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  1. #1

    SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    It looks like there will be a third big boy in the 'Horror Movie Figure' game. Sota toys has just announced a line of figures that will feature many of the Men, Mutants, Monsters, and Maniacs from cinema cult classics. Including characters that McFarlane has basically said will never be done. Series 1 will include Toxie (Toxic Avenger) Dr. Peyton Westlake (Darkman), and a Nightmare Demon Nazi (American Werewolf in London). Hopefully they'll be able to do a figure of David Kessler in Werewolf form with Meatloaf also.
    A MovieManiacs.net EXCLUSIVE: NOW PLAYING by SOTA

    They are characters that have found a following among the fans. Fun flicks
    full of Men, Mutants, Monsters and Maniacs, they are all simply cool and cult classics! And courtesy of SOTA Toys, they are NOW PLAYING!

    Beginning this year, SOTA Toys will be turning the characters of classic and cult movies into dynamic action figures. The figures are approx. 7 inches scale and each character comes with character specific bases.

    “NOW PLAYING is really a labor of love for me, “ said SOTA Toys President
    Jerry Macaluso, “I’m a fan just like everyone else when it comes to horror
    and genre films. So I’ve heard all the request and ‘wish lists’ over the
    years and thought, ‘Why can’t these be made?’ NOW PLAYING has been almost a year in development and I’m really proud of the lineup of movies we’ve got for NOW PLAYING… and even more titles are to come!”

    NOW PLAYING’s first series of action figures will include characters from
    the movies DARKMAN, THE TOXIC AVENGER and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, with three more NOW PLAYING lines due in 2005.

    NOW PLAYING Finished Prototypes will be debut at the SOTA Toys booth (#4129) at the Comic Con International in San Diego, July 21-25, 2004

    NOW PLAYING SERIES 1 will be available through retailers in November 2004.

    *NOW PLAYING Series 1 Descriptions:

    -Dr. Peyton Westlake (Darkman)
    Dr. Peyton Westlake was a brilliant scientist working on a temporary
    synthetic skin for temporarily help burn victims. A confrontation with a
    greedy businessman and his gangsters leaves Westlake’s lab destroyed, his
    face horribly scarred, body burned and unable to feel pain. Using the
    synthetic skin to appear as almost anyone, Peyton exacts his revenge upon
    those who took his life from him. Because he is no longer Peyton Westlake…
    He IS Darkman.

    -Toxie (The Toxic Avenger)
    Pity Melvin Junko! He’s the ultimate nerd-a 98 lb weakling abused by
    everyone he meets. But when punks chase Melvin into radioactive toxic
    waste, he is now longer just himself-He’s the Toxic Avenger! Now Toxie’s
    fighting crime, reaping revenge on those who persecuted him and becoming a
    true hero… from New Jersey!

    -Nightmare Demons (An American Werewolf in London)
    Poor David Kessler. Not only is he dealing with his best friend’s savage
    murder on the moors of England and the fact that he might be a werewolf-he
    is also having strange and terrifying dreams. The worst involves the attack
    of his peaceful family by horrific, militaristic demons! The terrifying
    creatures ransack his home, kill his family members, set fire to his home
    then finally slit his throat! But for David, the nightmare doesn’t end
    there...

    Keep watching MovieManiacs.net for more info on Now Playing and other great SOTA toys.
    http://moviemaniacs.net/news.htm

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
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  2. #2

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    More info from Sota Toys themselves:
    Hey Everyone.

    These are not Riddick style. They are limited articulation concentrating on sculpture first.Very similar to what NECA is doing with Halloween.

    Example..Darkman has ball joint shoulders ( hidden by his trench), ball joint neck, Swivel mid arm, swivel wrists, swivel waist, swivel ankle, swivel upper leg.

    I know a lot of our fans wish these were fully articulated but my feeling ( as a collector of these types of figures) is that we should follow the trend already established so we dont clash with fans already existing collections. Also, we are not limiting ourselves to horror..expect sci fi and action as well. We are also not limiting ourselves to just the main characters so for something like American Werewolf expect to see a few differnt things.

    My background is in special effects and these films are very special to me as they inspired me as a kid ( I sculpted the Toxic Avenger myself for part 2 and 3 ). While we do hope to make a few bucks at this its just as important that these characters simply get made into figures as it didnt seem anyone else was doing it. As a matter of fact I was SHOCKED when I started to call the studios and found out 'someone else' hadnt already signed these licenses. And by 'licenses' I mean we now have almost 20 movies in the bag. we will slowly announce a new set of licenses as each wave is released.

