I've been picking up this line, despite (or because of) the fact that many have referred to it as "vile." I admit I don't get all of the gags in the S.U.C.K.L.E. Series 2.5 Flesh Mini-Figures line, and these guys were originally part of a stretch goal campaign for series 2 - but not in flesh. Those I had to buy at Comic-Con in July this year. Since the first releases were clear and glow, this is really my first chance to actually see the details on the figures. In addition to designs by one Morgan "The Sucklord" Phillips, there are contributions from Scott Tolleson and Frank Kozik - the later of which is supposedly doing more figures under the brand name "F.U.C.K.L.E." They're still in development.
Each figure is roughly 2-inches tall, sized a hair larger than the classic Mattel M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and a smidgen shorter than O.M.F.G.. This format of figure is getting more and more popular, with companies like Super7 actually licensing the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand (and others) to make even more of this kind of stuff. If you're like me and in a position where collecting new stuff is becoming questionable due to space, you can cram a hundred of these in a box. So they're pretty nice.
Let's get started with the Frank Kozik Krono Pussy, which is a mashup of Kenner Star Wars parts and some other stuff. That's basically the entire line in a nutshell - these are inspired by (or ripped off from) existing toys. Mr. Kozik's octopus head sits atop a Stormtrooper torso and Boba Fett arms. The legs are inspired by Hoth troopers (or Han, or Luke) complete with the unique boots. The cape is a cape.
The detail is pretty fantastic, as the tentacles have little suckers and the cape is nicely textured. It doesn't actually do anything - none of these do - but it was sold in a variety of colors at the Kozik booth at Comic-Con. The glow figure was an incentive on Kickstarter, and the blue one - plus other colors - showed up at conventions. Like most of these figures, the mini-figure is a manufactured version of a "bootleg" "art" "toy" sold for pretty high prices.
Inspired by Onell Design creations, Sucklord Glyos should look familiar - it's a Pheyden body with the Glyos Sucklord head which was made in 2010 (if not earlier). An actual packaged/bagged figure was sold in clear pink, and this one isn't exactly so clear or pink - but it features the trademark design. A fist, an open hand, big round shoes, and distinctive lines make this an obvious homage to an art project, complete with the treads on the bottom of the boots. Very nice! It's a little shorter than most of these guys, and it's also shorter than Zombie Pheyden from a few years ago. It's kind of amazing. I almost wish Onell Design would just make legit Pheyden and Crayboth and others in this format.
Another Little People-inspired figure is the Scott Tolleson Blowpeg. It, too, is based on a full-size figure that was effectively a Little People slug with added Slave Leia elements and a blow-up doll motif. Hence, the boobs, the mouth, the hair, and the bikini. She even has a belly button and a "belt" around her peg - it's a pretty crafty design although once removed from the figure format, it does seem like a real odd choice here. It's so weird that it's arguably a worthwhile addition to any unhinged Star Wars collection.
The Dunny-inspired Dumny is basically a Dunny in a Boba Fett helmet - and, of course, also exists as a bagged art piece. This unpainted edition has a helmet and a cape, and is generally pretty cute. Fun! Well Made! Safe! It's a nifty piece and another tribute to a thing you probably wouldn't shell out $75 to get, but $3? $3 is good.
The Galactic Jerkbag Karate Chump is another figure in a gi with a Star Wars head - last time it was Greedo, now it's Walrus Man. It's very similar to the previous version with a new head, which is wholly appropriate. There was a whole series of Suckadelic 4-inch figures based on the "karate guy with new head" motif, so I expect more of these are on the way.
The (I'm guessing) Sucklord came in the bag from the guys who made these without any identification - I couldn't find any on the web site or Kickstarter, either. As such, I'm just going with that name. It's based on a photo of the artist, complete with totally non-suggestive hand pose and suit. He also has a rat tail. There's no more "realistic figure in the line as far as costume and proportions go, and it's amusing to see a figure of the guy who is partially responsible for this whole weird thing.
Other colorways exist, and nobody has any problems standing. Displaying these gets trickier over time due to the never-ending variety, but they're cheap and fit nicely in to golf ball display shelves. Check garage sales and thrift stores - and get these if you can. $15 isn't exactly a bargain, but that's sort of the point. They're goofy little things that probably only appeal to a certain kind of toy dork, who just happens to be another kind of toy dork, who thinks something this cheap is in some way meaningful. They are by no means impressive, but are amusing for the price. Get 'em if you dare.
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