A whole world of choice: movie-based toys

In an earlier post I talked about buying movie memorabilia. I came to the conclusion that, for me, I would rather not buy a movie-used prop as it would take a lot of the magic away. This post is about movie memorabilia of a different kind: movie inspired toys.

The magazines I work for regularly feature a combination of model cars, action figures and other forms of movie collectables. A recent article in our November issue is called ‘Indiana Jones and the Diecast Connection’ and is about the diecast models that were launched following the Indiana Jones films.

Literally thousands, if not millions, of movie-based toys have been released over the years. Star Wars-based toys spring to my mind first. From Lego figures to battery-powered lightsabers, you can have it all. A quick search on the Argos website produces Star Wars, Iron Man, Transformers and Toy Story inspired toys. For just £29.99 you can have your own Darth Vader bionic arm, what you’d actually do with it I’m not so sure.

Action figures has to be the largest genre of movie toys and while some are for play value, others are for display only. I own several Lord of the Rings 12inch figures by Sideshow Collectibles. They aren’t a brilliant likeness but I was given them to accompany the rest of my Lord of the Rings collectables, as mentioned in my movie memorabilia post.

However, an action figure like this recently released first-licensed collectable Brad Pitt is extremely lifelike and is definitely a collector’s piece. Produced by Hot Toys of Hong Kong, the collectable figure of Brad as Lt. Aldo Raine from Inglorious Basterds features “movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture”. It really is a work of art.

Hot Toys have a huge range of other collectable figures and I especially like this one of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. This one of Edward Scissorhands is pretty impressive too.

For as long as movies are made, an army of toys and collectables will follow. Compared to movie-used props, buying a remote-controlled R2D2 or a Transformers blanket is a much easier way of getting even more enjoyment out of the films you love.

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