    Im really excited about this and I hope we get the support we need to make this a very long lasting line.
    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
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  3. #3

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    Gee thanks, like I need something else to blow my money on!

    The Nightmare Demons from An American Werewolf in London are more interesting to me than the others though. Hope they turn out well.

  4. #4

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    Another Minor Update from Sota:
    keep in mind we're only going to announce three licenses at a time. So you can speculate all ya want but my lips are sealed...well except I think we'll announce series 2 at SDCC just to have some fun. Its got something I think a lot of people might want.

    Also, Im not confirming or denying any other licenses BUT BUT BUT..there are some lines McFarlane never did simply because the people who own them wont play ball. So while we're trying our best to fulfill all your requested characters some just aint happen ever it seems.

    Finally..theres FOUR different demons in the dream sequence to American Werewolf In London..just an FYI..and yeah we're making the wolf but it aint in the first line.

    Guess you'll see me around more now... also..as any of you who follow Street Fighter know Im very open to suggestions. If you have any suggestions to make these figures the best they can be please post them on this thread..I'll check it every couple days and do my best to answer your questions.

    Now back to City Of Heroes!
    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  5. #5

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    More info from Sota Toys. Cool that Darkman will come with three different interchangable heads. Hopefully it's:

    1. Liam Neeson Head
    2. Bandaged Head
    3. Scarred Head - (Confirmed)
    Whew

    lots of posts... I'll try and answer some questions.

    There are three different versions of Darkmans head. Thats all I can say for now.

    His trench is soft pvc which will of course limit the movement of the shoulders but theres not much we can do about that unless we used cloth and then it wouldnt really fit into the rest of the line.

    Toxie is a little bit of an amalgamation of 1 and 2.

    Im very tight with Troma so if the demand is there I think you'll eventually see a SGT KABUKIMAN.

    I would say its not out of the question to see a limited artic Riddick in the future.

    We plan a lot of stuff from American Werewolf. As long as the line doesnt tank I hope to make a transforming David.

    Also a couple of the licenses have actually been done before BUT they werent done to my expectations ( and they left out some cool figures they could have done) so we're gonna revisit them down the road and hopefully really improve on what was previously released by someone else.

    We are still actively aquiring more film licenses though we've slowed down and are being a little more choosey since we now have almost 20 to pick through.

    One of my big concerns is how many figures a year can we release before we overload the market. I dont want to do that but theres sooo many characters I want to make its hard to not put out 20 a year... Right now we plan three lines a year each with three figures. We're finding the retailers like the three figure lines better than 5 or 6. Plus it allows us to put out more lines a year..so tell me...

    would you rather three waves of three figures a year or four waves of three figures a year?

    Finally, post all comments and suggestions here and I'll read them. Unless you REALLY have to try not to email me though because I had over 200 emails asking questions about the line this morning.. I'd like to answer them all but I honestly dont have the time.

    Thanks!
    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  6. #6

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    Well, Series II has been announced. And just like Series I, it has some very intresting choices. The Creeper (from Jeepers Creepers), Killer Clown (from Killer Clowns from Outer Space), and Imhotep (The Mummy Returns). All of them sound good, but only Imhotep really intrests me. Nice to finally get a decent figure of Imhotep. Also, color picture of the Series I head sculpts. News is from AFTimes.
    SOTA NEWS: NOW PLAYING LINE ANNOUNCEMENT!!! -@ 17:58 PST
    NOW PLAYING FULL RELEASE INFO


    July 16, 2004 - They first came to life up on the movie screen- heroes,
    villains, creatures, monsters and madmen. These film characters were
    bigger, badder and cooler than we ever thought possible. And courtesy of
    SOTA Toys, they are NOW PLAYING!

    This year, SOTA Toys are turning classic and cult movie characters into
    dynamic action figures. The figures are approx. 7 inches scale and each
    character comes with character specific bases.

    "NOW PLAYING is really a labor of love for me, " said SOTA Toys President
    Jerry Macaluso, „These are movies that I've grown up with and always loved
    watching over the years. So when the opportunity came for me to make these
    classic characters into action figure, I dove head first into it. This has
    been almost a year in development and I'm really proud of the lineup of
    movies we've got for NOW PLAYING and even better titles are to come!"

