Sorry, William Shatner and Harrison Ford. There might be hundreds of action figures of Captain Kirk, Han Solo and Indiana Jones — but you don’t even rate a place in this particular action figure hall of fame. When it comes to playing the most different characters who got an action figure, the prize goes to some other actors.
We did a painstaking census of all the actors whose work has merited an action figure. And maybe not surprisingly, we found that it’s generally not the stars who’ve played the biggest geek characters — it’s the workhorse actors, who’ve played a ton of great roles over the years without ever getting typecast as one person. To be fair, some of these include animated characters, so some actors who have done a ton of voice work are definitely represented here.
Samuel L. Jackson: 11 characters
Maybe not surprisingly, Samuel L. Jackson appears to be the most “toyetic” actor of all time.
Clancy Brown: 10 characters
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While only Kurgan was sculpted in his likeness, the venerable Clancy Brown has lent his voice to many fine animated series, and we’re all the richer for it.
Gary Oldman: 9 characters
Image: Warner Bros.
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You all remember “General Grawl“, right?
Johnny Depp: 9 characters
Yet all we really wanted was an “Ed Wood” toy…
Angelina Jolie: 7 characters
The only woman to make the list — her closest competitors seems to be Jessica Alba (Sue Storm, Dark Angel & Nancy from Sin City) and Millia Jovovich (Alice from Resident Evil, Ultraviolet, and Leeloo), each tied for three. Prove me wrong!
Sylvester Stallone: 7 characters
It’s only a matter of time before there’s an officially licensed Marion Cobretti toy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: 7 characters
Conan, Terminator, John Matrix (Commando), Dutch (Predator), Jack Slater (Last Action Hero), Mr. Freeze (Batman & Robin), and an Expendables Mini-Mate of his character, Trench.
Bruce Willis: 7 characters
Warwick Davis: 7 characters
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While NECA had planned, but cancelled, a Leprechaun figure (a mistake!), a promotional figurine was released in conjunction with the film’s VHS.
Val Kilmer: 5 characters
No Simon Templar/Elisabeth Shue two-pack?
Timothy Dalton: 5 characters
We still need Basil St. John! Hell, I’d even invest in a line of The Doctor and His Devils toys.
Hugo Weaving: 5 characters
Liam Neeson: 5 characters
I’m sure a Bryan Mills figure is in development somewhere.
Kurt Russell: 5 characters
Sean Connery: 5 characters
Julian Glover: 4 characters
Regrettably, Julian “Doctor Who, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, James Bond and Game of Thrones!” Glover still only has four toys to his name. Shameful.
Jeff Goldblum: 4 characters
Seth Brundle (The Fly), Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park), Dr. Levinson (ID4), Verminous Skumm (Captain Planet)
If they’re still struggling with that Captain Planet movie, they only need to remember that Jeff Goldblum was the original voice of Verminous Skumm. The rest writes itself.
Will Smith: 4 characters
Agent Jay, Steven Hiller (ID4), Jim West (Wild, Wild West), Del Spooner (I, Robot)
Malcolm McDowell: 4 characters
Ray Park: 4 characters
Karl Urban: 4 characters
We’re still pissed about the lack of a Dredd sequel.