This year is set to be a big one for fans of The Evil Dead, as Starz’s series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is at long last going to mark the return of Bruce Campbell’s iconic character Ash Williams. We’ve been waiting decades to see Ash once again slice and dice some Deadites, and it’s finally happening later this year.
In celebration of the long-awaited return, we wanted today to shine the spotlight on the various Evil Dead toys and collectibles that have been released over the years, with the focus on ten of the very best that all fans of the franchise absolutely need to have in their collection. So consider this a groovy checklist, fiends.
Without further delay, here are the Top 10 Must-Own Evil Dead Toys!
In September of 2000, McFarlane Toys finally gave iconic badass Ash Williams his very first action figure, including him in Series 3 of their popular Movie Maniacs line. Though by all means a must-own toy, if only because it was the character’s first, McFarlane took things to the next level the following year, releasing a two-pack that pit Ash against the Pit Witch that he does battle with in Army of Darkness. The Ash figure was the same as the previous year’s individual release, and the Pit Witch figure was never released by herself. The two-pack was exclusive to Musicland stores, and it can nowadays be purchased for around $20.
The same year that the aforementioned two-pack was released, Movie Maniacs Series 4 hit shelves, which saw McFarlane adding to their Army of Darkness line with an Evil Ash action figure – as well as a super-sized 18” figure of Ash. In 2002, they combined the Ash and Evil Ash figures into another two-pack, this time pitting the chainsaw-armed good guy against the sword-wielding bad guy. Aside from some minor paint differences, the two figures were pretty much the same as the ones that had been previously released, with the biggest change being that Evil Ash’s cape was made of cloth, rather than molded rubber. The second Army of Darkness two-pack can be purchased for around the same price as the first.
High-end company Sideshow Collectibles took over the Army of Darkness license in 2003, offering up three different limited edition 12” figures – Ash, Evil Ash, and S-Mart Ash. S-Mart Ash was not only the last addition to the line but also the best, featuring a head sculpt that far surpassed the one seen on the regular version of Ash. Setting itself apart from all of Sideshow’s other 12” figures, S-Mart Ash was packaged in a box that was made to look like it was sold at actual S-Mart stores, which really seals the deal on it being a unique and must-own collectible. This figure can typically be found for around $100, and you can expect to pay a bit more to get your hands on the rare Sideshow Exclusive edition – which came with a price gun.
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