Does the Get Smart movie premiering this week have you itching for a little more covertness in your life? If so, you’re in luck, because here’s a rundown of 7 awesome secret agent collectibles.
001. Jack Bauer
There’s no doubt that 24 is a wall-to-wall action show, but a lot of people forget that at his core, Jack Bauer is a secret agent for the United States government. He’s worked undercover busting drug lords, run ops into enemy territory, and fought terror stateside. McFarlane Toys has some of the coolest tributes to Jack Bauer with their 24 action figure line. Each of the figures released so far features Jack about to take down some bad guys and comes with an ultra detailed display base.
002. Sydney Bristow
Alias ruled the spy genre on TV for five seasons, and it gave us the hottest spygirl of this generation, Sydney Bristow. There was an unsuccessful Alias action figure line that stopped after just one series of four characters (Sydney, Vaughn, Sloane, and Rocker Sydney), a really disappointing cancellation since series two was scheduled to include fan favorites Jack Bristow and tech geek Marshall. One awesome piece that did get released in limited quantities was a statue of Sydney in her schoolgirl disguise. Here’s a shot of that one from my own collection.
003. Get Smart
There aren’t a lot of cool toys for the current Get Smart movie, but you need only look to Sideshow Collectibles for some awesome toys based on the original series. The 12″ Maxwell Smart and The Chief action figures are long sold out, but they are truly high end collectibles and excellent representations of these classic characters. You can see the details about this figure set on Sideshow’s website: Link
004. The Avengers
No, not the Marvel superteam, and definitely not the 1998 remake travesty starring Uma Thurman… I’m talking about the original classic British spy duo from the 1960’s. There aren’t a lot of contemporary collectibles based on The Avengers, but one that really stands out is this cool 13″ scale action figure set featuring Emma Peel and John Steed. The figures came with authentic fabric costumes and a whole bunch of accessories. As a bonus, the figures spoke lines from the series.
005. Austin Powers
Every great genre gets a parody at some point, and Austin Powers is the big sendup of spy movies. There were loads of collectibles released around the time the films first hit theaters, and one of the most amusing is this action figure two-pack from McFarlane Toys. The set included the Mini Mobile from Austin Powers 2, along with action figures of the diabolical Dr. Evil and Mini Me, each sporting the uncanny likenesses McFarlane Toys is known for.
006. Nick Fury
When you look to the world of comic books for secret agents, you can’t do better than Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD. Fury rose through the ranks, eventually running the SHIELD agency, and he’s Marvel Comics’ go-to guy when you need covert strings pulled or governments toppled. There have been a lot of Nick Fury collectibles, and one of the best is this resin statue released from Bowen Designs. Two versions of the statue were produced: one in this classic SHIELD uniform and another limited version in a black stealth outfit.
007. Bond… James Bond
I’d be remiss not to include the biggest superspy of them all, James Bond. Over the years there have been many, many Bond related collectibles. Some of my favorites are the ones produced by Sideshow Collectibles. Sideshow is an awesome collectibles company across the board, and their James Bond toys almost always are dead-on accurate representations of the characters. Take, for instance, their Pierce Brosnan Premium Format Figure: Link
You can check out all of Sideshow’s Bond releases, past and present, at their website: Link
“The Collector’s Corner” is a special weekly installment of Officially Cool written by guest author Jason Dorough of www.Mechazilla.com and Fandomania.com. Jason is an avid collector of cool geeky gear and one of the internet’s authorities on things that are “Officially Cool”. Be sure to check back every Wednesday here on Film School Rejects, as Jason will be bringing you the best collectibles that the world has to offer.