Created by Larry Hama (of G.I. Joe fame) and Michael Golden (Marvel Comics), Bucky O’ Hare infiltrated TV, toys, comics and video games in the early 1980’s to the early 90’s! It followed Captain Bucky O’Hare, along with the crew of his, as they battled the evil Toad Empire. It featured a diverse cast of characters including First Mate Jenny, Dead-Eye Duck, AFC Blinky and more.
In another dimension, another time and space, a parallel universe was fallin’ on its face. When out of the chaos, who else could it be? But the animal adventurers from S.P.A.C.E.?
Bucky! Captain Bucky O’Hare! Mutants and aliens and toads beware! You’re looking for adventure? Well, this is it. With Jenny, Deadeye, Blinky, and Willy DuWitt!
I said Bucky! Captain Bucky O’Hare!
With that opening to the original theme song, I was hooked as a kid. I had a Bucky O’Hare figure, as well as one or two others. I loved the NES game when it came out, and enjoyed the arcade game. I was never really into the comics, where the story was much more expanded than the short lived TV series. The property never enjoyed the long term success of brands like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it’s fondly remembered by fans as a fun toy line and show.
In 2016, Boss Fight Studio announced that they have teamed up with Neal Adam’s Continuity Studios (publisher of the comic series) for a brand new toy line based on Bucky O’Hare! While not part of their popular Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line, the figures utilized some of the same ideas. Featuring numerous interchangeable parts, they set out to make the ultimate versions of each character, even bringing out figures that never had an initial release. Series 1, which featured Bucky and Jenny, was released in 2017. Series 2, which includes Dead-Eye Duck and variants of Jenny and Bucky, will be making its way to fans very soon. If you’d like, you can order those items by Clicking Here.
Boss Fight Studio was kind enough to provide the figures for us to check out. We have nearly 80 high resolution images and a review of the first two assortments, as well as the holiday special “Chocolate” Bucky O’Hare. Read on to check them out!
Bucky O’Hare Waves 1 and 2 by Boss Fight Studio
- Excellent sculpts
- Crisp, clean paint apps
- Very good articulation on all the figures
- Each figure has plenty of interchangeable parts
- Easy to swap out faces and hands
- Collector friendly packaging
- The Easter candy version of Bucky is great looking in hand
- Pricing does feel a bit high
Featuring artwork by creator Michael Golden, as well as Neal Adams, the packaging looks outstanding. The design is bright, colorful and hearkens back to the classic 80’s carback design. Each backer features artwork of the included character on the front. The backs showcase figures from the current and upcoming waves, as well as bios for the characters. The best parts is that the cardbacks are not sealed. Fans can easily remove the backers (perfect for framing) and remove the figures, and then place them back in for storage or display. I’m always a big fan of this style of packaging and wish more companies employed it. Each figure sits in plasti trays, with no twist ties included. Each of the figures includes numerous interchangeable hands, weapons and swap out face pieces.
I own a few of the Vitrivian H.A.C.K.S. figures from Boss Fight Studio, and have always been happy with the quality of those releases. Once I took the Bucky figures out of the packaging, I was happy to see that the same care was put into the sculpts and production quality. The sculpted details are spot on, and pull a lot from the comic designs of the characters. Articulation is solid as well. While not as highly articulated as the H.A.C.K.S. figures, they could still pull off just about any pose I wanted during the shoot. Dead-Eye Duck is especially fun to pose with his four arms.The figures have ball jointed shoulders, multiple points of arms swivel, waist articulation, multi-point articulated ankles and more. The joints are also sculpted in a way that hey aren’t eyesores and keep the stream-lined comic look of the figures.
Each figure has a nice weight to them as Boss Fight uses a variety of different plastics throughout the figure. Some use dense plastic, like the heads, while some of the bodies are the stronger, but hollow plastic you’ll see on a lot of higher end 6″ scale action figures. They took a smart approach to Jenny in this regard. Her slender design could have been troublesome to stand up, but they designer her tail in a way that it can act as a third point of contact, adding stability. Parts are very easy to swap out. The faces for Jenny and Bucky pop off along nicely hidden seemed edges, as does the duckbill of Dead-Eye. Hands are equally easy to change out. The paint work is nice and mostly clean on all the figures. Details such as they eyes have very crisp line work.
I am quite pleased with how the figures turned out. There are plenty of display options for each figure, and they have a great overall look and feel to them. At $35 each, the price per figure is a bit steep, and may turn off some collectors. But the quality is there for sure, with no breakage issues, and nothing feeling low quality. You do get a lot of extras for that price as well. Check out some select photos below and the full gallery after that.