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Gamestars Collectibles area, a division of Panache Place (no relation to the company Panosh Place, who made Voltron figures in the 80's), I really got a good look at the figures from Crysis 2. Now I have to admit that I had seen these figures at Target and considered buying them but didn't just because there were other figures/ toys to buy. But actually seeing the whole line of 6 figures there, at Toy Fair, I was actually impressed. Initially I'd only seen the characters in Nano-suits which weren't bad and no aliens but I have to say, the aliens are probably the best part of the line. And they're all in 1:18 or 3.75" scale. So the Heavy assault aliens was really like 5" tall but totally in scale. While I have yet to get any any figures from this line, I think it's definitely worth giving a shot. That's what I plan on doing tomorrow when I go to Target. Plus from the bit of research I've done on the line, they are generally well liked, especially the aliens. Hopefully these do well so that they release the Assassins Creed the rep told the plan on releasing!
Also on the 1:18/ 3.75" scale front, is Jazwares who is working on both Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat lines! The last time I remember a company having both IPs was Hasbro during the 1990's. I'm glad that they are both being produced at the same time by the same company. There's nothing like a good SF Vs. MK match.
While I didn't get to visit showrooms to bigger companies, I will give my 2 cents on what was show based on what other sites have reported.
Mega Bloks- while I didn't see much coverage on them I did find pictures on Blok forums and Cool Toy Review. From what both sites had to offer picture-wise, I'm happy with what they had. I believe it's safe to say that Mega Brands (name of the actual company) has impressed Marvel Entertainment, enough to grant them the license for both the Thor and Captain America movies in addition to continuing the Marvel line. It seems that MB is planning to release blind packs of characters for Marvel and hopefully sets to, but I'm happy with mini-figs. I feel that MB is really starting to push to gain more ground from Lego and I believe it's going to work.
Speaking of Lego, their showing was pretty cool. I especially love the new Millennium Falcon. Their games seem pretty cool and I found some cool reviews of them on YouTube. But what I thought was REALLY cool was a game that had a monkey mini-fig. Not too many ppl know this but I love monkeys, and when I saw this game on the outside of their showroom it made me stop in my track just to stare at it. The new Heroica game looks cool and reminds me a bit of Hero Quest. Do you guys remember that game? Their selection of new mini-fig are cool too and I have to make sure I the punk/rocker from the next wave. That mohawk it SO me. Especially since I have one for real.
Mattel, hmm... what can I say about Mattel..? They canceled the Infinite Heroes lines after improving them and then they bring out a Green Lantern line that is barely moving me. Seriously. I LOVE Green Lantern but what they have to offer in the 3.75"/ 1:18 scale is just a bit short of adequate. I mean in this day and age I find it insulting to myself and kids all over the world to offer a figure with 5 points of articulation. While it may have been the norm 20 to 30 years ago, I feel that you're phoning it in when you are the largest toy manufacturer in the world and 5 points of articulation is all you can muster. But then again it is the "kids" line. Ugh... kids aren't stupid Mattel. Either way I'm just going to get the aliens (I really do applaud the choice to add them to the line though.) and I'll think about maybe getting GL himself. As for the Retro-Action line, it looks good, no complaints. Is it me or is Mattel just not with it when it comes to working at smaller scales?
Hasbro- I gotta got say, they have surprised me in two ways. First with Transformers, which virtually no showing from the Generations. I really hope that they continue this line but from past history, I'll assume the worst and expect it to go on hiatus. At best they're holding back and anyone who makes to Cali for Botcon will be treated to a viewing of new figures then.
Thor and Captain America will be great additions to the expanding Marvel Universe line and I'm happy that the Cap movie line is starting with mostly comic series figures. It'll give me a chance to switch to other lines when a slew of different movie Caps hits the shelves. Not that they aren't good figures but I'm not a big fan of buying the same figure just for different accessories. Same goes for Thor. This can only kind of work with one superhero in my opinion, Iron Man. And that only KIND OF works because he does have different armors for different situations, even then, I didn't go out and get EVERY Iron Man that was made for the IM2 line. Hopefully there will be some Thor comic figures too.
And on that note I wrap this up but before I go I just want to say that if you're a fan of 1:18/ 3.75" and/ or 1:48/ 2" figures, this is the year for you. Most IPs are either/or sizes and I believe that we currently living a new age of the 1:18 scale figures.