BEST OF 2011 - Best Cartoon Toys
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#4 HOW2WORK'S 12" MICKEY MOUSE
Coming in as one of our favorites of the year is something you can't find in American stores or even at Disneyland. This 1/6th scale Mickey Mouse looks as if they took the costumed character from the theme parks and shrunk him down to size! Fashioned off a Medicom body, Mickey Mouse was an exclusive at a Taiwan Toy Show earlier this year and limited to a low 3,000. The super enduring icon even comes with a variety of swappable hands to better express the Disney mascot on your shelf. This is a must have for Disney Park fans world wide!
#3 HASBRO'S STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
Since 1995, Hasbro's line of Star Wars action figures haven't just made buying toys cool, but practically essential. With the new animated series on the Cartoon Network going into Season 4, Hasbro has been right along with it producing quality action figures that get better and better with each passing year. In 2011, Jedi figures were better represented (Even Piell, Bariss Offee, Eeth Koth, etc), the Sith were better represented (Savage Opress), and an old friend named Chewbacca got his due in animated form as well. Of course the line was made all the more fun with the number of Bounty Hunters made available for kids and collectors alike, with Seripas being the newest must-have figure. Even if you don't collect The Clone Wars, it is the success of this property that is keeping kids interested in the franchise, making it possible to see vehicles seen in the prequels finally make it to the shelf.
#2 BANDAI'S THUNDERCATS CLASSICS
The immensely iconic feline warriors from the '80s have finally made their comeback into the world of collectible action figures with the new ThunderCats Classics line by Bandai. These new 8-inch tall action figures feature an abundance of articulation, interchangeable parts and a great retro-inspired look. The first assortment consisted of Lion-O, the Lord of the ThunderCats and his partner in crime and master of dissapearance, Tygra. Inspired by the classic figures by LJN, these brand new ThunderCats Classics figures have been highly requested by fans across the world and now they can finally add these great figures to their collection. ThunderCats are loose...
#1 MATTEL'S MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS
Mattel continued to demonstrate that they "have the power" with this year's Masters of the Universe Classics offerings. This year saw the release of such iconic figures like Man-E-Faces, Bow, The Faceless One and even the Queen of Eternia herself - Marlena - received the action figure treatment for the very first time. Skeletor's trusty purple feline steed Panthor and She-Ra's winged horse Swiftwind made up part of the deluxe beasts assortment along with the menacing Shadow Beast and the evil giant Megator. To finish things off with a major bang, the very first vehicle in the MOTUC line, the Windraider, makes its official debut along with Battle Ground Evil Lyn and the iconic neon green concept figure of Demo Man. It is truly a great time to be a Masters of the Universe collector and with the long-awaited inclusion of Filmation-based characters starting in 2012; this powerhouse figure collection shows no indication of slowing down.
Re: BEST OF 2011 - Best Cartoon Toys
I love when you guys do these lists. Its such a great chance to take a second look at something I may have glossed over the first time or catch up on things I may have missed!