In an age of increasingly (eerily) realistic action figures, Bif Bang Pow have eschewed convention and journeyed back to a simpler time. Their line of 8 inch Venture Bros. dolls are a retro tribute to the Mego dolls of yesteryear. As such, they’re goofy, awkward, but bursting with charm. It’s a quirky choice, and one that seems incredibly appropriate for this series.
I’ll start by saying that these are almost a real shame to free from their packaging. I love the character art and the style is a very close replica of the original Mego cardbacks. But I just don’t have the space (or system) to keep these carded. Flipping it over reveals the assembled line so far - considering these are only available through specialty retailers (like Big Bad) it’s a testament to the series that they’ve managed to go this deep into the character roster...
But Hank is wearing a ‘kerchief. How can you not love that!
The only thing that would make him better is some accessories, but I guess that’s not in line with what Mego used to do. I can probably print him out a paper Batman mask from somewhere to keep him in line with many of his onscreen appearances.
And I do think that the head sculpt is great. The heads are rubbery and often a completely different colour to their limbs, but it has that open mouthed, glazed eyed, idiotic expression that fans of the show have grown to love.
And my second new figure is the curvaceous, gravel-voiced villainess Dr. Girlfriend.
The aptly named girlfriend of butterfly-themed supervillain The Monarch, this is the first female figure that I’ve owned in the line. And they’ve taken a few sneaky shortcuts with the body. If you’re going to put her in a dress that has a velcro seam up the front then of course I’m going to open it, and it revealed that she actually has a modest, slim body which has been literally padded out by two soft cushions, one strapped across her chest, and one on her butt. It’s a clever deceit.
Again, the head sculpt is solid but the body is all over the place. She’s very difficult to balance on her thin, Barbie-style go-go boots. She’s such an iconic character though that I was determined to add her to the fold.
Speaking of which, let’s see how these all look together!
Here are the brothers attempting an ungainly “Go Team Venture” high-five.
And here’s the assembled Team Venture complete with Dr. Venture and bodyguard Brock...
And don’t forget that Bif Bang Pow are still attempting to release an accessory-laden line of 3 3/4 inch modern Venture Bros figures but can’t do that without our support. The first of these offerings is Brock Sampson and you can pick him up here at BBTS.