Toymakers bring out action figure holiday heaven
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.