These things we know. We know that McFarlane Toys has the Harry Potter/Wizarding World license. We know that four figures (Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Voldemort from HP&TDH2) and one Hippogriff are up for pre-order. We know that McFarlane will likely bring their long history of A-game sculpting to the line. Here’s what we don’t know: why has no one else ever made a successful long-term go of a Harry Potter action figure line?
Early in the life of the films, Mattel picked up the license for the line. And they, well, they Matteled, didn’t they? Those early figures (shown on the shelves in the pictures) lack inspired sculpting; consider that these figures were coming out against Toy Biz’s Lord of the Rings line, among others, and you’ll see that they effort just wasn’t there. Factor in early gaffes like the famously backward-armed Dumbledore, unequal pack-outs of Fred and George, and other weirdness, and one might remember those early message boards being rife with complaints. A second group came out for the second film, but the scale was off and they kind of stiffed at retail.
NECA picked it up later with some good sculpts (like this Harry and Sirius), but they didn’t make an overly large amount. In 2007, PopCo picked up the European license and did some decent figures. Mattel even recently came back to make some “action figure dolls” of the leads, McGonagall and Dumbledore. However, the fact remains that there’s never been a truly comprehensive line at U.S. retail.
McFarlane has a crack at changing that. Aside from their general quality, they have wide-ranging distribution. The first four figures also have clever accessories; Harry, Hermione, and Ron each come with their patronus, and Voldemort is packed with Nagini. I also like the idea that McFarlane is starting with The Deathly Hollows Part II. For one thing, it’s the last film in the series, and the one that is the freshest in our minds, overall; for another, these versions of the cast have simply never been done before. It’s also a film that includes a huge variety of characters (the Weasleys, the Order, the Malfoys, most of the professors, Neville, Cho, Hagrid, etc.), so you could conceivably go about knocking out a big portion of the cast just from that film before reaching back into other stories and characters.
It’s important to note that the license in for the Wizarding World, so it also includes Fantastic Beasts. Buckbeak the Hippogriff looks great, so I’m already looking forward to what they do with other magical creatures. I think it would be smart for McFarlane to do an assortment of the main four humans (Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob) at some point in the near future to plant a flag for the franchise, given that the third film now won’t be released until 2021.
What do you think, muggles? Are you interested in the new
line? What would you like to see? Have you placed pre-orders? Talk to us.
Thanks for reading.
From the acclaimed 2017 horror film IT, drawn from the pages of Stephen King’s original novel, NECA presents a very special edition of Pennywise based on the Derry Charter engraving.
The terrifying clown has been around for centuries, as evidenced by his appearance in an engraving of the Derry town charter, and this 7” scale figure has been detailed in an “engraved” style to match. Comes with 2 head sculpts and two balloons.
Display friendly window box packaging with opening flap features debossed printing and foil accents.
NECA is revealing their exclusives for this year’s San Diego Comic Con and fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have every reason to be excited.
After wading in a puddle of radioactive waste, four ordinary reptiles become more than just turtles, and are raised by the similarly transformed rat Splinter to become New York City’s greatest crime-fighting quartet. Their biggest enemy—and Splinter’s nemesis—is The Shredder, ruthless leader of the Foot Clan, a criminal organization that’s terrorizing the city. Yet is only after Splinter is captured by the Foot that the Turtles learn how far back his feud with Shredder goes…
This epic box set recreates the “Capture of Splinter” scene from the 1990 movie in 7” scale, all the way down to the in-box positioning! The set includes Splinter (with cloth robe), Shredder (with cloth cape), and two Foot soldiers, plus plenty of extras: manacles, a cardstock crate, and a weapons rack for storing all the Foot clan accessories.
Slipcase over window box packaging.
TMNT (1990 Movie) – 7” Scale Action Figure – “The Capture of Splinter” 4-Pack Retail: $125
U.S.-based National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) announced today the expansion of its licensing agreement with Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP) for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). For the first time ever, NECA’s distribution agreement will include international markets, allowing its bestselling TMNT action figures and collectibles to be sold in dozens of countries around the world from Asia to Europe to South America.
NECA first acquired the TMNT license in 2016 and has produced an expansive line of collector products based on the franchise’s movies and animated series, including action figures, prop replicas, accessories, collectibles and more. Until now, NECA items have only been available in the U.S., and this expansion into international markets will bring NECA’s TMNT product to fans around the world.
National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), Joseph Enterprises, Inc. (JEI) and Joseph Pedott Advertising and Marketing, Inc. (JPAM) have announced the closing of an agreement under which NECA has acquired both companies. The globally recognized powerhouses behind the creation and success of iconic creations Chia Pet and The Clapper join the growing NECA family of specialty entertainment companies, which are poised for cross-company collaboration.
JEI and JPAM will proceed as NECA subsidiaries under the auspices of current vice presidents Michael Hirsch and Al Lam, and will continue as normal. JPAM has deep expertise producing and broadcasting television commercials throughout the USA and Canada over its 55 years of existence and will continue to purchase TV time on behalf of its clients and JEI. The companies will remain headquartered in San Francisco, and gain the support of NECA’s vast network of suppliers, creatives and internal team members.
Joseph Pedott, founder of both companies and the man responsible for the decades-long success of Chia Pet (which debuted in 1982) and The Clapper (first sold in 1985), will remain involved for the transition to help oversee the businesses as they are integrated into the NECA family.
NECA is a producer of collectibles of action figures as well as the owner of WizKids, a company focused on the publishing of board games.
Toy Fair 2017 took place this past weekend featuring an impressive amount of toys that’ll come to shelves over the next year. NECA was there in full force displaying their impressive line of action figures and collectibles.
Leading action figure and collectibles maker NECA announced today that it has acquired the license to Blade Runner 2049, the hotly anticipated sequel to the legendary sci-fi movie. The company plans to release a full range of figures, die-cast vehicles, replicas, games and more in 2017. The company has promised additional details at New York’s International Toy Fair in February.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
The science fiction thriller is directed by Denis Villeneuve (ARRIVAL) and features a star-studded cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.
Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters on October 6, 2017.
NECA has revealed new action figures from Preacher, the hit AMC series based on the cult classic Vertigo comic!
The series follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power: the ability to make people do his bidding with just a word. The assortment includes Jesse and Cassidy (a hedonistic Irish vampire who becomes Jesse’s best friend), both with authorized likenesses of their actors.
Each fully poseable figure stands approximately 6 3/4” tall and comes with character-specific accessories.
NECA has announced not one but two San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusive sets! Inspired by the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-player arcade game, they’ll have 4-figure box sets for both the Turtles and the Foot Clan at their booth this summer.
The sets include new sculpts, tons of accessories, and packaging that invokes the classic arcade game.