KISS 8 inch Retro Action Figure Dolls Series One - set of 4
- Each 8 inch figure comes with a commemorative "Love Gun" mini 2 X 2 inch album cover!
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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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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!
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.
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.