Doc Thomas Probes > Most Wanted

These days, we collectors have a lot to be thankful for – the shift in quality of action figures over the past two decades has turned once-small, barely recognizable, barely moveable plastic playthings into fully articulated, awesomely detailed, instantly identifiable works of art that we’re glad to have displayed in our kitchen, to be briefly admired by last night’s mistake before we kick her out of the apartment. Yes, toys have come a long way, and with the expansion of the market has come a bigger range of great properties picked up and plasticized for our collecting pleasure.

If you’re anything like me, and I know I am, you can look in front of you right now and see an amazing range of amazing toys including Bender from Futurama, the Heath Ledger Joker from The Dark Knight, several Daleks, the amazing Masterpiece Grimlock, WALL-E, at least a dozen different Skeletors, Big Daddy holding a Little Sister’s hand, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cobra Commander, an entire shelf of friggin’ Muppets, and Richard Nixon’s head. That is range, my friends. The sheer mass of different characters that have been made into great toys is amazing and wonderful – and yet, there are still plenty of favourites that are yet to be immortalised in plastic. These are

<<MOST WANTED>>

Today I’m going to talk about several of my MOST WANTED toys – some of which have never seen plastic in any shape or form, and some of which just haven’t been seen in an age (or done very well). Let’s start with:

ALBERT WESKER
(Resident Evil series)


NECA is responsible for some of the best toys in recent years, including a variety of great video game action figures, like the aforementioned BioShock toys, and the excellent Resident Evil figures that have become part of their Player Select specialty. But there’s one popular RE character they’re yet to tackle – the series’ very own super-antagonist-cum-wizard Albert Wesker. There are few video games series so convoluted and yet so in love with their own retarded fiction, and there’s an important rule that underlies every event in every Resident Evil – a wizard did it. Specifically, Albert Wesker did it. It doesn’t matter what happens in the Resident Evil games – it’s all a part of Wesker’s evil plan. I mean, for dog’s sake, he was decapitated in the first game, yet he’s still the final boss in the fifth. That takes some serious planning. We’ve seen a Wesker before, by the late great Palisades, but he wasn’t up to scratch (no trenchcoat?!) and still goes for the price of a kidney on eBay – NECA could do better! NECA can do better!!

ELLEN RIPLEY
(Aliens)


We have seen so many great Aliens figures over the year that it’s a wonder that series protagonist Ripley has not seen a single great figure – at least, not in the 1/12″ scale. There are a couple of very iconic images of Ripley that we should have seen in action figure form by now – one is the above Power Loader, from the amazing finale of one of the best films ever made, and the image that became the unforgettable movie poster.

I’m not sure if we need a Newt figure, but no denying that would make for a pretty sweet diorama with a bunch of eggs around it. They mostly come at night. Mostly. This doesn’t in any way lead into my most wanted action figures of all time (for now)…

SILENT HILL EVERYTHING
(Silent Hill series)

It’s a crime that after so many groundbreaking games and Christophe Gan’s gorgeous but impenetrable film that we still haven’t seen any action figures based on the messed-up world of Silent Hill. There are so many amazing creatures and characters that demand action figures – starting with the two most well-known icons of the series, the deeply disturbing Nurses (with their sexy model-like bodies and faceless, tumor-ridden heads) and, of course, Pyramid Head (with his spear and giant knife, naturally).

But that’s only scratching the surface – there’s also the freakish Grey Children, the twisted Mannequins, the bottomless Lurkers, and the godawful nightmare-inducing Mary (no picture can convey the feelings that Silent Hill 2 makes you feel by the end) – and that’s just the monsters. The human characters would be just as interesting action figures as well – who wouldn’t want a Harry Mason to run around yelling “What’s going on here?” There’s actually few properties I can think of so rich with interesting action-figure-worthy characters and images, making it all the more heinous that we’re yet to see ANY toys from it at all. C’mon, let’s make it happen!

INDIANA JONES and RAMBO

There are few characters in the world that are so freaking iconic that they are INSTANTLY recognizable the world over, but both Dr. Henry Walton “IndianaJones, Jr. Ph.D. and John Rambo go beyond their mere film characters. So why the heck are there no decent action figures of them? Both have been tackled horribly in the 6″ scale before, and with both having been seen in theatres again of late (one of which was the worst in the series, the other the best in the series) why, oh why, are there no toys?

The horrible 3 3/4″ Indy figures don’t count, even if I did grab a couple on clearance. No. And that Disney Store exclusive, give me a break!! We need both of these properly rendered with their iconic accessories (hat, whip, bow and arrow, uzi submachine gun, gallons of blood) as soon as possible!!

