Review: Diamond Select Rocketeer & Black Hole Figures

Diamond Select has been working their deal with Disney to produce some long fan-demanded figures. We’ve had a number of Rocketeer figures over the years, most recently by Funko as a 6″ Legacy figure (which was pretty great but had significant QC issues). But aside from some Japanese super-deformed or block-style figures, we haven’t had any toys from The Black Hole since Mego’s 3 3/4″ line in the late 1970s.

I owned the Maximillian and V.I.N.Cent from that old Mego line. They were some of my favorite toys, though they were lost fairly on in my childhood.

But now, Diamond has brought back both Max and V.I.N.Cent as well as the Rocketeer himself. Let’s take a look!

Blasting off, or too much P.F. Chang’s for lunch?

The Rocketeer is better than I expected. The Funko Legacy figure was notably oversized and I would say this figure is maybe a tad under-sized for DST, so the truth is I think they’re pretty compatible, which means the Funko head might work on this figure. I’ve got one somewhere so I’ll try it out later. But everything else about the figure is pretty fantastic – it’s like having the Funko Legacy figure with added accessories and without the QC issues.

For the record, I have no idea where that Luger he’s holding comes from – it was in my accessories box – but I think most Marvel Legends Lugers (which tend to come with Doctor Doom and Red Skull) will work fine — because again, he’s a tad smaller than I expected. And at least DST included the gun-holding hand.

As other collectors have noted, the Black Hole figures are huge – borderline 1/6th figures I’d say. Nonetheless, they’re awesome and well-equipped with tons of accessories and a great diorama piece.

I do have two minor complaints – I wish the shoulder pivot for Max’s arms were angled slightly more out from the body, so the arms didn’t brush up against the body so much (that appears to be the case for the movie prop, so I’m not sure why it wasn’t done here). And I wish the Cyngus diorama had a hole for Max’s stand, because without it there’s really no way to get him on there.

That said, these are amazing, fun figures and I remain kind of amazed they even exist.

Disney’s Black Hole: V.I.N.CENT returns

One of my favorite films when I was a wee tyke was Disney’s Black Hole, and a couple of my favorite toys were Mego’s 3 ¾” inch V.I.N.CENT and Maximillian robots (the humans I couldn’t have cared less about). While they were arguably ersatz versions of R2D2 and Darth Vader, respectively, the young Poe still thought they were awesome and the old Poe retains a nostalgic fondness for them.

I haven’t watched the movie in years, so I have no idea whether it holds up, but I’m excited by this bit of news from MINDstyle:

“The Black Hole” was the Walt Disney Company’s first PG-rated production – big news 30 years ago, but times have changed! Directed by Gary Nelson and starred Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, and last but not least, Ernest Borgnine the motion picture has found a loyal fan base. With this being the 30th anniversary of The Black Hole and only rare limited merchandise available, we were all too excited to be working on a limited edition art toy collectibles (ATC) figure of V.I.N.CENT for collectors.

Everything starts with the concept art. Since there was little content for us to reference, we created the line art with DCP. The process got under way with the sculpting and raw resins as shown here.

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Whether or not I’ll get one will depend entirely on price and the degree to which it’s a “figure” rather than a resin statue of some sort (for instance, will the claws, “feet,” and head retract?), but as of right now, I’m definitely interested.

Thanks to TNI for the heads-up.