2011 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for me action figure-wise. Two of my favorite properties are not only making a much anticipated return to toy store shelves, but they’re both doing it in the 4" scale. Better yet, they’re coming from the same company: Jazwares (which is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine)
I’m referring to, of course, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
I’ve already penned my love letter to Street Fighter last November in this very blog (which you can check out here if you missed it). Suffice it to say I’ve been a Street Fighter fan since the game was only found in arcades.
The same goes for Mortal Kombat. I can still remember first seeing the game when it appeared in my local Golfland arcade in San Jose. I could walk you to the very place where the game stood. It was just so incredibly different than anything else out there in terms of graphics and gameplay.
Now those who know me well would likely be surprised that I’m such a fan of Mortal Kombat given it’s ultra-violent nature. And, really, I’m not crazy about that aspect of the franchise. Yet, at the same time, the violence is so freaking’ over-the-top that it’s almost comical. Still, I wouldn’t play it if my 6-year old daughter was in the room.
All that being said, I love the mythology and the characters in the Mortal Kombat universe. I dig the look of the characters. Visually I think Goro has always been my favorite (followed by Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden) but I always struggled with him once he became a playable character on consoles.
I saw both movies in theaters (like the first, don’t even remember the second – hmm- maybe time for a re-watch), and watched every episode of the so-bad-it’s-good TV series back in the ’90s. I’ve got the old GI Joe Mortal Kombat figures, and the Jazwares ones from a few years back. I had those massive Infinite Concepts ones but eventually sold them off as their weird proportions were just too off putting for me.
But, now they’re coming back….4" figures from the new game and from the classics (for both Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter). Yeah, yeah, there’s 6" figures coming, too (for MK). But, I’ll pass on most of those and concentrate on the 4" lines.
There hasn’t been any pictures released yet, but I have it on very good authority that these figures are going to seriously kick butt.
Big Bad Toy Store recently put up pre-order information for both Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, giving up a little information about the lineups.
For Street Fighter they’ve listed 4 two-packs:
- Ken vs Blanka (classic)
- Ryu vs Sagat (classic)
- Guile vs Abel (modern)
- Seth vs El Fuerte (modern)
That’s a fantastic start for me as Ken, Blanka and Guile are my favorite Street Fighter characters and my go-to guys when playing.
For Mortal Kombat they’ve listed:
Classic Robot 3 pack (Cyrax, Smoke, Sektor)
Single carded Classic Ninjas:
and from the new game (which was released yesterday):
- Johnny Cage
I’ve got my fingers crossed that there’s a Goro on the horizon! But, wow! That’s a lot of great stuff coming! Hopefully we’ll get a peek at these figures soon. They’re currently in licensor approval, so that’s why Jazwares hasn’t been able to show anything. But, I know that Jazwares is really committed to getting these figures done right!