Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade: Fullmetal Alchemist
There's no shortage of Fullmetal Alchemist figures. Square Enix released FMA figures as part of their Trading Arts and Play Arts lines. There's even a new series of Play Arts figures based on Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Funimation distributed some Banpresto figures in North America. Medicom made some very nice sixth scale figures of Edward and Alphonse Elric. Those figures were distributed over here by Southern Island. Southern Island had more plans for the Fullmetal Alchemist license. They were developing their own original line of figures that would unfortunately not be released. Compared to the existing Fullmetal Alchemist toys Southern Island's figures were much more typical of action figures in North America. They don't quite match the high quality of the Play Arts figures but presumably they would have been far more affordable. Plus the character selection is second only to the Trading Arts figures. Southern Island's figures were poised to strike a nice balance between the other lines. The line would have had figures of Edward Elric, his brother Alphonse, and Homunculi Lust and Gluttony. They would have included accessories such as interchangeable heads and hands. I believe a second series was announced but I can't be certain, though I vaguely remember it included Scar. Southern Island was also planning an assortment of "chibi" style figures of the FMA cast. Southern Island showed off the line at Toy Fair 2006. The company was very open with fans on their website but things cooled down after awhile. They did distribute some Japanese products like the aforementioned Medicom figures and some Samurai 7 trading figures, but their Fullmetal Alchemist toys seemed to take a back seat to Fruits Basket maquettes. It was finally announced in November 2007 that the company had gone bankrupt.