The Many (Toy) Faces of Sylvester Stallone

By Zack Smith

As we saw at Toy Fair, NECA has a new  action figure of Sylvester Stallone as Rambo in First Blood.  At 6 ¾ inches and 25 points of articulation, it’s one of the most accurate examples of everyone’s favorite mentally-unstable victim of America’s indifference to Vietnam vets turned over-the-top action hero.  In addition, Hot Toys just posted a look at a new 1/6 scale doll of Barney Ross, Stallone’s Expendables 2 character, that is the next-best thing to having Sly himself on your shelf.

These announcements led us to a realization – Sylvester Stallone has had perhaps more action figures made of the characters he’s portrayed than any other actor.  So, we decided to take a look at some of the many, many, Stallone-based toys over the years.  Some of what we found was, put bluntly, things we cannot unsee.

Rocky was one of the films that ushered in the blockbuster era with Jaws and Star Wars, so it’s unsurprising that the Italian Stallion would move to plastic form.  Rocky III in 1983 saw Phoenix Toys and Appleworks release a series that saw Rocky, Mr. T as Clubber Lang, Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, and even Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips.  There was also a die-cast Rocky figure from ERTL, if you wanted a Rocky you could chip a tooth on.

Jakks Pacific did a whole line of Rocky figures that includes many of the crazy outfits Rocky wore in different films, from star-spangled shorts to the Tarzan-type outfit from the commercial in Rocky II, along with such supporting characters as Paulie and Tommy Gunn from THAT SEQUEL THAT NEVER HAPPENED. 

NECA has done its own line of Rocky figures more recently, including Ivan Drago if you want Dolph Lundgren to battle Aliens, Predators and other NECA-rendered monsters.

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