I’m walking through toys’r’us, and looking at the figures based on comic book characters. There’s mostly Batman: TDK/TKDR, a few Green lantern movie figures, and then the Marvel Legends figures. It then suddenly hits me. Where are all the comic cartoon figures?
When I was younger, there was figures from B:TAS, Spider-Man:TAS, X-Men:TAS and Superman:TAS. There were tones of them, including really cool vehicles.
Now looking at the cartoons we currently have, there’s Green Lantern, Young Justice, Avengers: Earths mightiest heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man. I haven’t seen any toys based on these shows at all, apart from Young Justice, and even then there isn’t that many toys available. What has happened? I know marvel has its legends line, but it isn’t the same as having toys that look like they came straight out of the cartoon.
I mean toys based on SUCCESSFUL comic cartoons can’t be that hard to market. A child watches the show, enjoys it, you buy him/her the action figure. It’s that easy.
I know a lot of kids are more obsessed with technological gadgets than figures now a day, but I think that also has something to do with that they can’t get anything based on the shows their watching now. Its like the toy companies are admitting defeat in this technological age. They also seem to only be putting out toys based on the superhero films. Maybe companies see these as a sure thing to market.
When I was younger I loved playing with the action figures based on my favourite show. It encourages a child’s imagination, and gets them involved with story telling at a young age, as they create their own stories. Something that should be encouraged more.
Also from a collector’s point of view, it’s damn right annoying when there’s nothing based on your favourite comic cartoon, haha.