For the past few years I've supplemented my 10 Favorite Toylines and 10 Favorite Individual Toys with a list called Missing in Action. The general premise of this list is to look at my list of last year's Top 10 Toylines and determine why some lines present then failed to return on the current year's list. 2017's top 10 list had six toylines returning from the 2016 list, meaning that four lines were dropped this year. I do believe that's one of the highest retention rates for toylines from one year to the next that I've had on my lists due to the presence of longer running lines and continuing lines such as Star Wars: The Black Series, the DC Collectible Designer Series, POP! Star Wars, Marvel Legends, Super7's M.U.S.C.L.E. reboot, and Mattel's DC Multiverse line. When looking at the lines that failed to show up again there are typically three reasons why a line makes this list:
Missing in Action: This is a toyline that gets cancelled, ends, or just doesn't have any releases during the year.
Demoted: Sometimes a toyline just gets outdone by others. This is less reflective of the quality of the demoted line and more reflective of the quality of the line that supplanted it.
Drop in Quality: This is when a toyline has a severe drop in quality that causes it to fall from grace. While most toylines get better as they go, some do indeed get worse and worse due to cost cutting, mismanagement, and quality control issues.
Let's take a look at the four lines that made the 2017 list after the break...
DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya- Demoted/ Partially Missing in ActionSince 2012 Kotobukiya's line of DC Comics Bishoujo statues has alternated between appearing on my top 10 list and appearing on this list due to the great deal of variation in how many releases the line sees during each year. This year the line only had two releases which definitely wasn't enough to earn it a spot on the list. The Katana statue did make it onto my Best of the Rest list, however, so Kotobukiya didn't go without receiving any recognition in 2017. I really hope 2018 sees more releases as this is still one of my favorite lines to collect.
DC Comics Lil' Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment- Demoted
Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction by Funko- Missing in Action!
World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific- DemotedWait? Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line fell off of the list of my Top Ten Favorite Toylines? Sadly, yes it did. While Jakks did release some figures in 2017 they didn't release much. Most releases were simple repaints and considering Jakks' notoriously poor distribution of this line I couldn't be bothered to track them down. The Mario Maker version of Mario was quite nice but I do believe he was the only 2017 release I purchased. Let's hope that the success of the Nintendo Switch inspires Jakks to put more effort into this line as there are still a bunch of characters I would love to see.
What do you think? What toylines did you love last year that went missing or got overshadowed this past year? Let me know!