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Released to coincide with the 2004 film Freddy vs. Jason this 'Cult Classic Horror Icon' action figure forms part of my own personal collection of iconic horror characters. Sitting alongside the likes of Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Michael Myers from Halloween and Pinhead from Hellraiser, Jason Voorhees for those who are unfamiliar with the character appeared in the Friday the 13th franchise of 'slasher' films and is perhaps the most famous and recognisable of the iconic characters that are available.
Made from cool to the touch moulded plastic the attention to detail on this figure is quite superb for its price tag and features a bashed and battered representation of Voorhees. Everything from the iconic dirty white hockey mask to the machete he is holding is reproduced in fine detail and the rips and tears in his clothing have an authentic look to them. There are a few whispy strands of hair protruding from the side and back of his mask and standing at 7 inches in height he strikes a mean and moody pose. The figure is fully poseable and the machete is removable but Jason wouldn't be Jason without his trusty weapon and this fits firmly in his fist ready to slash his way through his next victim.
The figure comes packaged in the usual hard-to-get-into plastic packaging but does feature a nice insert of an image from the film Freddy vs. Jason and once taken out of its confines the figure will stand wherever you want him to. Much to the dismay of my wife I sit my Jason along with my other horror figures on a shelf in our spare room - it's quite a bizarre sight when you consider that she collects Me to You bears and the mixture of cute innocent bears along with maniacal serial killers just about sums up our own individual tastes, but then again opposites attract, right?
My only slight grumble about the figures concerns the poseability feature and as Jason's arms can be moved up and down there is a slight gap between his shoulder socket and chest where you can see the join. Obviously he was designed in this way being an 'action' figure but personally I would have preferred a fixed position figure but that's just my own personal opinion and there are resin figurines available which are fixed if you have a bigger budget to spend.
When I bought my figure he cost only £13.95 and is still available on Amazon at that price, 'Cult Classics' did release a later version of this character with a slightly different finish to the paintwork last year but on inspection the figures are practically identical so it shouldn't really matter which one you end up with should this be something that interests you. There are also larger versions of this figure available but will set you back more and it is worth mentioning that these figures do feature on sale quite often on Play.com where they will set you back just under a tenner each.
Although this will feature here as a toy it is clearly not aimed at the younger collector of action figures due to who the character actually is and would probably suit older children or adults who see these, like me, as film memorabilia. There are no sharp edges which would cause concern although the machete is removable and is obviously a small part so could easily be misplaced if care is not taken with it. He weighs 200 grams in his unboxed state and as already mentioned sits 7 inches from head to toe so is not too large to find a suitable place to stand him.
If you are looking for a nice piece of film memorabilia or are a fan of the Friday the 13th films then this figure from 'Cult Classics' would make an ideal purchase either for yourself or as a gift for someone. The figure is well made, has great attention to detail and is a fantastic representation of one of horror films most iconic characters and from me would get an excellent 4/5 dooyoo star rating only losing one star for the obvious arm join as mentioned earlier. Widely available online from Amazon or Play.com and definitely recommended by me, thanks for reading my review.