Action Figures Top Ten 2019

2018 has been a great year for collectors of action figures, statues and general geekery. All the big names have been hitting them out of the park this year and picking a top 5 favourite list was always going to be tough, that being said, here are our choices for 2018.

First up has to be the Ultimate Pennywise I Heart Derry figure. NECA have been getting pretty busy with their Pennywise series and it was a close call between this figure and both the first IT 2017 figure and the classic Tim Curry 1990 version. NECA’s offerings over the last couple of years have really been ramping up in terms of their already very high levels of quality. We love the collector-friendly window box packaging that we’re seeing with their newer figures and especially the special edition 3D hologram covers that come with certain special editions like the I Heart Derry Pennywise and the Friday 13th Pt III Jason. Once again, NECA shows other companies the price to play in the £30-35 action figure marketplace.

The second NECA figure to get a mention in out top 5 is the Shin Atomic Blast Godzilla. This figure proved incredibly popular in 2018. It’s great to see real enthusiasm for the classically styled Godzilla, especially after the 2014’s homage to the original 1954 Kaiju.

2018 may have been filled with awesome additions to toy and figure collections, but it was also a bumper year for gaming fans. The latter part of the year saw the 2017 worldwide battle-royale hit, Fortnite, go supernova and McFarlane Toys teamed up with Epic Games to create the poseables that needed to be in everyone’s stocking over the Christmas holidays. The whole series continues to be immensely popular, but Skull Trooper easily steals the top ofthe leaderboard at the moment. We’re used to McFarlane producing excellent smaller scale figures with great paint, but the Fortnite series really shows what’s possible for the company going forward, and we’re excited to see what comes next!

Not one, not two, but three NECA figures have made in into our top 5 for 2018. The God of War Kratos 7in scale figure from Sony’s monster 2018 smash hit is absolutely one of our favourites of the year. Featuring over 30-points of articulation and some great accessories, Kratos remains a fantastic collector’s piece, whether your taste is to proudly display or hide away. We’re also looking forward to the arrival of NECA’s up and coming 2-pack God of War figures, expected early this year.

But finally, taking the top spot for 2018, it has to be the incredible 1/6 masterpiece that is the Wonder Woman Justice League Deluxe figure from Hot Toys. It’s not hard to wax lyrical about Hot Toys at the moment, but the Amazonian Princess just never looked so good in resin before! Featuring a still very new and shiny Hot Toys invisible-joint body and spot-on facial sculpt of actress Gal Gadot, the Justice League Wonder Woman Deluxe figure adds to the already impressive duo of prior WW figures with what we believe is the best likeness yet. How will Hong Kong’s heroes of sixth-scale improve upon this figure in her next incarnation? We can’t wait to find out…

So we look to 2019 to see what’s gotten us checking our bank balances of late, and there’s a lot to be excited about, even at this early stage of the game.

He’s small but strong and he admittedly looks ever so slightly creepy -Mezco’s One:12 Popeye is a figure that has been on many a list of top figures from 2018 for collectors and toy fans in the US, but as he’s yet to arrive on British shores, he just sneaks into our list for 2019. He’s proven to be an unexpected hit with a lot of folks online, many of which, like us, might not have actually been too excited by the idea of a Popeye figure as a concept, but everyone’s been bowled over by the awesome take on this classic character. Now, like everyone else, we want a Bluto One:12, too.

Up next is the Sideshow, full-size Venom bust. This is probably the most visually impactful Sideshow piece we’ve seen for a while -it looks downright terrifying! Based on the Spiderman villain’s recent trip to the big-screen, as portrayed by Tom Hardy, this massive bust comes in at nearly 30inches tall and, if the pre-production images are anything to go by, is features some of Sideshow’s most convincing paint to date.

With three figures in our 2018 list, it’s only fitting that NECA should feature in our roster up-and-coming desirables. For this half of proceedings the prize goes to the soon-to-be-visualised Godzilla figures for the upcoming 2019, Godzilla King of The Monsters movie. Unusually, NECA have remained very secretive about these figures and, as yet, no pre-production visuals have become available. Given the success of the previous figures, the new movie miniatures should be very popular indeed. Of particular interest to many fans will be the Mothra, announced late last year as the 2019 movie trailer features a pretty awesome rendition of this classic fan-favourite kaiju.

