Amok Time’s Retro 4″ ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ Gort and Klaatu 2-pack
September 8, 2014

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Several months ago online retailer Amok Time surprised collectors by getting into the retro 3.75″ (or 4″) game when they announced a 2-pack of action figures based on the 1951 sci fi parable film “The Day The Earth Stood Still.”   In the past we have gotten a few Day The Earth Stood Still items, mostly vinyl figures of Gort from places like X-Plus and unlicensed garage kits.   This is the first time we have action figures of both Gort and Klaatu.  While this set might be a bit niche, they are very well done from both a retro toy and movie representation.

The card – The card is a bit underwhelming.  It’s black and white and features some image from the film.  The bubble is so large it covers the name of the characters.   The bubble also isn’t glued down very well and mine had completely  separated from the card.

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Klaatu –The Klaatu figure is 4″ tall and has 7 points of articulation at the hips, shoulders, fore-arms and neck.   The fore-arm swivels are just on a small pin and can easily pop out and pop back in.   The figure has interchangeable heads with a masked head and un-masked.   The unmasked head on mine has a pretty heavy wash on it.  It looks better from further away, than close up. I think I will keep the masked head on mine.

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GORT – Gort is 5″ tall with 5 points of articulation at the hips, shoulders, wrists and neck.   I wish that Gort also had an alternate head with the visor down since Gort spends most of the move like that.

Gort is my favorite of the pair.  He silently towers over all of my other retro 3.75″ figures.

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Comparisons- Here are some shots of the figures with both vintage and new retro 3.75″ scale action figures for comparison.

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This 2-pack is available right now to order at BigBadToyStore.com and EntertainmentEarth.com.

Fun Facts – There are at least 3 “life sized” Gort statues in the Los Angeles area.   One is at the Fry’s in Burbank:

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One is at a collectibles shop in Santa Monica:

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And the last one is the window display for Grey Goose Framing on La Brea:

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Daniel Pickett

Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

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4 Comments »

  • Ron says:

    Gort actually has 7 points of articulation: Neck (1), Shoulders (2), Hips (2) and Wrists (2). I only wish these figures were also in 6 inch scale. “The Day the Earth Stood Still” remains as one of the best and most intelligent Sci-Fi films ever made and fans deserve a good set of 6-inch scale figures.

  • Chris Morgan says:

    Those are nice…WHERE’D YOU GET THAT OWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • demoncat_4 says:

    better to have gnort and klatue figures in that style at last even though they could have come much more improved including with articulation then they get no plastic loving at all after all this time.

  • John Lemair says:

    I wish, an artist would produce Klatue and Gort the robot in a 54mm a scale of 1/34 Plastic figures. like the old marx size toy solders. It would be fun to use the old battleground playset to built a display. just an idea for my favorite movie.

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