Welcome to the very first Figure Friday! Next to comic books and modern interpretive dance, one of my life’s great passions has always been toys. Shocking, I know. Who would have thought that your garden variety geek, dweeb, dork, or nerd would be into both comics AND toys?
One cannot subsist on writing about comics alone, so I decided to arrange all my Pop! Vinyl figures into the shape of a pentagram and summon my dark lords and masters here at Biff Bam Pop! to pitch a new column idea: Figure Friday. The skies turned black and it began to rain blood, which I took as a sign of their enthusiastic approval.
However, this is a feat that I wouldn’t be able to pull off by my lonesome. No, I’m an important guy with a full-time job in addition to having many friends and a full social calendar! Not to mention I already do another weekly column on the site (it’s called Heroes & Villains and you should totally check it out every Wednesday). I will be partnering with fellow illustrious Biff Bam Pop-er Richard Kirwin. We’ll be alternating weeks for Figure Friday. In getting to know Richard, I can already tell that it’s going to be a tag team for the ages! He has a great knowledge of action figures and some keen insights into some genres that I’m not familiar with.
Now would probably be a good time to write about some of the stuff I’m currently collecting. Think of it as a taste calibration between me and you, the reader. The thing that’s great about toy collecting is that there literally is something for everyone out there. I’ll do my best to talk about stuff that may not quite be inside my wheelhouse. That said, I’m currently collecting Star Wars and Marvel S.H. Figuarts figures from Bandai, in addition to Transformers (regular AND third party figures), and the occasional DC Direct figure. I’ve also been known to assemble a lightsaber or two on occasion.
Figure collecting can get expensive, so I generally limit my collecting to stuff I’m a huge fan of. S.H. Figuarts figures are AMAZING but I try and limit myself to about one per fiscal quarter… because I have to both eat and pay rent.
Here’s what I’ve recently picked up!
This figure has been something of a white whale for me in recent months because it’s been impossible for me to hunt down. Here in the States, we no longer have the old reliable Toys “R” Us to fall back on for our action figure needs since they all closed about a year ago. Here, we’re left with various big box retailers like Target and (ugh) Walmart if we’re hoping to track down an action figure in the wild and not pay inflated secondary market prices (Batman Beyond here is currently pulling in about $50 on eBay as of this writing). Lucky for me that my LCS (Local Comic Shop) got a case in and I was able to call dibs on one!
I’m assuming that if you’ve made it this far in the column, you know that Mattel has lost the DC license recently. The waves of Multiverse figures that have been trickling out over the last few months have been somewhat hard to find. Pairing that with them doing almost every requested figure, and some of the best sculpts in recent memory, and you’ve got yourself a hot ticket.
This figure will probably go down as the definitive Batman Beyond figure unless the next company does something truly amazing. It comes with the now-standard multiple points of articulation, interchangeable hands, an alternate head, and a set of wings! For a $20 MSRP, that’s astounding.
The one issue I encountered was that the alternate head packaged with mine was just an unpainted version of the head that was already on the figure! Kind of a drag, but not a dealbreaker. I reached out to Mattel’s customer support to request a replacement part, already not optimistic because the Multiverse line isn’t even listed as part of their product list anymore. After a few days, I got a response that they didn’t have any replacement parts as all their stock was at retail for these items (translation: best of luck finding another one). But they finished strong and are allegedly going to be cutting me a check for the price of the figure! So, net win?
Not too bad for a first Figure Friday outing, I feel! Once we get into the swing of things we’ll start showcasing all the coolest new figures set for release in the coming months. Stick around, it’s going to be cool!