Let’s hope for Hot Toys that their upcoming Movie Masterpiece for Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince Dastan from the Prince of Persia movie does better than its 6-inch and 3.75-inch counterparts from McFarlane Toys. Those Prince of Persia action figures have already seen sustained discounting at Toys R Us. At first I thought it was promotional, but I’m wondering if the relatively weak domestic performance of the movie has had an impact on figure sales.
As you might expect, the costuming and accessories are outstanding on this Hot Toys release, but I find that the head sculpt is not quite up to their regular standards. It’s only vaguely evocative of Gyllenhaal from certain angles.
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There were three announcements in the Hot Toys newsletter today that I found interesting. First, a teaser for the Prince Dastan MMS from the Prince of Persia movie opening tomorrow. The torso certainly evokes the “Defy the Future” movie posters, but who knows how the head will look?
My guess – probably better than the movie will do – it’s got stiff competition from last weekend’s #1 movie, Shrek Forever After, and Iron Man 2 in its 4th weekend. The reviews have been mediocre at best.
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To be completely honest, I wasn’t even going to bring my camera to WonderCon at first. My wife and I were only going to be able to go for a few hours one afternoon, and although WonderCon is organized by the same folks who handle San Diego Comic-Con, it doesn’t attract the the toy manufacturers like SDCC does. As we were getting ready to walk out the door, I thought, why not?
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Here’s some booth pics of the Halo, Playmakers, and Prince of Persia lines from McFarlane. I didn’t speak to anyone at the booth, but it was interesting to see Todd McFarlane working the booth. He’s participated in special events at Toy Fair before, but I can’t remember him actively manning the booth and talking to buyers and media.
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I guess I’m not up on my movie news, because I didn’t know that Disney was delving into the video game genre looking for its next summer franchise. I played the original Prince of Persia game that came out in the late 80’s, but haven’t revisited it since. This movie is titled for the 2003 video game from Ubisoft, and Disney and McFarlane must be hoping it’ll spawn many sequels, just as that particular game did.
McFarlane plans to make figures in both the 4-inch and 6-inch scale, and the smaller scale will also get horses (not much in the way of vehicles in ancient Persia, I suppose) and a playset. The figures are planned to hit retail in May next year, around the same time as the movie is planned.
I wonder if Disney will also produce toys exclusive to their Disney Stores, like they did for Pirates of the Caribbean.
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