While doing a little thrifting this past holiday weekend, I ran across an action figure I just had to have: Lo Pan, from John Carpenter’s classic film Big Trouble in Little China.
Although the movie was released back in 1986, this figure (along with all the other series one Big Trouble in Little China figures) were released in 2002. Most of the figures came with an accessory of some sort; as you can see, Lo Pan came with the “Guardian”, a floating, eyeball-covered creature that served as a spy for Lo Pan until Jack Burton shot him in the face.
On the back of the card you can see all the series one figures. Along with Lo Pan you have heroes Jack Burton, Wang Chi, and Egg Shen, along with Lightning (one of the “Three Storms”) and the Chinese Wild Man, whom the heroes encountered deep below the streets of Chinatown. The back of the card also mentions “SERIES TWO, COMING SOON!” but I can find no evidence via Google that a second series of figures were ever produced.
After finding this single figure I got excited about the prospect of picking up the rest of the figures, so I headed over to Amazon and was shocked at what I found! Lo Pan is currently selling for $250! I also found Jack Burton for around $200 and the Chinese Wild Man for $150. Poor Wang Chi only sells for $40. That’s not much for shaking the Pillars of Heaven alongside Jack Burton.
I guess most people would be thrilled at finding such an expensive action figure for such an inexpensive price, and I am, but at the same time I’m bummed knowing that I won’t be able to collect the other five figures without dropping hundreds of dollars. I just can’t do that. I mean, I’m a reasonable guy, but I’ve just experienced some very unreasonable things. This is just so shocking. I mean I must just be so monumentally naive! The figures are cool and all, but as for the high prices? I just don’t get it.
“Shut up, Mr. Burton! You are not brought upon this world to get it!” – Lo Pan.