    NOW PLAYING‚s first series of action figures will include characters from
    the movies DARKMAN, THE TOXIC AVENGER and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Series 2 will include JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and THE MUMMY RETURNS, with more NOW PLAYING figures due in 2005.

    NOW PLAYING Finished Prototypes will be debut at the SOTA Toys booth (#4129) at the Comic Con International in San Diego, July 21-25, 2004

    NOW PLAYING SERIES 1 will be available through retailers in November 2004.

    *NOW PLAYING Series 1 Descriptions:

    -Dr. Peyton Westlake (Darkman)
    Dr. Peyton Westlake was a brilliant scientist working on a temporary
    synthetic skin for temporarily help burn victims. A confrontation with a
    greedy businessman and his gangsters leaves Westlake‚s lab destroyed, his
    face horribly scarred, body burned and unable to feel pain. Using the
    synthetic skin to appear as almost anyone, Peyton exacts his revenge upon
    those who took his life from him. Because he is no longer Peyton Westlake
    He IS Darkman.

    -Toxie (The Toxic Avenger)
    Pity Melvin Junko! He‚s the ultimate nerd-a 98 lb weakling abused by
    everyone he meets. But when punks chase Melvin into radioactive toxic
    waste, he is now longer just himself-He‚s the Toxic Avenger! Now Toxie‚s
    fighting crime, reaping revenge on those who persecuted him and becoming a
    true hero from New Jersey!

    -Nightmare Demons (An American Werewolf in London)
    Poor David Kessler. Not only is he dealing with his best friend‚s savage
    murder on the moors of England and the fact that he might be a werewolf-he
    is also having strange and terrifying dreams. The worst involves the attack
    of his peaceful family by horrific, militaristic demons! The terrifying
    creatures ransack his home, kill his family members, set fire to his home
    then finally slit his throat! But for David, the nightmare doesn‚t end
    there . . .


    *NOW PLAYING Series 2 Descriptions:

    -The Creeper ( Jeepers Creepers 2)
    A bus of high school students has been disabled and people are being picked
    off one by one by something that is not human. A creature that appears
    only every 23 years and then only for 23 days... when it gets to feed. Now
    with a taste for blood, the Creeper will not be denied what it wants the
    most-to feed on its final day!

    -Killer Klown(Killer Klowns From Outer Space )
    When a group of kids track a shooting star to where it lands, they encounter
    they strangest sight-a giant circus tent populated by clowns. But these
    are no ordinary clowns but aliens from another world! And they‚ve come for
    us armed with evil shadow creatures, diabolical balloons and cocoons made of
    cotton candy! Now its kids of the town versus the Killer Klowns from Outer
    Space!

    -Imhotep the Mummy(The Mummy Returns )
    In 1933, Egyptian High Priest Imhotep has returned from the grave once more
    to be reunited with his love, Anck Su Namun. Now he plans on gaining
    control of the mythical man-beast known as the Scorpion King and with his
    undead army take the world for his own. But until he has gained certain
    body parts back, he must remain a desiccated mummy corpse.
    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
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  7. #7

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    The Darkman figure sounds great to me. I wonder if it comes packed with 3 heads, or if they'll put out 3 carded variations.

  8. #8

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    Well, we got to finally see the first wave at SDCC. And it looks great. The Darkman, Nightmare Demon, and even Toxie look wonderful. Sota is going to really give McFarlane a run for the money with this line. As for the variant heds on Darkman PF, he'll come packed with the bandaged and burnt heads. But there will be a 'chase' version that will be packed with head #1 and #3. No clue what the chase version will be, hopefully Liam Neeson and not Arnold Vosloo. Looks like the Nightmare Demon may have a interchangable head also. And it seems like they 'may' do the other two heads also. Here's the links:

    http://69.93.119.2/photo/1/showgalle...at=1445&page=1
    http://afigures.com/g/?mode=album&al...%2FNow_Playing

    MTFBWY and HH!!

    Jar Jar Binks
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  9. #9

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    Oh yeah, those look cool... nice stuff. I'm gonna be at the Con tomorrow, so I'll be able to see them up close.
    plasticfetish.net

  10. #10

    Re: SOTA Toys Presents: Now Playing!!!

    Who needs Movie Maniacs now that we've got this?!

    That Darkman figure looks Fan-frickin'-tastic!

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