This year at the International Toy Fair in New York City, Action Figure Junkies witnessed the next wave of Funko’s ReAction figure line. Last year, we witnessed Kenner-like figures of the long lost Alien line, hordes of Predators and more movie monsters than we will ever need. With the likes of The Karate Kid, Fight Club, and the original Star Trek line getting the ReAction treatment, we came up with a few more films that we want to see in this mold.
8. Logan’s Run (1976)
Sure, there was a TV show that had a few Meco dolls, but I am talking Kenner likenesses from the actual movie. This film is a quintessential sci-fi nut’s dream and action figures deserve to be made. It is easy to imagine Logan 5 running side by side with Luke Skywalker in your backyard adventures.
The Only Figure That Matters: Logan 5
The Essential Two-Pack: Logan (battle damaged uniform) and Francis
The Exclusive: Box
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Jessica 6 and Tube Car
The One You Would Never Want: Holly
7. Total Recall (1990)
All right, so a lot of toys made in the early nineties were crap. Just look at any of the Terminator 2 figures. Total Recall had it all, the hero, the mutants and tons of crazy Martian stuff. Arnold Schwarzenegger already has tons of action figures, but a Quaid figure is still absent from the collection. The mutated humans would be cool to see if there was a full line, but let’s face it, that will never happen. If Funko doesn’t pick up this line, NECA should swoop in on the property. They already have several Arnold figures already. Where is our Quaid?
The Only Figure That Matters: Douglas Quaid / Hauser
The Essential Two-Pack: Douglas Quaid and Richter
The Exclusive: Douglas Quaid in Woman Disguise (with removable head/ mask)
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Douglass Quaid with Johnny Cab
The One You Would Never Want: Melina
6. Barbarella (1968)
Most people think that Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon (1980) is unique to the realm of science fiction, a film so bad that it becomes good again, making it the perfect guilty pleasure. Well, there is one other film like that and it is Barbarella. Jane Fonda was at the height of her hotness and from a toy maker’s point of view, you have multiple costumes and a toy for girls. For the guys, there are crazy creatures and villains, plus a ton of crazy weapons that make great accessories. Why hasn't there been a Barbarella toy line? Why?
The Only Figure That Matters: Barbarella (black and white outfit)
The Essential Two-Pack: Barbarella and Durand-Durand
The Exclusive: Barbarella (see-through outfit)
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Pygar and Barbarella (red, silver and white outfit)
The One You Would Never Want: Professor Ping
5. Unbreakable (2000)
You either love it or hate it, but Unbreakable certainly took the superhero story in a new direction. The legend has it that it was the first part of a trilogy. If only M. Night Shyamalan would tell the rest of the story in trade paperback form. There are really only two figures for this film and both are long overdue.
The Only Figure That Matters: David Dunn
The Essential Two-Pack: David Dunn and Elijah Price (with glass cane)
The Exclusive: David Dunn in Raincoat
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Elijah Price with Wheel Chair
The One You Would Never Want: M. Night Shyamalan Cameo Character
4. They Live (1988)
They Live is truly a cult movie, yet one that screams to be remade. The alien figures would be awesome and should have either two heads or come in black and white renditions. If Funko doesn’t jump on this, why not another company? I could see Mezco adding a three figure set to their Cinema of Fear line featuring Nada, Frank, and an alien cop.
The Only Figure That Matters: Nada (Roddy Piper)
The Essential Two-Pack: Nada and Frank (back alley brawl likenesses)
The Exclusive: Black and White Alien Politician With Microphone
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Alien Cop with Police Cruiser
The One You Would Never Want: Holly
3. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
To this day, I cannot believe there wasn’t a huge collection of Buckaroo Banzai toys made by Kenner or Mattel. Crazy creatures, futuristic cars, and a renaissance man/ top neurosurgeon/ particle physicist/ race car driver/ rock star/ comic book hero as the lead just screams action figure series.
The Only Figure That Matters: Buckaroo Banzai
The Essential Two-Pack: Buckaroo Banzai and Lord John Whorfin (with interchangeable alien head)
The Exclusive: Hong Kong Cavaliers Multipack
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Buckaroo Banzai and the Jet Car
The One You Would Never Want: Penny Priddy
2. Time Bandits (1981)
Terry Gilliam’s film even has an insane assortment of toys that act out of the final battle. What? You never noticed that Kevin’s room, when the fire brigade crashes in, has the very battle you just witnessed? Watch it again. Seriously though, perhaps two Time Bandits in a pack for this line? Evil alone has to be made.
The Only Figure That Matters: Evil Genius
The Essential Two-Pack: King Agamemnon and Kevin
The Multipack: The Time Bandits Gang
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: The Giant with the boat on his head
The One You Would Never Want: Mrs. Ogre
1. Blade Runner (1982)
Harrison Ford probably has more action figures than anyone else on the planet except maybe Mark Hamill, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Yet, there are no likenesses of him as Deckard from Blade Runner. WHY?! This whole film screams “please make us!” Personally, a Roy Batty holding a dove would be the first figure I would buy. It just amazes me that there aren’t any action figures from this classic film. Thankfully, I do have the Spinner from the Blade Runner box set.
The Only Figure That Matters: Rick Deckard
The Essential Two-Pack: Rick Deckard and Roy Batty (Final Fight Likeness)
The Exclusive: Pris
The Vehicle and Figure Pack: Gaff and Spinner The One You Would Never Want: Rachael