We ended our 2018 list with a fantastic Hot Toys figure and the new compilation not only features a Hot Toys, but a departure from their usual sixth-scale mastery. The quarter-scale Darth Vader Return of The Jedi figure looks incredible and we’re certain that this iteration of one of the greatest movie villains of all time is sure to have fans of the original trilogy contemplating the sale of a kidney or two. Vader features the un-helmeted head-sculpt of actor Sebastian Shaw, who portrayed Vader/Anakin for the famous un-helmeted scene in the movie. Needless to say, the iconic black mask is, of course, present. Hot Toys keep leaving us wondering how the bar can possibly be raised any higher in sculpt, paint and tailoring, and yet they’re still manage to blow our minds on a regular basis.

Next is another excellent figure from Mezco Toyz’ awesome One:12 Collective line, the Nightmare on Elm St. Freddy Kreuger. Talking of Hot Toys, Mezco is giving the giants of sixth-scale a real run for their money with these smaller figures. After an arguably hazy start to the series a couple of years ago we’re really seeing some fantastic figures emerging now, and Freddy is no exception. Featuring one of the best sculpts we’ve seen on any Kreuger figure, some incredible scale twelfth-scale tailoring, and a wealth of alternate heads and hands, this guy is going to be on a lot of people’s ‘must-have’ lists this year.

I know, that’s five already, but I’d also like to give an honourable mention to the NECA Ultimate Jungle Hunter Predator figure, also pencilled to arrive in January. If you’ve got one of the recent 30th anniversary Dutch figures then you’re going to want what promises to be one of the best 7inch scale representations of the Jungle Demon so far. Featuring alternate masked and unmasked head sculpts, removable armour extra hands and a few gruesomely flesh-stripped trophy skulls, this figure will look great whether proudly on display or kept safe and sound inside its collector-friendly, window-box packaging.

McFarlane Toys – The Inside Scoop

Founded in 1994, the story of McFarlane Toys is nearly as unusual as its wonderfully eccentric comic-book celebrity owner.

A highly successful career in the cut-throat world of 80’s comics, a defunct partnership with one of the biggest toy manufacturers of the time, the birth of an enduring cult anti-hero and a toy line that turned the industry upside-down in terms of audience expectation, all culminating in a franchise and license list that reads like a who’s who of the gaming, television and movie world.

If you’d like to find out more, why not stick the kettle on and take a few well-earned minutes out to read our brand new Todd’s Toys article.

Mcfarlane Toys

Fortnite Action Figures

Fortnite Action Figures
Fortnite Action Figures

For the first time the Official Fortnite premium action figures are coming in December.

Each figure is hyper-articulated – perfect for emote posing.

Each figure has it’s own back bling, weapon, and pickaxe and comes in collector edition window box.

Make sure you don’t miss out and pre-order your Fortnite Action Figures.

Cuddle Team Leader Fortnite Action Figure
Cuddle Team Leader Fortnite Action Figure

Straight from the video game Fortnite comes the Cuddle Team Leader action figure.

Design directly sculpted and painted from in-game assets.

Hyper-articulated (18+ points) – perfect for emote posing.

Comes with iconic Cuddle Bow Back Bling.

Equipped with the Legendary Assault Rifle.

Harvest your materials with the included Rainbow Smash Harvesting Tool.

Cuddle Team Leader is showcased in premium glossy Fortnite-themed window box packaging.

Cuddle Team Leader stands 7″ tall on a Fortnite-branded display base.

Collector edition window box.

Fortnite Action Figure Skull Trooper
Fortnite Action Figure Skull Trooper

 

The Fortnite Skull Trooper Action Figure stands approx 18cm tall and comes with accessories and base in a collector edition window box.

Design directly sculpted and painted from in-game assets.

Hyper-articulated (18+ points) – perfect for emote posing.

Comes complete with the sharp Precision Back Bling.

Ready for battle with the powerful Epic Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle.

Harvest your materials with the Death Valley Harvesting Tool.

Skull Trooper is showcased in premium glossy Fortnite-themed window box packaging.

