There’s one question I get asked a lot. It’s “when are you updating your checklists?” But, the second question is often “why don’t you review your Hot Toys?” The answer is that it’s complicated. They’re often long, involved photo shoots compared to the ones for little guys. And I don’t feel like I always take good enough pictures to do them justice. And then there’s the clothes… it’s tough sometimes to worry about every point of articulation on some of these figures, but clothes. That introduces folds, and seams, and fit. Drives me crazy. But I keep buyin’ ‘em, so I need to keep revewin’ ‘em too.
I thought I’d try and get back in the groove with ol’ Marty McFly here. I love Back to the Future rather obsessively. If it’s on I have to watch it. If the trilogy is on… well, what else do I have to do that day? I hear a hint of the music and its Huey Lewis the rest of the new day. And that’s not to mention the melody of the theme song. I’ll be replaying that in my head all day while you’re reading this. All day.
And the toys… all the wonderful toys… well, there’s not really hardly any actually. Somehow it escaped the action figure treatment of the 80s and 90s. A Kenner line would’ve rocked, but there was virtually nothing. I vaguely recall a knock-off Micro Machine? In recent years, nostalgia-driven business models have produced a slew of DeLoreans, some Minimates, and more recently, LEGOs. ReAction has got in on the game with our first figures, but we’re still waiting on a great 6-7” figure to go with our similarly sized collections. Oh, but yeah, there’s a Hot Toy!
I went back and forth over buying this one. While it is the best non-die cast toy we’ve ever gotten from one of the greatest films ever made, I’m kinda used to not having toys of it, if that makes sense. And this was an investment – not in terms of later value, but in line commitment. I’ll need a Doc. And the car… I’m afraid of that Hot Toys DeLorean. I’m afraid of how much it costs. How much space it will take up. Where my wife is going to take my son when they leave after UPS drops it off. There was a lot of bundled in with this Marty McFly. I thought it could be best to avoid it, but then the Sideshow EX version with exclusive guitar went waitlist super quick. I don’t need a 1:6 guitar really.
I put my name on the waitlist immediately.
Now that it’s here, I feel that same conflict anew. I do love it. There are some flaws that I’ll cover, admit plenty of highlights, but it’s weird. So many of my prior HT purchases have been super-heroes in… super-suits. So, this one in regular clothes, well, 80s clothes, and it’s a little weird. I’ve got to futz with jeans and a tucked in-shirt. Does the down vest sit just right? It’s kinda like I’m finally a sixth scale collector. Ew!
But I’m getting used to it. Hot Toys tends to knock it out of the park and Marty isn’t an exception. The focal point is usually on the head sculpt and they nailed this one. It’s so good that it almost comes back around to take away from the picture. The sculpt captures what is probably Marty’s typical expression – that he’s not quite sure this is really happening. The squint could be a little tighter, but it’s the gist. It looks fantastic. The only downside is that it doesn’t work with the guitar. Or skateboarding. Or listening to music. It works for staring at the watch. It works for the camcorder, but it is just so spot on as to be limiting. Now, I’m not advocating blank expressions – those are the worst, but I could really use a few multiple heads on some of these figures. My wallet disagrees, but my shelves are willing. Michael J. Fox’s little half smile, the stern face when you’ve called him a coward, or even just the full on shock face would all be pretty neat to have. Granted, I don’t have a million dollars. I probably shouldn’t have bought this.
The body is where I get a little lost talking about Hot Toys. I don’t undress (it’s uh, totally cool if you do though, okay?) so I don’t really know the differences – what buck should’ve been used or what’s new, blah blah blah. Marty is appropriately shorter than the average Hot Toy, clocking in at 11”. That seems just about perfect and I’d guess he probably shares some parts with Robin among others. All the articulation works great and posing him is pretty much a breeze. I’m still working on the shoulders, there are some tight ratchets there, but he can pull the glasses off his head or the earphones down. He’s a doll and the poseability is there if you want it. Some of the articulation, like the wrists or the elbows if you lose the jacket, throws off the aesthetic. But that’s really a testament to how great everything else looks. Continue to Page 2…