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KISS 8 inch Retro Action Figure Dolls Series One - set of 4

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  • Each 8 inch figure comes with a commemorative "Love Gun" mini 2 X 2 inch album cover!

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Product Dimensions30.5 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
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ASINB0078UW4W2
Best Sellers Rank 398,420 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
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Date First Available2 Dec. 2012
  
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These figures are highly detailed and feature 16 points of articulation. Their face paint and stage outfit's were derived from KISS's "Love Gun" album that was released on June 17th, 1977. Based on the original 12 inch Mego figures, each 8 inch figure comes with a commemorative "Love Gun" mini 2 X 2 inch album cover! These should have been released by the Mego Toy Company back in 1978, so here they are finally!!! Clamshell packaging allows you to open the packaging to see the figure. Each 8 inch figure comes with a commemorative "Love Gun" mini 2 X 2 inch album cover!


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These dolls look very cheaply made once they are outside of the packaging my suggestion is not to remove them from the very large shell cases another downside as it takes a great deal of room to display all four. Lots of cheap plastic used on the figures to make up the boots, arm bands and belts etc. Gene's top is terribly poor it looks nothing like the original unless you pull it back and the only way I can think of is that you would have to pin it in place from behind to give it the desired effect and realistic look. I cant believe that some places are selling the set of four for £115.00 so great value compared to other sites but overall a lot of improvements need to be done on these action figures and the outer shell packaging needs to be made much smaller. I was going to but the Dressed To Kill figures as soon as I got these as my original dolls are in rough shape but until I hear of improvements being made then I will just stick with these.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e8685a0) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfe2084) out of 5 stars You wanted the best, you got a little less... 14 Jun. 2012
By Collector 4 Life - Published on Amazon.com
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When Figure Inc (better known as Classic TV Toys) announced their affiliation with the KISS license, I was excited but wary. CTVT had developed a well earned reputation for putting out poor quality figures for many years. Enough so that they wisely redirected their focus from the fragile eight inch figures to more of an accessory based store for that scale. Smart move. But with this announcement, the promise was made to have a better designed body that no longer carried the flaws of easily breakable limbs, wrists, hands, and ankles, as was the standard quality of their previous bodies. KISS figures would reside on new and improved bodies. And they did deliver on the promise of new bodies. And stylistically, these new bodies are an improvement in just about every way. Unfortunately the 'right way' did not find it's path through the manufacturing process.

With any figure, especially a KISS figure, the idea of posing each character is going to be a requirement. Unfortunately when Figures Inc. took away the flaws of poorly manufactured body parts, they replaced those flaws with all new ones. Namely, the figures can barely stand! Yes... The factory have strung these figures so tight, the legs draw up so you have a difficult time standing them straight. Forget about any other poses, because the legs will pull inward. If you want to portray them having a coffee break, these figures are for you.

The paint jobs are also a mixed bag. While the designs are done reasonably well, the white paint is besieged with touch ups that are obvious to see. Apparently the factory could not afford to spray an even coat of white paint without the requirement of someone coming from behind to touch up with a paint brush. Another example of poor quality at the manufacturing level.

Hair plugs. When Mego released their KISS figures, each character had hair styled and plugged according to the character's likeness. These figures have a very LOOSE interpretation of that idea. Paul Stanley has spiked hair in the front from having his plugs cut too short and neither his hair or the hair of Simmons is properly curled or styled. Essentially you have Barbie doll style hair on each member. Not at all like the images advertised.

Outfits - My Ace Frehley figure had his outfit fitted so tight, I had to rearrange his outfit countless times before I could get the snap on the back to stay connected. If I moved his arms up, the snap wouldn't hold. On Simmons the chains were not attached correctly to hang across his chest. They literally hung down below the chest line missing the point of why they are suppose to be there to begin with. Mego did not have this problem back in 1978.

The backer cards, while very nicely designed, dwarf the figure. A point further underscored by the protective containers they are sealed in. Great idea, but poorly executed to scale. One additional point: Unlike Mego, this version does not come with instrument graphics you could scan and cut out to pose with your figure. Another oversight.

