Post by rom on Sept 19, 2016 15:54:48 GMT -5
There was a limited line of Thundarr figures produced about a decade ago, and they did not sell well enough to get a second wave.
As for Sectaurs, Crystar, both do well in the secondary market, but that rarely translates to success for current lines. The collectors want the vintage stuff, not modern reproductions or "improved" lines, they want the stuff that fires their nostalgia not imitations of it. And new consumers don't have the nostalgic connections to the lines to garner interest in buying new products, so new lines based on things popular in the secondary market please no one. The only exceptions is lines that have continue do make new fans over the years (tar Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, etc. where the interested customer base is large enough to support both new lines and drive vintage sales. Go to any toy show and you will see there are 2 very distinct and separate customer bases-those who buy new toys based on stuff currently popular who will not look at anything vintage unless it ties into something currently popular, and those who buy vintage toys who won't really buy anything new even if it ties into stuff they like (with some minor exceptions like the Re-Mego audience, but that is a snake-pit of contradictions within the buying community that makes trying to figure out what they will or won't buy a marketing nightmare).
I agree with you completely. This list was definitely more wishful thinking than anything else. I would be shocked if any of the lines in my list were made into figures - I was just listing ones I wanted to see, however unlikely/impossible this would be.
That being said, a couple of years ago the extremely obscure '80's toy property Power Lords got re-done as a new line of figures, and they looked great. However, these were online only, and I never collected them because they were too hard to get ahold of. Also, granted, this line did not last long:
If Crystar & Sectaurs ever gets re-done (almost impossible to contemplate, I know) they will almost certainly be online only (like the new Power Lords line), not @ retail.