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My top 10 Action Figure lines of 2008!

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It's that time of year. When it's, well, almost over and I love making end of the year lists. To begin, I decided to make a list of 2008's best action figure series. This was a rather difficult list because to be quite honest, this has been a spectacular year for action figures. Yes, do to the economy, prices starting to sky rocket with retail prices but no matter because toy companies released some of the best series' in years. So, here are my favorites and hopefully 2009 will be even better!


10. Hellboy 2 - Mezco toys accompanies the visually stunning Hellboy 2 movie with both 7" scaled action figures and 3 3/4" figures. Both are spectacular and I hope Mezco continues to look at the 3 3/4" scale for future lines as they tackled it beautifully with great articulation, sculpts and paint application. The 3 3/4" figures were the right price. However, the 7" figures were a little on the pricey side.


9. Narnia: Prince Caspian - This expansive series of 3 3/4" figures were far over-looked by collectors but Play Along toys made a nice series of figures to accompany the fantasy film. The second series figures are really what put the series on the list. The only problem is they are nearly impossible to find. I am still looking for a few to complete the set.


8. Storm Hawks - This totally underappreciated animated series received two series of action figures by Spinmasters, the ugly six inch deluxe figures and the well made and cartoon accurate 4" scaled figures. The figures and vehicles are very show accurate. I only wish the show faired better to get another half dozen figures or so. The vehicles are also a highlight of this set. If you see them, check them out.


7. TMNT - I'm not referring to the long running Playmates toy line but Neca's amazing comic book accurate anniversary figures. I didn't know Neca had it in them to produce high quality, fully articulated and well painted figures of everyone's favorite teenaged ninja's. I only wish Neca would treat their other licensed figures with the same respect and ditch the "Nerd Hummel's".


6. DC Universe - Mattel & the Four Horsemen has brought back everyone's favorite and obscure DC superheroes with this long overdue series. The Four Horsemen brought their A game to the sculpts. Other than the usual crappy distribution by Mattel and a few glitches with the series 3 paint applications, this has been an exciting series.


5. Movie Masters Dark Knight - Again, Mattel & the Four Horsemen brought to life the characters from this years most successful movie. Not only did Mattel give us figures from the Dark Knight but we also saw figures from Batman Begins. They also produced one of the coolest vehicles in years with the Batpod.


4. Mighty Muggs - Hasbro has created one of the most interesting entries this year with Mighty Muggs. Perhaps, these are more of a "designer toy" than an action figure but they are displayed in the action figure isle's so...Hasbro utilized some of their most successful licenses with this series of fun figures: Marvel Superheroes, Star Wars and Indiana Jones and if that is not enough, coming soon are Mighty Muggs of Transformers and G.I. Joe!


3. Indiana Jones - I have been waiting years for Indiana Jones to return to the toy isles. Hasbro delivered the goods with their Star Wars like series of 3 3/4" figures. Sure, their were some bad paint applications at the start of the series but by the time the Temple of Doom figures came out, Hasbro was producing some of the best action figures in years. It's just too bad it had to end so soon.


2. G.I. Joe - Hasbro has transformed a modest series of 25th anniversary figures into a full blown homage to one of the most celebrated action figure lines in history. Other than a few minor short-comings, this series is spectacular. Unfortunately, the series will be put on hold for the movie but if the movie doesn't kill interest in G.I. Joe, the series is sure to be back.


1. Transformers Animated - Most Transformers fans are probably disappointed that the Universe series is not here instead of the animated series but in my opinion the universe figures were for the most part junk. However, every Transformers Animated figure matches up wonderfully with their television counterpart, features fun transformations, quality plastic and paint jobs and well, near perfection across the board. I never expected to love this series but it is the most refreshing main line Transformers series in a very long time.


Note: I expect to get Hot Toys Appleseed: Ex Machina late next week and judging by what I've seen of them, there is a good chance they could make the list. If they hold up I will insert them in the appropriate spot on the list.

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