And finally, from me, a dark horse…

SADAKO
(Ringu)

I know the picture above is technically Samara from the US remake The Ring, but they’re essentially the same: the menacing, horrifying spirit from the fantastic horror films would make a great action figure. And it seems this was actually recognised, by NECA no less, who had a promo shot and some nifty mock ups on paper that showed a special set with a well that Samara/Sadako could crawl out of, and a TV. It makes it especially frustrating as this was a great set already realised – but it just never saw the light of day. Sad!!

What about you, friends – what are some of your MOST WANTED toys?

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  • Beyond the first wave where most Indy figures were poorly painted, I liked the 3 3/4 line. There's a great range of Indy figures there. Plenty of 12 inch Indy figs as well. I doubt he'll get much more plastic love than that. Especially after the last toy line bombed.

  • I want a Sadako that shoots out of a Tv like a missile knocking down any figure watching it.

  • DuckTales figures

    DECENT Gummi Bears figures

    a better Darkwing Duck line

    Creepshow II- Old Chief Wood'nhead

    Poltergeist- Kane & Tangina

    I know Playmates did a lot of Star Trek Movie figures, but I want DST to tackle 'em; gimme an updated Commander Chang!

    SOTA never released the Leprechaun; I still want me Warwick Davis in green!

    MORE KILLER KLOWNS

    SOTA also dropped the ball on Street Fighter by never releasing DeeJay; I want 'im!!!

    Darkness Falls Tooth Fairy

    Tales From the Crypt- the Cryptkeeper, simple as that.

    Hellraiser- finish the line off, already. I wants me some more Hellraiser III baddies….

    Devil's Rejects- give me Sheriff Wydell, the Bounty Hunters, Charlie, and we'll call it good

    Dawn of the Dead- give me Peter and Roger..in his NON-zombie form.

    Demonic Toys- Full Moon planned these, and the line went bust. Me want some Demonic Toys!

    Pee Wee- it's very simple. Just give me Pee Wee Herman in his getup; it's all I ask.

    Back to the Future- if only Michael J. Fox would sign off his likeness. Regardless, give me 2015 attire Marty McFly w/ Sports Almanac, 2015 attire Doc Emmett Brown, Marty McFly in 1885 attire, Doc Emmett Brown in 1885 attire, 1955 attire Marty McFly, Mad Dog Tannen, Griff Tannen, and throw in alt. 1985 Biff Tannen for good measure.

    Angry Video Game Nerd- Figures.com already suggested it…but their approach- it was SO '80s. I'll take an AVGN with interchangeable heads, a Nintendo controller, a bottle of beer, and Shitpickle. Nostalgia Critic would be nice, too.

    Kill Bill- I want "Sidewinder", with cowboy attire, and gun; he ruled.

    Pirates of the Caribbean- where's my figures of Lord Beckett, and Governor Swann? Mr. Gibbs? Admiral Norrington? Not to mention the rest of the Flying Dutchman crew

    House MD- I hope Triad Toys releases the 12" figures, but I also want some 6" figures.

    Borat

    Tremors- I'll take what was planned; Michael Gross's character with one of the Graboids. It's all I ask.

    Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night- I want figures from this movie so badly, you have no idea. I'll take Pinocchio, Gee Willikers, Puppetino, Twinkle, Geppetto, the Emperor of the Night, the Fairy Godmother, and the Bee dude.

    Batman Movie: updated sculpts of Nicholson as the Joker, all the previous Batman incarnations, Chris O'Donnell as Robin( yes, I said it), Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, Danny Devito as the Penguin, Jim Carrey as the Riddler, etc…

    Superman Movie: Give me a decent Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, General Zod, Christopher Reeve Superman, Brandon Routhe Superman, and throw in Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, as I'm sure the gal could use the money right now

    Batman Beyond- throw these into the DC JLU figure line; I'll take Terry McGinnis, Old Bruce Wayne, Future Mr. Freeze, Blight w/ Derek Powers "skin", Curare, Stalker, Spellbinder, Shriek, the Royal Flush Gang, more Jokerz, Terminal, Inque, Dr. Cuvier, Xander, Kobra Henchman, Commissioner Barbara Gordon, Zeta, Agent Bennett, Tim Drake as the Joker, Ghoul, Bonk, Chucko, Dee Dee, Mad Stan…OHHH the possibilities

    Music figures- you have no idea how bad I want Michael Jackson in his "Smooth Criminal" attire, as well as Huey Lewis and the News( very least, I want the Huey-meister), Phil Collins( I'll even take a Genesis 3-pack…even as they appeared in their Land of Confusion video), Dead or Alive( at the very least, I'll take a Pete Burns), and DECENT Devo figures

    Video Game figures- how hard can it be to do decent Mega Man figures? While we're at it, how about some Killer Instinct figures, too?

