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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Action Figure Review: Lightning from Big Trouble in Little China ReAction by Funko
Height: 4 1/8th inches
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, swivel neck.
Accessories: Two Emei Piercers and a removable cape.
Non-Scalper Price: $10
*I feel like I'm singing the same old song over and over since I'm reviewing the entire series but I'm extremely impressed by how much Funko has improved the quality of these figures from last year. The Big Trouble in Little China figures have not only better sculpts overall but they also are made from a much sturdier feeling plastic. They look and feel great and the joints are all tight and sturdy.
covers his face completely while other times it is pulled back some so that he can see normally. Funko went with the latter and, given the limitations of the line, I think it was the right call. Also, do you notice the kukri sculpted on his belt? I flipping love the kukri throwing scene when the Storms first arrive, so it's cool to see it present.
*The removable cape is a nice feature. It's rather sturdy (much better than a vinyl cape) and fits on tightly. Once again, it's shared with the other Storms, but that's not really a problem in this line. I like the color and the sculpted folds.
*The paint work is very, very clean. The armor and belt buckle have a great metallic finish while the pants and boots even have two different shades of black paint to differentiate them. The face is simple, but it works.
Emeici (Emei Daggers or Emei Piercers) that Lightning wields. These little spinning daggers only show up for a few seconds in the film but they're highly memorable and just plain cool. Technically they would be attached to rings and could be spun around while the ring was worn on a finger. For the toy, though, they're simple dagger like accessories that Lightning can simply hold vertically in his hands. They look OK, but I do believe Funko could have done something a bit more inspired to replicate them while keeping the vintage aesthetic. Perhaps if his wrists had been turned sideways or if he had flat palms that the Emeici slipped over? Those both might have felt more inspired.
I've reviewed Jack Burton, Lo Pan, and Gracie Law from this line as well as quite a few other ReAction figures, including:
Alien ReAction by Funko
Alien (with Metallic Flesh)
Kane (with Chestburster)
ReAction Horror Series by FunKo
Eric Draven from The Crow
Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street
Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th
Michael Myers from Halloween
Sam from Trick 'r Treat
The Rocketeer ReAction by FunKo
Universal Monsters ReAction by FunKo
The Invisible Man
The Phantom of the Opera
Pulp Fiction ReAction