Some characters I have simply no attachment to. That goes for the entirety of the 1994 Mortal Kombat line, and for several reasons: 1) I wasn’t a fan of fighting games. 2) Even if I was, I gravitated towards the drawn style of a Street Fighter II over the photo-realism of Mortal Kombat or Pit Fighter. 3) These aren’t great representations of the characters since they involve so many re-used G.I. Joe parts. 4) Oh, they’re not even in the G.I. Joe line.
That last one might be a boon here. That the SFII line of action figures sported the G.I. Joe logo (and Duke in the commercials, argh) felt like a misstep. Yes, here’s a popular thing, and our other thing over here could use a shot in the arm, so synergy marketing-speak gobbledygook. But the two worlds didn’t fit, so it felt awkward at best and desperate at best.
So along comes the hyper violent but highly desirable Mortal Kombat license. And Hasbro says “Yes!” But with a caveat — it can’t say “G.I. Joe” anywhere. (Carded figure HERE.) But Joe fans recognized what was going on.
Today’s post is a test shot of Sonya Blade. Erm, daytime colors, not “Movie Edition.” MK fans will have to chime in below in the comments (“MOOOOOORTAL KOMBAAAAAAT!”) and tell me why she’s awesome. I only ever saw the first movie and it’s been awhile. But not fully painted, and using (for certain components) whatever plastic was last in the mold, she (as do all test shots) comes across as wondrous, strange, and frightening. And as I’ve probably said elsewhere, an unpainted face reveals more of the sculpted details. Also of note, her hairpiece is a secondary sculpt, a separate piece glued on that’s not meant to come off.
No doubt a few fans bought Sonya here as a new Joe or Cobra recruit. That was a pleasant side effect to the MK and SFII lines — they weren’t such perfect representations of Midway and Capcom characters that we couldn’t pretend they were just more undiscovered G.I. Joes. And for some that remembered, this was also a great way to revisit the lovely-in-its-simplicity sculpt of 1987 Jinx.
And speaking of Street Fighter II, anyone else see a female version of Blanka here?