Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Glimpses of the Near Future
It's a new year and that means it's another year of mass merchandising. Toy Fair is still over a month away but that hasn't stopped the internet from unearthing some hints of what is to come in the following months. Many times their sources can be of a questionable nature, including leaked images and sometimes even leaked products. The fandom, however, is willing to take news where they can get it. In one case an online retailer, Corner Store Comics, have shared pictures of Playmates' Terminator Salvation toyline ahead of schedule. The group of figures I'm posting here are of the six inch assortment. Here are links to pictures (and beware of possible spoilers) of the 3.75 inch and 10 inch figures. Note the figures of the T-600 with rotting synthetic flesh. Kyle Reese sure wasn't kidding when he said they were easy to spot. A common trend with toylines based on adaptations of long running properties is to insert versions taken from the original source material into the lineup of the new versions of the same characters. Simply put sometimes you get comic based figures mixed in with your movie based figures. One website has found early packaged samples of Hasbro's 3.75" X-Men Origins Wolverine line which seems to use this trope. Only there's no sign of the movie figures, at least not in the pictured group. However all of these characters are ones who will appear in the movie, just not in these particular forms. There's a possibility this might be all the toyline will consist of. Supposedly Fox is not always readily forthcoming with reference material. The X2 toyline was practically built just around Cyclops, Wolverine and Nightcrawler, only one of which was any different from the first X-Men movie. There was no toyline for X-Men The Last Stand. Instead Toy Biz produced a line based on the comic books with an emphasis on characters who were in the movie. Three X-Men The Last Stand figures were later included in Marvel Legends after the movie had been released. The fact that the figures pictured above use an illustration clearly based on Hugh Jackman and the X-Men Origins: Wolverine logo is a positive sign though. I'll be posting more about 2009's movie toylines in the coming days.