GeneralsJoes Reviews Dime Novel Legends

Currently available at SmallJoes.com.

Action FiguresBuckaroosGear and Accessories

I feel the need to preface this article with a simple fact:

I don’t really love Cowboy stuff. For whatever reason, it’s just never appealed to me a whole lot. Although my dad’s side of my family is from Denver, and I certainly have a lot of the American West in my bloodlines, there’s been nothing that really appealed to me about it.

Closest I’ve come to really being a fan of that era was Mattel’s Bravestarr line, the Galaxy Rangers, and maybe Firefly.

So, needless to say, I wasn’t really 100% committed to the Dime Novel Legends Kickstarter, and I hate to admit it, but I didn’t support it. I feel guilty even saying that, as I generally try to kick in and support most of those independent action figure Kickstarters, especially those run by people I’m friends with, but in this case, I’d over-extended on several others and decided to ease off the accelerator.

But, then they came out. And I heard other friends gushing about them. And they were available on SmallJoes.com (and I was able to acquire a nice selection for a great price from a friend of mine).

Long story short – I now have nearly a complete set of the Dime Novel Legends and good grief they are amazing.

Being as close as I am with the fine folks from Boss Fight Studio, I know how difficult it is to see an action figure line from concept to execution. Each time it happens successfully, especially on a small scale, it takes hours upon hours of pain-staking work, amazing artistic talent, brain-melting attention to detail, and just flat out dedication to releasing a solid product. Dime Novel Legends hits these marks in stride.

As a general overview, the figures are 4″ highly articulated Wild West themed figures of various designs and character. Each figure features a pseudo o-ring style construction (complete with the back screw– LOVE IT) though instead of the actual o-ring, it’s a construct using plastic joints. In truth, the effect is fantastic and does a great job mimicking the o-ring without actually leveraging the fragile rubber connection point within.

The sculpting is fantastic, the head sculpts filled with rich character and amazing detail, all while maintaining a high degree of articulation. Jointed elbows, wrists (as well as swivel), ball-joint heads (with the hole under the chin, compatible with Marauder Task Force). Double joint knees, swivel ankles, ball-joint hips. All the great articulation you’ve come to expect from collector friendly lines of this sort. Even for someone like me who has no real love for the Wild West has found a TON to love about this figure line. It truly is remarkable.

Action Figures

The figures themselves are terrific. Packaged in carded bubbles (bubbles are glued to the cart) with some great vintage artwork on the front and very straight-forward, but enjoyable bio’s on the back, each figure has a wealth of character and comes with a nice assortment of quality accessories. Everything from revolvers (with belts and holsters, naturally), rifles, double-barreled shotguns, knives, hats– heck, even a barrel and some mugs of beer! So many cool little tidbits come with each of the figures in this first assortment. You can check out a full outline and gallery of all of the individual figures right here.

Buckaroos

Similar to Boss Fight Studios’ “Blanks” the Buckaroos assortment is a series of base figures with very simple color schemes that provide a wealth of customizability to an already impressive line up of individual characters. One nice difference between these and the blanks, are that these actually have some paint on the figures, so you can do pure part swapping without worrying about touching up the paint here and there. There’s even a Headhunters pack of heads you can use to mix things up. Check out the Buckaroos outline and gallery to see all of these goodies.

Gear/Accessory Sets

Another excellent compliment to the standard Dime Novel Legends figures are the Gear and Accessory sets, which provide a nice selection of painted accessories. These accessories include hats, vests, holsters and other goodies, with a nice weapons set that adds a ton of extra pistols, rifles and other gear. There’s even a separate “Bucket of Suds” set with additional alcohol and a set with a bucket and some potatoes to peel. Really ingenuitive stuff here. As with the others I have an outline and gallery page right here.

Conclusion

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this line. I have been absolutely captivated by the Dime Novel Legends since receiving them, and they are quickly rising to the ranks of Marauder Task Force and Vitruvian HACKS as some of my favorite 4″ action figures currently going, which is very high praise indeed. Although I’m not really a Wild West fan, these figures are making me one… now hurry up and make me a Marshall Bravestarr and a Galaxy Rangers template, will you?

These figures are currently available at SmallJoes.com.

Dime Novel Legends by Chicken Fried Toys
  • Sculpting
  • Paint Applications
  • Articulation
  • Accessories
4.6

Summary

Funded by Kickstarter, produced by Chicken Fried Toys and sold through SmallJoes.com, Dime Novel Legends have quickly earned a spot in my toy collection.  Highly articulated, well sculpted, tightly constructed, and with a generous assortment of quality genre-specific accessories, there is a lot to love in this toy line even if, like me, you’re not a big fan of the Wild West.

Whether you’re looking for display pieces, figures to play with, or templates to customize there is something here for everyone.  Individual figures, Buckaroo blanks, spare heads and accessories, it’s all here and all designed and crafted with very unique attention to detail.

Very, very impressive debut line from the folks at Chicken Fried Toys.

Pros

  • Fantastic Articulation
  • Great sculpting
  • Reminiscent of vintage o-ring design

Cons

  • Not many!

Dime Novel Legends – Gear and Accessory Sets

These figures and accessories are currently available at SmallJoes.com.

Along with the individual figures and the Buckaroos, there are a few separate Gear Sets and Accessory sets to compliment your favorite Dime Novel Legends figures.

Boot Hill Loot – Accessory Packs

Raid the Armory – Gear Packs

Western Weapons Pack and Others

As with other elements of the Dime Novel Legends assortments, these are very nicely designed, and even for folks who aren’t into the Wild West, there are some great potential diorama accessories here, including beer bottles, glasses of beer (with removable beer!!).

If I had any complaints, the belts and holsters are a bit of a challenge to fasten, it took some work and a very tiny screwdriver to sort of ease the peg through the hole, but I’m not sure how you would even get around that with an accessory the size of the belts.

Still, a lot to love here.

Dime Novel Legends – Buckaroos

These figures are currently available at SmallJoes.com.

The Buckaroos are similar to the Vitruvian HACKS “Blanks” figures only they have some minimal paint applications (unlike the Blanks) so they can be utilized more or less out of the box for putting together interesting combinations of parts without adding paint to the base figure.

Ultimately slightly less versatility than the Blanks, but a more straight forward template for those not interested in painting their figures.

The figures can be easily disassembled by unscrewing the back screw, separating the torso and removing the torso and arms.

When you’re dealing with most any disassembly especially the legs from the hip sockets USE HOT WATER OR A HAIR DRYER to keep the plastic soft, or you risk breakage.

This is not a defect of the figure. Those joints must be tight to maintain articulation, and sometimes those joints freeze or the material requires softening to loosen up.

Buckaroos

Along with the Buckaroos, there’s a five-pack “Headhunters” set which gives you some assorted heads for either these figures, or for customizing the normal figures.

Headhunters

At the end of the day, the options become almost limitless (especially once you slide in all those great Gear and Accessory Packs).