Friday, September 18, 2015

Action Figure Review: Mad Mike from Garbage Pail Kids Really Big Mystery Minis by Funko

  Today I'm looking at Mad Mike from Funko's first series of Garbage Pail Kids Really Big Mystery Minis. So, who exactly is Mad Mike a parody of? If you look at the original card you'll definitely see some influence from Conan the Barbarian, which of course is retained here. There's also some standard jungle/barbarian warrior imagery here such as the double bladed axe, the headband, and the leopard print clothes. And the name? Very possibly a reference to the film Mad Max. Let's take a closer look and see what other warrior ways we can discover, after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 3 1/4 inches

Articulation: Swivel shoulders and a swivel head.

Accessories: Ax and sword.

Non-Scalper Price: $8-$9 dollars
 The Positives:

*That head sculpt is great! There's just so much character in it. The open mouth, the stitches on the right cheek, and the furrowed eyebrows really make this guy look pretty pissed off!

* That hair! Doesn't it totally look like something Rod Stewart could pull off? I'm digging it. It's not really very barbarian, but who cares.

 * There are some cool details on Mad Mike's outfit. The paint work of the printing is excellent and the little skull on his necklace, the stitches on his right arm, and the studs on bis armband and belts look excellent.

* Mad Mike comes with two weapons: A sword and an ax. Both weapons are somewhat battered and worn but they both still look lethal.
The Negatives:

*Mad Mike cannot hold the axe or sword in his right hand. The grip is too large and it can easily fall out. Very disappointing. Maybe some hot water would tighten things up a bit?
 Mad Mike is an excellent, expressive Mystery Mini. He looks angry, has some awesome weapons, and features a very detailed costume. Interestingly, this guy was also known as Savage Stuart. Wait a minute...Savage Stuart. Stuart can also be spelled Stewart, like Rod Stewart. And this guy's hair? Totally Rod Stewart! So this figure pays homage to Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, Tarzan, and Rod Steward? Holy smokes! That's a lot of homage! Anyways, this guy gets a Great rating from me overall. He's quite fun to fool around with and/ or pillage Cabbage Patch Kid settlements with.

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