Toy­mak­ers bring out ac­tion fig­ure hol­i­day heaven

The Washington Times Daily - - LIFE - Sec­ond of two parts BY JOE SZADKOWSKI

Here’s a se­lec­tion of top gift ideas for ac­tion-fig­ure fans in the fam­ily.

Moana, Starlight Ca­noe & Friends (Has­bro, $49.99, 3 AAA bat­ter­ies re­quired, for ages 3 and older). Girls em­pow­ered by the ex­ploits of a Poly­ne­sian teenager on a jour­ney to save her vil­lage in Dis­ney’s new an­i­mated film “Moana” will love the 10-inch ar­tic­u­lated doll with plenty of ac­ces­sories to cre­ate their own ad­ven­tures on the high seas.

With its seven points of ar­tic­u­la­tion, the Moana fig­ure comes adorned with long black hair, neck­lace, plas­tic top and cloth skirt.

She can hang out in a 19-inch-long out­rig­ger ca­noe with a cloth sail, pad­dle and wheels to move around a floor (do not place in wa­ter). With the press of a but­ton on the bow and the flip of a flower on the front of the craft, the ca­noe can project a star field on the wall or ground in front of it.

Moana is ac­com­pa­nied by a 3-inch-tall, hard-plas­tic ver­sion of her pet rooster Hei­hei and loyal pig Pua.

Over­all, a well-made toy set with plenty of role-play­ing po­ten­tial for chil­dren.

Quit­tin’ Time Ray (Di­a­mond Se­lect Toys, $24.99, for ages 4 and older). The 1984 “Ghost­busters” uni­verse lives on through a col­lec­tion of highly de­tailed ac­tion fig­ures sculpted by Gen­tle Gi­ant Stu­dios and loaded with ac­ces­sories.

This ver­sion of ex­hausted para­nor­mal re­searcher Dr. Ray­mond Stantz (played by Dan Aykroyd in the movie) fea­tures 16 points of ar­tic­u­la­tion and comes dressed in an au­then­ti­cally de­tailed, Ghost­buster haz­mat suit com­plete with ghost logo, el­bow pads and util­ity belt.

Al­though the head sculpt looks a bit more like a car­toon ver­sion of Mr. Aykroyd rather than his real fa­cial fea­tures, the ac­ces­sories over­whelm.

They in­clude five pairs of hands (two sets gloved and all in var­i­ous grasp­ing po­si­tions, but none hold­ing a cig­a­rette), a lu­di­crously de­tailed pro­ton pack teth­ered to the neu­trino wand, a wire gizmo on the belt, re­mov­able Ecto-Gog­gles, a walkie-talkie and even a blue-and-orange par­ti­cle stream to at­tach to the wand.

Own­ers would be wise to treat the fig­ure del­i­cately. The amount of wires at­tached to the pro­ton pack and the pro­ton stream could eas­ily break if not care­fully han­dled.

The pack­age in­cludes a build­ing col­umn and gar­goyle that will come in handy for hard-core fans.

Di­a­mond even­tu­ally will re­lease a to­tal of 15 fig­ures, each con­tain­ing pieces of a build­able, mas­sive rooftop dio­rama (recre­ated from the orig­i­nal film) to dis­play the large col­lec­tion.

Other fig­ures avail­able in the ac­tion fig­ure line range from Peter Venkman to Egon Spen­gler, Dana Barrett and Louis Tul­ley.

Tur­tle Tac­ti­cal Truck (Play­mates, $34.99, for ages 4 and older). The three-decade old, pop cul­ture force of the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles con­tin­ues to en­amor young fans through movies, car­toons, books and, of course, ac­tion fig­ures.

This 14-inch-long mul­ti­func­tional re­cre­ation of the “ninja-fied” garbage truck seen in the lat­est film, “Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles: Out of the Shad­ows,” will not dis­ap­point, as it fea­tures plenty of ac­ces­sories and bat­tle ac­tion to take on the evil Shred­der and his min­ions.

The ve­hi­cle boasts three kinds of on­board weapons, in­clud­ing a cap­ture net shot by a launcher on the roof; four coin-shaped ninja stars loaded and shot from the front grille (us­ing a but­ton on the side); and a pair of gi­ant nunchuks that un­fold, hang on ei­ther side of the ve­hi­cle and spin as the wheels roll.

It in­cludes a work­ing fork­lift and of­fers plenty of space to fit all on the tur­tles. The front of the truck even drops open to load two of the heroes in the driver’s area.

Un­for­tu­nately, no Ninja Tur­tles are in­cluded, so gift-givers will need to pur­chase some 5-inch-tall ver­sions of heroes such as Leonardo and Donatello or bad guys Rock­steady and Be­bop ($8.99 each) for young fans to make use of the truck in ac­tion.

Par­ents should note that 22 stick­ers will need to be ap­plied to the truck, and may re­quire a sur­geon’s touch to be prop­erly in­stalled.

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