This year, I've noticed that besides the Star Wars line, movie-based action figures are deteriorating fast. Companies don't jump at the opportunities anymore. Allow me to explain with a few of the big movie toy licenses of this year, besides Revenge of the Sith.
Mattel screwed this line up. The major villain of the movie (Ducard) wasn't even released, as far as I know. I never saw him. Plus like with all the Batman lines, they always have to have 40 different Batmans.
Lord of the Rings
Sure, it's been two years since the last movie came out, but that's no excuse. POTF2 sold well 12 years after ROTJ came out. Only four figures were released this year. We know now that the line is dead, but Toy Biz could have squeezed in a few more figures to round out the year. It was sad to see a great line like this die a long, drawn out death.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Not a single figure is being released for the new movie. Only some Legos and a Trivial Pursuit DVD Game. I'm surprised at this, given at how huge the Harry Potter cash cow is. Kids would buy them. It's really a missed opportunity, but it's Mattel's loss.
Have you seen these figures? They suck! They're pieces of crap! This should have gone to Toy Biz. They'd actually know what to do with these. At least the movie should be great.
Chronicles of Narnia
I know they're making statues for this, but other than that, I don't know.
I dread seeing the figures for next year's "Superman Returns" and "X3".