Monday, October 23, 2017

Action Figure Review: Future Cop from Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price

  While series 9 of the Imaginext Collectible Figures is starting to trickle out, I just managed to get my grubby paws on series 8. It's been about a year since I reviewed Series 7 which was one of my favorites. Series 8 is a mixed bag for me with fewer figures that I'm super jazzed about. Today I'm starting off with the Future Cop, the Space/ Futuristic themed figure of the series. Like so many of the Imaginext Collectible Figures this figure definitely seems to draw its inspiration from a pop culture character. Looking at this guy you can definitely see inspiration coming from both Robo-Cop and Judge Dredd. Even with that kind of cool pedigree, though, the figure manages to not be as interesting as one would hope. Let's check out the Future Cop after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 2 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.

Accessories: Helmet/ head, and a robotic dog.

Non-Scalper Price: $3-$4 dollars
 The Positives:

* The Future Cop's helmet is pretty cool. It definitely looks to be inspired by Judge Dredd and Robo-Cop with a long, thin visor and a design that leaves only the mouth exposed.

 * Another aspect of this figure that reminds me quite a bit of Judge Dredd is the armored chest piece. The extended shoulder pad on the right arm and the large badge on the left definitely seem reminiscent of that character's design and gives off a cool vibe. I'm not wild about the bright yellow (maybe a more bronze/ gold color would have been better)?

* I'm always happy with the quality and the articulation on these little guys. While they're only about 2 7/8ths inches, they remind me a lot of some of the various toylines of the 1980s and 1990s due to the random character selection, the durability, and the accessories.

 * The robotic K-9 unit is really cool. He's not articulated but he has a great sculpt and a nice paint job that seems to look like a cross between Bumblebee and a German Shepard.
 The Negatives:

* The Future Cop's helmet is removable. Unfortunately, it doesn't really reveal anything cool underneath. It just looks kind of weird when it could have been a very cool feature. 
   The Future Cop is a Good figure, but he comes off as a bit duller. I love the K-9 companion (I'm all about dogs and robotic dogs) and the concept but the colors really don't do this guy any favors. Maybe if he'd had something cool under the helmet or a weapon of some sort, but this guy is just rather plain. I'm sure folks will dig the dog but that's about it.

If you're looking for more Imaginext reviews, check out the following:

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 2 by Fisher-Price (2014)
Frankenstein's Monster

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher-Price (2014)

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 4 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Basketball Player
Evil Robot
Mad Scientist
Space Gorilla

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 5 by Fisher-Price (2015)
Chinese Warrior
Crash Test Dummy
Warrior Queen

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 6 by Fisher-Price (2015)
4 Arm Alien
Chicken Suit
Dino Mech
Female Pilot

Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 7 by Fisher-Price (2016)
Disco Guy 
Headless Horseman
Mariachi Skeleton
Martial Artist 


  1. When will toy companies figure out that action figures with dog companions are an action figure collectors best friend!I'm still trying to score an Officer Bowser and Blitz figure.

    1. I didn't even think of Bowser and Blitz until y'all mentioned it in the comments! That's a great set. C.O.P.S. and C.R.O.O.K.S. is such an incredible toyline!

      I absolutely agree with what you're saying, too! As a kid I always wanted the G.I. Joe figures that came with dogs.

  2. Yeah, the combination of police officer and robotic dog actually reminds me more of Bowser & Blitz from Hasbro's late 80's C.O.P.S. toy line and cartoon than Judge Dredd or Robocop too.

    1. The dog definitely seems to show Bowser & Blitz as inspiration. The helmet and chest piece still look like RoboCop and Judge Dredd to my eyes, though. It seems we've got three sources of inspiration now!

  3. I think this guy was my favorite of this series! The dog helps a lot. Had no idea that the helmet came off! I thought I had tried and it didn't budge, but maybe I should try again.

    1. Sine there isn't anything underneath (and it is smaller than any other Imaginext part) maybe mine is just a fluke?

  4. I'm trying to avoid getting pulled into this line, but figures like this are making that very hard.

    1. Don't even look at the Ghost, the Invisible Man, the Headless Horseman, or the Space Gorilla, then. You'll be helpless...

    2. I wasn't even gonna look, but now I'm curious...GAH!


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