Skull Trooper stands tall on a Fortnite-branded display base.

Black Knight Fortnite Action Figure
Black Knight Fortnite Action Figure

From the video game Fortnite comes the Black Knight Action Figure. It stands approx. 18 cm tall and comes with accessories and base in a collector edition window box.

Design directly sculpted and painted from in-game assets.

Hyper-Articulated (18+ points) – perfect for emote posing.

Comes complete with the Black Shield Back Bling.

Equipped with the Grenade Launcher.

Harvest your materials with the Axecalibur.

Harvesting Tool.

Black Knight stands 7″ tall on a Fortnite-branded display base.

Black Knight is showcased in premium glossy Fortnite-themed window box packaging.

 

Are You Ready For Halloween?

Being huge fans of Halloween and Horror movies we have a great collection of spooky items for decoration and display. Including from the popular new movie Halloween 2018.

Ultimate Michael Myers Halloween (2018) Action Figure

Based on his appearance in the thrilling new Halloween movie, this all new Michael stands over 7″ tall and has received the Ultimate treatment, with over 25 points of articulation and tons of accessories.

The Ultimate Michael Myers figure comes with 2 heads, knife, hammer, jack o’ lantern, interchangeable hands and more.

Comes in display-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

Living Dead Dolls Series 32 – Full Set of 5 Dolls

The Living Dead Dolls series 32 have vintage style Halloween costumes based on 5 classic disguises.

Each packed in their own coffin and complete with death certificates.

All dolls stand 10″ tall with 5 points of articulation and wear real cloth clothing.

Talking Pennywise Mega Scale IT Designer Series

Pennywise The Dancing Clown from IT (2017) has again emerged from the sewer of Derry!

The M.D.S. Mega Scale Talking Pennywise stands at a forbidding 15″ tall, is dressed in a real cloth clown suit, is fully articulated and says some of his most nightmare-inducing phrases from the film.

The M.D.S. (Mezco Designer Series) Mega Scale Talking Pennywise figure comes packaged in a collector-friendly window box, perfect for display.

Friday 13th pt.3 Jason Mask Replica

Made from resin and hand painted, includes leather-like straps so you can wear the mask or hang on the wall for display.

Accurate to the film in every way.

Freddy Glove Prop Replica Nightmare On Elm Street 1984 Movie

Wear or display this handmade replica of the original 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street film.

Handcrafted and made of real metal the glove has every detail as seen on screen.

Includes distressed leather-like glove with the metal attachments riveted to the glove.

Includes a mannequin hand form for display when you’re not wearing it.

Joaquin Phoenix is the New Joker

Official photos have been released of Joaquin Phoenix as the new Joker and i’m really not sure what to make of it.

To me it looks like a mashup of Cesar Romero 1966 Joker and Heath Ledger’s awesome 2008 version.

There have also been a few seconds of movie footage released in which you can see he is holding a pen and this looks like it’s from Jack Nicholson Joker in the 1989 Movie.

That’s like 3 jokers in 1!

The Joker movie is set in the 1980’s and also stars Robert DeNiro.

It is a standalone adaptation of the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story and at the moment there doesn’t seem to be any sign of Batman in this movie.

Although i’m not sure of this new Joker I am sure that the DCEU needs this to be a hit.

Joker is set to land October 2019

 

Call of Duty Action Figures

The first ever realistic Call of Duty video game figures to hit retail from Mcfarlane Toys are now here.

As usual Mcfarlane have done a great job with he quality.

Figures feature in-game authentic weaponry and accessories.

Customizable collector figures with 14+ points of articulation for dynamic posing.

Figures are featured in iconic outfits worn in the hit video game franchise Call of Duty.

Figures featured in branded collector blister card packaging.

Destiny Figures From McFarlane Toys

This is the home of our licensed video game figures and collectibles and include some of our favourite Destiny characters

LORD SALADIN

The last of the Iron Lords, Lord Saladin is a legendary hero who defended humanity from the SIVA virus long ago by sealing it away. After the events of the Taken War, the Fallen House of Devils unearth the sealed SIVA virus and begin to harness its powers. Donning his mantle once more, Lord Saladin began seeking out Guardians to form a new generation of Iron Lords to end the SIVA threat once and for all.

