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List > Five Action Figures Who Cost Us Better Ones

One of the greatest tributes to a pop culture character’s popularity is to be made into the immortal idol known as an action figure. And while many characters have been so blessed, there are still many deserving characters who remain un-sculpted in plastic.

And yet, while we have no figure of Dutch Schaefer from Predator, Rasputin from the Hellboy comic or Buzzard from The Goon, we do haveĀ  these obscure or unwanted characters who not only got their own figure, but were given spots in action figure lines that ended immediately after their appearance, thereby preventing a more desirable figure from getting made.

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Hellboy - Roger by Mezco

Hellboy – Roger by Mezco by Blacksm1th

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Hellboy

Hellboy by ziffyfluff

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Hellboy by smokebelch

Hellboy: The Leprechaun Graveyard

Poester Evan Jones writes in with a pair of short films he made using the comic Hellboy figures.

There’s also a second one featuring Hellboy teaming up with Santa.

Poe’s Point > Random thoughts on SDCC thus far

There are a dozen different websites you can go to for much better SDCC coverage than I can offer, what with my not actually being there and all–and even websites you can go for better SDCC news roundups. So rather than bother with any of that, I’ve decided to just post a list of random thoughts and observations on SDCC so far.

It Figures #42 – Hellbabies

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Pic of the Day – Leonardo & Hellboy by Poe Ghostal

Leonardo & Hellboy by Poe Ghostal

Poe’s note: Despite these figures being based on the styles of two very different artists, I think they look really good next to each other. The paint applications match particularly well, and I think the scales are fairly accurate (Leo’s 4′ tall and Hellboy’s 7′ tall in the comics).

It Figures #40 > Daddy Issues

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Show and Tell > Trenchcoat Hellboy (2004 movie line)

When I first got interested in Hellboy after seeing the movie in 2004, my first order of business was to obtain a trenchcoat Hellboy figure from the movie. I gazed longingly at the great photos from Michael Crawford’s review (this was definitely one of those cases where a review got me to buy a toy–or five).

But this was a few months after the film had come out, but before the release of Mezco’s “Wave 1.5,” so there were hardly any trenchcoat Hellboys to be found. Fortunately, fellow OAFE reviewer yo go re had scored the Extended Features Hellboy, so he was willing to sell me his trenchcoat Hellboy.

To this day, I think it’s one of the best action figures I’ve ever owned. I remember telling Rustin Parr that I thought the figure’s facial likeness and paint work were so good, it seemed to have a “presence.”

So much of this figure is executed perfectly. First there’s the sculpt, which–like most Mezco figures–is slightly exaggerated and doesn’t quite have the realistic proportions of, say, the Gentle Giant movie Hellboy. But I think the exaggerations work very well here, particularly on the larger Right Hand of Doom (which also doesn’t look as much like a movie prop, since it’s attached higher up on the arm than it is in the film).

This figure also features the best execution of a plastic coat I’ve seen on a toy in this scale. It has a great texture, and it’s made from a pliable yet strong material that holds the paints well (unlike the Golden Army figures, whose coats feel like individually-wrapped cheese slices).

Then there are the paint applications. While they’re well applied throughout the figure, there’s some especially fine work on the pants, the face, and the Right Hand of Doom. It’s notable that not all the figures in the line–particularly Kroenen and Rasputin–got paint work this nice. Extra care appears to have been taken for HB.

Finally, there’s the accessories. The corpse looks great, and while it does come from the movie, it’s also a reference to one of the best Hellboy stories, “The Corpse.” The noose around the neck is a great touch, too. And finally, there’s the Samaritan, with its excellent metal dry-brush and, best of all, hinge so it can be opened and loaded.

Trenchcoat Hellboy isn’t perfect. He’s wearing a black sweater, since he’s based on the scene in the first movie in the snowy graveyard; for me, a perfect “regular” Hellboy would either be shirtless or have a T-shirt, not a sweater. But it’s a flaw that’s easily overlooked in such a great figure.

Due to rising production costs and the necessity of cutting corners at every stage of production these days, the Golden Army figures just aren’t as nice as this one. I’ve seen it go for decent prices on eBay, so if you’re a lover of the movie line and don’t have this one, I highly recommend it.

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