In my years of collecting toys, I've tended to gravitate towards figures that are between 3 and 6 inches in height. (Maybe someday I'll do a history lesson on my favorite toylines through the years, but that's another post.) I guess, in my mind, once the figure reaches the 9 or 10 inch range, has removable clothes, and hair that can be brushed, it's a doll. It seems though that some toy collectors are just insistent that their toys are not dolls. The way they've countered this notion is by paying anywhere between $80-$400 for these collectibles. And that's a good distraction. I'm no longer going to make fun of you for buying a doll. I'm going to make fun of you for spending say $200 on a really fancy doll.
That said, there are some dolls out now that look pretty swanky and I wanted to highlight a couple of them here. Now, before my wife starts worrying...unless we win big in McDonald's Monopoly, I am not buying any of these dolls...er...action figures.
Amok Time Cylon Maybe I like this mostly because it's shiny. It's a pretty faithful rendition of the classic Cylon design which I still think is an awesome design. Unfortunately, I could not find a picture of the Cylon standing on a box, or else I'd make a joke about how this figure doesn't come with a box. (Sorry. In-joke between me and Jeeg until I can find that image.)
The big company in the manufacturing of these dolls is Sideshow Toys. They've been around for several years and put out some nice looking stuff. Not just these dolls, but also statues and busts. I haven't had the ability to buy anything that Sideshow has made with one exception...I bought the Rowlf the Dog polystone bust. That thing is awesome. I wish I could have gotten more, but I wisely stopped at one. Sorry for that sidebar...back to the dolls.
Premium Format Rocketeer If someone said I could have anything off this list for free, I'd choose this one. And not because it's the most expensive one. The Rocketeer hits all the right chords with me. Great original comic, excellent movie, WWII-era super heroics, pulp-style adventuring, art deco look, but most of all, a bit of obscurity that makes him a great addition to my "why I'm a unique nerd" list. This doll is the spittin' image of the Rocketeer. I imagine the thing can probably fly, too. It better at that price.
Snake Eyes I've recently fallen off the deep end with my action figure collecting and G.I. Joe is almost the exclusive reason for that. But with the Joes, I haven't delved into the 12-inch scale yet. But a figure like this and I can see the temptation. The Ray Park version of Snake Eyes didn't look bad from what I could tell, but this is what the outfit should have looked like. All sorts of straps and weaponry. This is a guy you don't want to mess with.
My friend Marc got this one and took a bunch of pictures he has posted here.
Doctor Doom If someone said I could have two figures off this list, here's my second choice. Why? Look at the picture. 'Nuff Said.
Hey, this post is so full of awesomeness, I'm going to let it spill into another post. Part one ends here, but look for part two soon!