Last year we covered the news that Earthworm Jim was finally returning to the toy market. The Big Bad Toy Store has announced that the heroic invertebrate is getting a unique and exclusive action figure: Pantless Jim!
This wardrobe malfunction is based on an idle animation from Earthworm Jim‘s groundbreaking first video game adventure in 1994. If you left the controller alone briefly, Jim would cycle through several quirky sequences. One of these includes his pants falling down while he flexes his suit’s upper body muscles. The pratfall results in Jim doing a big-eyed wild take.
The figure includes multiple heads, one with said wild take. His classic red blaster is also included. BBTS does say the character has 27 points of articulation. Hopefully, that includes the newly exposed mechanical legs. Jim is priced at $59.99 and will ship sometime during the second quarter of this year.
Earthworm Jim’s features and accessories are as follows:
- 6 inches tall (15.24cm)
- 1/12 Scale
- Made of plastic
- Based on the Earthworm Jim franchise
- Highly detailed
- 27 Points of articulation
- 2 Head sculpts
The tale of Earthworm Jim, from video game icon to missing in action, is fascinating. My buddy DJ Slope covered the topic on his channel a few years ago:
Although Earthworm Jim has a controversial creator (Doug TenNapel), the series’s real downfall is due to mishandling and inaction. First, the N64 title was terrible; after that, the unique hero would only show up occasionally when the original games were remastered for various platforms. Then there was the whole Intellivision Amico debacle…
I loved Earthworm Jim mainly due to its use of animation. It was an industry I wanted to get into when Disney’s MGM Studios was trying to localize the animation department. Seeing such fluid movement in a video game in ’94 was a big deal, believe it or not. It got even better when EWJ was released on the SEGA CD.[Source: Big Bad Toy Store]
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