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Sunday, October 21, 2018
The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Henry Bemis (Now in Color!) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow!
When we look back on the toy trends of 2014 and 2015 we have to remember the prevalence of the faux retro Kenner styled action figures released by companies like Funko, Warpo, and Bif Bang Pow! While the passion for these lines has definitely faded (the current retro focus is on retro styled packaging and Masters of the Universe-styled figures) I have to admit that I still have a bit of a interest in these, particularly the horror themed figures. While I never picked up any beyond the first series of "Now in Color" figures from SDCC 2014 Bif Bang Pow! (of which only 456 were made) has released three more series of The Twilight Zone figures over the past couple years. Today I'm checking out one of the figures from the original series, Henry Bemis, from the season 1 episode "Time Enough at Last." Played by Burgess Meredith, Henry Bemis has become one of the most recognizable characters from The Twilight Zone despite not being anything more than a normal man. He himself isn't terrifying but the episode he's from is chilling in a completely different way than you might expect. I'm willing to let him in for The Revenege of 31 Days of Toy terror, aren't you? Let's check him out after the break...
Height: 3 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck
Accessories: 2 books
Original Retail Price: $15
* While the basic The Twilight Zone figures were released in grayscale, reflecting the black and white television series, Bif Bang Pow! released some special sets in color. Personally I'm not a big fan of grayscale toys so I sprung for the versions that would fit in better with most other faux retro figures. For just being "a guy in a suit" Henry actually looks fairly unique. The cut of the suit, the way his pants are hiked up, and the way his tie hangs down over his waist really makes this feel more specific to the character rather than just feeling like a Henry Bemis head on a standard suited body. Considering that Bob Wilson, another "guy in a suit" was released in the same series, it's amazing that Bif Bang Pow! used completely different sculpts for these characters.
* Considering that this is a 1/18th scaled figure that is supposed to resemble a 1980s Kenner styled figure, the headsculpt isn't bad at all. It's not a perfect likeness of Burgess Meredith but it does do a pretty solid job of capturing Henry Bemis' likeness. I do wonder if the character's broken glasses should have been incorporated into the figure's sculpt, though.
* While the quality of Funko's ReAction figures really varied from series to series, the Twilight Zone figures all feel very solid and well made. They capture the retro vibe nicely and feel like actual toys, not just "collectibles." Of course, Henry movies in the classic five places that you would expect.
* To keep him distracted Henry includes two books. They feature paint applications for the pages and can fit in his hands. It's pretty cool to have more action figure sized books (one of my favorite toy accessories) so these are definitely a plus.
* The back of one of the books has some very sloppy paint apps. The white for the pages somehow got splattered all over the book.
This is the first action figure of Henry Bemis I've ever reviewed. If you're looking for more Twilight Zone action figures from Bif Bang Pow! check out the following:
Bob Wilson (Now in Color!)
Gremlin (Now in Color!)
Mystic Seer Monitor Mate
Talky Tina (Now in Color!)