Sculpting - Bigfoot
***1/2; Oscar, Fembot ***; Steve **
These figures are done in an 8" scale, similar to the Mego figures of
the 70's. That means both Steve and Oscar are about 8" tall, but the
Fembot comes in at the slightly shorter height of 7 3/4", while Bigfoot
is a whopping 9" tall.
Bigfoot gets that extra height
in his legs, where they've added some length. It works well, especially
with the padded costume.
No matter how I squint at Steve
Austin, I'm just not seeing Lee Majors. The actor has a very distinct
look, and I'm not picking up on any of it here. This is a nice, generic
head, but they could have thrown it on a Captain Kirk figure and been
about as accurate.
Oscar is much closer to the
original actor, given the basic style of the figures.The shape of the
head, the cut of the hair, even the general expression, all bring to
mind the head of the OSI.
Fembot is decent as well, with a
reasonable amount of detail work in her exposed circuitry. The rooted
hair is thick, and holds its shape nicely.
But the best likeness overall is
with Bigfoot. The character was originally played by a young Andre
the Giant, and they've done a reasonable job with this
portrait, again given the limitations of the retro style.
He also has uniquely sculpted
hands and feet, with rough skin texture and claws. That's another
addition that puts him a head above the rest.
Paint - Bigfoot, Fembot , Steve
The paint work on Steve and Oscar isn't atrocious, but it is very
basic. The lip color on Steve looks a bit too lipsticky, and the eyes
on Oscar are too small and beady. There's also something about the
unpainted skin tone that I'm really not digging.
What boosts Steve up over Oscar
is something you can't see initially. His lower legs and left arm are
cast in clear plastic, with printed circuity patterns on each. This is
a really great nostalgic touch that I hadn't expected.
Fembot does better, due in large
part to the extra detailing and color in her exposed mechanical face.
There's also less skin tone, since most of it's missing.
Finally, there's Bigfoot. He
wins again in this category, due to the variation in the dirty skin,
great looking eyes, and well defined hairline. He would have pulled
another half star here as well, but mine has a stray dark brown spot on
his nose, and the work on the lips could be a smidge better, even at
this low price point.
Articulation - ***
Obviously, the idea with these base figures is to play off the
nostalgia of Mego. That's a workable idea - lots of people love Mego,
and with good reason - but I'm a big believer in taking the best of the
old and combining it with new innovations of today. One of the best
places to accomplish that is with the underlying body.
I'm not a huge fan of this one
though, due largely to the reliance on the band design that was also a
down fall of the old Mego body. These rubber bands run through the
torso, connecting the arms and legs. While the shoulders and hips are
sorta like ball joints in many respects, the bands tend to pull the
limbs out of many poses.
The rest of the arm and leg
articulation is a big step up, however. The pin elbows, knees, wrists
and ankles all are tight and well built, certainly capable of holding
up to real play. The torso and waist joints work well too, and this
figure can take better poses than the Mego of old.
The one other joint that could
really use an upgrade is the neck - it's still a cut joint. However,
I'm going to cut them some slack here, because the base price on these
figures is low enough to compensate for a minor short coming or two.
Accessories - Oscar, Steve,
Bigfoot **1/2; Fembot Bupkis
This is one area where this series is lacking.
The Fembot doesn't have any
extras, but Oscar Goldman does come with his trademark briefcase. A
middle aged dude in a bad suit with a brown briefcase might not look
all that exciting but...well, he wasn't all that exciting on the show,
Both Steve and Bigfoot come with
a key chain fob that plays various lines and sound effects from the
show. They are a different color from one another, and work fairly well
with the included batteries.
Outfit - Steve, Bigfoot, Fembot
***; Oscar **
Let's get this out of the way right up front - Oscar's suit is awful.
The tie is way oversized, the jacket and pants fit horribly, and even
the collar is a ridiculous size. These things didn't have to be - for
proof, just compare the collar on Steve's track suit to the collar on
Oscar's shirt. I get their desire to stay true to the original style, but
upgrades in some areas are necessary, and Oscar's suit was one of them.
The other three fair much better
here. Steve has his classic red track suit, and rather than try to give
the jacket a zipper, they used white paint to give the impression one
is there. It works perfectly, and at this price point, makes excellent
His shoes look great too, and
the fit is better than I had expected overall. The material is a decent
quality too, and I'm glad they went with this rather iconic look.
The Fembot has her basic dress,
which fits well for the style. The belt is a little long, but you can
get it to work, and while the scarf is a bit oversized, it's not as
crazy as Oscar's tie.
Finally, there's Bigfoot.
Remember, this was a big dude in a hairy suit, which is actually what
the toy is. They've got extra padding in the torso to give him some
bulk, and it looks quite good. In other words, it looks very much like
he did on screen, which was pretty goofy.
Fun Factor - ***
These aren't high end collectibles - they're retro toys. They can be
played with just like any toy off the shelf in 1975, and the quality of
the articulation makes them a better action figure than the original.
Value - ***
You can pick up Steve and Bigfoot for less than $20 each - how many
action figures are there in that price range these days, let alone in
this scale. A MOTUC figure, designed for a nostalgic collector's market
as well, will run you close to $30.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.
Overall - Bigfoot,
Fembot ***; Steve **1/2; Oscar **
This retro style of action figure works best when used with retro
licenses. When you try to apply it to modern characters, it's always
going to seem out of sync. But with a license like the Six Million Dollar Man,
it's an excellent fit.
Out of these four, Bigfoot is
easily my favorite, so much so that I wish I had a sixth scale version
to go with my Sideshow Twilight Zone and Outer Limits figures. If not
for the minor paint issues with mine, he probably would have pulled
another half star overall. Yea, he's goofy and silly looking, but
that's exactly what he's supposed to look like, and they melded the
style of the show with the Mego style perfectly.
Unfortunately for Oscar, they
went completely retro with the quality of the suit and tie, and it's
just not swinging it for me. A slightly smaller tie, a slightly better
fit on the suit, and whammo, he's a much better figure.
Steve Austin has a nice track
suit, and I love the clear plastic pieces with the printed circuitry.
But the portrait is way off - the original Steve Austin action figure
back in the day had a much better likeness.
Fembot doesn't have that
problem, and the creepy pre-Terminator face really sells her. While I'm
not thrilled with Oscar, I will say that Fembot makes it worth picking up the
pair, just so you can have her in the display.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Bigfoot ***1/2; Oscar, Fembot ***; Steve **
Paint - Bigfoot, Fembot ***; Oscar, Steve **1/2
Articulation - ***
Accessories - Oscar, Steve, Bigfoot **1/2; Fembot Bupkis
Outfit - Steve, Bigfoot, Fembot ***; Oscar **
Fun Factor - ***
Value - ***
Overall - Bigfoot, Fembot ***; Steve **1/2; Oscar **
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