In the world of toys, the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise has gotten so much love over the years that it’s become hard to even keep track of all the different action figures. Companies like McFarlane Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, Mezco, and NECA have milked the franchise for (almost) all it’s worth, collectively putting out toys based on every single installment released to date – well, JASON TAKES MANHATTAN has gotten the shaft from all of them, but it’s a sequel we’re better off forgetting about anyway.
Don’t hit me. You know it’s true. But back to business.
Most recently, NECA acquired the FRIDAY license, and they’ve taken the Voorhees action figure market to new levels of awesome. In the last few years, the company has put out toys based on the 1989 FRIDAY THE 13TH NES video game, and they also whipped up the very first action figure of young Jason Voorhees from the original film. They did the same for A NEW BEGINNING’s Roy, who had similarly been ignored by other companies over the years. So what’s next, you ask? Well, we’ve got some ideas.
Here are five FRIDAY franchise characters who deserve their own toys!
If there’s a character in the series who’s as beloved as Jason Voorhees himself, it’s undoubtedly Tommy Jarvis, who proved to be the masked maniac’s greatest adversary across three sequels. Jarvis was of course played by three different actors in those films, at three different stages in his life, but the definitive Tommy Jarvis was portrayed by a young Corey Feldman in THE FINAL CHAPTER. If NECA really wants to impress FRIDAY fans, an action figure depicting a bald Jarvis from the fourth installment’s finale would likely fly off the shelf in an instant, particularly if it was a limited Comic-Con exclusive. As for accessories, a removable hairpiece would be a treat, as would one of Jarvis’ handmade horror masks.
And how about a three-pack of all the different iterations of Jarvis? Just picturing it in my head gives me the urge to take out my credit card and give NECA all the money. Literally all of it.
One of the most memorable characters from the original FRIDAY THE 13TH was Crazy Ralph, who managed to survive the wrath of Mrs. Voorhees – alas, he wasn’t so lucky when Jason came back into the picture years later. Initially perceived as a crazy old man with a drinking problem, the bicycle-riding Ralph actually turns out to be one of the franchise’s greatest heroes, devoting his life to warning campers away from Crystal Lake. Of course, they never listen, but at least he tried. Crazy Ralph would be a natural fit in NECA’s MEGO-style line, with real fabric clothes and a removable hat, and a bicycle accessory would really make that figure an instant must-own.
The FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise is known for its ass-kicking heroines, and though Alice was the first, my personal favorite FRIDAY final girl was PART 2’s Ginny Field. Not only does Ginny out-fight Jason Voorhees, which is no easy task, she also out-smarts him (a bit easier), gaining the upper-hand by brilliantly tricking the machete-wielding freak into thinking she’s his deceased mother. Since she puts on Mrs. Voorhees sweater at the end of the film, NECA could easily reuse the body of their retro-style Pamela figure for the first-ever Ginny toy, requiring only the sculpting of a new head. As for the included accessory, a pitchfork would do the trick.
What can be said about FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3’s Shelly Finkelstein that hasn’t already been said? The lovable geek, in addition to just plain being a fun character, is a hugely important figure in the evolution of Jason Voorhees, because as you may recall, he’s the one who brought the hockey mask to Crystal Lake and unwittingly provided the big guy with his most iconic disguise. Of course, an action figure of Shelly would absolutely have to come with that very hockey mask, and an alternate head allowing you to recreate his epic axe prank would be a nice addition.
On a related note, it’s interesting to point out that Greenlight Collectibles recently released a mini replica of Rick’s car from FRIDAY PART 3, which was made famous when Shelly used it to run over the motorcycle gang’s bikes!
Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. had one hell of a year in 1985, as both RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE NEW BEGINNING were released just months apart. He brought iconic characters to the screen in both films, playing Spider in the former and Demon in the latter. The older brother of Reggie “The Reckless,” Demon Winter – pretty badass name, eh? – may not have had a large role in the fifth installment, but he certainly made an impression with that limited screen time. It was the enchiladas that led to Demon’s demise, so no figure of the character would be complete without an enchilada accessory. And if we really want to make demands here, an outhouse display environment would take the toy to a whole nother level!
Which FRIDAY characters do you think are most deserving of toys? Let us know!