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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Fredericksburg, VA

    Toynami's I-MEN (2002)

    Company takes a stab at the minifigure craze...

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    It seems that at one point or another, every successful toy company has attempted a minifigure line to capitalize on their licenses. They're cheap to produce and soft on collector's wallets, plus minifigures are easy to amass and display. The minifigure has become a mainstay in toy collectibles, but only the few, the strong, the proud survive the scrutiny of collectors.

    Toynami's I-Men were a moderate success story, lasting well beyond one wave and branching out into numerous licenses. Retro-cool properties like the Hanna-Barbera fueled Adventure Superstars (Thundarr!) and perennial fan-favorite Robotech brought refreshing change to the small figure format, but it's possible that these niche licenses also limited I-Men's broad appeal. The inclusion of magnetic feet certainly helped I-Men stand out from the competition; a feature I'd love to see in a future minifigure line.

    Adventure Superstars Series 2 and Robotech Series 2
    5.5" x 9"


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Southern California

    Re: Toynami's I-MEN

    I-MEN!!! Loved these guys, and I still have tons of them around. In some ways they were ahead of their time, and the addition of magnets in their feet and even light up parts for the Dragonball Z line were awesome. I miss them.

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