STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS (HASBRO)
Before Funko created the insane every property imaginable juggernaut that is Pop! Vinyl in 2009, there was Mighty Muggs, another attempt at creating a multi-property pop-culture-driven vinyl figure line. Launched in 2007, Mighty Muggs were Hasbro’s go at the world of collectible vinyl. They spanned Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and even Hasbro’s in-house properties G.I. Joe and Transformers. With a tagline of “Made from 100% recycled Awesome,” the figures originally debuted on a 6-inch base body, before eventually being scaled down into Mini Muggs in 2011. They would be scaled down once more, into Micro Muggs, in 2012, before going on hiatus as a whole (apart from an out of the blue SDCC-exclusive ROM in 2014). In light of Funko’s immense success with Pops, it would appear Hasbro’s giving the brand another try, albeit with a slight…twist…I assure you, that’ll be funnier once you’re done with the review.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke is figure 03 in the first six-figure assortment of Star Wars Mighty Muggs. The assortment offers a mix of old and new trilogy designs, with Luke coming from the old, specifically from A New Hope. It’s kind of his quintessential look, so it’s a god place to start. The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall, putting him somewhere in-between the scales of the old Mighty Muggs and Mini Muggs. So, if you have the old ones, you’ll still be starting over. Perhaps not coincidentally, this sizing means that Luke is almost exactly the same size as his Funko compatriots. Hasbro clearly knows the market they want to tap into. Old Mighty/Mini Muggs had three points of articulation, at the neck and shoulders. These new Muggs lose the neck joint, for reasons I’ll get into in a little bit. Luke can still move at the shoulders, though, which I’m happy about. The proportions of the new Mugg body are similar in a lot of ways to the original, but with a definite influence from the figures that have come since. The main body is a bit squatter, and the head is larger in comparison. I actually find these changes to be quite aesthetically pleasing. Another change in this new incarnation is just how unique each figure is. Old Mighty Muggs would deviate from the base body as little as possible, resulting in a very large number of figures that were sculpturally identical. If Luke is any indication, that won’t be true this time. He gets a unique hair piece, as well as a slightly tweaked right arm, holding his trusty lightsaber. Once again, the changes are things I really don’t mind, and in the case of the hair, it was a direction Hasbro was already starting to experiment with at the end of the original line. Another change in direction? An action feature. Mighty Muggs weren’t entirely without action features before, but they were far from the norm. This time it’s standard. Luke has three different facial expressions, made visible by pushing down on his hair. It’s this feature that robs Luke of his neck movement. Personally, I don’t mind, but I suppose an argument could be made that a non-mechanical rotation would have preserved the articulation. Of course, then Hasbro wouldn’t have the gimmick to set them apart from the competition, so maybe that wouldn’t have been so great. The paint is definitely where this guy really shines, and it mostly comes from those three expressions. He’s got a standard determined stare, a grin, and an angry screaming one. I like how they’re all three clearly the same guy, but still very distinctly different and incredibly expressive. Very definitely the highlight of the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I didn’t have a huge collection or anything, I was definitely a fan of Mighty Muggs back in the day (at least in part via Christian, who had a larger collection than I). I was a bit sad when they went away, and I always preferred them to Pops. When I heard they were coming back, I was quite excited, and I was even more exited when I found them at my local TRU. I came very close to buying a whole set of the Star Wars ones, but decided to try the line out with one, and went for Luke who I thought looked the coolest. I’m very happy with my purchase, and I can definitely see myself grabbing more of these. Here’s hoping they take off!