For a few years I always selected my 10 favorite toylines from the past year but a few years ago I realized something: Not every great toy is part of a larger toyline or a toyline that I fully collected. It seemed kind of unfair to never acknowledge figures from smaller or one off lines. Heck, sometimes I purchased a spectacular action figure from a line while I had no intention of buying anything else. What to do? I finally decided to do a list of my Top 10 Favorite Individual Toys for the year. Who is eligible? Any toy released in 2018. Who isn't eligible? Any toy from a line I picked in my 10 Favorite Toylines list. This year this list contains some of my absolute favorite stuff, including what is probably my favorite 2018 release of them all! Simple right? Let's check these out alphabetically, after the break...
Released alongside with a retooled Hero Ash figure as part of a special 2-pack, Evil Ed added another classic Deadite to the shelf for Ash to battle. NECA's Evil Dead II line originally made my Best of 2012 list but it's been largely dormant since then. While it seems like a one-off release, NECA came out swinging again with this incredible Evil Ed figure. He's insanely we made with great articulation, a terrifying sculpt, and a head that can be cut into pieces. Ash always needs terrifying foes to fight and Evil Ed presents him with another worthy opponent.
the Goldblum magic perfectly. Funko did exceptionally well with this release and released a fun and funny collectible at a reasonable price. It was fairly easy to find, too, which is something that can't be said of many of their exclusives. This was also one of my favorite reviews of 2018 to write.
Halloween is one of my favorite movies and Mezco did an incredible job with their Michael Myers figure based on the character's appearance in the original film. 2018 was a great year for the Halloween franchise as we not only received a great new entry in the series of films but also what is, arguably, the best Michael Myers figure ever. Some of Mezco's horror figures have looked off to me but Michael Myers really took full advantage of the One:12 Collective style and aesthetic. While the price tag is a bit higher than many other figures (around $80 bucks), Michael's light up jack o' lantern, polystone headstone, and additional ghost costume give you almost everything you need for a 1978 version of the Shape from the John Carpenter masterpiece.
Mattel's Jurassic World toyline turned out to be a huge hit in 2018. While the human figures were pretty weak, the dinosaurs were awesome. My favorite of 2018 was the Mosasaurus. Not only is this a massive, well painted figure of one of my favorite dinosaurs from the Jurassic World films but it also retailed for only $30 bucks. The size of this creature is impressive and really feels like a worthwhile, quality purchase.
NECA released a few really good Pennywise figures in 2018 but my favorite was the version based on the 1990 Tim Curry version of It. Yeah, it's not perfect, but it has so many accessories and extras that I can overlook the flaws. The headsculpts are incredible and the presence of the green clawed hands, like on the original hardcover book, are very welcome. NECA has a bunch of It stuff scheduled for this year and I'm hoping they manage to launch some stuff concurrently with the second film this fall.
I've admired the Grossery Gang toyline for a couple of years now but Space Jump Pumpkin was the first of the larger figures that I had to own! I mean... a large sentient cyborg space pumpkin? There's no part of the description I don't like! Plus, he comes with a minifigure! This guy is pure fun and a solid toy from a line that I don't collect but that I admire from afar. Space Jump Pumpkin was too cool to ignore, however. I love him!
What do you think? What were some of your favorite releases from 2018? Let's talk about it in the comments section below!