It’s amazing what you can find out there in the Intertubes.
Through a series of links starting initially on Paul Nomad’s (formerly of Action-Figure.com) Facebook page I discovered a new small toy company called ZICA Toys.
Upon visiting their site I saw they were hard at work on a couple of very interesting projects.
The one that, of course, really caught my eye was 3-3/4" action figures based upon an independent comic called Midnightmen. They showed two prototypes on the site and the figures both looked really neat. I was pretty excited. Midnightmen appears to be a pulp-style adventure, and the figures of heroic Dax Northender and the evil Thule Kommando looked really fun.
Unfortunately, I learned from ZICA that project had to be scrapped. I was really sad to hear about that. It’s always exciting to find someone new entering the 3-3/4" arena, especially with a non-military line.
I hope that someday ZICA is able to revisit these figures. I know I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!
However, they still have plans for the Midnightmen property. ZICA is planning on producing the characters in the MEGO style, and hopes to have prototypes ready to show by years end.
Another project they are working on, also in the MEGO-esque 1/9 scale is a line based upon the 1980s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century television series. Even though I don’t collect that scale, I’m actually really excited about this line! Despite it’s being painfully cheesy, I loved the Buck Rogers show. Heck, I even saw the pilot that was shown in theaters prior to the launch of the series. I had the soundtrack album (vinyl, baby!) and, of course, I had all the MEGO 3-3/4" figures which all got thrown away when their O-rings snapped. Sadly, I didn’t know at the time you could easily repair that style of action figure.
Buck Rogers and Tigerman will be the first two figures released, hopefully around August. Kane and a Draconian Guard are also in the works as well as a character that I am really excited about: Hawk! The alien birdman (ok, so he just had feathers for hair) from the second season was a favorite of mine back in the day. I always wanted a Hawk figure. Hawk will be released as an exclusive on ZICA’s website. The headsculpts they’ve done look fantastic. ZICA has developed their own body for their figures with a bit of a more modern aesthetic than the classic MEGO body.
Customizers take note! ZICA has big plans for folks who like to develop custom figures in this scale. Eventually ZICA toys will be offering an extensive line of body types, rotocast heads, hands, feet, clothing and accessories to try and fill a growing demand for custom parts within the customizing community.
ZICA is planning on attending the New York Comic Con in October and will have all their prototypes on display. If you’re attending the con, be sure to stop by and check them out!
Be sure to stop by ZICAToys.com and see more pictures, including a larger shot of the Buck Rogers line headsculpts, the new body they’ve developed and more.
I think ZICA Toys is a company to keep an eye on!
You can discuss ZICA Toys and their products in our General Toys Forum right here at AFi!
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