Sunday, November 13, 2016

Toy Review: Funko Legacy Collection The Rocketeer Action Figure

When I was a kid growing up, I loved the movie "The Rocketeer" but I felt like the merchandising for it wasn't as good as it should have been.   The past being what it was, I remember being at a Barnes & Noble (of all places) and seeing the Funko ReAction figure of The Rocketeer and thinking about how much I wanted it.   I really liked the packaging though, so with the little articulation it had it became a problem of whether or not to open it or keep it MOC and then eventually I ended up not seeing it at Barnes & Noble or anywhere else.  (Though there is a cool black & white version out there I still will likely buy one day and keep MOC)

In preparing for this review, I looked this action figure up via google search and it appears as if there also exists a version with a removable jetpack and slightly darker jacket.    While the idea of a removable jetpack is interesting to some extent, it doesn't really matter because I like it better that this version has the jetpack stuck to him because that's how I always picture him-- flying in the air to fight danger rather than walking around on the ground like a peasant.

I also thought that what came with him in his package was a helmet but- at least in this version- it is another head.   I always feel weird about popping heads on and off of action figures even though I constantly took my G.I. Joes apart as a kid so I could swap heads and make Flint look like a Cobra officer.    Plus my recent iZombie figure wants me to do hand swaps, so I guess this isn't too common.     It's just something I'm still not 100% used to since I don't collect many figures like that.   At the same time though, if the helmet could come on and off and wasn't an entirely new head it might fall off or look awkward because of the hair and whatever.

This past Christmas I got "The Rocketeer" on Blu-Ray because up until that point I had only ever owned it on VHS and never bothered to get the DVD but once we got a Blu-Ray player it became one of the few favorite movies of mine I needed to own on Blu-Ray (along with Howard the Duck, Masters of the Universe, Flash Gordon, Buckaroo Banzai, etc. etc.) and since Quentin has watched it he seems to really enjoy it as well.   Perhaps that is the best part of this action figure for me.   I had to wait way too long before I could own it, but Quentin has watched the movie and then played with this figure within such a short period of time I'm glad he at least gets to do what I always wanted to do as a kid.

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