The folks at Fresh Monkey Fiction are gearing up for a new line of action figures that I'm pretty excited about. The line is called "Amazing Heroes" and looks to be a double-dose of retro, featuring Golden Age comic book characters from the 1940s, done in the style of superhero action figures from the 1980s. The figures are going to 4.5 inches tall, and the sculpts and articulation appear to be heavily inspired by Mattel's Secret Wars action figures, along with cloth capes that look straight out of Kenner's Super Powers line. According to Fresh Monkey Fiction, "the plan is to match the "look and feel" of those 80s lines as much as we can, including the packaging."
|Vintage Secret Wars and Super Powers Action Figures|
Fresh Monkey Fiction are going to be revealing one figure a week for the next four weeks, beginning with the reveal of the first figure: "The Black Terror!" The Black Terror has long been a favorite Golden Age comic character of mine, even without having read a lot of the comics, simply by virtue of his black costume, skull and bones emblem, and creepy name. How can you not like that guy?
|The Black Terror Action Figure|
The other characters are described as "Man of Mystery," "Avenging Hero," and "Super Wizard." I'm not sure who "Man of Mystery" or "Avenging Hero" will be, as those phrases could describe a lot of characters. "Super Wizard," however, has got to be "Stardust the Super Wizard," who is one of the most wonderfully weird comic book heroes of all time. Fletcher Hanks, his creator, was like some kind of mad genius and his comics are some of the most insane things ever committed to newsprint. If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend you check out the two collections of his comics that were published by Fantagraphics, "I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets!" and "You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!"
Be sure and check out Fresh Monkey Fiction's Facebook page to get more info on these toys and see what other characters will be revealed in the coming weeks.