So while this concept looked good on the outset,(and I believe the company had it's best intentions of making a quality product). Ultimately I have four figures that are not able to pose properly that will need different bodies. So the results remain the same. I thought long and hard about this review too. But if your paying over $20.00 for a Mego-scaled figure, there needs to be a basic expectation. And not just what the company had HOPED to get produce, but what ACTUALLY got produced. I have four figures that do not stand well, have ill fitting outfits, and poor paint jobs. That is below the standard expectation of what you should get for this line. Wisely they kept the eight inch figures priced reasonably well. I don't share that opinion for the 12 inch versions, which are wildly over priced and likely have their own production issues. I doubt there will be more 8 inch varieties. However the company is making more 12 inch versions. Hopefully the company will address these production issues to keep customers coming back. I'm sure that license wasn't cheap!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e5e33e4) out of 5 stars Finally, an 8 inch Mego Kiss doll! 12 July 2012
By Gasmask Emperor - Published on Amazon.com
There have been countless KISS action figures/dolls released since 1977, but the best ones were always the original Mego 12 inch dolls. Figures Toy company took the bull by the horns and reissued these dolls, some 30 plus years later. In addition to the original 12 inch size, they've released the 8 inch line we've all been wishing for all these years. The 8 inch figures are just like the the 12 inch figures, only shrunken. I was highly suspect of how these figures would look (the promotional images are terrible and are poor representations of how good these figures actually look). The paint is mostly sharp and clean, however there are a few flaws in a few details but nothing too terrible. Despite the occasional flaw, I'm very impressed with the paint job. The costumes look perfect. In some cases, the materials have changed slightly, but the new materials (when used) seem to be more durable than the original. It has been a dream of mine to open up a set of KISS dolls, and it's finally come true and I'm pleased as hell.

I do have a couple problems with this line.

1. TWISTED BODIES
As you'll read every time you see a discussion about these figures, the bodies have a pronounced twist to them. This is the result of poor winding and an inferior (and unnecessarily complicated) method of stringing the figure together. The Mego Museum site has some nice tutorials on how to simply, cheaply and quickly restring your figures. They'll be standing up straight in no time!
This is a simple fix to a simple problem, which makes me wonder why Figures Toy Company would even allow this to happen at all. At a price of 25 bucks, these guys shouldn't need to be repaired straight out of the box. This is an amateurish problem and needs to be fixed immediately.

2. POOR PACKAGE DESIGN / WORTHLESS EXTRAS / NO GUITARS?!?!?!!
The backing card is an updated version of the classic Mego packaging for their super hero figures. Sadly, it looks bland and generic. The original KISS Mego box was sweet. Why not at least reference the original box and use an image from that photo shoot? While I understand the continuity with the rest of the retro figure lines, KISS figures always stood apart from the rest. The packaging is rather large, but essentially worthless. The original box had cut out guitars and drums, I'd love to see something like that included here. Also, I would consider including a simple, color fold-out diorama like environment the figure could stand in front of. This could be in the form of the Love Gun pillars, or perhaps part of the Alive 2 stage set? It just seems that the lack of creativity with the package is a wasted opportunity to do something unique and memorable.
A 'collectable album cover' is included. This is simply a color copy of the Love Gun cover (front and back). What the hell am I suppose to do with this thing? Cut the crap guys, give us some cut-out guitars!

3. Peter and Paul's hands will become stained if they touch the black material that their arm bands are made of. There is a weird reaction between the rubbery hands and the stretchy fabric. The feet have turned very black and blotchy, but the super cool boots cover them, so it's no problem. Peter's hands look pretty dirty, I might have to paint his black gloves on his hands.

OVERALL:
The KISS 8 inch figures look way better than I expected. They're made of high quality parts and accurately capture the original Mego dolls. The twisted bodies are a bummer, but easily fixed. The packaging design is lifeless, but at least I won't feel guilty for throwing it away. The figures themselves are incredible. I'm very happy that these guys are keeping me company in the studio.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e4eeb4c) out of 5 stars AWESOME RETRO LOVE GUN FIGURES 27 April 2013
By R. C. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I was real excited that these 8inch retro figures got released,I have all 4 of the originals from the 70's.I'm a happy customer with these and i love the packaging.I've read the other reviews about some flaws here and there but i guess i'll never know what they do or don't do because i'll never be breaking the seal,so looking at them through the package i'm 100% satisfy.Looking forward to many more releases.
By Marney - Published on Amazon.com
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These dolls come indivually boxed. They are not in one box as a group. May appeal to retro doll collectors. Kids may be drawn to the looks of the costumes. Their stage name is listed on the box above the doll. Not their real name.
By Dream Catcher - Published on Amazon.com
Was very happy my husband is not only a Yankee fan but a major KISS fan for yrs.. Has wanted the figures for yrs but they were always outrageously pricey....so when I finally saw these I knew he had to have them for Xmas...!
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