Giddier Than I’ve Been in a Long Time
September 6, 2013

Fans of the original Alien, 3-3/4″ action figures in general and vintage toys specifically already know about Super 7 bringing out the never released action figures planned by Kenner back in 1979. Additionally, collectors may have heard the recent announcement that Super 7 is teaming up with powerhouse Funko to not only bring these figures out, but to return to the well and bring out a slew of other vintage inspired action figures based upon a veritable cornucopia of dream properties under the ReAction banner. If you missed that news bombshell, you can check it out right here at AFi.

I gotta say, I am over the moon about this announcement. Seriously, this is the type of announcement that causes me to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming the whole thing. Not only are we dealing with my favorite scale (that’d be 3-3/4″, for those taking notes) but there’s just a bevy of terrific properties in the list they released initially. Properties such as the Universal Monsters, Aliens, The Dark Crystal, Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first 2 Terminator flicks and more. With the Alien figures already coming out, and ZICA producing a vintage-styled Six Million Dollar Man line, everything old is really new again! And, I couldn’t be happier!

Lately I have started feeling a bit disillusioned with a lot of modern action figures and the preponderance of articulation and it’s accompanying fragility. These new/old action figures may be just what the doctor ordered for me.

So, again, for those who haven’t read the press release so far we are talking: Back to the Future, Aliens, Predator, Firefly, Universal Monsters, Terminator 1 & 2, Goonies, and Escape from New York with the promise of many, many more to come. There’s a lot of 20th Century Fox licenses on that list which is leading me to hope for Planet of the Apes done in this style. We’ll see.

Now, there are some collectors I’ve read comments from online who don’t seem to care for this idea at all. Well, that tells me that they’re just not the target audience and that’s fine. All toys aren’t the end all be all to all collectors, nor could they ever be. Others haven’t said that some of the choices, Firefly and Buffy in particular, are odd because they’re not from the time period evoked by this style of action figure. That’s a fair point. That doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I just want the toys, darn it!

I admit it. I’m in full-on rabid fanboy mode about this.

Funko and Super 7 are saying the floodgates will open in early 2014 which tells me this has been in the works for awhile, and we probably won’t get much concrete information until Toy Fair 2014. The anticipation is gonna be a killer for me on this stuff. I sure hope we get some teasers on some of these. I’m really curiously as to how these are going to be released. Is it going to be a line at a time, and then move on to the next property? Or, are we going to get a few Aliens, then maybe some Buffy, and then a smattering of Terminator? I don’t know. But, man, I’m sure dyin’ to!

Jeff Cope
Jeff Cope has been collecting toys and action figures since he was a wee lad growing up in the 70s, and is still waiting to grow out of it. He's been involved in the online collecting community since he first started writing for Raving Toy Maniac in the mid-90s, and is proud to call AFi his online home.
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17 Comments »

  • James Perrone says:

    I am absolutely off my rocker, peeing in my pants giddy over this as well. 3 and 3/4 inch figures were the industry standard in the 1980s and early 1990s, which is the time frame that I grew up in. I am drooling over the licenses that have been revealed so far to us and I frothing at the mouth for more news. Needless to say I will have zilch when it comes to cash next year but this is without a doubt worth it. I am a hardcore figure collector of all brands and series although my heart is always with Star Wars and Classic Era Wrestlers. The last few years have been tight financially because of the recession and I have had to scale way back and honestly I have not regretted much as the prices are insane and some of the figures are repetitive or the companies have not delivered on what was promised. This line has me excited for the first time since I heard about Jakks doing Classic Wrestlers back in 2003.
    Some more lines that would really get me in a frenzy would be: The Ice Pirates, Jaws, Die Hard, Rambo, Commando, Total Recall, Flash Gordon ( 1980 film), Dune, American Were Wolf in London, Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, Police Academy, Cannonball Run, Star Trek, Clash of the Titans, 1966 Batman, Platoon, Planet of the Apes, Twilight Zone and The A Team. If just two of the above were added I would die a happy man

