It's that time of the year for me to share my top 10 favorite action figure lines of the past year! This is the fourth year that I've created a list of my top 10 toylines (you can read my 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists if you'd like) and it's something I always enjoy compiling. Keep in mind a few things:
First, this is a list of my favorite lines, and thus it's even more subjective than the standard "best of" list (which is already quite subjective). If I were doing a "best of 2015" I'd definitely be looking at the merits of lines that I don't even collect. For this list, I'm factoring in the fun I had collecting these lines, discussing them, and reviewing them as well as the merits of the toys themselves.
Second, I've started doing a separate top ten for individual figures from lines that I didn't mention here. Sometimes a single action figure release or a standout figure from a line I'm not overwhelmed by captures my attention and I want to give them some attention. If I were picking my top two figures only the list would be overwhelmed with multiple figures from the same lines.
Third, I try my best to be fair in determining what constitutes a toyline. Sometimes I mix stuff (It doesn't make much sense to me separate Mattel's WWE basic line and WWE Elite line as they're in the same scale, share parts, and are intended to work together. I wouldn't try to separate Marvel's various Legends assortments that have different names, either, though I would separate Marvel's 1/18th scale Marvel Legends Infinite Series and their traditional 6 inch scaled line. If the lines are in the same scale and style and from the same property and same company, I'll probably join them together.
Fourth, I list these alphabetically, not by merit. It's just easier that way.
Ready to get started with my top 10 favorite lines of 2015? Then join me after the break...
10. Batman: Arkham Asylum/City/Origins/Knight by DC Collectibles
|Batman: Arkham City appeared on the best of 2012 list.|
9. DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
|DC Comics Bishoujo appeared on the best of 2012 list.|
8. Imaginext: Collectible Figures by Fisher-Price
|Imaginext appeared on the best of 2014 list.|
With series 4, 5, and 6 having been released in 2015 (although series 6 hit near the end of the year and I still haven't got my greedy paws on it yet) it was a pretty good year for bulking up the Imaginext collection. With cool releases like the Space Gorilla, Gruntilda like Witch. Big Trouble in Little China inspired Chinese Warrior, and the incredible Ghost, there really was something for everyone. These are some fun toys and if you're not collecting them you're missing out!
7. Legends of Cthulhu by Warpo Toys
6. Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
|MOTUC has been on the 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists.|
5. Ultimate Reel Toys by NECALeatherface, John Matrix, Sarah Connor, the T-800, and Jason Voorhees. While these are from different properties, they're mostly all "one off" characters, so I prefer to think of them as the modern version of NECA's Cult Classics line. Every figure yet released in this series has just been incredible and features some of the finest work we've seen from NECA to date. They're around $25 but feel well worth the price.
4. Star Wars: The Black Series by Hasbro
|Star Wars Black was on the list in 2013 and 2014.|
3. Star Wars Hero Mashers by Hasbro
2. WWE/ WWE Elite by Mattel
|WWE Elite appeared on the list in 2014.|
WWE isn't everyone's cup of tea. Mattel's WWE and WWE Elite lines, however, are incredibly well made and durable action figures that any collector needs to at least be aware of. I know I ignored them for years but they're really quite impressive. They're sturdy, extremely well articulated, have fantastic paint work on the tattoos, and are quite easy to find at most retailers. It'd be nice if more mainstream lines had this kind of quality to them.
1. World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific
What do you think? What were your favorite toylines of 2015? Leave a comment and let me know. Now, here are some facts and figures I like to track every year, just for fun:
# of lines from 2014's list that made it on again: 4 (Masters of the Universe Classics, Star Wars: The Black Series, Imaginext Collectible Figures, and WWE Elite.
# of lines from NECA: 1
# of lines from Mattel: 3 (if you count Fisher Price)
# of lines from Hasbro: 2
# of lines in which Batman appeared:1
# of lines based on films from 2015: 2 (Both Star Wars lines had characters from The Force Awakens).
# of toylines featuring someone who was a co-owner of Planet Hollywood: 1 (NECA's Ultimate Reel Toys line had Schwarzenegger as both John Matrix from Commando and the T-800 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
# of toylines that I never saw hide nor hair of at Wal-Mart: 6. This is up a bit from last year. It's really surprising that Wal-Mart doesn't carry World of Nintendo. Well, at least the 4 inch ones. I think some carry the little 2.5 inch series.
# of toylines based on R- rated films/M-Rated games, etc.: 2 Arkham Knight was rated M for Mature and NECA's Ultimate Reel toys included figures from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Commando, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
# of toylines that I was a completest on and bought everything offered: 1- The only series I purchased everything available this year from was the DC Bishoujo line from Kotobukiya For MOTUC I'm currently skipping Point Dread and for World of Nintendo I missed the exclusive metallic Samus figure.
# of toylines that were available through Kickstarter or an online subscription method: 2- Legends of Cthulhu and Masters of the Universe Classics. That's the same number as last year.
# of toylines in a 1/18th scale or smaller: 2 (Imaginext and Legends of Cthulhu)