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New CINEMA OF FEAR Figures

Bob's thoughts on the Iconic Horror figures.

By Robert T. Trate, Columnist     February 22, 2008
Source: Mezco Exhibit at Toy Fair 2008


12 inch Jason from Mezco coming in July
© Robert Trate

Mezco was definitely one of the many highlights at the International Toy Fair in New York City. Not only did they reveal their highly detailed figures of NBC’s Heroes and Dark Horse’s Hellboy 2, they also debuted several new figures in their Cinema of Fear line.

New plush figures for the line will be released in October 2008. Included in this second series is an all new outfitted Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.

Editor's Note: Click on the photos below to see the Gallery of full sized snapshots.

A pre-trademark masked Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part 2.

Plus there is a dapper Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3.

Seven inch figures that are scheduled for release in April 2008 consist of a trademark Freddy Krueger with alternate hands and heads and a Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 Leatherface with film specific mask, extra skin and of course one bad ass chainsaw. There is also a new Jason with a trademark mask from Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives. Jason is complete with tombstone, machete, spear, severed head and heart.

Mezco is bringing a heroine to series 2. Nancy Thompson will be available from the original Nightmare on Elm Street.

Photographs were not permitted of their 7 inch series 3 figures. Series 3 consists of Freddy Krueger in a chef outfit from Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, Jason from Jason Goes to Hell and Leatherface from the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. Making his action figure debut in series 3 will be the Hitchhiker from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Next to all these other horror icons he was the only one that made me uncomfortable, in a good way.

If I could have picked one thing out of the case and taken it home with me it would have been the 12 inch Jason figure. Jason has been meticulously sculpted with more than seven points of articulation. Details for the figure come from the make up artists and actors that played Jason. This might be the finest Jason Voorhees figure to date. Look for Jason this July.

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SONYMANswallows 2/22/2008 10:48:06 AM
Ok in Friday the 13th part 6 Jason's first victim was the guy who played Horshack in Welcome back Kotter. Is that his head in the pack because I dont remember him getting decapitated. Great opening--Tommy from 4 and 5 is more grown up and goes with a friend to the cemetary to dig Jason up and instead they stab Jason's dead body with a spear and lightning strikes the spear reviving Jason.
experiMENTAL 2/22/2008 2:17:38 PM
'it's got a death cuuuurse' What was with the idiot that played Tommy doing roundhouse kicks and Fatal Fury knees to the face?! They should have just had Jason fight a ninja. or better yet, the Goonies!
mckracken 2/22/2008 2:43:20 PM
Tommy Jarvis was played by Thom Mathews (from Return of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead II) the only two action figures from this line (except Nancy Thompson's bathtub) that are fairly accurate to their movie counterparts are the Jason figures!! I'm sorry but when I saw Freddy Krueger in hte tuxedo he reminded me of the dancing old man from the Six Flags Theme Park commercials!!!!!!!!!!!!! that doesnt even LOOK like Freddy Krueger. oh and Sideshow Collectables has a much better Jason (from Part 2) wearing the potato sack over his head and holding a pitchfork or something, They also have his Mother Amanda Voorhees (why?) I dunno but all these look like freaked out bobbleheads except for Jason, which is hyper detailed and extremely accurate... why? I dunno. I want a figure of "The DeckHand" from Friday the 13th part 9: Jason Takes Manhatten - "You're all GONNA DIIIIEEEEE!" well yes, thank you.. eventually we will all die... thanks Mr Deckhand. LOL!
SONYMANswallows 2/22/2008 3:14:48 PM
Mccracken Thom Matthews was part 6, Corey Feldman was part 4 and the opening of 5. But I'm talkin about his friend played by Horshack, Rom somthin or other
mckracken 2/22/2008 4:23:39 PM
oh that was directed to experiMENTAL's question about who was doing the round house kicks to the face... actually I dont remember Tommy Jarvis doing round house kicks, acting like an idiot (any more of an idiot than any other Jason victim) and super Ninja kicks at all (I usually have a pretty good memory for things like that)
experiMENTAL 2/22/2008 5:21:19 PM
I've got the Friday collection. They're my fave slasher flicks. I promise you he was doin some Chuck Norris in part 5, when he was living at that nuthouse in the woods. When he first gets there, that asshole is hastling him and Tommy him flips over and tosses his ass through a table and then wails on his face. And later on, when that black kid is visiting his brother (who is hysterical btw when he's taking a dump and that chick is banging on the stall! Classic.) and Tommy waits by the truck and gets all mesmerized by that blue neon sign. That inbred dirtball rolls up on his bike and Tommy breaks out the moves on his ass too! That redneck goes back home and keeps screaming "He hurt me ma! He huuuuurt me maaaaaaaa!"
mckracken 2/22/2008 7:17:08 PM
oh... wow Part 5 had a different "Tommy" than Part 6... hmm didnt even notice one cardboard performance from the next? Biography for John Shepherd (Tommy Jarvis)(I) Trivia Has a character named after him in 'Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)'. After becoming a born again Christian, he chose not to reprise the role of Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
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