Metallica Announce Cliff Burton ReAction Figure But Fans Are Not Happy About It
Metallica released a new action figure to honor their late bassist Cliff Burton — but as opposed to the expected reaction, fans do not seem to be very happy about it.
The band made a post on their official Instagram account, where they released a picture of the Super7 Cliff Burton action figure. The 3.75-inch scale replica of the bassist is outfitted in ripped jeans, a black T-shirt, and flannel. Additionally, it comes with a miniature plastic bass. A drawn image of Burton takes place in the packaging itself. While some liked it, most of the comments on the figure were harsh. One comment read:
“Perhaps we can build a perpetual motion machine on the energy that Cliff produces when he is spinning in his grave now.”
The Sales And Royalties Are Funded
Burton played bass on Metallica’s first three records — 1983’s ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ 1984’s ‘Ride the Lightning’ and 1986’s ‘Master of Puppets,’ before he died in a bus accident in 1986 at age 24.
Ray Burton, the father of the bassist, receives royalty checks from these three records but chooses to channel the money into supporting young musicians through a scholarship at Castro Valley High School for music, the school Cliff attended:
“From the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to – the Castro Valley High School for music. So the kids that have won it thank me for it. I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much.”
Reflecting on the moment when Cliff received his first royalty check from the sales of Kill’ Em All, Ray recalled earlier:
“I had absolutely no idea what that album meant. We realized that things had a possibility of really getting big when Cliff got his first royalty check. I think it was $1500. He said, ‘Mom and dad, here’s my first cheque. Come on, I’ll take you out to dinner tonight.’ We went to dinner to his favourite sushi place in Hayward, which is right next door to Castro Valley. That was the first thing that I got that maybe there were bigger things down the road.”
In collaboration with the Burton family, a portion of the sales of the figure will benefit the Cliff Burton Music Scholarship Fund.