Saturday, May 10, 2008

IT'S SATURDAY MORNING!!! (Hong Kong Phooey)

In 2007, McFarlane Toys gained the rights to produce action figures based on some of Hanna Barbera's best Saturday morning productions. Series one contained one of the goofier, Saturday Morning characters; Hong Kong Phooey...
Unlike Toynami's H.B. figures (previously posted entries), McFarlane went for his usual, near zero articulation "staction" figure style with this one. I'd love to see McFarlane get back into making actual action figures (that can be bent and twisted into various poses) instead of what are more or less mini statues. Still, this figure is incredibly well sculpted (probably capturing the 'toon's likeness in a far better way than the aforementioned Toynami could have), and his frozen in space above the evil doer reminds me of Trinity's famous hovering kick pose from the original Matrix...

One of my biggest gripes lately about McFarlane (and pretty much the other high-end action figure companies) is there refusal to adhere to an industry wide form of clamshell packaging. This style (currently used only by NECA for their Cult Classics line) is, in my humble opinion, the best. McFarlane (probably in an attempt to distinguish themselves from NECA) have moved on to yet another packaging format. C'mon, Guys. Can't you all play nice..?



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