    We're already getting our Ghostbusters so no need for me to list that……

  • Nice topic, still I have to disagree. I know it's a matter of personal opinion, but talking about the absolutely most wanted… who for crying out loud needs Silent Hill figures?!? LOL

    Also considering the fact that they were only available in 3 3/4", I personally rather liked the Indy line. They are sculpted no worse than most Star Wars figs and the latter I do like.

    If there is any lack of decent action figures the history of toys, then count the Galaxy Rangers in. I know, I know, there was a line. But not only was it very limited in quantities of figures distributed, it was also more than limited in the choice of charaters. Nico has never been produced. Also the Galaxy Rangers' fellow alien travelers. Not to mention the toys versions of the Rangers' steeds which bear no likeness whatsoever to their cartoon counterparts.

    Forget about the Thunder Cats… bring on the Galaxy Rangers!

  • Oh, the most important thing I forgot to mention:

    Where the heck are those Disc-World figures?!!!!!

    >And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.< – Terry Pratchett (Masquerade, I think)

  • Awesome topic!

    1. Darkwing Duck needs better toys. Hell, I'd even collect the old line if it weren't so damn hard to find and expensive on eBay.

    2. Blackstar. MOTU gets toys — Blackstar should get toys.

    3. Galtar. From the old cartoon 'Galtar and the Golden Lance.' If you never saw the cartoon – find it. These characters NEVER got toys.

    4. Song of Ice & Fire characters need toys so bad. I love Knights – and this book series is incredible. Totally needs toys.

    5. Equilibrium: If you've never seen the movie – do. It's pretty epic and Christian Bale's character totally deserves an action figure.

    6. Silent Knight. He's a DC character, for those that don't know. And he's awesome. He was a favourite character of mine as a child, but he's never had an action figure. Ditto for 'Viking Prince.'

    7. Andromeda characters. It was a really fun show, but it didn't have anything except a Dylan Hunt 12" figure that wasn't very good.

    8. Reno Raines! Played by Lorenzo Lamas in the show 'Renegade.' It was my absolute favourite show when it was on in the early-to-mid '90s. I'd love a two-pack of Reno Raines and Dutch Dickson done in 1:12 scale with current articulation. So cool.

  • Samus Aran's pretty high on my list. Sure, there have been attempts, but nothing that did the character justice.

    Also, I want Valaria, Thulsa Doom, and Subotai from Conan the Barbarian.

  • I'm confused. Are you stating your most wanted figures that were never made or most wanted that were never made in the scale you collect? Because like you mentioned, Indiana Jones had a line of both 4" and 12" figures, just not a 6" line. I think you could have been a lot more clear on that point because I was confused halfway through reading this the first time.

    Also I think fans don't really grasp the fact that toy companies can't make every figure line in every scale. It dilutes the customer base and floods the market with product that won't move. We as consumers do like choices and as a whole we won't buy everything just because its available. Toy companies have to go with what's going to sell and make them the most money, plain and simple.

    But I speak as a 4" collector and most everything I want is coming out in this scale. I can understand the frustration at not seeing the figures I want come out in the scale I collect. The first Iron Man movie figures I'd have LOVED to have gotten in 4" when they came out. Luckily Hasbro went smart and put them in the IM2 line so now I have my Iron Armory to display next to my Joes and MU figures.

  • Some excellent offerings here – I can't believe Back to the Future slipped my mind! What was I thinking?

    @Mecha-Shiva

    You, sir, are an officer and a gentleman!!

    @Too-Man-E-Faces

    Everyone needs Silent Hill Figures. Everyone.

    @Mysterious Stranger

    It may be my fatal flaw, but I consider the 6" scale to be the standard for action figures; although, as I've mentioned in previous articles, I do collect a fair few 3 3/4" figures, I honestly couldn't see any point in NECA doing 3 3/4" video game figures. I feel that a Silent Hill line in such a scale would be a waste – you couldn't get a good amount of detail in the sculpt nor articulation to make it worthwhile, whereas 6-7" really could be perfect playable works of art. I understand that not all agree with me, mind you – I honestly think the 3 3/4" Indy toys were pretty wretched, thus why they get a mention in this article, not just because I want an Indy that's 6".

