Figure Friday: Spidey, Indy, and Target Mutant Ninja Turtles

Home renovations will continue until morale improves.

I’ve discovered that the main thing about having your own space is making it MORE your own space. After ripping the carpet out of my study I had thought that I had done everything I could have possibly done to the room but gradually my eyes crept skyward. 

The light fixture was a gaudy LED affair that cast an unforgiving and blindingly bright white glare over the room. Like the beginnings of most ventures in my life, I began to fixate upon it until it offended me on a deeply personal level and I decided that either it had to go or I did. 

Not one to be bested by a light fixture, I ordered one that was more to my liking and set to installing it. I had watched my dad replace scores of lights and I can count on one hand the number of times we almost got electrocuted. I have to admit that I was a tiny bit let down when I didn’t receive even a small shock. 

On to the figures!

BREAKING!

S.H. Figuarts has unveiled a first look at their take on the Spider-Man costume that appeared in the last +/- 15 seconds of No Way Home and it looks pretty damn cool! No details on the price point, availability, or release date as of this writing.

S.H. Figuarts Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Following the release of Hasbro’s Adventure Series (read: Marvel Legends style) Indiana Jones figures, I had a couple of conversations stating that I didn’t really need any Indy figures in my collection. 

For whatever reason Dr. Jones has pretty much missed the action figure boat back in the 80’s which was almost unfathomable because there was scarcely a kid at my school that didn’t love those movies. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brought us some 3.75-inch figures and I was content to snag one of the standard Henry Jones Jr.’s but that’s where it ended for me.

Obviously, the subheading for this portion of the article should let you know where this is going. A couple of weeks back S.H. Figuarts unveiled their take on the legendary adventurer and I said, “Damn…maybe I do need one for my shelf.”

Here’s the details:

Indiana Jones, the legendary archaeologist and adventurer who made his debut in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and with a new movie on the way, finally joins the “S.H.Figuarts” action-figure lineup! He comes with accessory parts to recreate the scene at the beginning of the film where he steals the golden idol (although please note that the pillar diorama is not included); he also has a total of three interchangeable faces and an interchangeable head to display him without his hat. More interchangeable parts allow you to display him without his jacket, and of course, his bullwhip is also included! Order this iconic character for your own collection today!

  • Main figure
  • Interchangeable head (no hat)
  • Interchangeable faces (x3)
  • Interchangeable arms (left and right)
  • Interchangeable hands (left and right, x3 each)
  • Whip
  • Gun
  • Bag
  • Golden idol
  • Ra’s staff ornament
  • Sand bag
  • Strap parts for whip

I have to admit, the glamor shots of the figure make it look like the Indy figure we’ve all been waiting for but I’m going to wait to see some in-hand collector photos before I track one down. For me, this seems like it would be a one-and-done figure because Indiana Jones always looks like Indiana Jones from movie to movie. I’m actually pretty astounded how many character variants the Adventure Series has been able to crank out for a line that started this year

This figure is due in October, by which point we’ll all have decided if Dial of Destiny exists or if the Indiana Jones movies are ONLY a trilogy and that’s that.

The Hunt

Last year I was doing backflips over the reveal of some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures done in the Mirage-style of artist Jim Lawson. Next to my TMNT movie figures, this interpretation of the characters is where my mind goes when I think of definitive versions of them.

News from NECA on the figures has been next to non-existent and I’ve been biding my time hoping for preorder news. Last week the figures appeared for sale on an overseas website of…questionable legal standing so I hoped preorder news would be imminent. The next thing I saw was a photo on r/NECATMNT showing cases of the figures due to be shipped to Target stores here in the US.

Reader, I winced. I had been crossing my fingers that these figures wouldn’t be a retailer exclusive and that I’d be able to enter a leisurely preorder at a retailer of my choosing but NO. Well, maybe. I haven’t seen much in the way of these figures being exclusive to only Target stores, or if they’re a “timed” exclusive (meaning Target gets them before other stores).

What I have seen is collectors on the east and west coast here (closer to shipping ports) picking up the sets at their local Target stores. Experiences have been all over the proverbial map, some collectors have picked them up right off the shelf, others have sent employees into the back to look for them and succeeded (personally, I don’t care for this method but that’s just me), still others have found them and have been told that they can’t be sold until June 25th.

In recent years, Target has being doing events like “Haul-a-thon” where they roll out a bunch of exclusive products on a specific date to artificially generate hype and engage with the toy collector community. Not that it matters to daddy Target but I loathe this. It used to be that I enjoyed getting out there and hunting for toys, trying to beat the scalpers to the punch, but now I just want to grab something off the shelf or guarantee I’ll get one by ordering it online. 

Of course, I had to make myself more annoyed by going to eBay and seeing that the sets were already being sold for $100 over retail which is just foolish. This screed has very much turned into an “I’m too old for this shit” rant on my relationship with collecting and I’m hoping my next installment of Figure Friday will bring nothing but glad tidings after I’ve hopefully secured these DAMN TURTLES. 

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