Thursday, October 31, 2013
31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from Movie Maniacs by McFarlane Toys
Like many other Movie Maniacs figures, Michael is also pretty much a statue below the waist. He features: boot swivels, a swivel waist, swivel shoulders, a right bicep swivel, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck. Once again, the idea here seems to be that you use the small number of joints to simply slightly modify the largely preposed figure. Unfortunately, a good number of the joints on my Michael Myers are stuck together. The boot swivels don't want to turn nor does the left shoulder. I recognize this is an older figure, but it's still a problem. He does stand solidly on his own, though.
Overall, I really like the sculpt of this figure but there's always been something "off" about it that has bugged me. I know that the hair isn't perfect, but today I realized what the real problem is: the eyes. While Michael Myers is wearing a mask and does have eyes, most of the time when you see him the eyes are hidden in shadow. On this figure, they're on display front and center and immediately capture your attention. Rather than the shapeless, expressionless face being on display, your eyes immediately focus on Michael's eyes. They should be darker and blacker. The devil's eyes, if you will. Sometimes creating an effective action figure isn't simply translating details one for one but rather capturing the appearance and feel of a subject. The mask features look good, though, as does the jumpsuit. All of the details are perfect on it.
Good paintwork as well. Simple, but nice. There looks to be a bit of a wash on the all dark blue suit to help give it some character. The face is pretty well painted although there are a few messy lines around the hair. Michael's hands are nice and grimy due to that grimy skin technique that McFarlane Toys perfected. once again, Michael's a simple guy so there isn't too much to talk about here.
When it comes to accessories, I think Michael Myers comes with just about everything he needs. First, he does come with the marquee stand and movie poster that all of the other Movie Maniacs figures came with (at least the first few waves). Of course Michael comes with the poster for Halloween, but since all my posters were put up I didn't grab it out for the photography session. Sorry! Michael does come with two other vital accessories, though: a jack o' lantern and a carving knife. The jack o' lantern is excellent with a great sculpt. It's actually hollow and thus the eyes, nose, and mouth are actual holes. The paint job is a light orange with just a hint of green underneath. Really great action figure pumpkin! The carving knife is simple but fits perfectly in Michael's right hand. It's a large silver blade with a black handle that's just perfect for slashing, stabbing, and slicing.
I really like Movie Maniacs and Michael Myers, but the articulation problems with this figure and the weird eye issue have convinced to award this guy a Good and a 1/2 rather than a higher score. I'm just afraid that with so many of the joints being gummy and immobile movement will cause the figure to break. Also, I really think all black eyes (no eyeballs sculpted and painted) would have looked better on this figure. It's a design decision, but speaking as a consumer I believe it would have been the way go. I know NECA has done some Halloween stuff, but I think it's time to revisit Michael Myers in action figure form. Perhaps in time for next Halloween?