I'm really lovign Gentle Giant's line of Star Wars Bust-Ups. I haven't had this much fun collecting a line in a long while (the only thing that would make it more fun would be if more people were collecting them making trading much easier and more viable). The quality and design of the figures is top notch and the price is pretty good to boot (for some reason it seems easier to justify 5 bucks for half a Star Wars character than it is to justify 7 bucks for the whole thing ). I'm also glad to hear that Gentle Giant will be doing a line os Simpson's Bust-Ups as well this year. While hearing that McFarlane has picked up the license for Simpsons figures has left me feeling incredibly underwhelmed, hearing about Simpsons Bust-Ups has got me really excited. I can't wait to add them to my collection!
This gets me to thinking, however, about how cool it would be to see GG branch out with this idea to other licenses as well! I think the Bust-Ups concept leaves itself well wuited to a huge range of licensing possibilites! For instance, I would definitely love to see Bust-Ups of the following licenses:
Futurama - Since we're already getting the Simpsons, why not also do that show's cooler, funnier, more imaginative cousin? I'm betting with no new episodes in production the license is probably cheaper. Plus, GG should already have a relationship with the show's producers and there's a built in fanbase!
Sky Captain - merchandise of any type fopr this movie would be cool in my book! It seems like this property would be perfect for Bust-Ups!
DC Comics - anyone around here who's been paying attention knows I'm one of the world's biggest DC fans, and what better license for the Bust-Ups treatment than comics' most iconic characters and longest running universe? I would not turn down Marvel Bust-Ups either. I'd also love to see DC animated lines such as:
Justice League Unlimited, and...
Lord of the Rings - C'mon! Who wouldn't be into these? Bust-Ups seem to have a certain air of class about them - they'd be a perfect format for a license that has a reputation of both theatrical and literary class! Plus, I seem to remember the line of toy machine (Gashapon, as the Japanese have dubbed them) LOTR busts were pretty popular.
Braveheart - Again with the class, and lots of collecting potential here.
Gladiator - Another Oscar winner ripe for plastic treatment.
Reservoir Dogs -
The Fifth Element - ...those designs are screaming for some decent plastic representation...
The Rocketeer - I defy anyone to explain to me how a Rocketeer Bust-Up wouldn't be cool. I'd settle for the movie or comic version.
The Incredibles - Hell, why not a straight out Pixar line of Bust-Ups covering all of their movies? Other than the fact that Disney'd probably never let 'em do it, I mean. I'd be all over them.
Pirates of the Carribean -
The Matrix Trilogy - GG has already done a line of cold cast Matrix busts; smaller scale and cheaper price = more characters, a larger collection, and much greater accessability.
Universal Monsters - There's always a market for these guys!
Star Trek - I bet they'd sell tons of 'em.
I'd even go so far as to think that Bust-Ups would sell big right in theater lobbies. It's common practice in japan, and quite successful as well, to sell film merchandise for brand new movies right in the theater lobby as the show lets out. Bust-Ups would be a perfect way to kick this trend off in the U.S. which I think would work quite successfully! Bust-Ups are small so they would take up little counter space (they could even be merchandised along side the candy), are inexpensive so they'd make for excellent impulse items well within the budget of the general public, and would make for an excellent way to drum up interest in certain films, I think. Who's with me on this? Anyone have any other ideas?