Day 5 of our “Favorites of 2013″ Roundtable event has Zedric and Jason listing their favorite toys/collectibles of the year.
We may all be on our holiday break, but thanks to the power of the WordPress publishing scheduler, we have traveled through space and time to bring you our lists of our favorite things of 2013.
The schedule of our list postings is as follows:
- Dec. 25: Favorite Comics Series of 2013
- Dec. 26: Favorite Comics Writers of 2013
- Dec. 27: Favorite Comics Artists of 2013
- Dec. 28: Favorite Comics-based Internet/TV Series of 2013
- Dec. 29: Favorite Toys/Collectibles of 2013 (today’s article)
- Dec. 30: Favorites of 2013—The Best of the Rest (Jason’s selections for favorite comics-based movie and comics-based video game, as well as Zedric’s choices for favorite graphic novel/one-shot, favorite reprint collection, favorite art book, and favorite translated comic)
Here are our criteria for the category of “favorite toys/collectibles of 2013″:
- Item must have made its retail debut between Dec. 19, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2013 (either in brick-and-mortar stores or online—no “stolen from factory and sold on eBay before it hit retail” items please!).
- Qualifying items include action figures/dolls, model vehicles and playsets, role-play items (i.e., toy weapons, prop replicas, licensed costumes), statues, figurines, plush toys, electronic toys (excluding portable and home video game consoles and video games), collectible cards, and collectible posters.
- Black Bart and Blackbeard (Assassin’s Creed IV, McFarlane Toys): I picked up these two figures as holiday gifts for a relative who’s really into Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag game (I haven’t played any of the Assassin’s Creed games myself). It’s been over a decade since I really paid attention to what McFarlane Toys has been doing, so I don’t know if these represent the kind of work the company is consistently capable of now, but I’m real impressed with the sculpting on these two figures. Even if it turns out that these were made using the files from the game, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the figures look very, very good for the scale (offhand, it’s something like 1:15). Articulation could be better, but it’s sufficient for simple, looking-cool-on-the-video-games-shelf standing poses. They also come with some bonus in-game content for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag players.
- Data-Viper (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hasbro): I like the classic G.I. Joe characters as much as the next guy, but at this point, after multiple 25th Anniversary and 30th Anniversary-inspired rehashes and “reimaginings” of decades-old designs, I’m ready to see something new from the guys at Pawtucket (and I’m not talking about the movie costume-inspired figures). The Data-Viper delivers that. It isn’t just a “guy with a gun” toy soldier—the inclusion of a drone and the design’s remote warfare conceit make it a distinctly 21st century addition to the toyline.
This one is a tie between the Transformers: Generations Trailcutter (Hasbro) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Ultimate” Cobra Commander (Hasbro). They’re both great toys and near perfect representations of their characters. G.I. Joe: Retaliation Kwinn (Hasbro) gets an honorable mention for nostalgia’s sake.