It Came From The Basement: Darkstalkers' Jon Talbain

During this weekend’s clean sweep of the basement at Cummings Worldwide HQ, I unearthed this gem: Darkstalkers’ Jon Talbain.

iPhone camera? Not so great with the close-ups of the toys

Given the sheer volume of toys entering CWHQ, particularly during the early 2000s, this figure stands apart in two regards: 1) I can actually remember where I purchased it (KBToys) and for how much ($2.97); and 2) its terrific representation of the badass fightin’ werewolf from Darkstalkers 3.

Toy technology has come a long way over the last 8 years, with some reproductions getting ridiculously close to their original sources of inspiration while including unprecedented amounts of articulation.

How does Talbain stand up?

The sculpt rocks: This is as good a representation of a non-Nintendo and/or non-soldier video game character as I’ve ever seen. Not to damn with faint praise: Look at the illustration above and compare it with the photo. This is Talbain come into the third dimension, molded in plastic, and shrunk down to 1/18 scale.

Articulation is pathetic matched up against today’s standards–11 points of articulation, including a hinged jaw–but pretty standard for the McFarlene Toys-era from whence he was spawned. The biggest drawback are the fingers which lack any articulation at all. A perfect action figure? No. But an awesome one? Definitely.

Also awesome? The opening to the Darkstalkers’ anime series:

The basement hunt continues for Baby Bonnie Hood and her picnic basket, lil’ dog, and Uzi…

The cutest lil' psychopath you'll see today

Christopher Cummings

Blogs about product management. Loves Jesus, his family, comic books, video games, and giant robots. Occasionally crawls through mud and leaps over fire.

2 thoughts on “It Came From The Basement: Darkstalkers' Jon Talbain

  1. Are you selling the Talbain Figure? I´m interested… send me an email and we talk
    Cheers

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