Gather round ye’ campfire, Lurkers, for a tale of Toy Madness. Okay, it’s not full madness, but I think it’s fun.
Back in 2019 when Diamond Select Toys revealed its lineup of Avatar: The Last Airbender figures, I wasn’t sure if it was a line I was going to collect. Especially not for the BigBadToyStore price tag of $24.99 per figure or worse, no choice but to buy entire waves all together. I just wasn’t ready for that commitment. But alas, when I was at my local Walgreens buying whatever-the-hell, I saw Aang, Zuko, and Avatar State Aang all hanging out together on the shelf for only $16.99 a piece. After seeing the seven inch action figures together in person, I realized I really liked them and decided I wanted to collect this toy line.
I have a distinct feeling that Katara hasn’t been released yet, and that’s only because I think these figures are being mysteriously released two at a time. It sure would be a sad tale if I couldn’t find Katara simply because she’s a female action figure, right? We’re past those days in the land of toys, right?
Wave Two was announced online, and fans were treated to Azula and Aang looking like…this. I mean, literally maniacal. He looks off his rocker crazy, and I was so delighted by the face that I first, made it myself. And second, wrote a Snarkticle about it.
Look at it.
However, a mysterious bait and switch seemed to happen on the toy shelf. Because you see, this is not the Aang that I found alongside Azula when I found her at Walgreens. In fact, on the Wave Two box (and I don’t have this for proof, I threw it away), we had a picture of Azula packaged along this Aang:
This Aang, which I purchased, has wide crazy eyes, a closed mouth, and an air blast effect instead of his wind glider. I tried to do some research on this Aang, since I had never seen him before. According to BigBadToyStore, this Season 1 Aang was a reissue, but to me that seemed crazy. I mean, he wasn’t a Wave One announcement. That went to Season 3 clothed Aang, which is the same mold used in the blue Avatar State Aang, the Walgreens Exclusive. Now, very mysteriously, the Season 1 Aang which was at one point called a Reissue is disappeared from BBTS. There is a listing for Crazy-Faced Aang with Azula, but I didn’t want to pay their $44.99.
Our mystery stops here, over at Entertainment Earth. Crazy-Faced Aang is listed as in-stock for $19.99— I could justify that price even though EE’s shipping is Wallet Violation at times. But for the joke and to see the culmination of this mystery, I paid it. Because truthfully, I don’t think this toy exists. Because Season 1 Air Blasting Closed Lip Aang is what was on the Wave Two back of box alongside Azula, I truthfully think that’s the toy I’m going to get even though Crazy Faced Aang is all over the website. I have a distinct feeling, and I hope I’m wrong because I want this lunatic toy so badly, that someone higher up saw Aang’s face and gave it a big NOPE and recall.
As of this writing, my package has shipped from Entertainment Earth. I can’t wait to see what’s in the box.
Join me for part two, won’t you? And click here to see all of EE’s Diamond Select Toys Avatar preorders.