Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade: Donkey Kong

Here's part two on a look at Toysite and their unreleased Nintendo action figures from ten years ago.

It's not as though Toysite was some fly by night company, incapable of releasing product. Before 2000 they released a line of toys based on the Donkey Kong Country games. It included figures of Donkey, Funky, Diddy, Cranky and Kiddy Kong. A second assortment was to follow based on Donkey Kong 64 with new characters Tiny, Lanky and Chunky Kong. There was also to be a Kremling villain and Donkey Kong in a mine cart. Series 2 along with the rest of Toysite's Nintendo planned figures were cancelled, but the first series of Donkey Kong stands as an example of what could have been.

As much as I like Donkey Kong he wouldn't have been my first choice of Nintendo characters to receive a dedicated toyline. I would have loved an extensive Star Fox line complete with Arwing and Landmaster vehicles. I guess that would've been too much to ask for considering Toysite didn't even release the one Fox McCloud figure in the "Mario's World" line.

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