Again, I hate to disagree here but all the evidence I've seen regarding what retailers' buyers are or are not 'in tune' with indicates just the opposite. Near as I can tell all the trouble the toy industry has had in recent years is directly related to the fact that buyers are seriously uninformed about their business.Actually, retailers' buyers are pretty in tune with that stuff, they do a lot of marketing research before jumping in too heavily. If this Marvel Toys "Legendary Comic Book Heroes" line does well at all, it'll be because of Hasbro's incompetence with ML over its own merits, but I suspect when ML dries up it'll just take that entire type of market down with it - Legendary Comic book Heroes and DC Superheroes will both quickly fold.
Phantom was a comic strip character. Shadow was a radio character. If you know of any news papers or radio stations that are currently running the adventures of the Phantom or the Shadow, please direct me. I'd get a kick out of the nostalgia of seeing these heroes in their original formats after such a long time. However, I could forward you recent issues of either hero in comic book format; both of them have appeared fairly consistently in comics for the past twenty years at least. Regardless, both still qualify for this line either way, and both are still very popular with comics audiences, which I'm sure includes the makers of this line.Yeah, I'd love to see these get figures like this! However, both characters aren't comic book heroes primarily, The Phantom is a comic strip character and the Shadow is a radio character.
http://www.papercutz.com/zrr/zrr_moreinfo.htmlAlso not really a comic character, but it'd be awesome here. These 3 characters are always underappreciated.
Zorro's also had a pretty good run at a regular series with Topps comics as recently as the mid to late nineties, a comic which actually spawned a toy line of it's own from Playmates. Again, he still qualifies as far as I'm concerned (and since we're deconstructing my personal wishlist.)
Graphitti Designs only made the one Kevin Matchstick figure and most fans were a bit disappointed by their effort and would openly welcome a better version of the character and a chance for his friends and enemies.Actually, Mage got a pretty decent line back in the late '90s.
Please bare in mind that my previous post was my own personal wishlist of characters I would personally like to see in this line. Your own mileage may vary, and in spite of the sentiments I'd still like to see these guys made regardless of whether or not it actually happens. If and when the line works out Marvel Toys is gonna want to expand past the initial two assortments (naturally) and these are the characters I'd like most to see make the cut. I'd say my chances are still about even.
I do digress however, as absolutely none of this matters in the least unless and until we see how the line does when it reaches retail. Besides, I highly doubt that any misgivings here will have any bearing on the fact that it's already happening anyway. All in good fun, eh wot?
(I promise JT, I am not picking on ya! Nothin' but love!)