Figma announces 6″ Indiana Jones from Raiders (with head sculpt from Crystal Skull)

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Figma will be producing a 6″ (well, roughly 6″), fully articulated Indiana Jones. While this will easily be the most articulated Indiana Jones in any under-12″ scale to date. CollectionDX notes that the figure comes with the small golden idol from Raiders, the trinket from Temple of Doom, the Holy Grail from The Last Crusade, and the face of Harrison Ford from The Crystal Skull. Okay, I added that last one, but – yikes. Let’s hope they fix that before the release.

I have mixed feelings about Figmas. They’re not really 6″ figures – more like 5″-5½”. I love the scads of articulation and accessories, but the style seems to work best for cartoonish characters like Link from Zelda or robotic characters like Iron Man or Robocop. Their “realistic” figures end up looking too soft and cartoonish. That said, I’d still get this figure if they improve the head sculpt (or if it looks better in production). If not, I’ll have to pass.

See more photos here. Coming March 2013 for 4,800 yen ($49).

Vintage Month > Memories of Mr. Big Toyland

To kids growing up in the Boston area in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the most magical places on Earth could be found at 399 Moody Street in Waltham, MA. That was the home of Mr. Big Toyland, the world’s greatest toy store. This wasn’t your usual toy store; you didn’t just go to Mr. Big for the latest He-Man or G.I. Joe figures (although you could–they had those too). You went to him for Godzilla, for Gaiking, for all those imported Japanese toys you didn’t even know existed until they showed up in his ads. Continue reading “Vintage Month > Memories of Mr. Big Toyland”