And we’re back! Our apologies for that little too long post-holidays hiatus there. I tell ya, reviewing a Castle really takes it out of you! I keed, I keed. 2014 has been marked by being under the weather so far (both outside and in, I can’t shake this cold and I don’t know who asked for all this snow). But we’re ready to get back to work and we’re going to kick things off with a look back at 2013.
Both Vault and I have prepared a list of our 2013 Top Ten Figures (that we reviewed!). That’s right, no pesky toys without links to fun reviews here (we’ll shoot the ‘best toys we didn’t review’ past you tomorrow), just twenty links to some of the toys we got the biggest kick out of this year!
Before we dig into the list, I do have to give one shout out to an Honorable Mention. He wasn’t one of the best figures of the year, but I loved him all the same. He found his way to the front of my MOTU Classics shelf and he probably got one of my best reviews all year: Batros! I still can’t explain why he was so much fun, but he’s joined the ranks of Faker & Scareglow as my favorite MOTUC figures even if he’s not really at home on a 2013 Top Ten List!
I’m writing this part before I’ve seen Vault’s finally choices, but we did agree to stick to “figures” specifically instead of including vehicles and playsets. We might do a separate list for those later this week too! Now, on to the list!
|Noisy No. 10 – Power Lords: Elite & Power Soldiers!||Vault No. 10 – MOTU Clasics: Lord Dactys!|
|I knew the Four Horsemen’s Power Lords figures would be good, but what I didn’t expect was just how fun they would be once they arrived! These early colorways already show that the line is going to feature some terrific craftsmanship and smart engineering – I really can’t state how much I love the ability to mix-&-match parts! I can’t wait for the main character releases!||It was a long wait for Lord Dactys, but it was worth it. With some creative engineering and a few new pieces, Matty was able to produce a figure that towered over most of his predecessors and sported some cool backwards-bending chicken legs. Dactys is a perfect example of how the MOTU Classics line can stretch boundaries without breaking budgets!|
|Noisy No. 9 – Hive Wars Predator!||Vault No. 9 – DC Classics: Mallah & the Brain!|
|I don’t know if Vault & I are doing a Top Toy Company list for 2013, but I’m pretty I’d give my top honors to NECA. They already upped their game by producing vastly improved versions of the the basic Predator & Alien characters, but they took things a step further with some fun, less famous versions like the Blue Hive Wars Predator! I love the movie figures, but I can’t get over the awesome Kenner figs!||With a light brown color and a few new pieces, Matty transformed Grodd’s body into a fantastic Monsieur Mallah, But he wouldn’t be perfect without a newly sculpted Brain to lug around & smooch. Enemies of the Doom Patrol, and just great Silver Age villains, these two were definitely high on my want list. Even though we’re getting bound Doomsday, these two are my last big DC Classics hurrah.|
|Noisy No. 8 – Marvel Legends: Rocket Raccoon!||Vault No. 8 – Transformers Prime: Ripclaw!|
|Marvel Legends rocky return wasn’t the best thing that happened in 2013 (there are still figures I haven’t even seen) and I was skeptical of the Micro-BAF concept, but Hasbro had me with Rocket Raccoon! I bought the full set online just to get the little guy. He looks great on my shelf and getting him as a figure has me that much more exciting for the upcoming film!||Ripclaw was probably one of the more interesting Transformers I got this year. With a menacing head sculpt and armored body, you’d never expect she’s one of the few female bots in the line. Her transformation is simple yet well designed, making her much more thought out than Predacons that just stand up. Aside from her head she’s also got super articulation, making her an all around nice figure.|
|Noisy No. 7 – G.I. Joe FSS: Big Boa!||Vault No. 7 – Nightstorm Predator!|
|I still can’t say if Fun Publications G.I. Joe subscription is something I should keep buying (I sold more than half of the figures, unopened), but some of the figures I kept have been among the best Joes in years. Big Boa was the crown jewel of the first subscription earlier this year! With smart reuse, some great new parts, and the inclusion of unreleased accessories, Big Boa easily makes this list!||Out of all of NECA’s Predators, Nightstorm is my downright favorite. The fact that he was inspired by the old Kenner line really does a lot for me, but it’s not the only thing. This guy is top notch in sculpt, paint, and articulation. He even has a removable mask so you’re not stuck with one look. He’s the perfect update to a favorite childhood line.|
|Noisy No. 6 – MOTU Classics: Ram Man!||Vault No. 6 – MonsterArts: King Kong!|
|If Batros didn’t make the list, what MOTUC would? Here’s a hint: He came out the very first month of 2013 and I don’t think a single subsequent figure topped him. Still not sure? Look left. Ram Man was a terrific all-new sculpt that managed to keep most of the articulation in order despite the bulk. It was a long wait to get Rammy, but I can honestly say Mattel made sure he was worth the wait.||Unfortunately I’ve had to cut back on MonsterArts this year because of budget, but I still love the line. One of my last purchases was King Kong, and he’s a perfect example of how this line can rock a figure. The combination of a great sculpt, three different faces, four sets of hands and super articulation allows for a huge array of monkey posing and pure fun picture taking.|
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