The last few weeks have been a turbulent time in the world of toys. Major action figure lines have been put on the endangered species list over at Mattel’s headquarters, San Diego Comic-Con seemed to go just as quickly as it came, and the revitalized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are finally hitting toy stands. But that’s the great thing about the world of toys, when the storms pass, there is some peaceful playtime left in the wake.
And play is all I’ve done this week. You see, I was able to track down some of the new Ninja Turtles figures, and I’ve been enjoying them ever sense. They are a true marvel, and undoubtedly the best Turtles yet. They reek of nostalgia and mix it with a pungent new style that I absolutely can’t get over. Instead of finding their way into the storage bin after a week like most of my new figures, they’ve taken a prominent place on my desk, right in front of the monitor. I can’t recommend them enough.
As content as I am to sit and enjoy my new toys, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you an update on the world at large.
Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe Classics are saved. In recent weeks, there were rumblings from Mattel that both of their flagship collector action figure lines were in danger of being canceled. The only way for the two lines to be taken off the endangered species list was a surge in subscription numbers, which is exactly what they got. Collectors can continue to enjoy these two great lines for a little while longer.
Toy Hunter returns to TV. The brand new show Toy Hunter, which aired a pilot many months ago was picked up for production, and the first new episode airs later this week. Keep an eye out for your local Travel Channel listings to catch the first new episode. It should provide a great look at tons of vintage toys and collectibles.
The Hero Project. One of the first toy-related Kickstarter projects, called The Hero Project has been running for the last few weeks. Its creator sought to create a line of figures based on world cultural heroes. It seems they will be unsuccessful in their funding attempts, but it’s a brilliant effort and a good sign of things to come in the world of independent toy production.
That’s all for now. May you find every vintage you ever wanted as a child.