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5 Most Anticipated Toy Lines of 2012

Bring on the Toys!

By Robert T. Trate     December 30, 2011


The time is upon us when we look at what is to come. Already the studios have flooded us with new trailers and our thoughts turn to the toys. Will The Hobbit figures be the same size as the LOTR figures? Will Ridley Scott’s Prometheus have toys? For Vader’s sake, how many Star Wars characters don’t have a figure yet? Is it too early to think Comic Con Exclusives? Toy Fair is right around the corner so the answer to a lot of these questions will be answered in February. Until then, here is Mania’s 5 Most Anticipated Toy Lines of 2012.
5. Star Wars

Most Anticipated Movie Toys in 2012

Cannot Wait Toy: The Clone Wars Animated Darth Maul
Star Wars isn’t going anywhere. Not only will the weekly cartoon series continue to turn out new characters and vehicles, but also The Phantom Menace will be in theaters again (in 3D). There will be new sculpts of our favorites and hopefully the return of the Death Star.
4. The Avengers

Most Anticipated Movie Toys in 2012

Cannot Wait Toy: The Quinn Jet
This line has been in the works since last February. Hasbro revealed to the press how the Thor, Captain America and Iron Man toys would all be collected under the Avengers Banner. Vehicles are going to be great additions to that line as well as an Avengers Headquarters.
3. The Dark Knight Rises

Most Anticipated Movie Toys in 2012

Cannot Wait Toy: Hot Toys/ Sideshow Collectible Bain
Mattel will undoubtedly crank out a kid friendly line of Nolan’s final Batman. It will probably raise a few eyebrows with children’s groups, too. What we really want are the high-end collectibles produced by Hot Toys and released by Sideshow. Their Batman (1989) and The Dark Knight (2008) collectibles are breathtaking.
2. Prometheus

Most Anticipated Movie Toys in 2012

Cannot Wait Toy: The Alien
It might sound strange that an R-rated sci-fi film should have a toy line. However, if Prometheus really is in the same universe as Scott’s Alien, it is not strange at all. Alien was one of the first R-rated movies to ever have a toy. It also spawned one of the most collectible 12inch figures of all time. This toy line, big or small, is going to happen
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Most Anticipated Movie Toys in 2012

Cannot Wait Toy: Smaug
The Toy Biz property that launched the original LOTR figures was a part of Hasbro. What will be interesting is to see if Hasbro will have the Hobbits at 3.75 inches and work the heights of the other characters up from there. Expect these toys to hit shelves come October as Hobbit Hype swells. What is great is that LEGO has already announced LOTR and Hobbit products for 2012.
Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.


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noahbody 12/30/2011 12:41:53 PM

One could go broke having to buy all the dwarf figures.

timesobserver 12/31/2011 7:03:58 AM

I would be happy if the Avengers and Batman figures would also come out in the 3 3/4 size to go along with the Marvel Universe and DC Infinite Heroes figures.

And I hope their arms and legs bend. My young kids and I are very disappointed that the Young Justice and Green Lantern movie figures don't bend at all. It's the reason why we didn't buy them.

Wyldstaar 1/1/2012 2:34:26 PM

I just want to see some Doctor Who figures on the shelves that don't cost a fortune.  If the demand is so high that specialty stores can get away with charging twenty bucks for a Dalek, it seems to me that it's time to increase the supply.

demonfire 1/1/2012 3:59:52 PM

2012 llooks like its going to make toy collectors wind up hurting in their wallets again . espically with avenger and marvel fans finaly being able to have a toy version of the quin jet though wonder if the avenger figures will be able to fit in it like the hulk or will the quin jet only be able to hold cap , thor iron man and black widow. plus if the rerelease of the  phantom menance in theatres brings the death star back as a toy cool. as for the hobbit can not wait to have Smaug in plastic who may be the expensive one of the whole line. depending on the size hasbro may make him. hope he is tree beard or Balrog size



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