The People's Pick for Best/Worst of
Yep, I changed the name. Too many
people seemed confused. What can I say.
I've tallied the votes, but no accountants
were involved. There's no envelopes either. Just a lot of votes
- almost 1000 this year once I cleaned up the duplicates and blank emails -
so it took a little longer, even with a relatively smooth system.
As I go through each category, I'll include
links to various pictures and reviews. Also, I'll include some
comparisons with my picks for this year and
your picks from last year, to give some
context to the whole shebang. Remember, I didn't post my picks until
the voting had been closed, so I didn't influence your opinions by making
And if you're impatient, or just want to see
the winners in one clear table, jump to the end of the article where I have
them all wrapped up.
The Best Overall Company
There were 30 choices this year in the company list, not counting write
ins. Of the 30 choices, 25 of them got at least one vote. The
top three combined for 60% of the votes however, so there was little doubt
as to who the favorites were.
Palisades on top, followed by Mcfarlane and Sideshow. I was pretty
close to the sentiments of the masses. Third place went to Mcfarlane,
with 14% of the vote. Second place was not on my list - Toybiz.
I can certainly understand it though with both the Lord of the Rings and
Marvel Legends lines being so popular. They had 20% of the vote.
And first place was Palisades with 26% of the vote!
are also the same three companies you picked last year, although not in the
Best Overall Line
This year there were a whopping 52 lines to choose from, not including write
ins. Of the 52 choices, 46 got votes. When that happens, the
voting tends to get very spread out, with a clear winner tough to
find. But that's not the case here.
Best Company and Best Line tend to be like the Best Picture/Best Director
awards - they almost always go hand in hand. For me, the top three
were Muppets in first, with the Original Star Trek and Movie Maniacs 6
taking up the next two spots. Readers only matched me on one of these
You picked two clear top
winners, but number three was closer to the pack. Your third place
winner was Masters of the Universe, but the percentage was only five.
They barely edged out quite a few other lines to make third place.
second place went to Marvel Legends, with a commanding 22% of the
vote. There's no doubt about the popularity of these figures!
Since Toybiz took second as Best Company, this wasn't surprising.
with Palisades taking best company, it should be no surprise that the
Muppets line took first place with 25% of the votes.
of these lines were your favorites last year - Muppets and Marvel
Legends. But World of Springfield was in there too, and their drop off
the map is indicative of the lackluster performance of the line overall this
Clearly, we have lots of Muppets,
Mcfarlane and Toybiz fans voting - how will that effect the other
Best Male Figure
I took a lot of flack for my picks this year. I chose Zipline Batman
as number one, and everyone seemed to have something to say about that, so I
was quite surprised by the voting results. I also picked Koozebane
Kermit and Pinhead, in that order.
had 48 choices in this category, and of those, 44 recieved at least one
vote. Remember when I said that often meant the voting was widely
spread? I was right this time. The amount of diversity in what
people liked was pretty amazing, especially since they had made it so clear
which lines and companies they liked. It wasn't a one to one match
with their picks in this category.
want to include two honorable mentions in this category, since the voting
was so close. Both Stephen Hawking from the Simpsons line, and the
10th Anniversary Spawn had 5% of the votes, tying for fourth place. I
was surprised by Hawkings reception, since the line overall was being
Third place went to the DC
Direct Modern Age Supes. When he came out, people talked about how
terrific he was, so it's not surprising they remembered. He garnered
slightly more than 5%, just edging out Hawking and Spawn.
place went to my favorite, Zipline Batman, with 8% of the vote. Neener
- told you so! Okay, I'll stop now.
first place, getting almost 10% of the vote, was Colossus. Congrats to
the big guy!
I thought it was
interesting that although there were plenty of Mcfarlane and Palisades fans
voting, neither company had a male figure in the top three.
Best Female Figure
There are always fewer females to choose from, and the best and worst female
categories this year proved to have the oddest results. There were 20
figures to pick from, and everyone of them got 3 or more votes.
selected Aurora, Eowyn and Princess Kashimir this year, in that order.
You couldn't have disagreed more. In third place, with about 9% of the
vote, was the ultra sexy Princess Leia
Unleashed. Second place was a
tie slightly more than 10% each - Dorothy from Oz and Lara
There's two figures who couldn't have less in common! And when we get
to worst females, we're going to see Dorothy again...
the top prize goes to Evil-Lyn from the Masters of the Universe.
While the line and male figures didn't do as well, the fans really did love
Once again, there were 30 companies to choose from. Of those 30, 24
got at least a vote. But don't be fooled by that - the winner in this
category had a major landslide.
choices this year were Sideshow in third, SOTA in second, and Toybiz in
first. Your choices last year were Sideshow, Palisades and Toybiz.
