My ideal action figure line would feature 6", well-sculpted, highly-articulated characters from all sorts of genres: robots, spacemen, aliens, cowboys, superheroes, cops, spies, wizards, trolls, mobsters, soldiers, and so forth. But here's the thing: none of them would have bio cards or even names. It would be entirely up to the child (or collector) to create the character.
Sadly, it seems that today the costs of creating a highly-articulated, six-inch action figure line are too high to risk on an unproven or original property. Without at least a cartoon to back it up, a toyline usually doesn't stand a chance these days (or at the very least, toy companies aren't willing to risk it). So almost all action figure lines are based on licensed characters from cartoons, comic books, or movies.
Legendary Comic Book Heroes is no exception. The characters are all based on independent comicbooks (that is, comics that aren't published by Marvel or DC). So yes, these characters all have names and histories. But aside from that, LCBH certainly looks like my ideal toy line.
Unlike Marvel Legends or DC Universe, these "comicbook heroes" aren't just your typical spandex-wearing superhero types. The capes are well-represented by the likes of Madman, the Savage Dragon and SuperPatriot. But you've also got Judge Dredd, a science fiction character if I ever saw one; Witchblade and the Darkness, who are as much fantasy/horror characters as they are superheroes; Marv from Sin City, a gritty pulp noir; and Conan the barbarian, one of the best-known fantasy characters of all time.
And these are great toys, well-sculpted and highly articulated. I bought the entire first
wave series; each one comes with a piece of a much larger character, Pitt. Once you've got all the pieces, you can just snap him together (Marvel Toys invented this idea back when they were still making Marvel Legends under the name ToyBiz; previous Build-A-Figures [BAFs] include Galactus and a Sentinel from X-Men).
Okay, so a few of these characters had their halcyon days back in 1992, particularly Ripclaw and Pitt. But Judge Dredd, Sin City, and the Savage Dragon have all had their own toylines over the years. Madman is a great, popular indie comic. And Conan is huge right now, with a popular comic and a slew of videogames and films on the way.
But what I love most about the line is the way it gives us all these characters in the same scale. I've always loved being able to display figures from one line next to another. Now, thanks to Marvel Legends, DC Universe Classics and Legendary Heroes, I can display Wolverine, Batman and Marv next to one another. Though I'm not sure what they'd have to say to one another.