SAVAGE WORLD (FUNKO)
Funko, masters at getting literally every license under the sun, got into the action figure game with ReAction, a line of figures based on the styling of Kenner’s failed Alien line (and, by extension, the styling of Kenner’s far more successful Star Wars line). There were some gems in that run, but Funko sort of ran it into the ground, so they decided to move forward and ape *another* vintage toyline’s style. This time, it was Masters of the Universe. Their first offerings were from the thematically appropriate Mortal Kombat, but, as with everything they do, Funko has decided to extend the style to cover a plethora of other licenses. The line we’re focussing on today, Savage World, is an anthology line of sorts, based on several popular slasher franchises. Today, I’ll be looking at Leatherface, the slasher from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, viewed through that He-Man-esque lens.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Leatherface is part of the five-figure first series for Savage World, alongside Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, Jason, and Pinhead. There are enough heavy hitters here that I’m honestly not sure there’s a Series 2 in the plans, and quite frankly, that’s for the best. Funko’s not had the best track record of finishing things (if you don’t believe me, ask anyone of my three incomplete Serenity crews), so a one and done is alright by me. Leatherface is 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. His sculpt appears to be unique to him (which is actually a bit of a surprise, given the heavy parts reuse of the old Masters figures), and rather nicely sums up the intended aesthetic. His design has, rather expectedly, gone through some notable changes to bring him more in line with that Masters thing. Obviously, he’s super buff and cut, and quite squat, in contrast to the more schlubby look of the movies. And to accentuate this new build, he’s also ditched his shirt, as you do. Topping all of that off, he’s gone full-on Ash Williams, and replaced his right hand with a chainsaw attachment. He’s also got the usual furry loincloth piece that most of the Masters had, because he just wouldn’t quite look right without it. Admittedly, Leatherface’s classic design doesn’t seem quite as natural a fit for this style as the others in the set, but ultimately the figure makes it work pretty well. The paint work on Leatherface is overall pretty basic. The application is clean and sharp, and they’re are some nice smaller details, like the blood splatter details on his torso. He doesn’t have the most eye-catching color-scheme, but that’s true to Leatherface. He’s packed with a second hand attachment, a mallet, which swaps out with the saw hand. It’s not as definitive as the other hand, but it’s still fun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, yeah, confession? I’ve never actually seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre all the way through. It’s not really my kind of movie. By extension, I have no real attachment to Leatherface. In general, Savage World isn’t really for me, and Leatherface is perhaps the least for me of the set. Why do I have him then? Well, he’s not actually mine. When All Time got in their cases of this line, this guy’s leg had popped off of its socket in the package, so they offered him up to me for review. Yay for me! Even for someone who doesn’t have a personal attachment to this figure, he’s pretty solid. The whole concept’s pretty goofy, but hey, goofy’s fun.