In Back to the Future Marty Mcfly (Michael J. Fox) travels back in time to 1955, where he accidentally alters his parents-to-be first meeting, causing his teenage mother to become romantically interested in him instead. He must now repair the damage done and find a way to return back to 1985 with the help of Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown.
The original Back to the Future movie was released in 1985 and is considered one of the best sci-fi/time travel films ever made, it featured a well written story and incredible special effects for its time.
Name: Marty Mcfly
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 257
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Price: $250 – $280 MISB
Accessories: Various hands and itemsas well as figure base with Marty Mcfly nameplate and Back to the Future logo.
When Hot Toys finally released their official prototype images of Marty Mcfly from Back to the Future (BTTF) I was instantly impressed, the figure looked awesome and you could tell a lot of love went into making it.
Finally the long wait between pre-order period and in-stock figure is finally over and Mcfly is finally in my hands and thankfully hasn’t been changed much, if at all from those prototype images and that’s just the way I like it – the expectation from what is in hand matches what was promised!
LIST OF PARTS
Inside the box you get the following items:
This is a great portrait of Michael J Fox as Marty Mcfly, it looks like him and it looks just like he looked as Marty Mcfly in Back to the Future. From every angle it looks excellent! I’m glad they didn’t make any changes and delivered what was pretty much an exact match to the prototype. If you are a fan of Marty Mcfly, you will love this head sculpt, because it is just that great of a representation of him.
Could Hot Toys have given him another head sculpt with a different expression that would work with most poses you would want to put Mcfly in? Probably not. This head sculpt suits 90% of the poses, so I’m quite happy with the choice of expression on his face.
With Mcfly you get the usual high standard paint application, it looks great and it really looks life like. Thankfully, Hot Toys are now really toning down that over pronounced stubble effect on the top lip that we have seen on some of their recent releases and the results are great!
Mcfly uses the standard slim Truetype body and I think the shins might have been made a little shorter than normal to accommodate Michael J Fox’s short stature (judging by parted out sets on eBay – I would not put this past Hot Toys as they are constantly improving and updating their base bodies, even in subtle ways all the time). But, the normal slim Truetype was shorter to begin with; unfortunately I don’t have any other figures with this body to compare with.
The Body has the following articulation: Ball-jointed neck (at the head and at the base of the neck), swivel/hinge shoulders, double jointed elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball-jointed chest, ball-jointed waist, swivel/hinge legs (at the hip), double jointed knees and ball-jointed ankles.
I had hardly any issue getting Mcfly into any of the poses I wanted when taking these photos, however, because of the number of fabrics under Mcfly’s shirt (Red vest, denim jacket, checkered shirt and maroon t-shirt!) I had a bit of difficulty moving his shoulders some times and would have to try to adjust the clothes underneath to free up his shoulders, which did become a bit of a chore.
Hot Toys have done a really great job with Marty’s outfit, the choice of material for the denim jeans and jacket is a stand out for me, as it really looks like what it’s meant to be, but shrunk down to 1/6 scale. I also love the red vest it’s a great red and just the right amount of puffy – plus it even has wire in it for that swept back effect, if desired.
The other outfit components are very good too. But my nit-picks would be that Mcflys t-shirt can sometimes get caught under his neck and like mentioned already the layers bunch up around his shoulder joints.
One more issue is the amount of layers of clothing does look a little weird with the neck when you remove some layers (IE the neck can look too long). But this is just one of those things with having cloth material clothes and many layers of them.
With Marty you get all the accessories he came with in the first part of the movie, just before he went back in time, Marty’s skateboard, his portable cassette player, his back pack and even the camcorder.
All of these accessories look great! My personal favourite is easily the skateboard – just looks so damn cool and has all kinds of little details on it. As excepted all these accessories are to a very high standard – both paint and sculpting.
Also included are sunglasses and watch for Marty to recreate that classic pose from the movie posters. You also get a 1/6 scale replica “save the town clock tower” flyer, which if I had a complaint about it would be that it could have used a little sharpening of the image before it was printed.
I’m not sure if we will get any other versions of Marty from BTTF 1 but for me, all these accessories cover any pose I would want to put Marty in.
Once again just like with the Bank Robber Joker 2.0 and even Starlord (when I get around to reviewing him) I would find some of the “buttons” missing after posing (READ playing) Mcfly. At least Hot Toys are on top of this by giving us a bag of replacement buttons of all types to fix this, if you can’t find the one that fell off. I just wish the y would stay on a little better. One thing I would like to see is just a few more of each type of button included with each release.
The other thing to watch out for is Mcfly’s head, make sure it’s setting on that ball-joint properly as even although it does sit a smidgeon high on the neck (trying to accommodate for the many layers of clothing) if it’s not on properly it will sit even higher and of course be a bit loose and floppy when posing. Keeping that red vest on is the best advice to avoid Marty looking like he has a giraffe neck!
I paid pretty much $210 for Mcfly from Animarket plus shipping, but I did the smart thing and combined it with a few of my other orders to save on shipping and it still came out cheaper than buying from local sellers.
Regardless of where you want to buy him from, try to shop around and get the best price you can for Mcfly, try not to go above $270 not including shipping.
Considering BTTF up until recently didn’t have much in the way of toys or collectible merchandise it’s great to see a good number of things being released, however Hot Toys have definitely made the best one so far. Marty may have a few minor flaws, but no figure is really prefect anyway, be it Hot Toys or any other companies’ product for that matter. If you are a BTTF fan, you need this figure! Hopefully they can make Doc Brown to go with him! I will definitely have the BTTF II version of Marty on order as soon as I am able to do so!
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