Company: McFarlane Toys
Series: Movie Maniacs (Series 2)
Availability: Secondary Market
Welcome to AFJ's 31 Days of Horror Figures. For the month of October, we will be spotlighting the very best of the macabre, bizarre, monstrous, and villainous action figures the industry has to offer. There will be both old and new figures here and perhaps even a significance to why we picked that figure for that day (and perhaps not). This is NOT a ranking list, just full blown horror fun for the greatest month of the year. #AFJ4LIFE
Today's Horror figure coincides with the release date (limited release, 30 years ago) of Pumpkinhead (aka Vengeance: The Demon). We've chosen the stellar rendition of the character from McFarlane Toys that debuted in 1999. A figure we did not buy upon its initial release and have come to regret ever since.
Truth be told, when those first waves of Movie Maniacs arrived from McFarlane Toys, I scrambled to get them all except Pumpkinhead and The Fly. The Fly was pretty sick (notice the spelling) looking and not really a figure I wanted to have on display. Pumpkinhead had no real interest for me as I hadn't seen the film nor was it being showcased in Art House Theaters (which wasn't done as much as it is now) or spoken about in my circle of friends. In fact, it wasn't until Scream Factory's release that I took a chance on the movie and fell in love it with.
Directed by Stan Winston (one of two features he would direct), it is tale wrapped in vengeance and born out of a broken heart. Ed Harley's (Lance Henriksen) son is killed by tourists, accidentally, but in their fear, they run off without claiming responsibility. Harley calls upon the ancient demon, referred to as "Pumpkinhead", to bring forth justice. it might seem like a simple monster movie, but it is Lance Henriksen's performance and the establishing of his relationship with his son that drives the heart of the tale. Certainly, not everyone is guilty, but once the demon is out, it's out. Completely worth the watch, Junkies, as this now vintage figure is still worth picking up.
See the film's trailer below and check out AFJ's full list of figures as it evolves HERE.