Toymaker Bif Bang Pow is bringing the first ever 3 3/4-inch KISS action figures to life. The Rock ‘N Roll super heroes will join the ranks of thousands of comic book and movie characters who’ve been preserved in the classic plastic form. “Star Wars” and Kenner made the size and style the norm in 1978.
KISS has been immortalized in the past on posters, coffee mugs, glasses, lighters, t-shirts, hats, underwear, lunch boxes, and even a coffin. Pantera guitar player Dime Bag Darrell was buried in one. They’ve even had several other sizes of action figures manufactured for them. If you were a child in the 1970s, there’s no way you don’t remember their first line of 12-inch dolls which featured synthetic hair and clothing. Let’s just say Ken had no chance with Barbie after she’d seen these rock icons.
The Starchild, Demon, Spaceman, and Catman all come dressed in their costumes from the KISS “Alive II” album. They’ll also come with guitar, bass, and drumsticks as accessories. I can’t think of a better era to preserve in 3 3/4-inch plastic than this one. I spent many hours listening to that record while gazing at the gatefold cover and wishing I was at one of their concerts.
No release date for the action figures has been set. Bif Bang Pow did release an image of the concept artwork for them. I’ll finally be able to pit Darth Vader and Boba Fett against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in an epic battle my six-year-old self would’ve smiled in glee over.