I’m not ashamed to say it, I’ve spent way too many nights scavenging my local Target/Wal-Mart/K-Mart looking for the chase variant of TJ Hooker. What do I have to show for it? A house full of man dolls in their underwear and a cape. When I bring a woman over, she covers her mouth in shock at my “collection” and starts crying begging me not to wear her skin. Yes. I love toys even if they have made me an anti-social, bad hygiened man.
Lucky for you Nerdlocker reader, I’ve pried myself away from my life-sized Bill and Ted bust to give you a list of what excited me most about this year’s Toy Fair!
MacFarlane Toys Taking on The Walking Dead!
MacFarlane Toys has been one of the most consistent manufacturers in the toy business and it’s needless to say that I was extremely stoked to hear they were taking on AMC’s The Walking Dead series. Toy Fair marks the first appearance of this line and they absolutely nailed the look of the series. The rotting look of the zombies is beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on these and recreate the series while taking a bath.
Square Enix Is Finally Making Decent Figures of Cloud and Squall
I spent the better part of my formative years playing Final Fantasy 7. I would get up in the morning, get dressed, ride the bus to school, be pushed around for six hours by testosterone-ridden bullies, ride the bus home and then spend the next five hours battling Shinra Corp. I think I’ve beat the game and collected every item five or six times. When Final Fantasy 8 came out, I repeated this sad and dreary routine. I’ve waited close to ten years for decent figures of two of my favorite characters from the Final Fantasy series and Square Enix is finally producing them! I think this excites me more than any other article I’ll post this year and that my friends, is pathetic.
NECA Is Making The Nightmare A Reality!
These figures look amazing and the fact that interchangeable heads is just the bloody icing on the dismembered cake. (That was funnier in my head.) My personal favorite is the long-armed version from the first Nightmare on Elm Street. If these are any where in the $14-18 range, you can bet that I’ll be picking them up.
Mezco’s Mez-Itz Go Bite Sized
What’s cuter than a 6″ vinyl interpretation of Earth’s Greatest Heroes? How about minier versions of those! Mezco is shrinking their already tiny line of Mez-Its to bring you the cutest interpretation of DC Comic super heroes this side of Beanie Babies. I personally love the art direction of these toys and can’t wait to add even more to my collection. If you like Marvel Mighty Muggs, then you’re going to love this line! (Side note: Look at that mini Batman from Batman: Beyond! Terry McGinnis has never looked less menacing and more cute.)
DC Direct’s Return of Bruce Wayne Line…WITH DAMIAN!
To be honest, I hate Damian as a character when he was introduced. His back story didn’t interest me and the fact that Bruce Wayne had a son was stupid. However, that all changed when he put on the Robin outfit and became the most kick ass Robin of all time. I’ve been waiting a while to add Damian to my collection and DC Direct is finally bringing it to store shelves. As an added bonus, they are also making figures for the entire Return of Bruce Wayne story arc which means you can recreate your favorite scenes from the worst arc of all time. Yay.
Hasbro’s Marvel Universe Continues To Amaze
The 3.75″ Marvel Universe line is by far the best and most comprehensive line of action figures on the market today. Hasbro has created some of the best sculpts seen since the original Star Wars line. Their booth at this year’s Toy Fair has shown that they’re not going away anytime soon, in fact, they’re coming back bigger than ever. Everything they showcased is outstanding, the highlight however is their 16″ Sentinel due out in Fall. Take a look at the pics and see how amazing the Cable with baby Hope figure is.
2011 Toy Fair Winner: Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line
Source: Toys News International