Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BUY ME TOYS! 4 Things I Want From ToyFair 2014

It's ToyFair 2014 time! And with that special time of the year in which toy companies give us a good head start as to how much to expect to be in debt. As a toy geek, every fan can expect every company to make us WANT EVERYTHING just by flashing a prototype. After viewing the photos posted by action figure news sites, you can finally start budgeting properly, despite all the promises you were going to properly budget throughout the year. This is the true priority.

Thus far, photos have been trickling unto the internet at an accelerating speed. Photos of amazing plastic goodness have been flooding our Facebook feeds and have been littering Twitter. A lot of great companies putting out their A-Game effort and a lot of fans have already begun their shopping list. Myself included. Holy crap, there's been some amazing stuff so far and I get the sense we still haven't seen the biggest and most monumental announcements. But for now, I've seen enough photos that are making me bang my head on my computer at the thought of how much money I'll be dropping into this hobby. Of all the amazing things we've seen, the following items are the things you should stay out of my way as I go crazy looking for them:

Aliens: Bishop(NECA)

First and foremost, Lance Henriksen is a horror icon. A fantastic human being and great actor. Throughout all his roles in multiple movies, hes only received one figure from Kenner's Aliens line. And while the figure isn't as "Lance Henriksen playing Bishop" as much as it is "That animated series can't use any likenesses from the movie so cover his face up with a weird 90's scifi looking helmet", this figure is actually one of my favorite figures in my collection:

 NECA however, is taking the ball and running with their Aliens line. And while Ripley, the assortment of Aliens themselves are pretty exciting, I have to say my love of everything Lance Henriksen will not let me miss out on this amazing likeness. Obviously, NECA's attention to detail will only deliver the best and this is definitely a spot on likeness of the legend himself.




Masters of the Universe Classics Blade (Matty Collector):


Blade is a character from the live action Masters of the Universe movie from 1987. While he was an original character that was only seen once in the MOTU lore, his legacy of being Skeletor's coolest henchmen(and obvious replacement for TriKlops) lived on. It's been 27 years since we've seen his last appearance in action figure form...

For 1987, it was a pretty good figure, even if he resembles more of a Medieval pirate. And while I never got him(even to this day), it seems Matty Collector will be finally...FINALLY...offering the memorable character the way we've always wanted it. The sculpt is much more movie accurate and faithful to the original source. Actor Anthony DeLongis' facial features have been capture perfewctly into this great figure. And while I've been against buying new MOTUC figures, this is one figure I refuse to miss out on.

GI Joe 50th Anniversary Destroe(Hasbro) and Terrordrome(KreO):


GI Joe's 50th Anniversary is going to be monumental. And Hasbro is rolling out the red carpet for one of their biggest and most successful toylines, and the very first action figure as we know it. In 50 years, you can imagine we've seen a lot of varieties of our favorite characters. But I feel Hasbro is giving us the best we've seen in this line. Through many incarnations, Destro has been one of my all time favorites. Destro was always a GI Joe icon and I've always had an open spot in my collection at all times. We've seen many, many variants of him, but the sculpt you see above may be the best we've ever seen. Simple. His accessories and head sculpt seem to compliment the character in such a great way, it seems like we've never seen a Destro figure before. I sincerely believe this to be the best Destro figure to date.


KreO, for those who may not know, is a Lego-like company that encourages fans to build their figures and playsets. So far, they've made fans very happy with their GI Joe line. And why not? What's better than tiny Lego type GI Joes? Well, I'm glad you asked! A TERRORDROME would be the right answer. Yes. My favorite GI Joe playset will now be available in brick form. Which makes me very happy seeing as I had to sell my Terrordrome a few years ago and regretted it ever since. But this is a fine way to fill that void. It definitely will be a very welcome addition in my GI Joe collection. And I will knock your grandmother down for this. Better warn Nana in advanced.

DC Super Powers 30th Anniversary Riddler(Matty Collector):

In 1984, Kenner delivered the DC Comics Super Powers line and never looked back. Super Powers is one of my all time favorite toy lines. Great, fun sculpts and representations of DC Comics finest and best heroes. To this day, the figures still hold up and still hold a special place in the hearts of collectors every where. So when Mattel recently showed off their 30th Anniversary Super Powers Collection line, fans almost lost it. The sculpts were a perfect update of the origin 5 inch offerings. While the rumor is only 6 figures will be included in a rather limited run, Riddler seems to be the favorite...well...at least in my opinion.

Back in 1989, a foreign company called "Pacipa"  released a bunch of almost-bootleg quality figures of Kenner's Super Powers. And of all the figures that were released, The Riddler was the most memorable. Why you ask? Well, he was never offered by Kenner. And he was simply a repainted Green Lantern figure. Hence why the Riddler figure you see above is a repainted Green Lantern. Don't believe me? Fine. Check this out.


So now, it makes sense right? Riddler's bizarre look makes sense now. And kudos to Mattel for adding that extra special touch to ensure fan satisfaction and total victory. Of all the figures and lines we've seen, the Super Powers 30th may be my favorite thus far. Definitely something to put on the top of the list for me!

And there you have it. There's at least 90 other things I want and would love to fill my house with. But these are the 4 figures that have gotten the biggest "HOLY CRAP I WANT THEM RIGHT NOW!" reaction from me.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of ToyFair week and the amazing stuff that the toy industry has in store for us. This could be the most dangerous year to be a toy fan yet...

Credit to Toy News International for the ToyFair photos and HissTank.com for the GI Joe photos.



-Chad

2 comments:

  1. I remember reading about the repainted-GL version of the Riddler in Wizard Magazine -way- back in the '90s. I didn't get a good, close look at the 30th Anniversary figure before now, but it looks like it even includes the painted-over Lantern ring on his right hand. So perfect.

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    1. They could've just given us a regular, plain old Riddler. But to present him as a repainted Hal Jordan? Mattel definitely went the extra mile for perfection. The Green Lantern ring being present makes me smile like you wouldn't believe.

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