As we approach Christmas 2014, you may be wondering what new 1:6 scale products are available out there in “Toyland” that are both affordable and of high enough quality for you to give confidently as gifts to both children or adult collectors. Indeed, with Hasbro placing GIjOE into cold storage for the foreseeable future, fans of 1:6 scale have begun to worry that the only options remaining to them are the far more expensive, fragile, limited-edition “adult collectibles” produced by such firms as Sideshow and Hot Toys. But as Yoda would say, “There is another.” And it’s name—is Blue Box.
High-end action figures are typically more appropriate for “hands-off” static display use inside the safety of an adult’s glass-doored collectibles case than in typical “down-n-dirty” child’s play. They’re also out of the financial reach of many collectors (i.e. simply too expensive), forcing fans to turn their anxious eyes elsewhere, consider “cheaper” brands (Hello, Power Team?) or even other scales (Oh, the HORROR). Fortunately, such drastic measures may not (yet) have to be taken.
We’ve just learned that Target has partnered with Blue Box this holiday season to create and offer an excellent new line of 1:6 scale “Wild Adventure” action figures. Their theme is both non-military and non-superheroic, focusing instead on the classic All-American sporting pursuits of hunting and fishing. The catch? These new figures are only available online. You won’t be able to go out and pick them up at a nearby store and you can only purchase them from Target’s website, HERE. But that’s not so bad, right? The good news? They’re very affordable, versatile, chock-full of cool animals and accessories and offer great “bang” for your gift-giving buck. And, if you hurry, Target also has a special promotional offer going on now—shipping is FREE!
Bottom Line: Despite their added height (approximately 1/2″ taller than GIjOE), these $17-$22 figures look to be wonderful additions to any 1:6 collection; or at the very least, future fodder for kitbashing and customizing. For a complete review and more pics of this line, we recommend you visit 1:6 guru Rudy Panucci’s, “PopCulteer Toybox” website found HERE. It’s GRRRRREAT!