By EW Staff
June 25, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

WHAT THEY AREN’T ”Matrix” or ”Hellboy” figurines that sci-fi nerds cream over in musty comic-book stores.
WHAT THEY ARE Playthings for discerning film fans (okay, geeks), like ”Ghost World” slackerette Enid (pink-, green-, or black-haired), an ”Adaptation” figure set (above right; Charlie is the sweaty one), and Medicom’s line of limited-edition Kubrick minifigures from films like ”Reservoir Dogs.” We’re also partial to Dark Horse’s homage to ’50s cheesecake queen Bettie Page, complete with photo studio and leering photog (
TURNING JAPANESE Most of these figurines are made in Japan. ”Asia’s way ahead on the retro-cool thing for toys,” says Giant Robot owner Eric Nakamura (, who counts Matt Groening as a fan. ”If you’re into design and packaging, that’s what makes [them] cutting edge.”