Thursday, March 10, 2016

Figures Toy Co.: Ring of Honor Figures Revealed

We finally got a look at some of the Ring of Honor figures that have been in the works for a while now.  Up until now we saw the head sculpts, but today we saw full figures for the first time.

My thoughts?  Well, let me say I appreciate and respect what Figures Toy Company is doing here, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Check out the following photos:

  • "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin--The attire here does not look too bad, but that head is huge.

  • ROH Ring--This is a big hit for me.  Real canvas and real dimensions according to Figures Toy Co.  I give them a thumbs up for this.

  • The Briscoes--Head sculpts look good, but again are out of scale.  The attires look weird and the proportions are all off.

  • Figure Belts--This is something Jakks Pacific did as well in that they sold the belts separately from figures.  These look fine and I like that you can just buy a set without figure hunting.  This is another thumbs up.

  • Jay Lethal--His head looks even bigger than Elgin's.  The attire here isn't bad because it doesn't have a cloth shirt at least, but I wasn't 100% sure it was Lethal.

  • Kevin Steen--Cloth shirt issue again, weird proportions again.  The Mattel Kevin Owens figures look much better. 
These things seem to be getting a ton of praise and honestly I just do not see it.  I get being excited to see some of your favorites made in figure form.  I mean, I was excited that they made a vibrating Chris Benoit figure so I guess I do get it to some degree.

From my standpoint though I think these figures look awkward.  The heads are out of scale for one thing.  The other issue I have is that the attires do not look good at all.  Part of this is my bias against the cloth shirts.  I may be in the minority, but I prefer the molded plastic stuff.  It fits a figure better and looks more natural at that scale.  The figure just look strange.  The head sculpts aren't bad, but everything else about them is

Again, I respect the effort here.  I also like the idea of having another figure maker in the industry and all that, but I cannot sign off on the Ring of Honor figures at this point.  They just don't look good and I am guessing they will be pretty pricey on top of that.