going to ask you a kind of personal question, and you don't
have to answer out loud or anything but I want you to think
about it. Have you ever had a dream where you were Spider-Man?
You know, like, you could fling web from your wrists and swing
around and just be awesome in general? And now's the part
where I creep you out and make you take out a second restraining
order on me - because I can say with a good amount of certainty
that you answered yes.
is just a cool guy, and we all know it. But sadly, our hum-drum
everyday lives just aren't likely to be brightened by a visit
from a radioactive (or genetically altered, depending on who's
telling it) spider to turn us into mildly freaky but exceptionally
to the keen observational skills of Matt, who pointed me in
the direction of this thing, I have found a way to come close.
Very close. Witness the awesome power of
The King of Fighters Sport X Action Figure.
know that this looks like a simple bootleg Spider-Man action
figure, but I assure you that it is so much more. Nevertheless,
there are those naysayers who would require proof, and thusly
I shall do the best I can to convince you that your lives
truly aren't worth living without a King of Fighters Sport
X Action Figure.
get to brass tacks, shall we?
He truly is the King of Fighters.
the figure itself. This baby stands about a foot tall and
is fully articulated, but only if by 'fully articulated' you
mean 'he can move his entire limb at once, and the head is
kind of loose'. But check out that intricate paint job, and
that attention to detail! It takes a special amount of skill
and determination to get the web on spidey's costume just
so, and they appear to have done that. Unless of course,
you take a closer look.
all kinds of smudges on him, and the misprinted eyes are no
great surprise either. Of course, he's completetly unpainted
on the other side, so I suppose whoever made this toy had
the presence of mind to make doubly sure that they didn't
screw up both sides by just not doing one. You may
notice that his fingers, while technically in the classic
Spidey webslinging position, are facing the wrong way. And
you can't turn his wrist. This means that he doesn't so much
'sling web' as 'rock out all the time'.
Yeah! RAWK! WOOO!!!
course, every Asian bootleg toy has an extra wonderland of
fun and excitement waiting for you to discover - the packaging.
We've already been amazed by the name, which not only rips
off a series of Super Nintendo fighting games but makes absolutely
no sense in connection with the figure whatsoever.
there's all kinds of other stuff going on there to amaze and
confuse you. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if the the Chinese
aren't pulling something akin the Canadian favorite "Talking
to Americans" - perhaps they simply make these things
as intentionally confusing as possible, just so they can have
a hearty laugh at poor idiots like me who lose sleep over
stuff like this. For example:
Flashing Enter? What?
really hadn't the slightest clue what this meant until I talked
to a fellow King of Fighters Sport X Action Figure Owner.
The Saan in the mall at one point had quite a few of these,
but they were down to two by the time Mike and I got there.
Still, it was honestly surprising to run into someone besides
us who had one, and who could explain the whole flashing enter
thing. See. it all has something to do with this little button
on his back, which, when pressed, activates the greatest feature
that the real Spider-Man never had -
torso lights up for no apparent reason! Just think
of the million uses Spider-Man could've had with such a power.
He could have...alerted enemies to his presence when hiding
in the dark! Or. Um. He could confuse passers-by with a sudden
so we see here that perhaps the Flashing Enter power is not
so very useful. But as I mentioned earlier, the Chinese had
a ball on the packaging for this baby and decided that the
fun shouldn't stop with Spider-Man - heavens no! "Why
should we just have Spider-Man on our product," they
thought, "when we can throw in Batman as well?"
so we are not only treated to various shots of Batman on the
packaging, we get some kind of weird, horse-riding pseudo-foreign
Sub-Batman as well. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet -
Friend to the children, saviour of the village!
Batmen of all nationalities have flocked to the packaging
of a Spider-Man action figure, throwing aside the constrictive
notions of DC and Marvel universes (universees? universi?)
and joining together in peace and harmony. Only to be sold
for One Canadian Dollar and Ninety Nine Canadian Cents. Irony
is cruel, isn't it?
do realize that not everyone can become Spider-Man. But thanks
to the help of an affordably priced, badly-painted, constantly
rocking out bit of mildly posable plastic, I've just
come that much closer. I can only hope that one day you will
experience the joy I now feel.