I think NECA would do a great job, but I have plenty of those guys. I haven’t even bought Super7’s great-looking new 3.75” figures yet because I’ve already got so many Draculas, Gill-Men, etc.

But there are some characters that I think would be great in this format, and that have been underrepresented in toys in general.

I realize there’s licensing involved and that in many cases we haven’t seen much merchandise featuring the characters and properties I’m about to run down because of how complicated these things can be. But if the Batman TV show could finally be released I believe that anything is possible.

Here are a few characters I’d buy in a second if NECA produced them in this style. Continue reading “Halloween 2018 – NECA Retro Horror Wish List”

Halloween 2018 Toy Review – IT (1990) Pennywise the Dancing Clown Action Figure from NECA

DSC_0059NECA has been on a roll this year with their line of “Ultimate” horror figures.

Rather than releasing the same figure three of four times with different accessories, they’ve embraced one that includes everything – extra heads, hands, hatchets, noisemakers; whatever.

Because of this, I’ve been a little more liberal with which characters I buy because I know it’s much less likely I’m going to have to buy a new version of a character I love just to get a specific head or whatever. Of course, there are still the two-packs that come with one new character and one that I already own five of, but that’s just the toy biz.

Continue reading “Halloween 2018 Toy Review – IT (1990) Pennywise the Dancing Clown Action Figure from NECA”