- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 3, 2007

Part two of two

NEW YORK — The continuous stream of licensed products based on film, cartoon and comic-book properties seen at this year’s American International Toy Fair will translate into crowded store shelves throughout 2007.

Specifically, after my perusal of the many booths at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and private showrooms around New York City, I can say that toys, statues and prop replicas based on Spider-Man, the Transformers and “Star Wars” will continue to do serious damage to the bank accounts of collectors this year.

Here, by company, are some of the reasons why.


A 10-year-old design company from France made its debut at Toy Fair with a wide range of statues and fine art based on movies and comics.

• Most outrageous is its 6-foot-long, 300-pound, hand-painted, cold-cast resin cross section of the Millennium Falcon ($2,589), which will give any “Star Wars” fan an equal amount of joy and sore muscles.

Additionally, a section of the Death Star called the Final Duel Corridor ($825) is available and comes with a hand-painted pewter figure of Luke Skywalker as a storm trooper. Other metal figures embellish the sets ($95 to $115 each) — characters such as Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO and four types of Stormtroopers

I believe the only one who could afford the entire setup of this massive diorama with all the pewter figures would be “Star Wars” founder George Lucas.

Oh yeah, fans also should start saving for a massive re-creation of Yoda’s home planet, Dagobah, in 2008. It probably will include an X-Wing and multiple metal figures of the green Jedi master and his trainee in action.


The Barbie maker is, once again, ready to tempt toy fans enamored of DC Comics.

• The coolest for preschoolers is the DC Super Friends collection of 6-inch figures ($7.99 each) that will remind parents of Fisher-Price’s Rescue Heroes and Toy Biz’s Spidey and Friends. Characters for the first series include Batman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Lex Luthor, and each comes with an air-powered accessory.

Also part of the line is My First Batmobile ($29.99), a rugged vehicle for tykes with a net launcher, sound effects and lights. It can accommodate two DC Super Friends figures.

• Hasbro has Attacktix, and now Mattel presents Battleleague (starter set with four figures, $9.99; booster packs with two figures, $5.99). Based on DC’s heroes and villains, each 3- to 4-inch-tall piece, sculpted by the Four Horsemen, becomes part of a squad-based action-figure game. In Battleleague, combatants move a set amount of distance on their own (with the click of a button); action incorporates mission cards and power chips as the likes of Superman and Batman battle the Penguin and the Joker.

Sideshow Collectibles

One of the leaders of pop-fine-art production in the United States had its display area guarded by Stormtroopers and a famed bounty hunter. However, I still managed to get a peek at some gorgeous upcoming art.

• In the “Star Wars” category, fans get a polystone Obi-Wan vs. Anakin Diorama ($279) that shows a pair of 10-inch-tall statues in the middle of a light-saber duel on top of a platform in the lava-filled world of Mustafar. Also, a Premium Format, quarter-scale Darth Maul ($279) stands 19 inches high and sports cloth robes and his dual light saber, which glows.


The Danish block builder continues to offer sets based on their key pop-culture properties.

• For the world of the Dark Knight, builders get the Bat Tank and Riddler Hideout play set (645 pieces, $49.99) containing minifigures of the Riddler, Bane and Batman (in classic gray costume).

• To celebrate the “Star Wars” 30th anniversary, the company offers a couple of sets: the Jedi Star Fighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring (575 pieces, $49.99), which includes figures of Obi-Wan and, for the first time, Jedi Master Kit Fisto; and the Trade Federation Multi Troop Transport (1,326 pieces, $99.99), with 20 mini Battle Droids and the Droideka destroyer droid.

However, the granddaddy of the bunch, available later in the year, can be ordered only online. It is the Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon ($499). It includes five miniatures of Han, Luke, Obi-Wan, Leia and Chewbacca and more than 5,000 pieces to perplex the master Lego builder.

Marvel Toys

So who knew Marvel Entertainment would give its master toy license to Hasbro after its subsidiary Toy Biz did such a great job over the years? Obviously not Toy Biz, especially after it changed its name to Marvel Toys — “doough.”

Fortunately, the subsidiary of Marvel has gone out and grabbed characters from other comic-book companies to continue to make highly detailed and articulated action figures once found with its Marvel Legends line.

• Expect its 7-inch Legendary Comic Heroes series to offer such icons as Judge Dredd, Rip Claw, Savage Dragon, Conan, Monkeyman, Ann O’Brien, Madman and Sin City’s Marv and show up on shelves sometime this year.

Corgi International

The maker of classic die-cast vehicles has merged with prop duplicator and fine-art maker Master Replicas to deliver a potent lineup in 2007.

• Best from Corgi are more limited-edition Marvel Metal statues that highlight Ghost Rider, Venom and the Punisher (approximately $79.99 each).

• Master Replicas will delight collectors with many limited-edition Star Wars pieces, such as light sabers ($99 and up), Clone trooper helmets ($399 and up) and blasters ($350 and up).

Related article:

Part I: Toy fair features array of multimedia creations

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