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Top 10 Geek Toys of 2010
The Year in Review for Geeky Toys
By Robert T. Trate
December 31, 2010
Trap Jaw bites through the competition for the top 10 geek toys of 2010
© Bob Trate
It has been a long year for the Toy Maniac. Already next year is beginning to shape up as Toy Fair is right around the corner. Like the last three years the Toy Maniac will be on hand to bring you all the best from Hasbro, Lego, Mattel, Mezco and so forth. This year there were tons of exclusives from Comic Con, Mattel further established itself as one of the premiere collector sites, and Hasbro flexed its muscles delivering new Marvel and Star Wars figures. It is time for us to look back with our Top 10 Geek Toys of 2010.
10.Tron Legacy Identity Disk
Depending on your level of fandom Tron Legacy either rocked or fell short on story. What was the must have toy was the Tron Legacy Identity Disc. Finally your Frisbee was replaced with an actually working disc. If only the super special edition would have come with a portable hard drive.
9. Buzz Lightyear
Thinkway Toys totally re-engineered the original Buzz Lightyear. Standing at 12 inches tall, with 65 different phrases, and glow in the dark panels; he even has articulation that will blow you away. Heaven forbid you don’t take him out of his movie accurate box. The perfect replica of Pixar’s Space Ranger needs to be in your collection.
8.Orko and Prince Adam
The presale for the Comic Con exclusive sold out in 3 minutes. It sold out on the floor at San Diego too. Mattel even put a few more up and sold him out yet again on their site. He is now “gone for good” on MattyCollector. Good luck trying to find one.
7. Pre Vizsla
Easily he was the must have figure of the summer. Vizsla and his Death Watch have elevated the Mandalorians back to their rightful place in the Star Wars mythos. There have been a few figures that have been short packaged to replace his collectability. Sadly, none of them are as cool as this one voiced by Jon Favreau.
Mattel’s Skeletor before he was Skeletor sold out on the very first day, much to this collector’s frustration. I have every faith in Mattel that he will return. He has to, I keep telling myself, but when? A must have for Masters of the Universe Collector or fan of the cartoon series.
5. Star Wars The Vintage Collection
11 amazing figures started it all this year to take you back to being a kid all over again. Each came with a new sculpt and made it incredibly difficult to open when you look at them. Now there are figures packaged in this style from A New Hope, Revenge of the Sith, and Return of the Jedi. This style of packaging makes them damn near perfect.
4.Starro the Conqueror
This one I don’t understand but I have never been a big old school DC Universe fan. Sorry, but it is true. What I couldn’t ignore were the Starro masks at Comic Con and the craziness for this figure. According to MattyCollector he is “gone for good”. This makes this toy collector regret at least not picking one up.
3. Trap Jaw
MattyCollector surpassed my expectations with this sculpt and his full back story. Who knew that he and Tri-Klops were so close? To top it all off Mattel supplied Trap Jaw with his original arm and head as well (see full review).
2. Mo-Larr vs. Skeletor
It didn’t sell out as fast as I thought it would but it is an incredible and goofy set of figures to have. Here is the perfect blend of The Masters of the Universe and Robot Chicken. However, as I look at all the toys that came out this year all but one stands out above this one.
He was a huge hit at Comic Con. Now he stands tall at your local Toys R Us. The simple fact that he dwarfs all the other toys at 19 inches earns him the number one spot. Though that box and brilliant sculpt help too. All hail Galactus!
Keep checking Mania and the Toy Maniac for all the latest toys for 2011 and beyond!