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Toy Fair 2012 Wrap Up

Crushed Wishes and Little Things

By Robert T. Trate     February 20, 2012

 

All this past week Mania has brought you the ins and outs of 2012’s Toy Fair. It was a great show and we saw a lot of new toys for this year’s genre based titles. Being Mania’s Toy Maniac I thought I would wrap up a few things here and there that were lingering. Toy Fair 2012 is over and, as we eagerly await the release of so many of the toys, I have a few things to share with you. 
 
Crushed Wishes:

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“10 Wishes for Toy Fair” (see column) was my first Toy Maniac Column of the year. I was hoping to see toys for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Sadly, besides the two images above and a sign at the NECA booth for Prometheus, there wasn’t anything significant for either title. All this is obviously in the works, but with Prometheus coming June 8th I expected to see at least a prototype of Michael Fassbender’s David or Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth.
 
The Must Have Board Game:

Toy Fair 2012 Photos

Board games are often a tricky and fun and thing to have. To have a Scene It? game like Star Wars in your procession means one of two things. The first is that you really have to be a die hard fan to own said game. The other thing is you need someone else (another die hard fan) to play against. When I played the Scene It? Star Wars game at Toy Fair I was told I was the first to actually get the first trivia question right. What shocked me, besides that, was the game itself will have new downloadable content for your iPad and other mobile devices. This means, besides the six movies, The Clone Wars TV series and even the Expanded Universe could come into play. As a die hard Star Wars fan, this made me feel strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark. If Star Wars isn’t your thing Movie Night Scene It? is coming, as well. Check the official Scene It? page for more details.
 
The Hunger Games:

Toy Fair 2012 Photos

After the early hype and hoopla surrounding The Hunger Games trailer, I went out and bought the novel by Suzanne Collins. After reading the novel I wouldn’t say I am at a fever pitch to see the film. However, after seeing Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone (2010) and the curiosity to see what happens next in the second book, The Hunger Games nowlooks like fun. What wasn’t fun were The Hunger Games toys and products by NECA. It looked as if they took all their Twilight marketing and just changed the title. Even their figures look uninspired. If the movie takes off they have a gold mine of products ready. If not, they have tons of stuff for the Hot Topic discount aisle.
 
Where are the Star Wars Toys?

 

Toy Fair 2012 Photos

Toy Fair 2012 Photos

If you do read my Toy Maniac column (every Friday for nearly the last 200 weeks) you have probably noticed a lot of Star Wars based articles. It is my great love and passion for collecting. This year, I saw a lot of cool things but nothing that made me want to cram a whole article onto Mania. There were two items at this year’s Toy Fair that make me ready to check the toy aisles every time. The first is the Vintage Edition figure of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. I am a huge Hammer Horror fan and this is the best likeness of Cushing in a 3.75-inch rendering. The second item is the Class 3 Trade Federation MTT. I am not a huge fan of Episode 1 but I see this more as a great toy for The Clone Wars and I love giant vehicles. Vehicles like this make a great display. The only problem is waiting for it. Sure, they will have them at Toys R Us but I don’t want to pay full price ($129.99). The waiting game is tricky but I’ll have one sooner or later.
 
The Amazing Spider-Man:

Toy Fair 2012 Photos

I thought I would see a lot more of the Lizard from the Amazing Spider-Man at Toy Fair. He is in the trailer here and there but what we are seeing is a good “less is more approach”. I did see this little version of him at the Jakks Pacific show room. Outside of a few new role playing items from Hasbro the only Amazing Spider-Man toy that made me giddy with joy was the little item below. Yes, it actually sticks to the walls and moves like a remote controlled car. He is available in the fall for $34.99.
 

 
 
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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spiderhero 2/20/2012 7:54:59 AM

Lizard looks...Don't quite know what. Odd I guess.

shac2846 2/20/2012 9:20:01 AM

 They may not have had any prometheus products on display but just knowing that NECA has the license and is producing product was enough to get me excited. Surprised you didn't mention that they also finally nabbed the license for James Cameron's Aliens and are making space marines and a new Queen schedule for 2013 (along ways away I know but still cool to know)

Also as much bitching as I do about the prequels that trade federation droid deployment tank makes me wish I were a kid again. I mean seriously they hardly make stuff like that anymore.

redvector 2/20/2012 9:20:17 AM

Lizard looks like a Gorilla crossed with an alligator. Sure hopes he looks more menacing on screen, because that just looks stupid.

themovielord 2/20/2012 11:47:34 AM

 Those Jakks figures are minatures. 

scytheofluna 2/20/2012 1:58:18 PM

 Always bummed that Sideshow & Hot Toys don't bother with Toy Fair but I am stoked about the new Halo  4 figures, Square Enix's Mass Effect figures, & Neca's Half Life & Portal offerings.

themovielord 2/20/2012 3:02:10 PM

 scytheofluna, I have sent out a message to Sideshow about their online toy fair... hopefully I'll have somehting about it soon. If anything their SDCC Sideshow Exclusives should be coming soon. 

EagleManiac 2/20/2012 7:38:47 PM

Say what you want about Episode 1, but one thing's for sure, it had some great vehicles and "gadgets". The MTT was cool as hell, and I AM a big fan of the ATT!! THAT was a bad ass tank! Unfortunately, it was "dumbed down" because of the sillyness of the Droid soldiers, and Jar Jar's antics!!

BunyonSnipe 2/21/2012 4:37:28 AM

Where are the Lizards genitals?

He gains an arm and loses his junk... Poor bastard!

goldeneyez 2/21/2012 6:22:06 AM

I thought lizards had cloacas, an opening on the posterior that serves to excrete waste (solid and liquid) as well as being used fore reproduction.... so my guess is yes, he would lose his junk as it were.

ddiaz28 2/21/2012 8:37:06 AM

My favorite thing from the Toy Fair is always the new Lego.  Can't wait for the LOTR sets.  The Jaba's palace looks sweet too.  The hoverboard replica is awesome as well.

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