Blissful Ignorance
October 27, 2006

In my column on how the Internet has changed, and in some ways fostered, action figure collecting, I lamented the passing of surprise.  I once had several mini-Christmases a year as each new wave of G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, or Transformers appeared on Toys R Us pegs.  I’d get a new figure and feverishly pour over the cardback or enclosed pamphlet, usually on the toilet, to emerse myself in the horizon.  I’d establish the order I wanted to get the new stuff (villains were a priority, especially in the case of Cobra) and dream about what glorious new adventures were to come.

Now, we all know exactly what’s coming six months before it ever leaves the factory.  Except this one time…

In a forum post earlier this week, AFI’s own Jeff Cope reported finding Series 3 of Zizzle’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest figures at Target.  This is significant because, though the contents of the assortment were known months ago, there were no announcements of its impending arrival and no prototype pictures of the figures appeared ANYwhere on the ‘Net.  While it’s not exactly the same as being greeted in Aisle 7C by an entire wave of toys you had no idea were coming, this is unheard of in the realm of lisensed action figures at this stage of the game. 

So, armed with this tip and feeling a bit like I did when all I wanted out of life was Big Boa, I went to Target yesterday and found these…

The experience was further enhanced when, in order to get these guys, I had to ask a Team Member to pull a case from the stock room (love those Target price scanners).  This is another throwback because I got a lot of my new figures over the years when my Dad would ask the employees at TRU to "check the back."  I got Super Powers Penguin, I figure I ached months for, that way.

Thanks, Dad.

I don’t know if Zizzle intentionally shipped Series 3 without preamble to boost interest in the line, or they just didn’t bother with publicity, or are inept, but it made buying Ragetti and Captain Barbossa all the more special.  The Zizzle Pirates line is one of my favorites of the year.  They’re simple, well-made, FUN figures.  They remind me of the original Star Wars figures in a way (as, I believe, the movies capture some of the whisical pulp spirit of the Original Trilogy), and so I think it fitting Zizzle’s Pirates hit the pegs the old fashioned way, even if it’s just this once.

So thank you, Zizzle.  For Ragetti…

…for Captain Barbossa…

…and for the intrepid crew of The Black Pearl.

I love them all.





Jason "JJJason" Chirevas
Jason Chirevas is a toy collector whether he likes it or not (and he often doesn't). This former Would've-Been Action Hero is as interested in the humanity, psychology, and psychosis of collecting as he is in the action figures themselves. Fun guy.
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