This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces pointing out odd action figures of unlikely actors. People known more as character actors than action stars, and thus unlikely candidates for plastic representation.
Our honoree this time is the inspiration for The Sovereign in The Venture Bros., David Bowie.
Bowie (who was apparently bitten by a radioactive chameleon) has played Nicola Tesla (in a movie with Batman and Wolverine), Andy Warhol, Pontius Pilate, was in the Twin Peaks movie, and has beef with Bugs Bunny. (Also, he also apparently had a bit of a music career.)
It was his role as the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth that turned him into plastic, though. Several times, in fact! NECA made two Jareths in their Cult Classics line, as well as a 12" version with sound.
He was born David Jones, but had to change his stage name to avoid confusion with the Monkees. So he opted for "Tom Jones," then had to almost immediately change it again. He performed for nearly 50 years, constantly reinventing himself along the way, exploring new styles and creating new fans. But it's only because of NECA that you can have him in your home.
"Jareth" always makes me think of the guy from 30 Rock that Jenna tries desperately to impress.
"Jareth! Look how full of cheese my mouth is!"
Sorry, it's actually "Jerem," not Jareth. And yet...
"But it's only because of NECA that you can have him in your home."
Yeah, if you happen to have 200+ dollars to drop on the figure(s), or more considering you'll have to factor in the "Death Tax".
I'm exactly the kind of sucker the Deat Tax applies to: I've never seen Labyrinth, but now I sort of want that figure. It doesn't even look like it moves very well.
It doesn't, it's from NECA's early days, when articulation was more of an afterthought, haha. But if you like Bowie, Jim Henson creatures and fantastical stories, you'll love the movie!