Two things popped up recently that made the Doc happy, toy-wise – the first, as gloriously pictured below:
If you’re not watching Breaking Bad, do yourself a favor and get ahold of the first season – I honestly believe that it is the great television series of all time, surpassing even the heights achieved by The Sopranos, Deadwood, Six Feet Under and Mad Men, and the critics agree as well. But consider yourself warned: the subject matter is often extreme and the series features some of the most unbelievable, unfathomable tension you’ll ever encounter, on television or otherwise. As the gripping plot draws to a close later this year, there is no better time for Mezco to gift us with toys – since Sideshow’s Trevor Grove teased us with his own 12″ incarnations of Walter White, Breaking Bad action figures have been a dream for many a fan, and it’s awesome to see Mezco’s product above. Hopefully we’ll see more figures before long – the possibilities are endless! Jesse!! Mike!! Better Call Saul!! And, of course, Gus, with a special “Face-Off” variant!
The second thing was the announcement of a 6″ Star Wars figure line, Star Wars Black, done in the Marvel Legends scale with the same high levels of articulation and detail that through the industry into a flurry back when ToyBiz was top of their game. Six-inch Star Wars figures have been a dream of mine since I started collecting. I’ve never been a fan of 3¾” figures, arguing that they lack the articulation and detail that makes collecting truly worthwhile, and although Hasbro has raised their game (and introduced amazing larger items that wouldn’t be achievable in the 1/12th scale, like in-scale AT-ATs and the Millennium Falcon, as well as awesome dioramas like Jabba’s Rancor) there is definitely a hole in my collection waiting to be filled. This has been danced around for a while, with the Unleashed action figures sating a particular audience who wanted larger un-articulated figures (some might even call them “statues”) many in ridiculous poses, but imagine it – a proper 6″ Darth Vader, with articulation!
The first wave will include Luke in his X-Wing flight suit, an Imperial Sandtrooper, R2-D2 and Darth Maul. I’m a little perplexed. Although the sculpting there looks amazing, why sculpt Luke in his flight gear when we’re not going to have anything to fly him in? I’ve already got this figure in 3 3/4″ scale in his X-Wing, and I wont be the only collector in this boat. From this initial line up, only the R2-D2 really appeals – while I get that Hasbro will want to pace the line, why, it seems strange not to have someone more notable in this first set. Darth Maul may have been a fan fav as “one of the only things not terrible about Episode 1” but he’s only a one-note villain who barely appears and says basically nothing!
What do you think, readers?