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.

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

Have You Seen The New NECA Toys from Comic Con 2018?

We love NECA Toys, they have super quality products at a great price range. We collect them ourselves, with a huge range of NECA Alien and Predator action figures taking up shelf space at home.

NECA made some great announcements at San Diego Comic Con recently and we thought we would take a look at a few of these super cool products being released late this year and early 2019.

Ultimate Gremlin 7" Scale Action Figures
Ultimate Gremlin 7″ Scale Action Figures

Any fans of the Gremlins movies knows the rules: keep them out of sunlight, don’t get them wet, and never feed them after midnight. Break them and your fuzzy, friendly little Mogwai will turn into a scaly, savage Gremlin, like these awesome deluxe 7″ scale Ultimate Gremlin figures (stand approximately 6″ tall).

Deluxe Crash Bandicoot with Jet Pack Action Figure
Deluxe Crash Bandicoot with Jet Pack Action Figure

On the left is NECA’s next release in the eagerly anticipated line of Crash Bandicoot action figures is a deluxe Crash with jet pack! The figure stands 5.5 inches tall and has a head sculpt unique to this release. On the right is the new Team Fortress Red Series action figures from one of the best-selling and most successful games in the Valve library comes the long-awaited Team Fortress 2 Series 4 RED action figures!

The Karate Kid 8" NECA Action Figures
The Karate Kid 8″ NECA Action Figures

From The Karate Kid, the iconic 80s film that sent a generation of kids rushing to enroll in karate classes!

This Set of 8″ clothed Karate Kid action figures includes the following 3 figures:

1x Daniel action figure.

1x Mr. Miyagi action figure.

1x Johnny in his skeleton costume action figure.

Ultimate Kratos & Atreus 2-Pack God of War
Ultimate Kratos & Atreus 2-Pack God of War

This Ultimate 7″ scale God of War action figure 2-pack includes Kratos and his son Atreus.

Kratos features a new aggressive head sculpt, new Mimir head on right hip, new gauntlets, new hands, new collapsed shield, new blades, and new fire and frost effects for weapons and hands, as well as 36 points of articulation.

The all-new Atreus has over 25 points of articulation and comes with bow and arrows.

Packaged in a display-friendly deluxe window box with opening flap.

Let’s Take A Look And See What Mezco Toyz Had On Display At SDCC 2018

Mezco are awesome, although not one of the huge giants of the toy world (yet) they understand the market and produce some very good quality collectible figures at a mid tier price range. Lets take a look and see what they had on display at San Diego Comic Con 2018…..

YOU’LL FLOAT TOO! MDS Stylized Pennywise (2017) on display at #SDCC!
YOU’LL FLOAT TOO! MDS Stylized Pennywise
One:12 Jim Gordon and Bat Signal
One:12 Jim Gordon and Bat Signal
One:12 Collective Ghost Rider
One:12 Collective Ghost Rider
One:12 Collective Daredevil from the Netflix Series
One:12 Collective Daredevil from the Netflix Series
One:12 Hulk from Thor Ragnarok on display
One:12 Hulk from Thor Ragnarok on display
One:12 Collective Hela from Thor Ragnarok on display
One:12 Collective Hela from Thor Ragnarok on display
One:12 Collective Blade on display
One:12 Collective Blade on display

 

IT Action Figure Ultimate Pennywise the Clown

From the acclaimed 2017 horror film IT, drawn from the pages of Stephen King’s original novel, NECA presents the definitive version of Pennywise in action figure form!

Based on Bill Skarsgard’s portrayal of the nightmare-inducing clown, this 7″ scale figure has been painstakingly detailed to be as accurate to Pennywise’s ornate costume as possible.

To recreate the most terrifying scenes from the movie, the fully articulated figure features three interchangeable heads, interchangeable hands, red balloon and paper boat.

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

Mezco Toyz – By Collectors, For Collectors

The growing popularity of Mezco products in 2018 is due in no small part to their amazing One:12 Collective action figure range. These 1/12 scale figures fill the niche between the lower-price action figure market, like NECA, and the deluxe, higher-end market currently filled by Hot Toys.

