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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Missing in Action! Toy Lines that Didn't Make the Cut in 2015
Sometimes there is a toy line which appears on my top 10 list of favorite lines one year but mysteriously disappears from the best of list for the next year. There's a number of reasons why this might happen. Sometimes toy lines end or just fade into obscurity; other times there is a change in quality that causes me to stop collecting. Sometimes I just lose interest in a property, too. That certainly happens from time to time There's also always the possibility of a good problem to have, which is that I still collect a certain line but a new line comes along that just one ups it. Here's a brief look at six lines that were on my Favorite Toy Lines of 2014 list that didn't make it onto the 2015 list with some commentary as to why they were left off or got demoted. I've been wanting to do a list like this for a few years and I've finally got the time! Join me after the break for 6 tales of toy lines that went missing in action!
DC Designer Series: Greg Capullo by DC Collectibles-Mostly MISSING!
The lack of the DC Designer Series Greg Capullo inspired line from this year's best of list has a simple explanation: Only one figure was released at the tail end of 2015. While I reviewed a few figures from the line this year, they were all technically 2014 releases (series 3 hit at the end of 2014). This line definitely has a future this year as series 4 is slated for March 2016 and, with Capullo's popularity among DC and Batman fans, I wouldn't be surprised to see series 5 hit before the end of 2016.
IAmElemental by Rebel Elements-Mostly MISSING!
The New 52 by DC Collectibles- UPSTAGED!
Harley Quinn, I just didn't find that much that interested me. With plenty of new DC Collectibles comic focused lines coming out next year such as the DC Icons line, it seems that the New 52 branded line has reached it's end. Hopefully this doesn't mean DC will cease releasing figures from the era, though: We still at least need a modern Batwoman, Batgirl of Burnside, and Bat-Wing.
Marvel Legends: Infinite Series by Hasbro- DEMOTED!
ReAction by Funko-DEMOTED!
I still enjoy the faux vintage trend although I've definitely lost some passion for it due to many of Funko's lines seeming like one and done releases rather than actual toy lins. I did pick two ReAction figures for my best individual figures list, though: Gracie Law from Big Trouble in Little China ReAction and the Great White Shark SDCC exclusive from Jaws ReAction.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates- DROP in QUALITY!
Here's the shocker for me: TMNT doesn't appear on any of my best of lists. In 2014 I'm not sure I could have given this line any higher praise. In 2015, though, the quality fell. I mean, it dropped like a ton of bricks. It started with me buying a Mystic Donatello and being utterly disappointed by all of the missing paint applications. Many times throughout 2015 I looked at figures that were new on the shelves but always stopped myself from buying anything. These guys just seem to impress me less and less as time goes on. For the price, I'd much rather collect other less collector focused lines like World of Nintendo, Imaginext, or even the Half Shell Heroes figures. Factor in the terrible way that Playmates treats their female characters and this line was a huge disappointment for me in 2015. It'd take a lot of effort for Playmates to get me back into this line.
Well, those are my lines that went missing in action in 2015! Did you give up on any of your former favorite toylines this year? Let me know in the comments!