He's got a friend in you, whether you like it or not.
- Date Discovered: 04/2010
- Discovered On: 2ch, 4chan
The Revoltech Series
In 2006, Japanese toy company Kaiyodo began a new line of action figures called Revoltechs. This line was unique in several regards. Most notably, the joints used in the figures were a custom design that allowed for much higher ranges of motion. But also notable is the fact that instead of making figures from one specific franchise, Kaiyodo chose to include all manner of characters from anime, manga, and video games (Neon Genesis Evangelion and Getter Robo have both proven to be staples of the line). The line was a success, and Kaiyodo decided to expand beyond the realms of robots, creating sublines for characters from Street Fighter, Fist of the North Star, and Queen's Blade (think Dungeons and Dragons for perverts).
The Tokusatsu Subline
In early 2010, Kaiyodo announced a new, highly experimental subline for the figures. The "Tokusatsu Revoltech" (lit. special-effects Revoltech) series featured iconic movie monsters and characters. Everything from Ridley Scott's Alien to various Godzilla monsters to Jack Skellington got figures. But at a trade show in April 2010, Kaiyodo unveiled prototypes for figures of Toy Story's Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear. In typical Japanese-figure-tradition, they both included alternate faceplates - Buzz got a cocky grin, while Woody got a face that has since been catapulted into infamy...
Woody and the Internet
When pictures of the Woody figure with its bizarre trollface first emerged on the Internet, visitors to 2ch and 4chan's toy boards were immediately smitten with his grimace. They started using the images as reaction images, and they slowly spread to other boards as reaction images.
Fast-forward to July 2010, when Kaiyodo finally released the Revoltech Woody. With the figure in people's hands, the floodgates broke, and the tubes were flooded with all manner of images of Revoltech Woody in goofy, creepy, perverted, or just plain bizarre situations. It was also discovered that Woody's eyes could be manipulated via a small hooked tool, rendering him even more expressive. A lot of pictures emerged of Woody interacting with the Queen's Blade Revoltechs, as well as Max Factory's Figma toyline (known for mainly focusing on anime schoolgirl characters such as Haruhi Suzumiya).
While the exact origin of the second face is debated (and neither Kaiyodo nor Disney/Pixar have commented on the matter), many people seem convinced that it's based on a specific scene from the first "Toy Story" movie, when Woody tricks Buzz into thinking there's an alien behind him.
While the frenzied posting of Revoltech Woody threads has since calmed down, Woody threads still pop up every so often on a variety of imageboards. The Woody figure has also become a fairly common reaction image.
- After this spread of Internet fame, the Revoltech Woody figure started selling so quickly that Kaiyodo had to produce a second batch later that year. A third batch is in development for the end of June.
- A Buzz Lightyear was released alongside Woody, but the lack of a bizarre face led to him never becoming as popular as Woody.
- Due to the way Revoltech joints are designed, you can freely mix-and-match parts among Revoltech figures to construct abominations.
- After the success of Woody, Kaiyodo recently announced that they're doing Revoltechs of Monsters, Inc.'s Mike and Sully (the latter including several faces with the same posable eyes).
Obligatory Touhou crossover.
Woody emulating the Card Crusher.
It's Woody Time!