I got the idea for this one while I was writing the Freddy review the other day. I’m always somewhat hesitant to do a whole post about something that’s nevere going to happen.
So, there are only three formats where modern horror toys are lacking – 8” scale clothed figures and super-articulated figures in either the 3 ¾” or 6” scale. Naturally, I have fantastic ideas for all three.
Note: Despite what certain magazines and websites might have you believe, statues and busts are not toys. Sure, they are plenty neat and I own some and even have that Darkchylde from Sideshow on preorder; but they are not toys. Not even when they’re called “Staction Figures”. Seriously, guys. Staction?
And holy crap on a cracker are bobbleheads not toys. I fucking loathe bobbleheads. I know some of the folks who read this might have given me bobbleheads as gifts over the years (that is why I own some) and I’m sorry to break it to you this way, but bobbleheads are not cool. I don’t know how those wretched little pieces of shit made their way off of the dusty Stuckey’s shelf and into fucking Toys R Us and EntertainmentEarth.com, but they never should have. It’s like when trucker caps got cool. They’re awful and they just look stupid (trucker hats and bobbleheads).
And just to once again show what a big fucking hypocrite I can be, I bought those Star Wars monster bobbleheads because that concept was not being released in another format and I thought it was cool. But I hate myself and I hate them.
So not only is there a possibility for new formats of Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Meyers, and their ilk; as well as monsters like Pumpkinhead. Somebody also needs to tap into the enormous Hammer Films library and start making some damn figures of Christopher Plummer, Caroline Munro, and Horst Motherfucking Janston.
Naturally, I nominate Bif!Bang!Pow! for the honors. At least for the Mego-style figures. And probably some 3 ¾” ones if their Venture Bros. line ends up working out.
Let’s start with the Hammer Horror line since that’s the one I’m actually more excited about.
The beauty of BBP!’s format is that they release two figures as a set. They’re separate packages or whatever, but they are solicited and usually sold as a single unit. This makes buying them more appealing to me for reasons I can’t quite explain. Like, you’re getting a major character like the Doctor or the Monarch, but holy crap you get a Cyberman or Dean Venture as well.
I don’t think I explained that very well, but I am very accepting of BBP!’s release methods. It makes sense to me.
So let’s say that each series of figures will consist of two sets of two. Let’s also say that when BBP! Gets the license they get the rights to the likenesses of everybody who has been in the franchise. I know that’s not how it works, but since none of this is ever going to happen anyway let’s just pretend.
Bif!Bang!Pow!’s Hammer Horror Series 1
Captain Kronos – with vac-metalized cross sword
Sara Durward – with cloak
Carla – with dead toad in a box
Paul Durward – with fancy hat
The other advantage Kronos has is that people won’t look at it and go, “Oh, great. Another Dracula figure.” Or Frankenstein’s monster or whatever. This film presents something different and visually appealing that can hook people into the toy line without seeming like a rehash of things they’ve already seen, so by the time we get to the more recognizable names of Series Three (yes, we’re holding Big Bad Dracula beck until then!) people will already be addicted.
Bif!Bang!Pow!’s Hammer Horror Series 2
Professor Bernard Quatermass – with mystery skull
(Sorry, guys - couldn't find a picture. Uh, I mean, I didn't want to spoil anything. Yeah. That's it.)
Devil – with iron chain
The Reptile and the Gorgon are also recognizable Hammer creatures that haven’t been exploited to the point of overexposure.
I know it might seem a bit risky to populate the first two waves of a new line with lesser-known characters, but ask yourself this – how many waves did every toy line that ever existed get at a minimum? Two. Okay, that’s not technically a fact, but there are a lot of toy lines that made it two waves on novelty alone. Which is why we’re saving the heavy hitters for wave three and beyond. Because some folks will be hooked by the first two waves already and retailers will see names like “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” in wave three and order regardless of the success of previous waves. I think.
Bif!Bang!Pow!’s Hammer Horror Series 3
Count Dracula – with vampire bat and pile of ashes with ring on top
Doctor Van Helsing – with bag and two candlesticks
Frankenstein’s monster – with brain
Victor Frankenstein – with rifle
The Curse of Frankenstein was the first big moneymaker for Hammer Studios and the one that led to all of the movies that I love so much. Also, Hammer’s Frankenstein’s monster is very distinctive from Universal’s, so this would be a nice departure from the big, green head and neck bolts. And it’s Christopher Lee again.
Bif!Bang!Pow!’s Hammer Horror SDCC Exclusive
Deluxe Christopher Lee as Count Dracula w/ voice chip
This set would include a Dracula figure with a voice chip. The voice chip would be programmed with dialogue from all of the Dracula movies Lee starred in, but it would only be the phrases that were lifted directly from Bram Stoker’s novel.
Also included would be a coffin and a full-size replica Dracula ring. Not, like, a super-nice one or anything. Just a toy one.
But here’s my favorite part (though the voice chip is nice) - You’d also get a bonus “Dracula Crazy-As-Hell” head!: