Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Rocketeer and Escape From New York (Funko / ReAction Figures)



Since The Rocketeer and Escape from New York are Funko's smallest lines to date for the ReAction Figures line, we've decided to compile them both together.

The Rocketeer
Funko / ReAction Figures
2014

A lot of people associate The Rocketeer character with Disney's 1991 film - So much to the point that they don't even know that the character had been around in comic book format since 1982 when illustrator Dave Stevens created him.

The character is a throw back to the serials of the 1940's and 1950's, and it very much shows in the overall look and design of not just Cliff Secord (The Rocketeer), but also his world as set in Los Angeles and New York. The ironic part of The Rocketeer's origin that in a way he's no more than a crook himself. See, he initially obtained his jetpack by finding an abandoned package that two crooks ditched while evading the police. Inside was the pack - Which he kept - Which is stealing.

Anyway...Funko's version of The Rocketeer is based on the inception as seen in the 1991 Disney film - Down to the artwork and logo design. Sadly, it's also the only figure you'll find under the banner.

 The Rocketeer

A black and white version of The Rocketeer was produced for San Diego Comic Con in 2014. We have to admit that we like the old time look to the cardback and figure.

The Rocketeer

Escape From New York
Funko / ReAction Figures
2014

Kurt Russell made a few cult classics with John Carpenter. One of which was Escape from New York in 1981. The premise of the movie is that essentially crime has bloomed so much that the island of Manhattan was developed into a prison from shore to shore. It's a lawless island where the criminals have developed their own society under the rule of Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes).

The Duke has also take the President of the United States hostage, and promises to execute him if the prisoners of the island are not granted access to the mainland. Their response is to send Snake Plissken, an ex-U.S. Special Forces soldier turned rebel in to retrieve the president. His reward for doing so - A full pardon.

Things explode, people die, and Kurt Russell throws out catch phrase after catch phrase over the course of the next ninety-nine minutes, and it all culminates into a cult classic that wouldn't see a sequel until fifteen years later (1996).

 Snake Plissken

Funko's ReAction Figures series brings us two versions of Snake. One with a brown jacket, and one without the jacket. Not much in terms of variation.

Snake Plissken

If you're a fan of Kurt Russell, Funko has already given you three opportunities to nab a figure based on the actor - These two above, and Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China. Now we just need Colonel Jack O'Neil from Stargate (or better yet, an entire line up of Stargate figures).

Join us next time when we take a look at The Terminator!

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