Monday, May 5, 2014

Kick-Ass (Mezco)


Kick-Ass will forever be that comic book movie that we consistently ignored because we knew nothing about it. After finally getting around to seeing it, we kicked ourselves for not having seen it sooner.

Based on the comic book characters and story created and developed by Mark Miller, the film follows Dave Lizewski as he sets out to become a real life super hero. Unfortuantely for him, he can't fight, he's not menacing, and worst of all, no criminal will take him serious. That is until he meets up with the mysterous Big Daddy and Hit-Girl who show him that crime fighting isn't just a game to be played, but serious business with serious consiquences - Especially for the bad guys.

In 2010, with the craze of comic book movies running strong, Universal and Lionsgate teamed up to produce a film based on the 2008 publication. Featuring a relatively unknown cast, with the exception of Nicholas Cage, the film debuted on March 26, 2010. It was immediately panned by advocate groups for it's gratuitous violence, and the very fowl mouth of it's then eleven year old actress Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit-Girl). In addition, some critics claimed the movie glorified violence and sexualized the young child actress. Though not all critic reviews were bad or against the film.

Mezco produced a very small line of figures based on both Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to coincide with the film's release. Much to the dismay of collectors, the figures came pre posed with bent knees and necks which left little room for poses beyond what you see in the shots below.

Due to these stances, many collector's also had great issues with getting Hit-Girl to stand for more than a few minutes. The cuts in her leg for posing could never seem to come together to provide for a well balanced figure. As a result, she was often times on her back.

One of the smartest things that Mezco did for the series was to incorporate the characters over the double "S" of the title in a way of censoring it. They knew that retail stores would be hesitent to stock the toys, if not flat out refuse to should the packages be uncensored. They also censored the name of Kick-Ass himself by putting splotches of paint to resemble the double "S" in his name.


It was a shame to see that only these two figures were produced. A Big Daddy figure would have been an amazing item to have alongside these ones. It also wouldn't have hurt to have a couple of the "villains" from the film.

Join us next time when we take a look at Captain and Tennille!

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