Spectacular likeness of Lord Saladin modeled from in-game 3D models
Articulated Lord Saladin figure including alternate helmetless head
Figure features detailed cloth cape
Figure comes with a 9-inch Relic Axe and Jolder’s Hammer Machine Gun accessories
Figure displayed in Destiny themed window box packaging.

Lord Saladin
Lord Saladin

IRON BANNER HUNTER

Hunters stalk the wilderness beyond the city, harnessing the Light to reclaim the secrets of our lost worlds. They are daring scouts and stealthy killers, expert with knives and precision weapons. Hunters blaze their own trails and write their own laws.

Destiny’s Iron Banner Hunter comes equipped with the Thorn hand cannon and Hung Jury scout rifle. Fully customizable figure with 14+ points of articulation for dynamic posing. Stylized Destiny display base included.

Iron Banner Hunter
Iron Banner Hunter

KING’S FALL WARLOCK

Warrior-scholars of the Light, Warlocks devote themselves to understanding the Traveler and its power. A Warlock’s mind is an arsenal of deadly secrets, balanced between god-hood and madness. On the battlefield, those secrets can shatter reality itself.

King’s Fall Warlock comes equipped with the Touch of Malice scout rifle and Black Hammer sniper rifle. Fully customizable figure with 14+ points of articulation for dynamic posing. Stylized Destiny display base included.

King’s Fall Warlock
King’s Fall Warlock

CAYDE-6

Freed from his Tower duty, Cayde-6 now walks his own path, back out in his beloved frontier. Find him if you’re looking for fun and
adventure, and of course some wicked loot.

Highly detailed sculpt of the Cayde-6 modeled from in-game assets
Figure comes with iconic Ace of Spades hand cannon
Includes rare chase redeemable McFarlane Hellspawn emblem
Customizable figure with 12+ points of articulation for dynamic posing
Figure comes in window boxed collector packaging and featured on a disc display base.

Cayde
Cayde

ZAVALA

A veteran who coordinated the defense of the city, Zavala was once an immovable object and an unstoppable force. He needs your help now more than ever.

Highly detailed sculpt of Zavala modeled from in-game assets
Figure comes with Origin Story Assault Rifle
Customizable figure with 12+ points of articulation for dynamic posing
Includes rare chase redeemable McFarlane Hellspawn emblem
Figure comes in window boxed collector packaging and featured on a disc display base.

Commander Zavala
Commander Zavala

VAULT OF GLASS TITAN

Titans are warriors – heroic defenders of the Light, channeling the gifts of the Traveler to wage war on the Darkness. Steadfast and sure, Titans face any challenge head-on, blunt force instruments of the Traveler’s will.

Vault of Glass Titan comes equipped with iconic Gjallarhorn rocket launcher and Invective shotgun. Fully customizable figure with 14+ points of articulation for dynamic posing. Stylized Destiny display base included.

Vault of Glass Titan
Vault of Glass Titan

 

New NECA, Hot Toys and Mezco In This Week

New Items this week at GeekEffect.co.uk include:

Hot Toy Spider-Man Spider-Punk Video Game 1/6 Action Figure

Mezco Puzzle Blox, Pennywise, Hellraiser and Jason Voorhees

Mezco Exclusive Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Glow in Dark Blood Splatter Mask

Living Dead Dolls 20th Anniversary Set from Mezco Toyz

Spider Gremlin Deluxe NECA Action Figure

Wonder Woman One:12 Collective

Predator 2018 Action Figure Ultimate Fugitive Predator

It’s Always Game Time on Some Planet

Ahh good o’l board games, I remember in my youth pestering my parents and siblings everyday to play a game. Well those days are gone, now if you can’t find anyone else to play a game, you can simple pick-up a solo game and enjoy it in your own company. I love gaming in groups but I also really enjoy picking up a co-op game and having the solitaire experience as most co-op game can be played on your own.

Today board games have come a long way, with thousands of board games and hundreds of new games coming out every month. We have a nice selection in our UK board game store and a great board game guide on everything you need to know about board games for the beginner.

Friday Solo Card game
Friday Solo Card game