How'd that change?
Well, third place
was once again Sideshow, with 7% of the vote. Considering you put them
in that spot last year, and I put them in that spot as well this year, it's
Second place went to
Palisades again this year, with 12% of the vote. Looks like things
haven't changed much in 12 months!
to cap it off, once again Toybiz wins in a huge landslide. Last year
they had 43% of the vote, and if you can believe it, that even went up to a
whopping 47% of the votes! Obviously the Marvel Legends line is
putting them at the top of this category for the second year in a row.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Last year, you
picked Mcfarlane, Palisades and Sideshow in this category. This year,
I mixed it up slightly by adding NECA in with Sideshow and Mcfarlane.
Ah, but you voters are just so predictable some times...
bet you can't guess - Sideshow took third (6%),
Palisades took second (24%),
and Mcfarlane blew them all away with 35%. Even though 28 of the 30
companies got at least a vote, the top three took in 65% of the overall.
You had 30 companies to choose from, and it was a tough choice - 26 received
votes. I picked Majestic, Sideshow and Mezco, giving them their due
for some great work this year. But the voters weren't quite as open to
Last year, the voters picked
Sideshow, Palisades and Mcfarlane, in the exact same order as the previous
category. Maybe by this time the voters are just tired - again this
year they picked the same three companies, although they decided to mix up
the order a bit.
This time, Palisades
was in third (12.5%), but just two votes behind Sideshow (13%). And
the winner was Mcfarlane, with 23%. Hmmmm, maybe folks like those
clamshells a whole lot more than they admit?
Best vehicle/play set
I figured this was one category where we'd see a complete blow out. I
mean, come on - the Chinese renamed 2003 the Year of the Kitchen. But
there was a little surprse.
15 choices. Amazingly, 14 of them got votes. I picked the
Kitchen as my winner of course, followed up by the Treehouse of Horror 4 and
the Alien Queen set.
The voters picked
the Alien Queen in third as well, with just under 13% of the votes.
The Sentinal, another winner for Mcfarlane this year, came in second, with
just two more votes than the good Queen. And the winner was the
Swedish Chef's Kitchen of course, with 35% of the votes. The
surprise? That this wasn't an even bigger blow out!
Best New Idea
When it came to new ideas this year, it looks like the voters were thinking
small. My choices were the increased articulation that we got from
Playing Mantis, the cool AOME figures and sets, and the use of rotocast once
The voters selected AOME as well, in third
with 17% of the votes. They put rotocast in second with 20%, and gave
the first place medal to minimates with 29%. With two of the three
winners in the tiny scale, it's clear that overall folks liked that move.
Even though the voters were clearly happiest
with Mcfarlane, Palisades, Sideshow and Toybiz this year, that didn't mean
other companies were left out in the cold completely. Hasbro, Mattel,
Play Along, Art Asylum and even DC Direct managed to grab a few props.
Worst Overall Company
The same 30 companies were available to choose from as in the 'best'
category. Out of those 30, everyone of them managed to get at least
one vote! Yes, even Mcfarlane, Palisades and Toybiz...
This year I picked Mattel as the worst
company, with Toycom and Jakk's following up. Last year, voters picked
N2, Hasbro and Jakk's, in that order. This year there was a slight
Third place went to Jakk's with
11% of the vote. Without RealScan, I think they'd be completely
lost. Second place went to Hasbro with 12%. Okay, so second and
third place didn't change from last year.
Mattel took the top spot this year with 18%. Clearly the fans are
pretty fed up with how they've handled both the MOTU and Batman lines, and I
couldn't agree more.
I thought there weren't that many to choose from this year, but I was
wrong. I picked Clerks in third, Witchblade in second, and Alias
first. The voters had their own opinions, quite a bit different than
mine. And there was no big winner here - the voting was very spread
across the board.
Third place went to
the Twisted Land of Oz with 8% of the votes. Even with Dorothy winning
Best Female, the line wasn't as popular. Second place goes to
Underworld (9%). Lots of folks found the figures lacking, especially
those who were a big fan of the film.
first place, with only 11% of the votes, was the truly awful Indiana Jones
line from Disney. Ugh. I suspect this won't be the only time the
line gets a worst award.
Worst Male Figure
I have to admit, I stacked the deck in this category. There was a
clear loser, er, winner, that I had in the list, and I knew most folks were
going to hate him. My picks included the Fly Fishing Spider-man,
Database, and the 12" Marvel Studios Blade.
The voters gave the Movie Hulk 11% of the
vote. Technically, that could be just about any Hulk from that fairly
unsuccessful line. They also gave 13% of their votes to the Indy
figure from the previously mentioned Indiana Jones line. I suppose
that's no big surprise.
