Right now I am looking forwards to getting the vintage style Alien figures from ReAction. They used the actual prototypes that were made thirty years ago after the movie came out to make the action figures. There were some mild changes made, but for the most part there are the figures that would have been made thirty years ago. They look awesome and they will make awesome additions to my action figure collection.
Then I found out that ReAction had gotten the rights to do Terminator, Predator, Back to the Future, Firefly, Goonies, A Nightmare on Elm Street and more.
Yes, Firefly figures. How beyond awesome is that?
So today they put this out http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/exclusive-first-look-at-new-reaction-figures/ and I was left with mixed feelings. I am not impressed with most of the figures and am hugely let down with the Firefly figures. The heads just do not look good at all. But I love the packaging. There are some great vintage style package designs with these figures, even if some of the sculpts are lacking.
None of the Back to the Future or Goonie figures look good to me. I had no interest in the Pulp Fiction figures, although I am tempted to get The Gimp, just because it would be one of those figures to have. Freddy Kruger and Pinhead look good.
There are pictures out there for some of the others, with the Escape From New York figures looking rather silly and the Sarah Conners figure from The Terminator looking as boring as it gets. I do like the Nightmare Before Christmas figures, even if they could have done a better sculpt.
One thing I noticed is that there seems to be an idea that 'vintage style' for some reason means over sized, under-detailed, inaccurate heads, which makes no sense at all. Some vintage figures did have over sized heads, and they were not always the best detailed, but that in itself is NOT what I would base the idea of a vintage figure on. There were a lot of well detailed heads that were well proportioned and looked like who they were based on. What I am seeing here is just lazy sculpting.
Now I will admit I want the Malcolm Reynolds figure, mostly because of the character and how cool that packaging is.