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« on: April 24, 2012, 03:12:50 am »

What movie tie-in toys are among your favourites and why?

Have you seen a movie and enjoyed it enough that you then sought out the toys?

What about toys you liked enough that it encouraged you to see the film?

Were you compelled to find out more about the characters?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 06:56:28 am »

I think the Iron Man 2 3.75" scale figures were excellent because we got all the historically relevant suits of armour via the comics line, along with all the movie suits, and a bunch of "concept" suits that were quite neat as well.

I did like the Iron Man (original film) 6" line too, as that was around the time I really got into collecting.

Can't say I've ever bought a toy and then decided to see the movie because of it. I normally go find toys from a movie or series I really enjoyed. That said if there was ever a Monsterpocalypse movie or TV series, I'd probably be all over it (though that likely has as much to do with my love of the Japanese Kaiju genre of movies (Godzilla and Gamera as key examples).
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 08:20:04 am »

What movie tie-in toys are among your favourites and why?

Obviously, Star Wars is a big thing for me. I got hooked with the original 12 so the modern ones sucked me in.

I really enjoyed the Indiana Jones line, I really wish it hadn't went a bit further. I have most of the vintage figures, but it was really great to see them expand the line a bit. I just wish they hadn't done those last 4 as sdcc exclusives. The final waves were finally starting to hit the collector quality mark.

Have you seen a movie and enjoyed it enough that you then sought out the toys?

Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon. I hadn't picked up the figures until I saw the film.

What about toys you liked enough that it encouraged you to see the film?

I'd have to say Transformers. Even though I don't collect them, I was really curious to see how they were going to bring that to the screen.

Were you compelled to find out more about the characters?

There's a number of Star Wars figures I've went to Wookiepedia to look up. I think a good part of that is depth of the line, there's just so many obscure characters in it.

A lot of times when I review a figure I'll look stuff up as well, especially if I'm only marginally familiar. I also look up previous version in the case of something like GI Joe.

I don't collect a lot of them, but I will frequently look up Marvel characters to see their comic origins as well. For example, I picked up Marvel Essential Captain America Volume 1 to get more familiar with the character when the film came out.

(I may or may not have looked up Shang Chi recently, as well.)
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 09:57:49 am »

What movie tie-in toys are among your favourites and why?

Well, Hasbro star Wars are an obvious one for me too. Other than that, I'd say the Indiana Jones is also a favorite, and what little Mezco did for the second Hellboy movie. The reason is harder to explain. From the star Wars line I like the variety and the quality, for the most part, although there have been exceptions. The Indiana Jones line appealed to me because I really liked the first three films and I always wanted figures from those, even though the paint quality was not as good as I had expected. The Mezco Hellboy line had amazing detail and good articulation.

Have you seen a movie and enjoyed it enough that you then sought out the toys?

Yup. Happened to me with Avatar and TRON Legacy. I still think the toys are fairly decent, even though the movies themselves have lost some of it's shine for me.

Sometimes the opposite is also true, if the toys suck, I may be predisposed to not go see a movie in theaters.

What about toys you liked enough that it encouraged you to see the film?

Guilty as charged. The last Wolverine movie is the first to come to mind, although there have been others, like the Prince Caspian movie.

Were you compelled to find out more about the characters?

Not necessarily. Most of the time I'm just interested in how good is the toy rather than what the character does in the movie.

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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 02:39:35 pm »

I think another good question is: What toys looked awesome/you bought and were then embarrassed by after seeing the crappy movie?

I really wanted to love the Small Soldiers toys, but after seeing the movie I was glad to have passed on them!
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 05:16:14 pm »

Some really good choices there guys.

That's a good question Bubba, the one that comes to mind for me is Independence Day. I was so pumped for that film, then saw it and thought it was complete rubbish so didn't even look at the toys again. Another that comes to mind is "Attack of the Giant Lizard Monster" with Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno that was a remake of a Japanese license. I can't even call it by it's proper title because it's so awful it doesn't deserve it. I was ready to buy all the toys, but after the screening....once the sobbing stopped I refused to buy any of the toys.

I've been very happy with the 7" Hellboy figures for both movies. I love the character and to see them so nicely done was rewarding.
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 05:49:55 pm »

I think another good question is: What toys looked awesome/you bought and were then embarrassed by after seeing the crappy movie?

I really wanted to love the Small Soldiers toys, but after seeing the movie I was glad to have passed on them!

Uh, I did get a 12" Archer from that line... Embarrassed

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 06:34:42 pm »

Shaun of the Dead toys! Love the smaller action figures. They have to be my non-superhero faves.

What about bizarre tie-in toys? I mean, there were Black Hole action figures.....  Thumbs Down
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 07:04:27 pm »

Shaun of the Dead toys! Love the smaller action figures. They have to be my non-superhero faves.

What about bizarre tie-in toys? I mean, there were Black Hole action figures.....  Thumbs Down

Well it was a sci-fi film that came out soon after Star Wars. I think people realised that merchandising a film could make money.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2012, 06:46:22 am »

I think another good question is: What toys looked awesome/you bought and were then embarrassed by after seeing the crappy movie?


That's easy,i purchased the entire ID4 Action Figure Release and sundry items.I literally got every single thing that was released including the Fighters,Playsets etc.Then i saw the film and sold off the lot.
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2012, 06:54:14 am »

Shaun of the Dead toys! Love the smaller action figures. They have to be my non-superhero faves.

What about bizarre tie-in toys? I mean, there were Black Hole action figures.....  Thumbs Down

Well it was a sci-fi film that came out soon after Star Wars. I think people realised that merchandising a film could make money.

By making an Enrest Borgnine action figure?  cuckoo.gif

I would have been 8 when I saw that movie and at some point I completely freaked out and my Dad had to take me home.  Sad
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2012, 04:43:42 pm »

Shaun of the Dead toys! Love the smaller action figures. They have to be my non-superhero faves.

What about bizarre tie-in toys? I mean, there were Black Hole action figures.....  Thumbs Down

Well it was a sci-fi film that came out soon after Star Wars. I think people realised that merchandising a film could make money.

By making an Enrest Borgnine action figure?  cuckoo.gif

I would have been 8 when I saw that movie and at some point I completely freaked out and my Dad had to take me home.  Sad

An early customiser could have modified it to have a McHale's Navy figure  Cheesy

I think another good question is: What toys looked awesome/you bought and were then embarrassed by after seeing the crappy movie?


That's easy,i purchased the entire ID4 Action Figure Release and sundry items.I literally got every single thing that was released including the Fighters,Playsets etc.Then i saw the film and sold off the lot.

Nice! Dodged that bullet barely.

I was really disappointed in all the "Narnia" toys. I liked the first film but just couldn't lay down the cash for any of the figures despite totally digging Minotaurs.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2012, 06:43:28 pm »

You guys just made me think of the Men in Black figures.
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2012, 06:00:44 am »

You guys just made me think of the Men in Black figures.

Sorry about that Mate.
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2012, 06:29:37 am »

You guys just made me think of the Men in Black figures.

Funny you should mention - I saw these coming out for the new movie and thought "at last, proper MiB figures!"

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=54534
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