This week is a pretty big one for fans of the Child’s Play franchise, with today marking the release of not only the latest installment in the series, Curse of Chucky, but also a Blu-ray box set that includes all six of the films Chucky has slashed his way through. I’m going to have to take it upon myself to dub this week "Chucky Week" within the horror community, and I’ve decided to get in on the fun today with a look at the Chuckster’s top must-own toy releases to date.
Like all of the big time horror villains, Chucky has seen release in action figure form from all of the major horrror toy companies - including McFarlane, NECA, Sideshow Collectibles and Mezco. Though the toys made in his likeness aren’t as varied as the ones we’ve seen of Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and the like, and given the fact that the look of the character has been fairly similar from movie to movie, those companies and others have nevertheless spiced things up over the years with a handful of standout offerings. Today we take a look at the cream of the crop!
In 1999, McFarlane inducted Chucky into their prestigious Movie Maniacs line, putting him alongside Norman Bates and Michael Myers in Series 2. Based on Chucky’s look in Child’s Play 2, the same figure was super-sized just a couple years later, rescaled to a height of 12” tall. While I’d have to say that both the 6” and 12” versions are must-own toys, I was forced to pick one, and I had to go with the bigger of the two (because sometimes, size does matter). These big guys typically sell for around $100 on eBay.
In 2006, NECA released their own 12” version of Chucky, theirs based on Child’s Play 3. Setting itself apart from all other larger size Chucky toys, NECA’s version was outfitted with a voice box – a push of a button on Chucky’s chest makes him spout out various lines of dialogue from the films, including this highly creepy line from the first one: “I gotta go… I have a date with a six-year-old boy!” These figures nowadays sell for over $100 on eBay, though if you’re lucky you can score one for a bit less.
The most recent Chucky toy to hit the market, this 15” doll was released by Mezco last month... and is already sold out and hard to find for less than $100. It’s not hard to see why it’s in such high demand, given the incredible detail that went into the toy – which is based on the more battle-damaged look the ginger-haired slasher sported in Bride and Seed of Chucky. Featuring real clothing and 11 points of articulation, this is hands-down one of my favorite Chucky toys to date, and far more accurate and creepy-looking than many that have come along in the past. Job well done on this one, Mezco!
A company that consistently churns out some of the most impressive toys on the market, Sideshow Collectibles has put out a few of their own 15” dolls over the years, including several different versions of Chucky. But my favorite of their dolls based on the franchise is this Seed of Chucky variant from 2008, which measures a whopping 28” tall and was limited to just 850 pieces. Covered in blood and his clothes torn to shreds, this is the most significantly battle-damaged Chucky toy we’ve ever seen, and the closest you can get to actually having the real Chucky in your bedroom (at least as far as the scarred version of him is concerned). If you can even find one of these today – which won’t be easy – he’s not going to come cheap. It’s hard to even say how much you’d have to pay, considering there’s not a single listing for one on eBay at the moment. With so few out there, and no one willing to part with it (can you blame them?), I can only wish you good luck in your pursuit!
If you’re looking for a life-size Chucky doll but you’re not a big fan of the mangled look from his most recent film outings, then Medicom’s got you covered. The Japanese toy company put out this classic Chucky doll in 2005, which was limited to only 150 pieces worldwide. For fans of the original three Child’s Play films, I’d have to consider this one of the Holy Grails of Chucky collectibles, and the price they sell for most definitely reflects that status. Though they’re not often found on eBay, one of these bad boys recently sold there for over $2,000!
If you think all these Chucky toys are awesome, but you really want a screen-accurate replica of one the original "Good Guy" doll before it was infused with the evil spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, then look no further than Dream Rush, another Japanese company. In 2008 they put out a few different Child’s Play dolls, depicting both Chucky and a standard Good Guy. Though both are incredible toys, it’s the 30” Good Guy variant that’s the real standout – a true replica of the friendly little doll. Limited to 300 pieces, this is another one that sells for thousands of dollars.
We return to Sideshow Collectibles’ neck of the woods for this 14” deluxe edition doll of the titular Bride of Chucky – because you can’t have a collection of Chucky dolls and not have Tiffany displayed alongside him! Pretty, aint she? Released in 2008, the doll features a removable biker jacket and can typically be found for around $200. This one’s no doubt the most accurate Tiffany doll we’ve seen.
There have surprisingly been very few smaller-scale Chucky toys released over the years; most companies prefer to give the pint-sized terror the super-sized treatment. In 2006, however, NECA added a 5” Chucky action figure to their popular Cult Classics line, which was featured in Series 4. As far as Chucky figures of this size go, it’s thus far the best we’ve seen, trumping McFarlane’s release from 1999. You’ll only have to spend around $40 to snag one of these in today’s marketplace.
Though I’m personally not a huge fan of the movie, I’d feel wrong not including this Seed of Chucky box set, which was also released by NECA. The set collects together the entire family – Chucky, Tiffany and their son/daughter Glen – with each measuring approximately 5”. Released in 2004, the set has become pretty rare in recent years, and sells for around $100.
Finally, we wrap things up with what is no doubt the most unique piece of Child’s Play merchandise we’ve ever seen: part of the company Hawthorne Village’s line of miniature replicas of buildings and locations seen in horror films, this one from 2006 depicts the toy store from the original Child’s Play – the place where the horror began. Like all of Hawthorne’s offerings, this piece is pretty hard to come by nowadays; when found on eBay, you can expect to pay at least $100.
Which of these ten toys are your favorites, and can you think of any other awesome Child’s Play toys that I left off? Comment below and let us know!