Plastic Figure Showcase Part Three Other Information in this post besides our regular features I have few articles from the web. The first is from Cool and Collecting on comic books and demand. Another article shows how much licensing is effecting toys.
On our figures showcase we will show some of the MPC monsters. Next will be a a copy of Beton from Spain. Following that we will showcase western figures from Europe.
Plastic Figure Showcase Part Three Other Information Comic Books
Over the last year at least we have talked about the decline of our hobby. I have noted that other hobbies have been going down as well. One area that I thought was doing well was the comic books. In an recent article from Cool and Collected we get a different picture. In the article, What does the future hold for comic book collecting? Brian talks about a local comic book show. He talked to various dealers and got this picture. There are hardly any young buyers. the problem is the young people have not been expose to comic books like we were.
Looking over the New York Comic Con reports I noticed two things. One was that people were buying the key issues. A key issue is the first appearance of a character such as the Punisher or Wolverine. The other comment was that books sold better here than at the San Diego Con. I have not gotten any reports how toys did at New York Comic Con.
Plastic Figure Showcase Part Three Other information Merchandising
In this article we can see that licensing is driving force in the market. Last year 3.8 billion dollars of licensed toys were sold. What does this mean go into a Target or Walmart you will see aisles of charcter items. The loser is non- character.
Plastic Figure Showcase Part Three Other Information Figure Show Time
I remember getting these two figures with others. At 6th and Turner in Allentown was a independant five and dime store. Going into the store I discovered in the toy section the MPC Haunted Pirate Ship. Being into monsters I had to buy it.
The set had eight different figures
- Death or Grim Reaper
- Dracula or vampire
The figures were done glow in the dark which were put into a Dungeon and Dragons type playset.
The figure above is from Spain. It is a copy of Beton Figure. The figure is of a rubber material.
Plastic Figure Showcase Part Three Other Information Western
Finally we have two different western figures. This one is cowboy running with winchester The figure has a separate hat which is usually missing. I have this as a Charbens figures, but maybe wrong.
The other figure is an Indian running with a spear. I am not sure who made him. Do you know?