    • James Perrone says:

      In addition maybe this will light a fire under the boys at Hasbro and maybe they will decide to add some genuinely sculpted vintage figures to the Star Wars Line. I am not saying that every character should be made but just some glaring omissions like Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise), Leia ( Slave Girl), Luke (Dagobah), Ben Kenobi (Spirit), Tarkin, Owen, Beru, Biggs, Wedge, Doctor Evazan, Wuher, Bith Band Leader, Garindan, Sandtrooper, Oola and Piett.

  • Rjackson says:

    Hoping for a line from John Carpenter’s The Thing or They Live!

  • demoncat4 says:

    will be interesting to see them do goonies since one would think likeness rights would be hard to get . plus also dark crystal never ever thought some one would dare ever take a risk on toys for the classic.escape from new york nice though snake will proably be the only figure that sells. plus how can they do back to the future when its been proven hard to get michel j fox to okay a marty figure and also to get the okay for doc. since mattel had the license and could not do toys

  • Darren D says:

    I’m pleased you’re pleased but for me this is a case of ‘careful what you wish for’. I’ve been longing for decent Escape from New York figures for years (not to mention a few others of those listed) but the novelty of vintage styled figures is a fragile thing. I got tired of the mego style figures real quick (and i was born in ’72 so they’re a huge part of my childhood).
    When I was a kid I was happy to deal with the toy nature of the look of these, though I was still frustrated enough with the inadequacies to repaint some so often they disintegrated, but as a (sort of) grown up I’d like a bit more detail.
    So on one hand I’m pleased these licences are getting some attention but I’d prefer more realistic figures now I’m 41, in both 1/18 inch and 1/6 scales. My dreams of a hot Toys Snake Plissken, Mad Max, A-team etc etc may never be realized (not while iron/batman exists!) so these smaller companies are my only hope.
    Vintage/Kenner style packaging though is always a winner!

  • BANE says:

    Since when was Universal Monsters announced? I think you might have added that one yourself.

    • BANE says:

      I take it back. It was figures.com lousy reporting. They failed initially to mention the Universal Monsters license. So my apologies. I HOPE that they do the Remco guys again as if you check Ebay…Are WAY overpriced.

  • James Perrone says:

    I would love to see Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribbean get the retro Kenner look!

  • James Perrone says:

    I would love to see Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribbean get the retro Kenner look!

  • James Perrone says:

    I would love to see Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribbean get the retro Kenner look!

    • bgiles73 says:

      I’ll be buying one of everything and in some cases two, to keep one MOC. I love all the mentioned licenses and those that are being wished for in comments. I’d really love to see Star Trek and The X-Files in this format too!

  • trenton hancock says:

    I’m 100% excited about this! I’ve wanted this Retro-Renaissance in figures to take place for years now. And it’s finally here! After suffering through the McFarlane dark ages of figure design, I feel that things are finally getting back on track. And yes, Hasbro should totally do new vintage era based sculpts of original trilogy characters. Heck, I’d even buy renditions of characters from the new trilogy. If they were sculpted 1977 style, I’d even buy (don’t hate me) Jar Jar.

  • trenton hancock says:

    Oh, and I can’t believe you said “An American Werewolf in London”. That’s my DREAM property right there! Are we somehow the same person?

    • James Perrone says:

      I was foaming at the mouth for that box set of the wolf and the mutilated Jack from SOTA’s “Now Playing” line which died a quick death in 2005-2006. I have the box set from “The Thing” that did make it out, never opened it and glad I didn’t now!

  • Johnny Rocket says:

    To finally get all those characters that never got the 3 3/4 treatment in the same line, this is awesome.
    After all these years, a Predator to hunt my Star Wars figures.

  • Rick Johnson says:

    Buffy…Firefly… WOW!!!

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