Nice find, Broc. Too bad at the time that article was published, I think I was working two jobs and didn’t have much time for much else.
Would’ve been cool to snag up an Unutterable Chibi!
I did manage to get in on some WeLoveFine shirts, though. 100% cotton, they felt great, and were well done. Will cherish for evar. Wish they’d bring those back, but…
Anyways, I realize how much time & cost goes into making toys. I’ve worked at a plastic bottle factory (bottles for car oil, 5w30 and the like, but also Milk of Magnesia bottles) and also a plastic plate factory (for microwaveable dinners, Hungry Man & Kids Cuisine to name a few). There’s no such thing as “cheap plasic” anymore, both factories recycled a lot of their trimmings back into the product. I can only imagine the process for toys, how much they recycle to save money, how much it all costs.
And after a glance down the toy aisle in Wal-Mart last week, toy prices have gone up much like the prices for comics have since the 80’s/90’s. It’s crazy. ALTHOUGH I did find some new Scooby Doo action figures, reasonably priced, that kept calling my name…
But as for making sure people are going to buy them - anyone remember He-Man? It was my favorite toy line as a kid (cartoon, too). But there was a documentary on Netflix about He-Man, (The Power of Greyskull, or something, I think) and, as it turns out, it was a toy line first made for the sake of selling… toys. The toys came before the cartoon, which, I didn’t realize, because I was so young when I was into He-Man, I couldn’t remember which came first.
It just adds to the crazy. A company wouldn’t dare make a toy line NOT based off anything that isn’t already a hit cartoon or movie nowadays. Crazy.
Also also, for the person/s marking replies as solutions, I know we’re probably never going to get a SWL toy line. Much less likely is a McFarland toys SWL line, or series of figures, or busts, w/e. But we’d like to dream, yeah? Share our wishlists? C’mon, let the adults daydream about toys, y’all.
Also also also
WISHLIST (in no particular order)
- Agartha Guardian plushie
- Gross trading cards a la Garbage Pail Kids featuring grisly Orochi deaths, with Black “Filth” Bubblegum
- Full-Retro SWL Sticker Book w/paper dolls, paper cutouts of the clothing sets you get from different decks / PVP achievements, etc.
- Still would love a TSW / SWL art book. Still. Forever.
- Alexa-linked Orochi drone for better (maybe) home security. (Still better than a D-O toy, TBH)
- SWLegos Orochi Tower Set
- Flappy-themed Kites
- Saccharissa 1/3 scale statuette
- Funko POP! will literally do any franchise, people, c’mon