Hasbro To Release Narnia Toys
Posted January 27, 2005 9:12 pm by Tirian
This review was posted by Adrian at http://www.action-figure.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=13779&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0. Thanks to Moochie for the head’s up!
Hasbro surprised us today, with their upcoming Chronicles of Narnia figures, which I think a lot of LOTR fans will go nuts over…
It’s unusual to hear me gush about a Hasbro product, not because of any issues with the company, it’s just very few of their items are comparable to the best out there.
However, that could all change as Hasbro will be releasing thier Chronicles of Narnia Toys 6 weeks before the movie.
Hasbro has the master toy license for the upcoming “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” movie adaption, and were showing a number of lines at the UK ToyFair.
And you know what… they have some really nice potential. Unfortunatley, we aren’t able to bring you photos just yet, but we’re hoping we can show you come the US ToyFair. I think if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you should start paying attention to this line. The sculpting is superb, and whilst I have wondered all day who sculpted the figures (Nomad and I quizzed Hasbro and also tried to work it out whilst we were there), I now think they bear the hallmark of Gentle Giant. Still needs to be confirmed, but hopefully this will give you an idea of the quality.
We paid attention to 2 main lines. The Action Figure line and the PVC Miniature line
The action figure line comes in regular and deluxe, the deluxe containing figures like the Minotaur and Cyclops. Style-wise they reminded me a lot of the first Episode 2 figures… dynamically pre-posed with limited articulation. My biggest issue with the line is that I feel it needs to be slightly bigger to capture a lot of Lord of the Rings collectors. The Action Figure line seems to be more to a 5″ scale than 6″ and I think that could be a dealbreaker for some people.
The PVC Miniature line reminded me instantly of Armies of Middle Earth, and Hasbro had a number of figures on display from the final battle.
We hope to get more details at the US ToyFair, but so far, this has been the line Nomad and I have been most impressed with.