  • I'm not certain if my insight here is really necessary, but I just wanted to chime in and say that solid action figures ARE available, for two of your wishlist items.

    Hot Toys has made a ridiculously awesome-looking Wesker that I would buy in a heartbeat, were I a Resident Evil Fan: http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale

    Also, Indiana Jones had a pretty good 6" (or maybe 7") scale figure a while back, too: http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_010908b.htm

    Granted, both are either rare or really expensive, but they're certainly out there.

    My personal wish is a properly iconic, properly detailed, and highly posable comic version of Batman. I don't really mind what size scale it's in; I just want it to be able to pull off proper crouching poses, and to have a cape that isn't stuck in one position.

    (in the meantime, I've thrown together a custom of my own, and I think it works well enough.)

  • And. I agree massively with Damien. Someone please, please, PLEASE make Equilibrium action figures already.

  • i'l love some figs from the movie "krull" some slayers, the cyclops, the old blind seer, hell, the whole cast. including a young liam neeson and robbie coltrane.

    we need some last starfighter figs too.

    i'd also like REAL action figures from the princess bride… not a pre-posed man in black statue, FIGURES! NECA broke my heart w/ that P.O.S.

  • Definitely agree about Ripley. And it would be pretty hard to pass on a decent 6-7" Indiana Jones as well.

    My "most wanted" would be decently sculpted and articulated figures based on "Xena: Warrior Princess". Toy Biz released some very-average figures back in the day which were poorly articulated (for an "action" show) and which got pretty simple details (like the colour of Xena's costume) wrong. Key characters (like Xena and Gabrielle) also included "action features" which helped to make the figures even uglier. I'd be very pleased to collect: Xena, Gabrielle, Joxer, Callisto and Ares. I'd also grab Hercules and Iolaus if they could be included in the series.

  • @dayraven: yes, I would be the other buyer for a full line of Krull figures.

    @mysterious stranger: exactly. There are so many lines that people want, but that there would be few buyers for. Palisades seemed to be the masters of producing lines that had a high number of voices crying out for them, but that always hit clearance (though there are many factors there – breakage issues with some lines, prices, etc that make it hard to use scientifically).

    My number one overall want, although I know it would surely fail and have no audience, would be a full 3 3/4 scale line, with ships cheated in the classic Kenner sizing, from Battle Beyond the Stars. Again, I say this knowing that they would bankrupt a company – but I would be happy.

  • They've all been mentioned already, but my big ones would be (lines I would completely collect unless the quality was terrible – even average would be okay with me):

    Back to the Future: I'd want Marty/Doc/George(1955)/Lorraine (1955)/Biff(1955) from BttF 1, Future Marty/Doc/Biff (alternate 1985), and then Marty/Doc/Mad Dog/Clara (all 1885). I'd take others too (like Biff's gang from all three time periods etc.).

    Superman: The Movie: Supes/Lex/Lois/Perry/Jimmy.

    I'd like decent new BattleStar Galactica figures too.

  • Red Sonja and Conan characters, seriously, that line could include all sorts of awesome badass designs, ranging from Vikings to Wizards to Amazons.

    Come on, someone give me a couple thousand dollars so I can make that toy-line. I'm sure we can find someone to make them as long as we change the names of the figures to things like "Ronan" or "Led Lonja" haha

  • @dayraven: According to Wiki (I know, not the most reliable of sources), Conan is public domain in the U.K. and Australia. In the U.S., it appears "Paradox Entertainment" owns the rights in the U.S., though.

    Howard never had a family, if I remember correctly – he suicided before he ever settled down. So, there's no family minding his estate, for better or for worse.

  • In proper, 6-7 inch scale: Blade Runner, Chow Yun-Fat as Tony from Hard-Boiled or the Killer, Elric of Melnibone…this is one of those questions where the answer depends on when you ask me. Not always, but sometimes I might say there's a hole in my soul that could only be filled by a Barberella figure. (I haven't seen that movie in almost 20 years!)

  • My "MOST WANTED" besides pretty much every single MOTU character is the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sneak Peeks of the upcoming NECA Frank N. Furter & Riff Raff figures just came out, and they look fantastic! There are so many possibilities, since most characters have at least three different costume changes, but I'd be happy with their most "iconic" looks.

  • The Phantom or Phantom 2040. I wished that marvel's lcbh could've made them back in the day.

  • You my interest in 1986 The enemy of Rambo fGeneral Warhawk figure if so email gonzales_claudia@ yahoo.com

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