Sitting in between these two powerhouses of the toy industry are Mezco. Their tagline is, ‘By Collectors, For Collectors’, and we think they’re spot on; they understand the market and produce some very good quality collectible figures. Read More

Ever wondered how they make those awesome Hot Toys Figures?

We did too,  so we researched how Hot Toys make the six scale action figures from license to sculpt. It’s all rather interesting. Hot Toys is a Hong Kong based collectible toy company founded in the year 2000. In the less than two decades since their arrival, Hot Toys have risen to the top of the highly competitive scale figure market and are poised to remain there for some time. Read More.

Doctor Strange Avengers: Infinity Wars 1/6 Action Figure

Hot Toys are extremely excited to present to you today the Doctor Strange Sixth Scale Collectible Figure. Returning with tremendously strong mystic powers in Avengers: Infinity War, the fan-favorite superhero Doctor Strange wears his very distinctive costume and includes a number of symbolic accessories to recreate the remarkable scenes.

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in the movie, featuring a newly developed head sculpt, sophisticatedly tailored and highly detailed outfit.

This collectible features two styles of costume display options with a magnetically attachable asymmetrical high-collared Cloak of Levitation complete with intricate embroidery, a variety of mystical artifacts including the Eye of Agamotto, a pair of sling rings, and an array of accessories including a variety of interchangeable hands and numerous mystic art effects.

Complete with mandalas of lights allowing combinations for different mystic gestures and a movie-themed dynamic figure stand with character backdrop.

Included:

A newly painted head sculpt with an authentic and detailed likeness of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange in Avengers: Infinity War

Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture

Black coloured short hair sculpture

Newly developed body with over 30 points of articulation

Approximately 31 cm tall

Thirteen pieces of interchangeable hands

Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted

One delicately woven red-coloured cape (The Cloak of Levitation) adorned with intricate embroidery with special magnetic clip-on design

One navy-coloured under-tunic

One multi-layered blue and navy-coloured tunic

One dark brown-coloured cummerbund

One pair of dark blue-coloured pants

One pair of black and blue-coloured boots

Two sling rings 

Two amulets (The Eye of Amagotto) with an open and closed Eye, respectively

Fourteen pieces of mystic art effects

A specially designed Avenger: Infinity War themed dynamic figure stand with movie logo and character backdrop

The New Deadpool 2 Hot Toys Movie Figure Is Just Awesome

Deadpool 2 movie is out and getting some great reviews. To celebrate the movie Hot Toys have announced the new Deadpool 1/6 Action Figure and it looks awesome. Out now for pre-order at our Hot Toys UK store this collectible figure is specially crafted based on Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool character from the film.  Standing at 31cm tall it also includes a specially designed Deadpool 2 themed dynamic stand that is perfect for aerial poses!

The Deadpool Sixth Scale Collectible Figure features:

An authentic and detailed likeness of Deadpool in Deadpool 2 movie.

A Deadpool head with 5 interchangeable eyes pieces that can create numerous combinations of Deadpool’s expressions

Body with over 30 points of articulation

12x pieces of interchangeable gloved hands including: 
1x pair of fists
1x pair of relaxed hands
1x pair of katana holding hands
1x pair of gun holding hands
1x pair of finger pointing hands
1x thumbs-up right hand
1x OK-sign left hand

Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:

1x specially tailored red and black-colored leather-like Deadpool suit
1x black and yellow-colored X-Men Trainee jersey
1x brown-colored leather-like belt with metallic red buckle
1x pair of thigh gun holsters
1x dagger sheath on shin
1x pair of metallic red and black-colored boots
1x pair of interchangeable black-colored high heels 

Weapons:

1x dagger
2x metal katanas
2x pistols
2x shurikens

Accessories:

1x pair of katana sheaths
1x wearable neck device
1x unicorn doll

A specially designed Deadpool 2 dynamic figure stand with Deadpool nameplate, movie logo, and backdrop