So far all I've been reviewing are Super 7 and Funko's ReAction figures on Retro Wednesday's. Bif Bang Pow does have a retro line of Twilight Zone figures out, but I've decided to save those for my Halloween festivities in October. Zica Toys had their great Six Million Dollar Man figures, but I reviewed those earlier, before I started Retro Wednesdays. Does that mean I'm going to have to change the name of this feature to "ReAction Wednesdays?" Not this week, because I've got a new addition to the world of retro action figures today, Amok Time's "Gort and Klaatu" figures, based on characters from the 1951 sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still!" How well do Amok Time's figures fit in with the new wave of retro 3 3/4" action figures? Find out after the break!
|The Movie Was Much Classier Than This Poster Makes It Look|
|Gort and Klaatu|
|Front and Back of Package|
The packaging on this figure is kind of weak. It doesn't look like they spent much time working on it, but just pasted a handful of fuzzy screenshots from the movie together and slapped the words "Gort and Klaatu" on top of it. They didn't even pick a good spot to place the names, as they are half-covered by the plastic bubble, making them kind of hard to read. The back has another screenshot, and a few words of text. Strangely, the movie these characters are from, "The Day the Earth Stood Still," is not mentioned once. It's too bad the packaging isn't that great, because stylish retro packaging is a big part of the appeal of these type of figures. But I guess we can forgive that if the figures themselves are really cool, right?
|Klaatu and Gort Show Off Their Wrist Articulation|
The figures are pretty good, although they are not perfect. Both figures have 7 points of articulation: the traditional 5 points that most retro figures have, plus additional cut joints at the wrists. The giant robot Gort is the coolest looking of the two. This character is just perfect for a retro action figure, as it already has a stiff-limbed, stylized design. In fact, Gort has one of the most classic robot designs from vintage sci-fi movies, and you can see how it influenced future robots, like Rom the Spacekinight, and the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. The sculpt on the figure is perfect, and for the most part the silver paint job looks good, but there were a few glops of paint and smudges on my figure, and he has a piece of paint on his wrist that was already flaked off when I took him out of the package. It appears that they cast him in black plastic, and then painted him silver, which is unfortunate. If they had cast him in a silver or even gray color to begin with, the paint flaking off would be much less noticeable.
|Gort: He Will Protect Humanity, Or He Will Destroy It|
|Gort Carries Klaatu's Body Back to Their Flying Saucer|
|Although the Face does Resemble Michael Rennie, It Still Looks a Little Lumpy.|
|Gort and Klaatu From the Movie|
That's it for this week's edition of Retro Wednesdays. Next week I'll be back with another ReAction figure, probably Kyle Reese from Terminator. Also, be sure and check back on Retro Friday, when it will be "Harry Hamlin Toga Party" time. And that's not all! Since I don't collect only retro and vintage 3 3/4" figures, I've decided to add another weekly toy review feature for Mondays. In it, I'll be reviewing any other toys or collectables I have, that don't fit in to Retro Wednesdays and Fridays. I'll be kicking that off next Monday with a look at Neca's Classic Planet of the Apes figures. Finally, if you are interested in the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still," I'm currently working on a review. I'm hoping to post it tomorrow, but I haven't finished writing it yet, so no promises.
BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
Strange U - Klaatu Barada Nikto