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Top 13 Friday the 13th Figures

A whole lot of Jasons

By Robert T. Trate     September 13, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Over the past three decades, encompassing twelve films, Jason has spawned a lot of action figures. Many of these re-imagined Jasons seem bigger and grittier than what has come before. Some lack that iconic feel bit others have a style all of their own. To each his own when it comes to action figures. The following list is a complete break down of “Top 13 Friday the 13th Figures”. Guess what? Not all of them are Jason!

Movie: Jason Goes to Hell (Friday the 13th Part 9)
Actor: Kane Hodder
Company: McFarlane
Series: Movie Maniacs Series 1
 
Released in the fall of 1998, at what might have been the height of McFarlane Horror Movie properties, Jason was crazy with details right down to the horrific face under the mask. The down side to this figure was poor articulation and the mask kept falling off once you looked where few have dared. McFarlane set the bar really high with this Jason but it has been long since surpassed. A great retro collectible, it was one of the first Jason figures.

Movie: Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood
Actor: Kane Hodder
Company: NECA
Series: Cult Classics Series 1
 
Besides the Jason likeness, almost down to the pose, of McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs this Jason boasted better accessories. More importantly this Jason came with a base to help him stand. NECA had an 18 inch version of the exact same figure but this smaller figure captured the spirit of Jason in Part 7 perfectly. If you have one or find one don’t open him. They sell for close to fifty dollars on some web sites.

Movie: Friday the 13th (2009)
Actor: Derek Mears
Company: Mezco Toyz
Series: Cinema of Fear
 
Derek Mears stated at the New York Comic Con (in 2009) that the new film is the best parts of Friday the 13th parts two, three and five. This new figure from Mezco features Jason with the bag mask and outshines their first hockey masked released Jason. 

 

Movie: Friday the 13th Part 3 to Part 9
Actor: None
Company: Gentle Giant
Series: Animated
 
If you watch Friday the 13th and root for Jason then what better limited edition ten and half inch piece could you want? Here is your anti-hero in iconic animated form joining the likes of Freddy Kruger and numerous Star Wars characters. If you have deep enough pockets this maquette is perfect for your Jason collection.

Movie: Jason Goes to Hell (Friday the 13th Part 9)
Actor: Kane Hodder
Company: Mezco Toyz
Series: Cinema of Fear Series 3
 
Jason Goes to Hell took the character in a different direction and really only featured Jason at the beginning. The rest of the movie played more like that great science fiction horror film The Hidden (1987). Nobody expected Jason to be a slimy demon jumping from person to person. The slimy demon is included but this Jason represents the last time Hodder played him on this planet, if you get my meaning. He also represents how Mezco took McFarlane’s concept of detail to the next level.

Movie: Jason X
Actor: Kane Hodder
Company: McFarlane
Series: Movie Maniacs Series 5
 
Outside of the first ten to twenty minutes of the movie the rest is a total bore. It is almost a science fiction comedy. Again proving that the series’ biggest lure and flaw is that we care for no one and root for the bad guy. McFarlane still delivered a perfect likeness of cybernetic Jason. Looking more like Frankenstein than ever before this is the Jason figure most people will notice.

Movie: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Actor: Ted White
Company: Mezco
Series: CINEMA OF FEAR Roto-Plush Series 1
 
He is cute, in a weird sort of way. What better gift is there to give to your Goth sweetheart on Valentines Day or Halloween? Mezco has gone all out with their CINEMA OF FEAR Roto-Plush series capitalizing on the kitsch of the films. Their Freddy in a tuxedo is the best by far but this Jason has that odd quirkiness making him worth picking up and then him putting down again. It is just so creepy and fun at the same time. 

Movie: Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
Actor: C.J. Graham
Company: Mezco
Series: Cinema of Fear
 
Jason appears to be more on the Rambo side with his weapons and belt than in any other movie. Jason is still closer to being human in appearance despite his resurrection in this film. This smaller version of Jason by Mezco from Part 6 is more affordable than his Sideshow Collectible counterpart further down the list. The retro look works and so does that tombstone.

Movie: Freddy Vs. Jason
Actor: Ken Kirzinger
Company: NECA
Series: Freddy Vs. Jason
 
Standing at nineteen inches and complete with movie sounds this Jason might not be best looking figure on the list but stands tall above all the rest. Jason was more down to Earth in this film than his last two pictures (slimy demon and cyber-man). Despite the fact that he never talks, Jason manages to the steal the movie from the wise cracking Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). A great acting feat if there ever was one.

Movie: Friday the 13th Part 3 to Part 9
Actor: None
Company: Mezco
Series: Cinema of Fear Stylized
 
Originally this Jason was a New York Comic Con exclusive (2008). He captures the look of a lot of different Jasons and delivers a great iconic appeal. The severed head is a great touch but as it is with any Jason, it all comes down to the mask and this one is perfect.

Movie: Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
Actor: C.J. Graham
Company: Sideshow Collectibles
 
As usual, Sideshow Collectibles has the one of the best Jason figures/ dolls of all time. They do have numerous other versions of Jason from the later movies, all with variations on the costumes and masks. This Jason, an exclusive, stands out because he as one unique accessory: a severed arm! Good luck trying to find this one. He has been sold out for some time.

Movie: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Actor: Kane Hodder
Company: Mezco
Series: Cinema of Fear
 
I put him on my top ten action figures a while ago (see that top ten list here). He proudly stands on my desk and his details still shock not only me but anyone that walks into the room. Complete with three different blood stained weapons, real cloth shirt and two masks Mezco outdid themselves with this Jason. 

Movie: Friday the 13th Part 1 and Part 2
Actor: Jason: Steve Dash, Jason Unmasked: Warrington Gillette, Mrs. Voorhees: Betsy Palmer
Company: NECA
Series: Friday the 13th 25th Anniversary Action Figures
 
With the original going back to its roots, but only lightly touching upon Mrs. Voorhees, the final spot has to go to the woman that started it all. This 25th Anniversary collector’s set is a must have featuring two figures, two sets of different heads per character and the Voorhees shrine. What more could any true fan want?
 
Unfortunately there aren’t any Friday the 13th toy commercials. I think that Mezco is really missing out and should make a few. Think about it, a couple of kids playing with a Jason figure would be perfect for their site. A short lesson and Jason saves the day and moves on to the next victim. End it with a cliff hanger and plug some other figures in their Cinema of Fear line.
 
 So until then, enjoy the ending of the Friday the 13th NES Video Game!

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ultrazilla2000 9/13/2013 12:07:47 AM

You show the game ending, but you don't include the awesome repainted figure from the San Diego Comicon exclusive?!? 

RobertTrate 9/13/2013 7:01:13 AM

 When was that ultrazilla2000?

ultrazilla2000 9/13/2013 5:54:23 PM

 Trying to post a link, but doesn't look like it's letting me.  It was released by NECA just this summer at San Diego...and so popular they are now going to release a Freddy in game style as well!  The packaging is the best though...made to look like the NES game boxes!

RobertTrate 9/13/2013 9:54:29 PM

 Found it. Its okay, the Freddy is better!

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