First, this is a list of my favorites, and thus it's even more subjective than a 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 figures from lines that I don't even collect. For this list, I'm factoring in the fun I had collecting these figures, discussing them, and reviewing them as well as the merits of the toys themselves.
Second, action figures from lines I've already covered in my Top 10 Favorite Toylines of 2015 list are ineligible.
Third, I try my best to present a mixture of product from different scales, styles, and price points.
Fourth, I list these alphabetically, not by merit. It's just easier that way.
Ready for the fun to start? Then let's get started after the break:
#10: Baron Dark from Skeleton Warriors by October Toys
To start things off I've selected Baron Dark from October Toys Skeleton Warriors revival line. While I found the decision to not put this guy in the 6-7 inch scale so he'd be compatible with other lines like MOTUC, this is still a really solid figure. Excellent sculpting and beautiful paintwork really help to bring Baron Dark to life. It's a shame that the Kickstarter campaign for Grimskull was unsuccessful as Skeleton Warriors seems like a property with a lot of potential that's just waiting for another chance at life!
#9: Batgirl Premium Format (Sideshow Exclusive) from DC Comics by Sideshow
#8 Captain Marvel (Maidens of Might) from Marvel Legends: Infinite Series by Hasbro
#7: The Creeper from The New Batman Adventures by DC Collectibles
#6: Goliath from Mystical Warriors of the Ring by Fantastic Plastic Toys
#5: Gracie Law from Big Trouble in Little China ReAction by Funko
#4: Great White Shark and Quint Final Battle from Jaws ReAction by Funko
#3: Harley Quinn from S.H. Figuarts Injustice: Gods Among Us by Bandai
#2: Lucy Westenra from Universal Monsters Select by Diamond Select Toys
#1: Snake Plissken from Escape from New York by NECA
And now: Some stats!
# of action figures from toylines that have appeared on a best of list before: 4 (Marvel Legends: Infinite Series and Funko's ReAction brand appeared in my best lines of 2014 while Fantastic Plastic's Mystical Warriors of the Ring appeared made the best lines of 2013 list.)
# of companies represented: 9 (DC Collectibles, NECA, Diamond Select Toys, Bandai, Fantastic Plastic Toys, Hasbro, Sideshow, October Toys, and Funko)
# of action figures from Funko: 2
# of Batman related lines: 3
# of figures from lines based on films from 2015: 1 (While Captain Marvel wasn't from the films, Marvel Legends did feature figures from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.)
# of toylines based on new intellectual properties (first appearing in 2015): 0
# of toys that I never saw hide nor hair of at Wal-Mart: 9- I only ever saw Captain Marvel.
# of toys based on R-rated films: 1 (Escape from New York)
# of toys from lines featuring someone who was a co-owner of Planet Hollywood: 0
# of toys from lines that were available through Kickstarter or an online subscription method: 1 (Baron Dark)
# of toys from lines in a 1/18th scale or smaller: 4
What do you think? What action figures stood out to you this year? For more of my favorites of 2015, please check out My Top 10 Toylines of 2015.
Let me know some of your highlights in the comments section below!