Last week, I showed you all a detailed view of half of the mostly-monsters toys I lined up in my office this year to get into the Halloween spirit. The first batch included a Masters Of The Universe Classics giant, one of Jack Kirby’s hottest creations, Buffy, a trio of Stranger Things characters, my guy Beetlejuice, a pair of Hellboys and horror icons like Frankenstein’s Monster, Freddy Krueger and Pinhead! Want to see who else made the cut [cue cleaver chopping sound effect]?Enter, if you dare…
To say that this Halloween season will be unlike any other is like saying that Leatherface has a unique take on cosmetics. My wife and I are still taking the pandemic seriously (it’s incredibly stupid that anyone has to say that, wear a damn mask) so trick or treating for the kids is all but cancelled. We’re trying to figure out a new way to celebrate, but we’ll see how that goes. Personally, this year will be very different for me because I’ve got a house full of people who want nothing to do with horror movies (or are too young to see them). So, I’m doing my best to squeeze them in where and when I can, but am also focusing on a lot of comics and books. But, I also decided to decorate the shelf in my office with a small army of fiends in action figure form that date all the way back to my childhood!
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got a 3 3/4-inch Jason Voorhees figure that’s part of Mezco’s Cinema Of Fear line. Even though I’m not generally a fan of the 3 3/4-inch scale of action figures (I loved G.I. Joes as a kid, but generally I prefer larger toys), I really dig this line. As of right now it only consists of three figures: Jason, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface. The Jason figure I have is actually an exclusive version Mezco gave out at New York Toy Fair a year or two back, the only difference as far as I know is that the mask on the NYTF exclusive is actually glow in the dark which is pretty creepy.
Anyway, as much as I dig Jason (he IS my second favorite slasher), this post is actually about the Freddy figure which Rickey gave me for Christmas or my birthday (I don’t mean to sound scatterbrained, but they’re only a few months apart). What I really like about these little figures (and am starting to like about a lot of Hasbro’s 3 3/4-inch figures) is the high level of detail and articulation that comes in such a little package. Sure, the face of the figure could look more like Robert Englund, but I really like how the iconic hat, sweater and, of course, knife glove turned out (don’t be fooled by the comparison between the photos below, I think the Freddy photo was actually flipped because all the other pics I looked at have the glove on the right hand, like the figure does).
The articulation is sick too as you can kind of see in the below photo. Freddy can actually be contorted so much that it’s hard to keep him standing on his generic blood splattered black disk-stand he comes with. Freddy’s got neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, waist, hip, knee and ankle joints, all of which come together to offer up some pretty awesome poses. Freddy and his ilk look great on a desk–though I realize that that might not be appropriate for many office spaces–or possible stalking a Christmas village OR hanging out in a shadow box. If they weren’t so creepy looking, I’d even recommend them for kids because there’s such playability here. I don’t think Mezco is still selling these badboys, but you can track them down online. You’ll have to ask Rickey how he got him!
I’ve only done one of these before, but have been meaning to do more. Frankly, this is the kind of stuff geek dreams are made of right? And even when the long awaited crossovers do happen they’re either lopsided towards one franchise (Freddy vs. Jason) or depending on fan votes for fight results (DC Vs. Marvel) or just not good at all (Alien Vs. Predator). I’ve been pitting slashers against superheroes in my head for a surprisingly short period of time considering how long I’ve been a fan of both (just the last year or two, really). The idea of pitting two seemingly indestructable killing machines against each other actually came from a figure pairing on my desk when I still worked at the old ToyFare offices. Here you have a 3 3/4-inch Hasbro Wolverine in Jacket from the Wolverine: Origins line and a 3 3/4-inch Jason Voorhees from Mezco’s Cinema Of Fear series facing off on my kitchen tables. On my desk, they went from fighting to riding the bulldog that came with the DCUC Lobo SDCC figure from a few years back. In my imagined crossover, though, they would spend the entire comic or movie just slashing the shit out of each other getting angrier and angrier the entire time. Here’s how I see it going down. Wolverine’s on one of his many cross country trips when he finds himself in Crystal Lake. After a day or so of fishing and hunting, Jason shows up to politely ask Wolverine to leave. The pair throw down, but Wolverine doesn’t know what he’s dealing with, so he assumes Jason dies at the end of the battle and heads back to New York. Of course, it’s not nearly that simple, as Jason heals and goes on a trip to New York to exact his revenge using those crazy tracking skills he used to hunt down and kill the Final Girl from the first Friday The 13th in the first sequel (continuity!). Bam, huge fight in NYC between two crazy men with healing abilities. If it’s a comic book, it would only make sense for the rest of the NYC local heroes to get involved and help put a stop to Jason (shouldn’t be a problem for the Avengers–especially if Thor’s around, how friggin’ cool of a few panels would that be? Mallet for machete!–or Fantastic Four). But, if it’s a movie (a boy can dream), they’d continue their fight until the X-Men finally show up to help and probably drop Jason in some freshly poured concrete. Marvel and WildStorm, feel free to contact me. I can easily flesh this story out or come up with a brand spanking new one.