And the first
place winner is no surprise either - Fly Fishing Spider-man. It still
amazes me that anyone ever came up with this idea.
This is the weirdest outcome of all the categories this year - I can't quite
explain it. I gave gold to the awful Marion Ravenwood from the Indy
line, with the Mom from Xmas Story and Miss Hoover as runners up.
Voters put that poor Mom in third place with
14% of the vote. She was just too cartoony to even go with the rest of
the series. They put my number one choice, Marion, in second place
with 15% of the votes. I wasn't surprised by that at all.
thought Sydney from the Alias line would get the big award. She was in
fourth though, with only 13% of the votes, just behind Xmas Story Mom.
Instead, the second place winner of the Best Female Figure of the year ALSO
won Worst Female Figure of the Year - Dorothy. Clearly you either
loved this figure or you hated it - or maybe both!
Hmm - with Toybiz such a clear winner in the best of, was there a clear
winner here? Oh yea. I picked Dusty Trails in first place, with
Graphitti and DC Direct following closely behind. The readers had
quite a different perspective.
place, with 7% of the vote, went to Hasbro. While I think that's a
little unfair - Star Wars figures have improved their articulation - I'm not
too surprised. Second place went to the other big boy, Mattel, with 8%
of the vote. WIth all the other choices, that's one that does surprise
me. Sure, Mattel isn't perfect, but the articulation isn't
First place doesn't
surprise me too much - it's Mcfarlane with 35% of the vote. Now
remember, these are the same voters that gave them awards under Best Overall
Company, Best Sculpting, Best Packaging, and others, so they aren't biased
against the company as a whole.
Here's a category no one wants to win. Considering how important
sculpting has gotten in the industry, everyone is trying their best.
Or they should be.
I picked Jakk's as my winner, with Toycom and
21st Century following their lead. The voters had three clear
favorites, but there was very little separating them.
place went to Disney with 11%. The Indy line was well known across the
collecting community for it's awful sculpting. Second place went to
Hasbro, with 13%. That surprised me a little, since the sculpts have
also improved on the 3 3/4" Star Wars line (I will do them a favor and
not mention the 12" line). But you agreed with me on the winner,
giving Jakk's 15% of the votes to take home the big prize.
Does packaging matter? It does to the companies, and it does to you
whether you realize it or not. It's not just about content, but about
presentation. Great packaging catches your eye, and suckers you
in. Think you only care about sculpt? How can you appreciate the
sculpt if the package design doesn't show it off? It matters more than
My winners, or losers, in this category were
Toybiz, NECA and Mattel. I got a lot of comments from people about my
Toybiz choice, and the voters certainly didn't agree with me.
picked Jakk's as third, with 8% of the vote. I can't really argue with
that I suppose, as they do tend to have extremely boring packages.
They put NECA in second with 9%, and Hasbro in first with 11%. The
rest of the votes were spread out over the other 27 companies, and just
about everyone had their fair share of votes.
The voters had little trouble picking their favorites in this category.
One was a big surprise to me though, since I thought it was one of the
better sets this year.
was the Matrix Chateau set from Mcfarlane. It got 11% of the vote, a
fairly decent size of the votes, and I hadn't expected to see it get hit so
hard. The second place winner made much more sense to me, the Prozone
baseball diamonds from Playmates. At 22% of the vote, it was a solid
You were in complete
agreement with me on the first place winner. You gave the latest
Batcave from Mattel 29% of the votes, and considering how many times we've
seen this same Batcave over and over, I'm not in the least bit
surprised. You'd think Mattel could go one step better than Hasbro,
but alas, it's not yet come to pass.
You were pretty unanimous in your choices as the worst ideas. Third
place went to those damn 'exclusive' lunch boxes from Toy Fair. You
know what I'm talking about - they package a left over Muppet inside a
lunchbox, number it from 1 to 99, and viola - instant collectible!
Ugh. You know what's the worst part? I bought them.
place went to ever increasing number of convention exclusives. This
idea got 28% of the votes, and it's clearly a topic on everyone's
mind. I bet we see another record year of exclusives at Wizard World
shows and SDCC.
The number one pick is
the perennial favorite - increasing prices. Everyone hates them, and
we still pay them. I already predicted
that this will get worse, so I won't be surprised next year when this one
gets even more than the 32% it did this time.
Here's a quick cheat sheet for those trying to keep score:
||Swedish Chef's Kitchen
||Twisted Land of Oz
||Fly Fishing Spidey
||Mom from Xmas Story
|Most Looking Forward
Thanks to everyone that voted this year! The prize
packs have been mailed out, but don't worry if you didn't win. I'm
going to do my best to have more giveaways this year, so you'll have another
chance. Thanks for reading!