This post is largely reworked from comments I wrote for Firefly confirmed for “Funko Legacy 6″ line (and ReAction as well).” It got me thinking about Funko’s ReAction as a style and brand, not just a set of remolded Kenner protoypes (speaking of, here’s CollectionDX’s review of the Alien ReAction figures). Super7 originally developed the toys, but then Funko bought both the Alien figures and the “ReAction” style and brand from Super7.
I’m still not willing to upgrade my expectations beyond “cautiously optimistic” for Funko’s super-articulated 6″ Legacy line, which has been described by Funko as “very much similar in style and accuracy and points of articulation as the Hasbro 6″ Black Series of Star Wars.” I’m cautious in my optimism because Funko has never made products of this degree of complexity, and are currently best known for bobbleheads and its POP figures (and those are often the subject of quality control complaints, particularly the paint work, which is obviously far simpler than what you get on a 6″ realistic-style action figure).
Nonetheless, I remain hopeful that the line is good, particularly since Funko just confirmed Firefly for the Legacy line in late 2014. I really, really want to put a Star Wars Black Han Solo next to a Mal Reynolds for reasons I can’t even articulate (despite my website’s title). Admittedly, it’s probably a long shot those figures will be commensurate in style and scale, even if the Legacy figures turn out great – very few 6″ figure lines have been genuinely compatible with one another.
Firefly will also get POP and ReAction (vintage Kenner SW-style) figures in the spring. Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be getting ReAction figures as well.
I’m curious to see how well the ReAction stuff ends up selling. As Nemo Eight mentioned to me over the weekend, a big part of the appeal of the Alien line is the novelty of the fact that they’re resurrected prototypes from the late 1970s. I’m not sure if that vintage style will have much appeal to collectors beyond that. My hunch is that it will, especially if Funko can work in some small vehicles or playsets, but we’ll just have to see.