I imagine that something similar to this will show up as an official poll at some point but I couldn't find anything like this. Simply post your top 10 favorite figures of 2012 (with as much discussion as you care to offer) and then your bottom 5 figures of 2012. I've been keeping a spreadhseet all year updating as I go so I've been planning for this post since January!
I'm not keeping track of points or anything, just interested in reading your lists and your thoughts.
One question: should we count Demo-Man and BG Evil-Lyn for 2012 since most of us didn't get them until late January/ early February?
Barbecue17's Top 10:
10. Slush Head- While there aren't many die hard NA fans, I think most reasonable fans can agree that the NA figures have been some of the best figures in the line. Each figure has given the 4H the chance to really do something new and cool with some different character designs. While I'm not a huge fan of Slush Heads water cap feature, I think the rest of the figure is amazing. His appearance is quite unique with an excellent and unique color scheme. Slush-Head really makes me continue to hunger for more NA figures in this line.
9.Kobra Khan I stood my Khan right next to King Hiss since he was looking lonely. Khan was a vintage character done right. His body sculpt is nice and unique, he has two varied heads, and his pistol (rather than reusing Zodak's gun) was uniquely sculpted. Oh, and Khan's little companion was a neat addition as well.
8. Fearless Photog- Fearless Photog was another excellent example of the 4H taking a concept and really running with it. Photog's color scheme was quite vibrant, but the black mixed with his yellow and blue really made him a unique looking figure. Of course, the 4H also went all out on his accessories with his unique film gun and film cannister ammo belt and the lens shield show in the original concept work. Add in two nice "action" features (the extending lens and the lenticular sticker on his chest) and Photog really stood out.
7. Mekaneck- While Mekaneck was almost exactly what we should have expected (basic body, reused Stinkor armor, vintage accesory) the way Mattel chose to implement his neck extensions was really quite neat. Giving us the option to extend Mekaneck's neck to ridiculous lengths really made him a fun figure.
6. Rattlor- Beautiful paint scheme? Check. Cool accessory? Check. Nice unobtrusive implementation of the figures classic action feature? Check. Rattlor turned out to be an excellent figure, even though the rattle on mine doesn't work.
5. Procrustus -Large, imposing, and with a unique paint job, Procrustus truly reminds me of a living statue. He definitely looks like something out of a Ray Harryhausen film. While he isn't super articulated by any stretch of the imagination, he certainly looks quite impressive just standing around holding the included Starseed accessory.
4. Demo-Man- Despite being brighter than we expected, Demo-Man still managed to be an excellent figure. Beautifully capturing Mark Taylor's artwork, Demo-Man captures the barbaric and frightening nature of the earliest MOTU toys and art. Great weapons, the cool skull with helmet accessory, and the Alcala Skeletor head all join together to make an excellent package that was well worth the wait.
3. Draego Man- Draego Man proved to me that if noone else understood the MOTU property, at least the 4H did. Draego-Man was truly a love letter to a figure that felt like it could have been part of the early vintage years. While the figure was amazing by itself (sculpt, wings, paint) the addition of his accessory pack weapons catapaulted him to greatness.
2. Castle Grayskullman- Daniel Benedict's winning entry for the 30th anniv. create a character context beautifully mixed together the magic, savagery, and mystery of the earliest MOTU incarnations with one of the most iconic images of the property: Castle Grayskull. CGMan is a brilliant figure with excellent paint, fantastic weapons, and a brilliant concept.
1. Fisto -This is how MOTUC figures should be done. Excellent figure, perfect QC, and the ability to mix and match parts to create one's own ultimate version of a character. Fisto included two heads, a belt, and two swords, all of which could be combined in numerous ways to create a 200x version of the character, a straight vintage version, or a nice mix. While Mattel usually pretends they don't understand what fans mean when they say they want 200x elements, Fisto proves that someone understood.
Addendum: If Demo-Man isn't included in your view of the top figures of 2012, just bump everone up one and add in Shadow Weaver as #10.
My bottom 5 figures:
5. Battleground Evil Lyn- There were some wonderful elements to this figure. The 2nd unhelmeted head was very nice. The casting hand and glowing elements were well done. Unfortunately, this figure still managed to miss exactly what most fans wanted- Evil Lyn in her wicked cool dress and not another appearance of Teela's unitard.
4. Sir Laser Lot- If I had to pick the blandest figure released, it might just be SLL. While he does come with a nice arsenal of accessories, his nothing but red and blue paint scheme just doesn't seem exciting at all. Add in the numerous paint problems I noticed on my figure and SLL was my least favorite figure of the 30th collection.
3. Jewelstar- I like her cape and the Jewels on her body but Jewelstar did nothing else to appeal to me. Not only was her ponytail fairly brittle but her crown just looked weird and she was sorely in need of a weapon of some kind.
2. Tallstar- While her face sculpt was beautiful and she did have an action feature that nicely replicated her powers without sacrificing the articulation or sculpt, Tallstar still managed to be quite bland. Her lack of (interesting) accessories is what landed her so low on the list
1. Eternos Palace Randor Eternos palace Randor. Perhaps the only good thing about him is the cup. In a line where every other character has a metallic gold paint to represent gold, Randor suddenly gets yellow. He also gets reduced articulation, a necklace that just doesn't want to stay in place, and really basic, bland colors and design. He could have been great, but alas was not.
Addendum: If BG Evil-Lyn doesn't count for 2012, Snake Man at Arms takes her place.