AMAZING HEROES SERIES 2www.freshmonkeyfictionkickstarter.com
Fresh Monkey Fiction's Amazing Heroes quickly became one of my favorite toy lines when I received my first set of action figures earlier this year. The figures were made in the style of 1980s superhero action figures, such as Mattel's Marvel Secret Wars figures. Amazing Heroes featured mostly public domain characters from the Golden Age of Comic Books in the 1930s and '40s, but with a couple of newer licensed characters as well. Check out my reviews for the Series 1 figures:
|Some of the figures from Series 1|
Now Fresh Monkey Fiction are back with a new Kickstarter campaign for Series 2 of this awesome retro superhero line. Again, it's mostly classic Golden Age characters, but with a few licensed characters as well.
The licensed figures in Series 1 were Captain Action, who originated as an action figure in the 1960s, and Madman, Mike Allred's classic indie comics superhero.
For Series 2, Madman is back, this time in his "Cosmic Madman" outfit. He also comes with an alternate David Bowie tribute head that is too cool. I might have to buy a second Madman figure so I can display both heads.
Next up is Nexus, Mike Baron and Steve Rude's sci-fi superhero who debuted in comics in the 1980s. I've always thought that Nexus was one of the coolest looking indie comics superheroes, and it's great to finally have an action figure of this cool character.
The final licensed figure is Mike Grell's Jon Sable. Jon Sable was a freelance mercenary who first appeared in the comics in 1983. Like Nexus, this is Jon Sable's first appearance as an action figure. This is another comic character that I have fond memories of from when I was a kid in the '80s. I might have to start digging around through my comic collection and pull out some old issues to reread.
GOLDEN AGE HEROES AND VILLAINS
Of course, the bread and butter of the Amazing Heroes character from Series 1 were the Golden Age comic book characters, and it's no different for Series 2. Series 2 has the heroes American Crusader, Wonderman, and Captain Future, and the villains Blackout and The Puzzler. There is also a Puzzler Henchman figure, which would make a great "army builder" figure for those that are in to that.
There is also one original character: Chrometurion. I think the folks at Fresh Monkey Fiction came up with this guy as an excuse to do a shiny silver looking figure (which is kind of reasonable, I guess?). He's a blank silver figure with a black cape, and seems to be filling the slot that "The Blank Slate" held in Series 1.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE...
That's all the figures that are officially part of Series 2, but there will also be stretch goals if the Kickstarter exceeds it's minimum requirements. The first one is The Black Bat, who is a bad ass looking pulp fiction hero, in the same vein as The Shadow, or his contemporary character from DC Comics: Batman.
And Fresh Monkey Fiction promise there will be more stretch goals to come, as the Kickstarter progresses, so stay tuned for those.
If you haven't already, go check out the Kickstarter page at www.freshmonkeyfictionkickstarter.com and go see it all for yourself!