J!NX, makers of fine gaming lifestyle apparel, is joining the toy game with its new line of Minecraft Adventure Figures. The first series of six Minecraft figures features both heroes and monsters, and they all look like they stepped straight out of everyone's favorite sandbox game.
Minecraft comes to (still) life
The first wave of the Minecraft Adventure Figure series consists of six figures. Each one comes in a window box measuring 4.5 in. x 2.5 in. x 2.5 in. That means you don't have to blind buy in hopes of getting the figure you want, and you don't have to take the toy out of the box to display it.
These three-inch tall Minecraft Adventure Figures are officially licensed by Mojang and designed by J!NX. They're not articulated, which means you can't pose them. However, each of them comes in a dramatic pose that will be instantly familiar to Minecraft players. The poses lend them a real sense of motion and personality.
J!NX plans to follow up with another series of Minecraft Adventure Figures in the future. As long as they keep selecting memorable characters and posing them well, these toys are going to be lots of fun to collect. I'd also like to see a backdrop or diorama for displaying the whole set, though it shouldn't be too hard to make your own.
You can learn more about J!NX at Jinx.com.
Included in Series 1 are the following figures. Each one costs $9.99 at Amazon, GameStop, Target, and Walmart.
Steve is the lovable bearded default protagonist of Minecraft. This figure sports a full four-piece set of diamond armor as well as the coveted diamond sword. He's stepping merrily forward towards his next adventure.
Minecraft's second default protagonist is poor beardless Alex. We wears a full set of enchanted armor (it's up to you to imagine which enchantments were applied) and wields an enchanted bow in his left hand. From the look of her, Alex senses danger off to the side.
Perhaps Minecraft's most distinctive enemy is the phallic green creeper with its frowning open maw. Creepers chase after players and explode when they catch them. This particular one has two of its four legs lifted as it creeps towards an innocent hero.
When the sun goes down, skeletons are one of many dangerous monsters that emerge to harrow the citizens of Minecraft. Skeletons wield bows, such as the one this guy carries, pulled back and ready to fire. He stands atop a cheerful Jack-o-lantern, the only Series 1 figure to include such an environmental detail.
Every Minecraft players has battled these common undead enemies. This particular zombie is on fire, with three translucent orange flames adorning his decaying body. The orange is a bit dark for my tastes. Despite the fire, the zombie shambles ever-forward. Perhaps J!NX will release a flame-free zombie in a future series.
These monsters appear in the Nether, Minecraft's hell-like dark dimension. The Zombie Pigman wields a golden sword, has a molded decaying face (so the skull is recessed beneath the remaining flesh), and a pig's cloven feet.
Over to you ...
Which Minecraft Adventure figures do you like best? Do you own any other must-have Minecraft toys?
Minecraft Adventure Figure Series 1 toys provided by the manufacturer.
Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!