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Funko The Fifth Element Zorg ReAction Figure Funko, 2015
Day #1,252: August 21, 2015
Funko The Fifth Element Zorg ReAction Figure Zorg
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

The Fifth Element ReAction Figure
Item No.:
No. 5209
Manufacturer: Super7 x Funko
Includes: Zorg ZF-1 blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: est. $9.99
Availability: May 2015
Other: Clear Hat

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Funko The Fifth Element Zorg ReAction FigureAs one of the more memorable and fun film villains of the late 1990s, Zorg is a must-have figure mostly for the novelty of having him. Sure, a Pop! Vinyl figure is coming and the ReAction isn't perfect - but it's good for ReAction standards. The basic format of the other lines is followed closely with 5 joints and a nice accessory, one of the largest for ReAction.

Zorg is a decent figure but falls prey to some of the trappings of other ReAction figures in terms of deco and engineering. The squared-off legs are weird when he sits down, and the deco is a little too modern. The stripes are clean and narrow, and glossy black boots seem above and beyond what the 1980s-style should offer. There's a clear hat on the bald side of his head too, which is a brilliant feature but probably the kind of thing we'd see done with paint rather than a sculpted piece of clear plastic. Zorg's head is molded in a color that isn't his skin tone, meaning the flesh paint is painted over it and it looks like the black, glossy hair is as well. It's a convincing Zorg, but the aesthetics are more of today.

Funko The Fifth Element Zorg ReAction Figure

Other than the odd pants situation, Zorg is a nicely engineered figure. His hands are sculpted to hold his giant gun, and one of them even has some overspray of flesh painted on his sleeve. I want to believe this was an intentional nod to this sort of thing appearing on a lot of vintage The Empire Strikes Back figures like Lobot, but it's probably just good old fashioned factory slop. The stripes are nice and clean, the hair is shiny and black, and the skin tone is mostly even except for a few spots on the hands. Funko did a nice job here, the figure stands without a fight and the leg movement is nice and smooth.

It just wouldn't be Zorg without a cool weapon, and Funko delivers with the Zorg ZF-1. This giant weapon clamps over your arm and is loaded with darts, nets, fire, and of course the red button. The red button is sadly not decorated on this release, but the painted tan weapon is positively huge and designed well enough to not cause Zorg to topple over when he carries it. He'll fall forward if you hold it up, though, so you may still want to invest in some plastic stands for these guys. (They use the same size foot pegs as the original Kenner Star Wars toys and not the revival.)

Funko The Fifth Element Zorg ReAction Figure

My only real complaint about Zorg is that he's too good to be convincingly 1980s. Sure the Diva is totally convincing, but Zorg is a little too advanced for the retro style and a little too retro for the 1990s - well, except that clear hat piece. Even by today's standards that seems like a swell luxury, which may be reason enough to ignore any complaints I may have and just buy (and enjoy) this one.

--Adam Pawlus

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