3/21/15

Amanda Waller (lack of) Action Figure

Not sure how I feel about this Amanda Waller action figure. I mean, as an action figure aficionado, I get how people really want to complete their collections. And they really want those obscure or background characters. Not to say Amanda Waller was 'obscure' or 'background' in any way. She was actually a very pivotal character in the JLU animated universe.

But she is not a superhero. She's not a dude. She's not white.

She is: a lady in a business coat, skirt and sensible pumps. She's also overweight. And African American. 

Honestly, the chances that a modern day action figure line would include her at all were astronomical. Let's face it - I saw her at retail. I own her now. And yet I could still be convinced that she doesn't exist. Because she shouldn't exist based on all the 'rules' I know about the toy world.

Not to mention the fact that she was available as one third of a retail available three pack. That still blows my mind. She wasn't the lone new release in a twenty pack of Batman repaints. She wasn't a retailer exclusive (that I recall). She wasn't only available as an online exclusive (although she pre-dates Mattycollector.com and their insane merchandising decisions).

She is a gem for all those reasons and more.

But...but...she's BORING!

like I said, I saw her at retail when she was on the shelves, and passed. Not that I was ever a JLU completist. Far from it. But I owned a few and grabbed exclusives when I could. I just couldn't muster the need to buy her back then.

I did buy her for a buck at the flea market. I almost didn't because...well,...a buck is a lot of money at the flea market! I could get two, maybe three or even four toys for that price! But I thought to myself again how impossible her existence is...she's like the platypus of toy evolution...so I bought her.

She shouldn't exist. She's like holding anti-matter. Like glimpsing through a keyhole in timespace into an alternate universe.

And sadly, she's boring.

Unless...


BODYSLAM!

14 comments:

  1. I never once watched the cartoon and I had no idea why this figure was made that didnt stop me from buying it though.

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    1. Yeah she's incredible for the mere fact that she exists.

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  2. For a minute there I thought Funko Reaction was releasing "Gimme A Break" action figures.

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    1. That is the best idea I have heard in a long time ! You my friend just won the internet.

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  3. Some Turtle loving going on there! lol.

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  4. I remember her having a pretty big role in the show. I mean, other than Superman, she was the only other person that somewhat kept Luthor in check. It is odd they made an inaction figure of her though.

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    1. Her role in the show was huge, and she's an awesome character there and in the Suicide Squad (that I read - pre New 52). But still, I can't believe they made her into a toy.

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  5. I remember when she was in stores in a multi-pack with other characters.

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    1. Yup, and she wasn't that hard to find either. Amazing.

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  6. Love her as a character and am hoping she will be as great in the live action movie as she was in the cartoon. CCH Pounder does the voice. I thought Oprah would have been a great Waller.

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    1. I agree. I hope she's as badass in the movie as she was in the toon.

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