Thursday, March 25, 2010
Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade: The Legend of Zelda
Toysite had a third Nintendo line on display at Toy Fair 2000, one based on The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. There were to be figures of adult Link, Princess Zelda, Ganondorf, Darunia the Goron, a Staflos warrior, Shiek with the hookshot, a set of Ganondorf on his horse, and young Link with a Skulltula. Ocarina of Time actually got a couple of figures from different companies, but none had the character selection that Toysite's line did. So what happened? I can only speculate. Maybe Toysite felt they were taking on more than they could handle? Maybe it was more than the market could handle? Video game action figures were very popular at the turn of the Millennium but things quicky cooled off. You would think retailers could see the value of the Nintendo characters over the countless other video game lines that were on the shelves. Did Toysite have difficulty dealing with Nintendo? It's not unheard of for a licensor to put the kibosh on the licensee's plans. There's actually another aspect to the story of Toysite's withdrawal that has nothing to do with Nintendo or video games, and we'll take a look at that another day.