Funko’s Mortal Kombat X Action Figure Review
January was a great month for a lot of reasons… not because of ‘new year, new me’ resolutions, but more because we finally got our hands on Funko’s anticipated Mortal Kombat X action figure line! Early previews of these made it very obvious that Funko would continue to capitalize on their retro-styled figure releases, featuring a body style that is nearly an exact copy of Mattel’s classic Masters of the Universe.
Despite the peak of my chlidhood being in the 90s, I’m a vintage toy lover through and through. My immediate reaction to seeing Scorpion looking like He-Man? Pure giddiness. The whole line looks incredible in this style, they’re fun, fairly well detailed, and are an instant dose of nostalgia.
The detail on the figures is well done, considering the $9.99 price point. It isn’t, of course, as detailed or as articulated as something like an S.H. Figuarts offering, but it’s important to remember that it isn’t intended to be. That said, the style may not be for everyone- if you don’t have any emotional connection to the MOTU line, you’ll probably look at these differently, so keep that in mind throughout this review.
Let’s start with a more detailed look at Scorpion who, for the vast majority, is probably one of the more iconic figures released in this wave. He features his iconic robes and leather wraps, both of which are well represented on the figure. He’s packaged with two katanas as well.
Funko’s Sub-Zero figure is a fairly close duplication of Scorpion, with some light modification and different accessories. I will say, his ice sword and ice hammer are definitely better looking accessories than Scorpion’s katanas.
In all of the years of Mortal Kombat, Liu-Kang probably gets less love than the others and that seems to hold true for this wave of figures as well. He’s not a bad figure, exactly, but my brain immediately relates him to more of a Robinhood look than Liu-Kang. The sculpt is notably different than Scorpion and Sub-Zero and while it certainly isn’t bad, the general design of the finished figure just feels odd to me on this style of body. Don’t get me wrong… the likeness is there to the Mortal Kombat X version of him, it just looks odd on the figure. He comes with no accessories, which makes sense for the character, but that also makes him probably the least desirable of this wave.
Kitana, the only female included in Wave 1 of the Mortal Kombat X line, definitely rocks on the MOTU styled female body design. I’ll admit- I’m generally not a huge fan of the design of the vintage female bodies.The vintage figures felt a bit clunky and the design looked odd- I have always thought that the hips looked very exaggerated and clunky- the legs were oddly sized and in most cases, left a rough looking figure. Thankfully, Funko’s Kitana looks and feels far less clunky. I think the detail across the figure and the contrasting colors help take away the odd shaped hip and legs. Her figure is neat looking, and it’s nice to have at least one example that isn’t on that standard He-Man muscle body in this line.
The detail is actually very good on this version, including the paint application. Kitana comes with her fan accessories which round out the figure nicely. She’s definitely one to own from this line!
Okay, I had to save the best for last. I’ll be honest… of all the great options from Mortal Kombat Raiden has always been a high-ranking favorite for me. Of all of Funko’s Mortal Kombat X figures, his stood out to me as the best (at least of this wave.) The contrasting colors of his robe look excellent, and while the sculpt isn’t radically different than those of Scoprion or Sub-Zero, the overall design stands out incredibly well on Raiden. I’ll admit, his accessories are a little lackluster (but do at least fit the character) – he comes with a pair of lightning attachments for his hands.
I don’t think any of the figures are bad- it definitely feels like Funko has knocked it out of the park with these. I’ve seen a lot of excitement to get (and frustration to not be able to find) these figures across social media, so the demand is definitely there. I’m hopeful that Funko will continue to expand on the Mortal Kombat X line- there are a number of additional characters that could be produced in this style that would look incredible! (Funko: Please give us Goro in this style!)
What other characters would you like to see in future waves of Funko’s Mortal Kombat X figure line? Tell us in the comments below!