Blitzway’s Ghostbusters, Storm’s Street Fighters Steal the Show at Bluefin [SDCC 2016]
Bluefin doesn't actually develop any products of its own, but it is the chief distributor for a number of smaller companies here in the US. The likes of Sen-Ti-Nel and Herocross don't have a large enough footprint to display on their own at SDCC, but with Bluefin acting as a host to these brands, along with Blitzway and Storm Collectibles, we're still able to get a glimpse at these wares. That's a good thing too because some of the collectibles are just outstanding.
The biggest presence at Bluefin's booth actually belonged to Blitzway, which introduced a line of both 1/6 and 1/12 scale Ghostbusters figures to the masses for the first time. We'd heard rumblings and seen some developmental teasers, but it wasn't until seeing the original four Ghostbusters in person (don't worry, 2016 iterations are in the works, too) that it really hit us. We've been without elite level figures in any scale for the 1984 film for far too long, and both of Blitzway's lines look supreme.
Obviously the sixth-scale figures are the eye-catchers, and the likeness on each of the four founding members are excellent. I hope there are some alternate portraits to go along with these more focused faces. The characters all have some great expressive comedy in the original movie, and it'd be a shame if we didn't get a wide-eyed Spengler or a jaw-dropping Stantz. The suits look great. The proton packs are detailed, and I love those energy beam effects.
The 6" versions of the Ghostbusters are still nice, and they'll likely be slightly more affordable. The portraits on these are the kind of sculpts I'm always begging toy companies to do, with great expressions that capture these characters so well. They're not quite as ornate and finely worked as the larger versions, but they're above and beyond anything else we've seen at this size for the Ghostbusters license.
The same is true for Storm Collectibles' Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat collectibles. Street Fighter has had a number of action figure lines, and Mortal Kombat is no slouch in that area either. Still, what Storm's been able to do with the characters is nothing short of superb. There's great articulation, excellent sculpting, and some nice accessorization to complete the transition from game screen to your physical shelves. Though the Mortal Kombat line is sticking with the known quantities (to this point), it's nice to see the Street Fighter series going beyond Ken and Ryu to include the likes of Bison and Alex, and hopefully plenty more.
Herocross was also on hand at the booth this year, primarily with a focus on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice figures. I've liked the company's takes on the classic DC heroes in the past, but there's just something about these more "realistic" takes on the Trinity that doesn't jive with the Herocross caricatured aesthetic. Armored Batman is about the only one of the three that looks passable, and it's a shame. The comic-styled figures in this series have always looked nice, and Herocross' efforts seem wasted on these less enticing options.