It might sound strange but the unexpected surprises at Toy Fair usually out weigh the big releases. During, my very first year at Toy Fair I walked into a giant Dalek from Doctor Who. A quick glance at the booth and I saw just how many toys this show actually had. I then realized I must have been missing something. I went home and Netflixed the entire re-launch. Toy Fair made me a fan of Doctor Who. So with each new year I look forward to the unexpected surprises and what they’ll mean for the rest of the year.
2012 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ridley Scott’s classic film. By now, someone should have the rights to make figures to this sci-fi film noir masterpiece. NECA has produced incredible likenesses of movie characters in the past; everything from Alien to A Christmas Story. Who better than to tackle Bladerunner?
He has been teased to us all last year, but he is coming. He’ll definitely make an appearance at Toy Fair. Hasbro may keep him hush hush but Lego let the first Savage Opress figure out of the bag. Then again, practically every Star Wars character gets a figure (almost 10 times over). It is only a matter of time.
Lego has already announced a deal to produce both Lord of the Rings and Hobbit renditions of our favorite characters and scenes. My wish is to see one of their mega sets (a la the Death Star or a Star Destroyer) of Helms Deep. The Hornberg Courtyard being the main piece, but imagine all the smaller sets that could accompany it.
The Hobbit will probably be the main focus of Toy Fair. That much is certain. What will probably be the first Hobbit play set is Bag End by Lego. The scale and intricacies are what will make or break this item. It will also be interesting to see if it comes with all the Dwarves and Gandalf.
Will it be NECA or Mezco that will have the license rights to 7” inch renditions of the cast? They should be pretty cool, but expect only two or three figures from this movie. Personally, I think it’s the Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectible versions that are going to rock the house.
If Hasbro keeps the Avengers figures in their standard 3.75-inch ratio, the size of the Quinjet is all that really matters. A small dinky one that can only accommodate one to three figures will not be enough. The Quinjet has to be Millennium Falcon size and there must be seats for everyone. It will undoubtedly be the centerpiece to the collection and a must have for collectors.
It might be just a wish but damnit it’s my wish. I hope I am not alone in wanting a reproduction of the greatest Star Wars playset ever released. Of course it could use some updating and a few tweaks here and there but this one demand to be made. If anything, Hasbro, make it a Comic Con exclusive or perhaps take orders on it. You won’t regret it.
With every crazy figure (and now vehicle) that MattyCollector is releasing in their Masters of the Universe Classic line, I’ll be shocked if I don’t see this in February. They have made a few bases in the Grayskull style, but they all pale in comparison to an actual playset. MattyCollector has their schedule already for most of 2012 (see here) with only two figures yet to be revealed at Toy Fair. Castle Grayskull has to be coming soon, it just has to be.
As I mentioned earlier the convention season officially starts with Toy Fair. The pinnacle of the summer is, without a doubt, Comic Con. Many of the smaller companies (NECA, Mezco) rarely mention their exclusives this far in advance. Hasbro and Mattel, on the other hand, unleash several at Toy Fair to begin the frenzy. Last year, many of their exclusives sold out on the first day. By the next day they were going for 5 times their original price.