“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.
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.
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.
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.