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#4 THINKWAY'S TOY STORY COLLECTION
After its strong debut last year, Thinkway delivered even more Toy Story goodness in 2010 with the release of some essential characters from Toy Story 2 as well as a villain from Toy Story 3. Thinkway’s attention to detail and film accuracy is what kept them on the list this year. While nothing was as strong as Buzz Lightyear, their Bullseye doll was just perfect. And with film-accurate toy packaging and certificate of authenticity, this line has “quality” all over.
#3 KAIYODO'S REVOLTECH YAMAGUCHI TRIGUN
Kaiyodo’s revolutionary articulated buck body technology has truly pushed the limits of action figure articulation and now they have kicked it up a notch with the release of their new Revoltech Yamaguchi line. The popular hit anime series Trigun has been chosen to carry the inaugural mantle of this new and revolutionary action figure design in 2010 and all we can say is wow! Vash the Stampede and Nicholas Wolfwood have been immortalized in these amazingly versatile bodies that do allow collectors to unleash the dynamic and one-of-a-kind moves that these characters can achieve. If you think the revolutionary articulation on these figures was enough, they also include interchangeable faces and hands that provide collectors with endless display options for collectors. Trigun fans rejoice because your favorite anime characters are now one of the hottest action figures of 2010!
#2 BANDAI/BLUEFIN'S THE ROBOT SPIRITS
Taking Japanese mecha action figures to new heights this year was Bandai's Robot Spirits. Thanks to broader U.S. distribution via Bluefin, the 6-inch series captivated American collectors with hyper-articulated, incredibly sculpted and fully accessorized robots from explosive animes such as Gundam, Code Geass and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Priced at under $30, the value packed with each Robot Spirits action figure was phenomenal. We highly recommend grabbing at least one... you'll never look at a mass market toy the same way again.
#1 MATTEL'S MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS BATTLE CAT
Since its 2008 debut, Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics toy line has become a worldwide success with their incredibly detailed assortment of nostalgic action figures. Thanks to the masterful talents of the Four Horsemen, the most powerful man in the universe finally got his mighty feline steed this year. The courageous Battle Cat made his debut as the inaugural piece in the Masters of the Universe Classics beast assortment and has become the marquee figure of the collection.
The extensively articulated body on Battle Cat allows for the figure to be posed in an endless amount of dynamic positions and the intricately sculpted details are simply breathtaking. The Battle Cat figure has evolved significantly from its original statically posed classic incarnation in the eighties to this year’s extensively articulated and hyper detailed MOTU Classics version. The masterfully painted details, breathtaking sculpt and extensively poseable body makes this armored tiger the most amazing animation-based toy of 2010.
The new Masters of the Universe Classics Battle Cat is simply one of the most amazing toys ever made and a true testament that this classic Eighties cartoon-inspired toy line has no boundaries in terms of innovation and scale.