Before I launch into my toys nonsense, I’m going to link to my Heroes & Villains column from the other week that contains a few different resources that you can donate to. It’s important not to be complacent and to remain as present and involved as you can during this time. We didn’t collectively solve racism last week by posting blacked out squares on Instagram. If you’re lucky enough to have some spare cash for toys then you certainly can kick a few bucks to a worthy cause.
Now on to the toys nonsense!
An interesting (to me) and recently developed wrinkle to my collecting habits has been the accumulation of vintage style replicas of toys I had as a kid. These are toys from the 70’s and 80’s reproduced identically as to how they would have appeared on the pegs at your local Toys “R” Us…Now at ten times the original price.
I’m just going to go ahead and call this what it is: A blatant play to capitalize on my nostalgia in an attempt to hang on to my rapidly fading youth. And I’m totally okay with that. I’m not buying these to take out of the package and display, their purpose is to remain on the card and serve as an objet d’art. Something I can look at and appreciate… I won’t dive too much deeper into the reasoning. In brief, it looks cool and I like looking at cool stuff.
I managed to snag the Luke Skywalker (Bespin) and Yoda figures during a supply run at Walmart. They had the rest of the wave with the notable exception of Boba Fett and on my way to the toy aisle I do believe I passed a fellow collector that had made off with all the Fetts from the few cases that had been opened. For budgetary reasons I don’t buy multiple figures and I’ve know collectors in the past who have adhered to the “one to open, one to keep sealed, and one to hopefully sell for a profit.” I never saw the point of that, but your mileage may vary.
The figures look cool in their boxes on the shelf in my office fulfilling the purpose for which they were bought. My one minor quibble is that the boxes are printed to look like they’re 40 years old, appearing creased or faded in parts. I’d have preferred the boxes be presented as “mint” since the old Kenner Star Wars boxes were fantastic pieces of pop art.
An eternity ago (February?) when the world was less awful, I wrote about some of the announcements from New York Toy Fair and I even went so far as to float the idea of possibly attending the festivities myself next year…ah, memories.
At any rate, one of the figures I was looking forward to was the G.I. Joe Classified Series Snake Eyes. I was looking forward to that figure from the line and NO OTHERS. You see, my G.I.Joe interests have never really grown much beyond Snake Eyes or his nemesis and sometimes not-nemesis Storm Shadow. My mom was never cool with me having “war” toys as a kid (never mind that I had a ton of Star WARS stuff) so I didn’t get my first Joes until about ‘87 or ‘88 when they took on a decidedly more sci-fi bent (although I never had the figure “Sci-Fi”).
When I started having my own walking around money I would purchase whatever version of Snake-Eyes was available at the time because nothing was cooler than an special forces ninja that had a pet wolf. Even if he was part of “Ninja Force” and had teal weapons. This continued for every subsequent iteration of G.I. Joe toys up until the line got put on hold a number of years back
This year ended up being THE year that a long rumored 6-inch scale G.I. Joe line hit the pegs and I hope they do well because this is a heck of figure. Snake Eyes comes loaded with accessories (two guns, a knife, a sword/scabbard, a backpack, and removable bandolier) and multiple points of articulation. The sculpt on the figure is highly detailed and full of texture along with a few red embellishments that break up the otherwise monochromatic figure.
The plastic the figure is made out of is a bit on the soft side which I had initially thought to be a side effect of being in a sweltering delivery truck all day. The torso is a bit “floppy” in the ratcheted ab-crunch has a bit too much play for my liking. I wouldn’t have minded seeing the figure come with swapable heads or hands (as it stands now, both hands are sculpted with trigger fingers).
Still for TWENTY BUCKS it’s a lot of figure and quite possibly the coolest ninja dude you can buy at that price point right now.