Toy Review: Warpo Legends of Cthulhu Action Figures

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Harking back to the golden age of 1970s and 80s toy making, Warpo has launched the Kickstarter-funded Legends of Cthulhu, an action figure line inspired by the iconic horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft.

Gloriously retro in both design, packaging, and even advertising (as evidenced by the TV spot trailer embedded at page bottom) the Legends of Cthulhu lineup consists of sold-separately action figures for The Professor, The Cultist, The Deep One, and the Spawn of Cthulhu. Each figure stands between 3″ and 4″ tall (they aren’t all 3.75″ as described), comes with at least one accessory, and features five points of articulation–their legs bend at the waist, their arms move at the shoulders, and their heads swivel side to side.

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In terms of accessories, The Deep One comes with a spear to skewer things as only an immortal undersea creature can. The Professor is armed with a revolver and carries a green idol of Cthulhu. Spawn of Cthulhu totes around its precious Necronomicon and also sports a rubbery set of wings that snap on and off from a notch on its back. And, as the most elaborately accessorized of the bunch, The Cultist features a staff, a dagger, and a ceremonial mask, as well as a pliable plastic cape that does not come off.

The accessories are cool, but I do wish they were a bit more exciting in terms of color variation and detail. For example, The Cultist’s staff would look better brown than green, and similarly his dagger would look better in black or gray. And I would say the same for The Deep One’s plain green spear. Then again, in saying that I’m admittedly being nitpicky and judging these figures based on the level of detail found in modern action figure accessories rather than how they’re purposefully replicating that old school aesthetic.

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The only confusing thing with the accessories is that some of them–The Cultist’s staff and The Deep One’s spear coincidentally enough–look different (and way nicer) in certain promotional graphics than the packaged product (compare the top image with the other pics to see what I’m talking about). Perhaps there was a limited first run that came with those accessories for Kickstarter backers or something, but I don’t know. I just know that, having seen alternatives, I wish the figures came with those accessories.

Unless engaged in especially raucous play battles that may jostle them loose, the accessories all attach and hold securely to their respective characters. You may initially need to break in the tight plastic on some of the hands like with any new toy or action figure, but once the accessories are in place they stay nice and snug. Overall, the accessories fit the theme, and the figures they belong to are easy to stand and pose untouched with confident stability. I’ve had the Cthulhu crew hanging out on my desktop and they’ve remained upright through general shakes and vibrations from typing and bumping into or leaning against the desk.

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Warpo’s Legends of Cthulhu action figures are a pure nostalgia play, aimed squarely at those of us geeky collectors who have been alive and kicking for at least three decades. They look, feel, and even smell (you know what I’m talking about!) like long lost artifacts that some toy manufacturer secretly sealed away in blister card packages decades ago and is only just now releasing. The nostalgic collectability factor, I’m assuming, is the main reason these figures are somewhat pricey at $20 each, whereas modern action figures that are larger and more intricately detailed typically run quite a bit cheaper. But even if you can only afford one or two (The Cultist is probably my personal fave), their worth the premium for the excellent vintage quality and wistful trip down memory lane.

So if you’d rather not get all dressed up to go trick-or-treating or Monster Mashing at that big costume party you may or may not have been invited to this Halloween, shut yourself in your room with the lights down low and make up your own toy time horror adventures with the Legends of Cthulhu!

You can buy Legends of Cthulhu action figures through Warpo or from Amazon.com.

Disclosure: Review samples for the Legends of Cthulhu action figure line were provided to VGBlogger.com by Warpo.

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